Nonprofit Boot Camp

September 23  8am-4pm  at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA

$145 for the primary participant and $85 for each additional participant from a nonprofit organization.  (Coffee, breakfast and lunch included).


Join a cohort of your peers at the iconic Red Lion Inn for our full-day Nonprofit Boot Camp for new, young and small nonprofits in need of a tune-up.  We’ll cover the basics of nonprofit management featuring local experts leading sessions on governance, finance, legal, insurance, fundraising, marketing and annual appeal writing.


Aimed at directors, board members, and volunteer leaders who want to build a solid foundation or address gaps, this day-long session presents an opportunity for staff and board to attend together.  Attendees will leave with a binder containing templates, sample descriptions, articles, and other resources to guide them in the coming months.


Attending organizations will also have a free hour of phone or Zoom consultation with NPC good anytime in 2021-2022, to help their organization past any hurdles.


NOTE: All attendees and faculty must be double-vaccinated. The Boot Camp is scheduled to take place in the Hitchcock Room, a large conference space where attendees can sit more than 6 feet apart. There is a possibility this workshop will have to go virtual. Stay tuned for updates and please let us know your thoughts about in-person vs. virtual (email info@npcberkshires.org). Thank you for your understanding.


Here’s what previous attendees had to say……

  • “Gave me a solid foundation to understand my role as a board member. Found it really helpful to know that other orgs are struggling w/similar issues and to hear potential solutions.”
  • “This was economical and efficient and packed with useful info.”
  • “Just being able to roundtable with other small nonprofits was valuable and the added bonus of the presenter info.”
  • “Overall a great overview, lots of good resources to follow up on.”



Dan Seitz is currently executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic doctoral programs in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2004 he has also served as an organizational consultant and facilitator, providing nonprofits, associations and educational institutions with advice and assistance on such matters as governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and regulatory compliance, as well as management coaching. Since 2007, he has served on the board of directors of the Berkshire Co-op Market, a cooperative grocery store in Great Barrington, MA, that sells primarily organic and local foods. He is also a board member for the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, which supports the environment, health care and the arts, and is a public member of the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory board that makes recommendations to the United States Secretary of Agriculture on organic food and products.


Ethan Klepetar/Hellman, Shearn & Arienti concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial law, commercial financing, real estate, and nonprofit law. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Museum, and is a member of the Central Berkshire Fund Committee of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He acts as pro-bono legal counsel to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, where he has served in the past as chair of the Advisory Board. In his hometown of Becket, Mass., he serves as the Town Moderator.  Ethan is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Education: Brandeis University (B.A. 2004); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2007).


Liana Toscanini founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires 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. She currently serves on the board of the MA Nonprofit Network.


Dr. Kevin Fleming, PhD has 20 years of expertise in alumni engagement and non-profit management, paired with exceptional knowledge and skills within the realms of college student development and teaching.  Through experiences at Mount Holyoke College, Emerson College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bowling Green State University, the University of Connecticut, and James Madison University, he has led transformations of alumni boards of directors, overall alumni engagement and communications strategies, volunteer programs, signature events, staffing alignments, and cross-departmental collaborations at several institutions.  An educator and researcher by nature, Kevin’s background in teaching makes him an excellent meeting facilitator. Additionally, he is a thought leader in the areas of alumni engagement and fundraising.


Kim Baker, CISR, CWCA, is a Senior Account Executive/Risk Manager at Toole Insurance Agency, and Board Vice-Chair at BFAIR (Berkshire Family & Individual Resources). Skilled in Employment Practices Liability, Management and Leadership, Kim has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University.


Safety Policy

NPC monitors CDC guidelines for COVID-19 and current data in Berkshire County on a regular basis. We will continue to update procedures and protocols accordingly and will alert event attendees of the current safety policy prior to the event.


Attendees are required to wear masks indoors when social distancing is not possible. Hand sanitizer will be provided.


Meeting and banquet set-up arrangements will allow for physical distancing between guests in all meetings and events based on CDC and state recommendations. Self-serve buffet style food service will be suspended and replaced by alternative service styles.


Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.