Meet The Donors


November 10 (3-4:30pm), Barrington Stage Company, The Blatt Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield


The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will host a panel of Berkshire funders designed to give nonprofits a better understanding of funder guidelines and expectations, as well as an opportunity to meet the people behind the funding opportunities, ask questions, and learn from your fellow nonprofits.


Participating Funders:

Jennifer Connor Shumsky – Greylock Federal Credit Union

Maeve O’Dea – Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Alison Brigham – Lee Bank

Maureen Baran – Adams Community Bank

Anne Singleton – Williamstown Community Chest

Lori Kiely – Berkshire Bank Foundation

Andy Wrba – Mill Town Capital


Moderated by NPC founder Liana Toscanini


Liana 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.