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 NC Center for Nonprofits Pandemic Resources 1Berkshire COVID-19 Resources Beth Kanter’s crowdsourced resource list for nonprofits COVID-19 Resource List PAYING THE BILLS Applying for...

VIRTUAL PRO BONO ASSISTANCE FOR BERKSHIRE NONPROFITS We are aware that many small nonprofits in the Berkshires that were already living on the edge financially, are now scrambling to figure out how to make payroll, work remotely, pivot programs, and strategize despite so many unknowns. The consultants listed...

HOW THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN HELP By Liana Toscanini Many people may be wondering how they can help those suffering from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits are mobilizing and a variety of opportunities to volunteer and donate are being set up. There are things you...

FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING: What You Should Know to Get Started By Laurie M. Werner Federal grants can offer significant funding for important projects and programs and often lend credibility and prestige to an organization. However, navigating the federal grant process requires planning ahead and a significant investment...

Making Time to Say "Thank You" By Jessica Traynor We all know why writing thank you notes is good practice. Why don't we? Is it because we have so many donors it's hard to keep up? Wouldn't that be great! When I was a fundraiser, thanking the donor was...