BENEFITS

THE NONPROFIT CENTER (NPC) IS CONTINUALLY DEVELOPING NEW BENEFITS. MEMBERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT, LEARN AND GROW:

WE OFFER A $175+ VALUE FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES!

  1. One-hour free consultation: Value $50
  2. One free workshop: Value up to $40
  3. Discount on giving guide profile page: Value $50
  4. 30% Discount on educational workshops: Value $10 savings per workshop
  5. 30% Discount on technical assistance/coaching: Value $25 savings per hour
  6. Listing on web site with link to your site
  7. Your nonprofit photo featured on our home page
  8. Social media promotion
  9. Ambassador for your organization: Priceless

Your membership dues help us provide programs and services to support all nonprofits in the Berkshires. We are stronger together!

Free one-hour consultation:

Connect with NPC founder Liana Toscanini to discuss what your needs are and how the NPC can help. It’s amazing how much information can be exchanged in one hour! Share your thoughts about the sector and part with many tips and referrals to move your organization forward.

“When I was a new Executive Director of a nonprofit in the Berkshires the Nonprofit Center provided me with many free resources and an hour of consulting so that I could get to know the landscape of nonprofit work in the Berkshires. The NPC of the Berkshires is a wonderful hub for all of us in the community!”  Michelle Lopez/Berkshire Immigrant Center

One free workshop of your choice:

Take advantage of this one right away by checking our EVENTS page. Members can use their workshop credit on NPC workshop tickets up to $40 in value. Workshops are a great place to meet fellow nonprofits, make connections with local experts, and gain professional development. Some of our past workshop/webinar topics: HR for Nonprofits, Crafting a strong Grant Proposal, The Use of Surveys in Program Evaluation, Starting an Endowment, Social Media Hacks, Getting the Word out About your Organization, Cyber Security, Donor Databases, Navigating Bias in the Workplace, Budgeting in the Time of Coronavirus, Federal Grants, Volunteers Matter. Feel free to suggest a topic!

“Thanks to your forum we are making more connections and doing more collaborating.”  Mary Makuc/Monterey Community Center

Receive a discount on a profile in NPC’s Giving Back guide:

Every Berkshire nonprofit is listed free in this annual directory. If you would like to reserve a profile space to increase awareness of your organization, NPC members pay only $100 (nonmembers pay $150). Click here to read more >>

“I am extremely impressed with the Giving Back guide and fully expect that this is going to be an effective fundraising piece for us, and in establishing our legitimacy as a Berkshire County nonprofit.”

Access to a 90% discount on a GRANTSTATION MEMBERSHIP:

Do you struggle to identify new funding sources? Does the lack of time limit your ability to submit grant requests? Do you have a grants strategy? As a member benefit, you can purchase full membership access to GrantStation for just $75, a 90% saving off the regular price of $699. GrantStation provides tools to find new grant sources, build a strong grantseeking program, and write winning successful proposals to fund your organization’s mission! Learn more about GrantStation >>

 

Current Members: Discounted GrantStation Membership

Not-yet-members: Joint NPC/GrantStation Membership

DEVELOPMENT SERVICE:

For a one-time fee of $900, NPC staff, board and consultants team up to help you with all aspects of fundraising including but not limited to:

  • review of all fundraising support systems including marketing, web site, & donor database
  • grant research, writing and proofing
  • fundraising training, best practices & coaching including annual appeal review

Note: Grant funding may exist to help pay for the cost for nonprofits with minimal resources.

 

A broad menu of services is available on a fee basis for additional or ongoingassistance.

Coaching:

Technical assistance is offered by the hour or on a project basis. Having an experienced advisor with extensive nonprofit background, familiar with local funders, and adept at marketing, management & planning provides real value for the money. If we don’t have the expertise in house, we’ll connect you to the right consultant.  NPC members pay $50/hour for assistance.

 

Note: If your organization is struggling financially, please contact the NPC for pro bono consulting options.

“Thank you for helping with foundation board governance. Your knowledge and contacts are tremendous resources.”

HELP STARTING YOUR NONPROFIT:

Let us help you step-by-step from concept to completion of legal forms. The more you can do before a lawyer is necessary, the less expensive your start-up costs will be. The NPC discounted rate of $50/hour applies.

“The NPC has been very helpful to our fledgling organization. Liana’s knowledge of the local nonprofit landscape and willingness to share her expertise are the perfect complement to NPC’s list of valuable programs and services. In just a few short months, our membership has already paid for itself!” Eugenie Sills/Clinton Church Restoration

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP:

Using a fiscal sponsorship arrangement offers a way for a cause to attract donors even when it is not yet recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The NPC can serve as your administrative “home” collecting contributions and grants on your behalf for a 7% fee. As part of the agreement, the NPC also offers management coaching. Learn about fiscal sponsorship in this short video (NEO Law Group). Learn more about fiscal sponsorship from the National Council of Nonprofits.

 

Note: Fiscally sponsored projects must become NPC members.

“We recently received our 501(c)3 status, so now all direct YES donations are tax deductible! Special thanks to Liana, Elizabeth and the NPC Board of Directors for being our fiscal sponsor the previous year while we waited to receive our status!” Patrick Gordon/Youth, Education and Sports Initiative

Instant advice and connections:

Have a question? Need a connection or a resource? Let us save you valuable time and energy. Contact us any time. If we don’t have the answer, we’ll get it for you or connect you to someone who can help, usually within just a few hours. Email your inquiries to info@npcberkshires.org.

“Liana and the NPC has been so helpful to our small nonprofit. Whenever I’m looking for a referral I can send a quick email and always receive helpful information. We’ve found someone to set up a new computer and reconfigure our internal office network. He’s now our go-to guy for anything tech related. I know I can always trust someone Liana recommends. It’s nice to know I can easily reach out and get the information. It definitely saves me time!” Emmalyn Gaertner, CDCSB

Join the ListServe:

Join MBM Berkshires, an online discussion group for people interested in all things nonprofit. MBM Berkshires is a moderated email list that is open to anyone willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse. The purpose of MBM Berkshires is to strengthen communication within the nonprofit sector of the Berkshires. It is often used to post job openings, educational opportunities, and event announcements or opportunities of particular interest to nonprofits. To join, send a blank email to Berkshires-subscribe@missionbasedmassachusetts.net

Keep informed:

To keep abreast of new programs and products, please LIKE and FOLLOW the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and sign up for emails.

Check out the RESOURCE section of the NPC web site:

You’ll find Berkshire County statistics and benchmarks, links to other web sites, informative articles, infographics and more in our Resources section.

“The NPC has provided our small nonprofit with invaluable resources we could never have accessed on our own. Everyone who works there is cheerful, creative, and helpful. We are lucky to have this resource in our community!”  Maria Rundle/Flying Cloud

Social Media promotion:

The NPC regularly shares member posts.  If you need outside assistance, we can recommend social media experts who can create Social Media programs for you. Email info@npcberkshires.org for more information.

Grant application and report review:

We have a team of volunteers willing to review, comment and proofread your grant applications or reports.