Berkshire County has one of the highest numbers of nonprofits per capita in the Commonwealth. Nearly 1000 nonprofits compete for funding and other resources in a geographically and demographically tri-furcated county with no regional government. Communication is difficult and staying on top of this vibrant and active sector is a real challenge. However, the nonprofit sector is one of the county’s largest economic engines, providing one in four jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The sector needs an umbrella organization to facilitate collaboration, communication, and the sharing of resources.
The NPC strives to make life easier for nonprofits. Historically resource-poor, with limited staff and funding, nonprofits that can find ways to do things faster and better through collaboration, education, connections and communication, will be able to better carry out their missions. The NPC serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources, providing a one-stop solution to daily challenges nonprofits face. By providing affordable opportunities for nonprofits to connect, learn and grow, The NPC works to improve the overall organization and efficiency of the nonprofit sector.
The mission of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) is to facilitate growth for charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable services, and creative collaborations.
The Berkshire region is home to hundreds of nonprofits and civic groups, some of which lack basic expertise in management, marketing, and fundraising, and many of which need extra help or specialized services from time to time. We work hard to make all of our products and services affordable. Using a self-funding model, the NPC is able to keep costs low by combining modest fees for services with support from the community in the form of ad revenue and sponsorships, in-kind donations, and contributions. Membership Dues are low and member benefits provide a major return on investment including reduced fees on all products and services.
The NPC uses the founder’s marketing, fundraising and management experience, supported by the board and advisory board to guide the development of programs and a sustainable business model. By meeting with many nonprofits and community leaders, the NPC is able to solicit input and identify problems and solutions for the sector. As a “connector organization,” the NPC can rally volunteers, businesses and individuals to work together to support the sector as a whole. Organizational expenses are minimal, with the main challenge of finding funding to support staff salaries. In just over two years, the NPC has established itself as the go-to resource for the sector and has begun to partner with local businesses and foundations to move the needle forward.