Nonprofit Best Practices for Minimizing Risk and Insurance Costs   The Toole Agency has been insuring nonprofits for many years, and recently we had an unfortunate situation where an organization's treasurer was able to embezzle $20,000 before being caught. The risk of this happening would have been...

Two Volunteer Sites Now Up & Running   While there is no county-wide volunteer organization in Berkshire County, both the NPC and Berkshire United Way have launched volunteer web sites to help nonprofits connect to volunteers. These sites are similar in some respects, different in others. We encourage you...

Real Talk on Fundraising, Philanthropy & Social Sector Innovation Small Nonprofits: Big Impact Now is the time to re-imagine fundraising priorities and plans By Bruce Arbit   WHY NOW? “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg These difficult...

3 Steps to Grow Sponsorship Revenue Now Sponsorship sellers, here’s your action plan. #1 Update or Upgrade Your Value. As you reinvent your events, update your sponsorship value. What new marketing and event assets do you have? What new audiences will you be focused on? What new ideas do...

Silver Lining Stories from Berkshire Nonprofits We recently requested that nonprofits in our network take a moment to reflect on the positive outcome(s) over the past few difficult months. Click here to add your voice. Read on for a few success stories...

Wray Gunn - 2020 Lifetime Achievement Honoree By Hannah Van Sickle   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: WRAY GUNN, SR. Widespread and Ongoing Community Influence Wray Gunn is a well-known and beloved community leader in the Berkshires. The longtime Sheffield resident’s influence was evident in high school; throughout his life, his community service...

Zoom Security – How to Minimize Your Hosted Session from Being Zoombombed By Roger Magnus, Roger Magnus Research, rogermagnusresearch.com For a Zoom session, what do participants waiting in a room, not sharing their screens, and being locked down have in common? Actually, these variables all inter-relate when it comes...

Local legislators advise Berkshire nonprofits to band together to weather virus storm By Jenn Smith, The Berkshire Eagle   Members of the Berkshire legislative delegation are encouraging nonprofit organizations to work together as money for their operations dries up during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the Nonprofit Center of...

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BERKSHIRE NONPROFITS   RESOURCE GUIDES Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits Philanthropy Massachusetts Disaster and Emergency Relief Chronicle of Philanthropy Responding to the Coronavirus Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition COVID-19 Resources 1Berkshire COVID-19 Resources Beth Kanter’s crowdsourced resource list for nonprofits COVID-19 Resource List Wheeler & Taylor Insurance COVID-19 Vaccine Workplace Planning Checklist PAYING...