One-Day Boot Camp for new, young, and small nonprofits in need of a tune-up.

This workshop covers the basics of nonprofit management including governance, finance, fundraising, legal, and best practices. Aimed at directors, board members, and volunteer leaders who want to build a solid foundation or address gaps, this day-long session is a wonderful opportunity for staff and board to attend together.


Topics will be addressed through a combination of facilitator led instruction, interactive discussion, outside experts, and panel discussion. Topic experts in governance, insurance, fundraising, financial/legal management will share valuable knowledge.


Attendees will leave with a 100+ page handbook 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 consultation with the Boot Camp presenter to help their organization past any hurdles.


Enjoy the Red Lion Inn’s “Make your own Salad” offering with Caesar Salad or Mesclun Greens with Grilled Chicken, Salmon & Vegetable Platters , Assorted Dressings & Condiments, Fresh Fruit Salad and Chef’s Daily Dessert. Coffee served throughout the day.



Boot camp presenter Susan Nicholl

Susan has served as a management consultant for the Institute for Nonprofit Development in Central Massachusetts, where she provided technical assistance to small and medium nonprofits in the areas of governance, planning, revenue development, and general management. She was instrumental in launching and establishing the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) as its first and sole staff member. She has served as the past chair of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network and as a former editor of massnonprofit.org She has worked professionally with boards of directors at more than three dozen organizations, providing consultation focused on re-energizing and growing small organizations, as principal of The Governance Group.


Like the nonprofit managers with whom she works, by day, Susan is a practitioner. For the past years, Susan has been executive director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau,(MWVB), a regional economic development nonprofit organization dedicated to stimulating the region’s economy by raising visibility for the area’s cultural, historic, culinary, hospitality, retail, and recreation offerings.



8:30 – 9 am: Registration & Networking (Coffee & light breakfast)
9 – 10:30 am: Governance with Susan Nicholl
10:30 – 11 am: Networking break
11 am – noon: Legal with Ethan Klepetar of Hellman, Shearn, Arienti
Noon – 12:30 pm: LUNCH (grilled chicken, salmon, vegetables & salad)
12:30 – 1 pm: Fundraising Planning Primer with Liana Toscanini
1 – 2 pm: Insurance Best Practices with John Toole
2 – 3 pm: Annual Appeal Letter Writing with Jenni Haley



We are a nonprofit and as such work diligently to minimize the expenses associated with our events. Cancellations do require administrative time and attention from our small staff. For this reason we’ve established a no refund policy. If a workshop and/or class has been unexpectedly cancelled and/or postponed by the NPC, a refund or credit towards another workshop and/or class will be issued. If a registrant is unable to attend a workshop and/or class, a substitute may be sent or a credit may be issued. Credit must be used within one year of the cancellation date.