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.
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.