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BCC Host Non-profit Institute Workshop

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College to host an eight-part Non-profit Institute workshop series starting Oct. 1.
Berkshire Community College (BCC) will begin hosting the Non-profit Institute, which runs eight consecutive workshop sessions weekly, on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom, Oct. 1 through  Nov. 19.
This program offers an overview of resource development functions. Open to nonprofit staff, board members and community volunteers, discussion will focus on real world needs and daily challenges. 
Participants may enroll in the eight-part series for $250; the fee for each separate session is $40.
Instructor Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, FAFP, has over 40 years of nonprofit experience, is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource, and is a Strategic Partner with DonorSearch, the prospect research company.
 The eight part series includes the following courses:
WKS 1151 - Basics of Development (Thu, Oct 1, 2020)                                               
  • Getting started – what is needed
  • Different types of fundraising – which is best for you?
  • Government and infrastructure requirements for nonprofits
  • Staff, board members, volunteers – how does it all work together?
WKS 1029 – Governance (Non-Profit Boards) (Thu, Oct 8, 2020)
  • Roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members
  • Fundraising by board members
  • Committees, Task Forces, other involvement
  • Advisory, Honorary, Emeritus – how and when to have them
WKS 1147 - Finances for Non-Profits (Thu, Oct 15, 2020)
  • Fund Accounting – what is it? How is it different?
  • Do you need to have staff for finances?
  • Role of the Board, the Treasurer
WKS 1145 – Volunteers (Thu, Oct 22, 2020)  
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Matching their needs with yours
  • Creating meaningful jobs for them
  • When not to try to use volunteers
WKS 1146 - Annual Fund/Annual Appeals (Thu, Oct 29, 2020)  
  • Why have an annual appeal at all?
  • How to best structure annual appeals, amid special events, campaigns
  • What about monthly giving
  • Only direct mail or involving volunteers?
WKS 1142 - Major Gifts (from individuals) (Thu, Nov 5, 2020)  
  • What is a major gift for your organization?
  • Why should we focus on individuals?
  • Identifying, engaging, cultivating, asking
  • The importance of stewardship
WKS 1143 – Corporations (Thu, Nov 12, 2020)   
  • Researching them, matching their interests with your needs
  • Best ways to approach, building relationships
  • Letters of inquiry, full proposals
  • How to use your board and volunteers with these
WKS 1149 – Foundations (Thu, Nov 19, 2020)
  • Researching them, matching their interests with your needs
  • Best ways to approach
  • Letters of inquiry, full proposals
  • How to use your board and volunteers with these
To register for the entire series or for individual classes, please go to  
For more information, please email  or call 413-236-2115.

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