Board Training Session 2: Finance & Fundraising


September 28 (6-8pm) via Zoom

(Session 1 is NOT a requirement to attend this webinar)





(3-part series includes one in-person workshop on September 13 and 2 Zoom webinars September 28 & October 25)

This series of three workshops is designed to prepare talented community members for board service. Suitable new and current board members, Executive Directors of new and young nonprofits, and soon-to-be board members.  Participants will…


  • Get educated on the nonprofit landscape, the benefits of board service, the role of the board and specific responsibilities
  • Gain practical and actionable knowledge of fundraising, finance & governance, expectations and skills
  • Discuss board meetings, trends, and best practices in board service
  • Engage in hands-on exercises such as building a board bio and attending a mock board meeting
  • Grow confidence in your ability to serve and make a difference

Attendees will receive a binder full of handy, curated reference documents to refer to time and again.


In Session #2, we’ll delve into finance and fundraising.  Why?  Because money equals mission.  No money, no programs!  Get the information you need to understand basic nonprofit financial documents including income statements, budgets and annual IRS Form 990.   Then learn how you can generate revenue for your nonprofit, even if you’re the type who is uncomfortable asking people for money for your favorite cause.  Get easy-to-implement ideas for contributing your time and talent and treasure to your organization.


Note: Free one-on-one coaching is available by the hour on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please email Liana@npcberkshires.org to reserve your session(s).



Liana Toscanini photoLiana Toscanini founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in 2016 after 20 years of volunteering in the Berkshires.  She learned the art of fundraising and grant writing on the job, helping to restore the historic Sandisfield Arts Center building.  Her corporate marketing background proved useful in her various board roles, assisting nonprofits with PR, marketing and fundraising, and in her job as Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts (CATA) where she worked for nine years.


For the past three years, NPC has focused on volunteerism including board training.  Liana developed a board training curriculum for OLLI in 2019 and has since shared variations of this training with nonprofit boards, leadership groups, and more recently, in a video series “Intro to Board Service,” designed to encourage people to say “Yes” to joining a board.


She is the recipient of Berkshire Magazine’s “Berkshire 25” Award (2018), a 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award (2018) and an Unsung Heroine Award (2006) from the MA Commission on the Status of Women.