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Nonprofit Center Of The Berkshires Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: nonprofit organizations

Geographic areas served: the Berkshires of Massachusetts

Programs: shared resources, affordable services, and creative collaborations

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NPC of the Berkshires is the brilliant idea of its founder, Liana Toscanini, realized in a robust and vital organization. The NPC, in itself, serves as an exemplar for nonprofit startups and those hoping to grow.
Liana Toscanini has a deep understanding of how nonprofit organizations work and what their common challenges are. She is an agile and attentive listener. One hour of consultation with her saved my board a fair amount of time and research. She generously loaned us her file on the legal steps required should our board pursue a direction we are considering. She also gave us some crucial referrals to individuals in the community who might be interested in helping us with our work. This is an invaluable service, especially for me, a recent transplant to the Berkshires.
When we met for an initial consultation, she had already done her homework about our organization. We had an efficient email exchange beforehand, so that we could focus our discussion. She continues to send us information, ideas, and referrals. In my book, this is what one wants: a skilled diagnosis accompaied by ample information and education. The nonprofit doctor is in!

2 Jenni H.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit consultant, I've had the good fortune to connect with Liana and to teach professional development workshops through her organization. Her vision for Berkshire nonprofits, and her awareness of how to best support them, is so impressive. Liana has a talent for elevating nonprofit work and making these organizations even more visible in the community. It has been a pleasure to work with her.

1 abbievons

Board Member

Rating: 5

Just delighted with the growth of this new nonprofit in our region! The NPC has offered workshops on information relevant to nonprofit staffs, boards and leadership, in every possible subject area. The ED is seen at events all over the County and has become well known in a short period of time!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a music organization approaching our 50th year, we faced issues of succession planning, Board expansion, and audience development for a new generation, among other issues. Liana Toscanini of NPC Berkshires organized a strategic planning session at which she helped us lay out options for future sustainability. Liana has met with us more than once to help implement some of our goals. She is knowledgeable and approachable, and cares deeply about the issues facing non-profits.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience working with Liana Toscanini at the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires! She really cares so much about the nonprofit community and goes above and beyond in making sure they are well-served! Specifically, I worked with Liana on helping make sure nonprofits are aware of a new 401(k) that the Commonwealth of MA is offering exclusively to nonprofits. Liana was incredible! She arranged information sessions for me to hold to help make sure nonprofits were aware of this opportunity. And to make it convenient for all, she arranged meetings at 3 different locations in the Berkshires (north, central, south). In addition to securing the meeting rooms, Liana publicized the events using a variety of methods. The events were very successful and they would not have been made possible without Liana and the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires! Thy are an amazing organization and I look forward to continuing to work with them!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first encountered NPC of the Berkshires in the fall of 2017, shortly after moving to the Berkshires. I heard about the organization and Liana Toscanini, the Founder and Executive director, from a couple of friends. In my role as a change leadership and capacity building consultant for nonprofits, I knew I had to reach to Liana and learn more. Since our first meeting, my relationship with NPC and Liana has been rich and rewarding. I’ve witnessed the incredible growth in the organization over just 2 years.

NPC is providing many resources for nonprofit leaders and teams:

A rich schedule of capacity building workshops, including half- and full-day workshops on topics a range of topics. NPC is continually working to make these workshops as valuable as possible, experimenting with different approaches based on feedback from participants.

Networking opportunities—I've gotten to know many nonprofit leaders through NPC's workshops and other events, the Nonprofit Awards Breakfast, being a stellar example.

Connecting nonprofit leaders with resources: NPC has referred me to two nonprofits, which has worked out very well. And there is a growing library of resources available on the website.

Connections magazine, the Giving Back Guide and the listserve are excellent resources for nonprofit leaders, donors and supporters, and professionals serving nonprofits.

And it only keeps getting better! I can’t speak highly enough by NPC of the Berkshires.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires provides to its member nonprofits the most up-to-date information and tools to improve performance, outreach and financial stability. Their workshops and boot camps are timely, relevant and offer practical paths to those who attend. Their publications, the Annual Giving Guide and the bi-annual Connections Magazine, fill an important gap in nonprofit communication for nonprofits themselves, the donor sector and the broader public. The NPC's staff is responsive to all requests of assistance from members and sees that no request for help is left unanswered.

2 Hinda Pollock B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very fortunate to connect with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires early on. The guidance they provided was invaluable, as were the introductions, workshops and support. As a member, we have been alerted to grant opportunities and potential awards. They have helped promote our cause in Berkshire County, and facilitated some major recognition. We are a small non-profit, with no previous experience in this realm and their support was key in expediting our learning curve!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has quickly become an indispensable resource for both non-profit organizations and donors.
The annual “Giving Back” guide highlights the work of member organizations and gives donors and volunteers a way to learn about them.
This year, NPC organized the first nonprofit award breakfast to recognize the efforts of the people who make these worthy organizations run. Nominees and winner were honored in the following categories: Executive Leadership, Unsung Hero, Board Member, Volunteer, Super Staffer and Rising Star.
The NPC also provides a program of educational workshop opportunities for directors, board members and volunteer leaders. A nonprofit “Boot Camp” was offered , covering the basics including governance, finance, fundraising, legal, and best practices.
NPC taps broad knowledge of the makeup of Berkshire County, as well as the inner working of non-profit organizations. I would highly recommend the NPC as a first stop for anyone who runs or is starting a nonprofit, as well as donors.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am so excited we have the nonprofit center in the Berkshires and wanted to share about how they have helped us! As a small but important non profit with life changing work, the Berkshire Immigrant Center has often put clients before our own well being and then struggled to maintain capacity and expand. I am proud to say that over the last 2 years we have managed to take better care of ourselves while serving the amazing immigrants in the county and could not do so without partners like the Npc! Liana has personally spoken with me numerous times to trouble shoot everything from board development to hiring consultants. She is always sending trainings, grant ideas and articles she thinks may be of interest to members and is such an amazing cheerleader when a member wins an award or gets new funding etc. The Center also proof read a grant for me and Liana spent an hour and a half with our board chair advising us on growth as a non profit in the Berkshires. This is to say nothing of the giving guide they publish which is pretty much taking the place of a non profit directory at the moment! I only give this 4 stars as it needs to be bigger...And Liana has great plans and ideas for that so am looking forward to her receiving the support she needs to do so. I know I have only experienced a fraction of what it does and can offer...I am hoping this post garners some interest and investment! Way to go npc!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nonprofit Center of The Berkshires provides essential services in Western Massachusetts for nonprofits large and small. As Chair of the Trustees for the Great Barrington Libraries we have turned to the Center often for their expertise and guidance in raising our profile and developing strategies for sustainable fundraising. The Nonprofit Center's positive impact on our library community is significant and thanks to them we are headed towards a brighter future.

Patrick Hollenbeck
Chair
Library Trustees
Great Barrington, Ma.