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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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17,630 people including hundreds of nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Berkshires (Western MA)

Programs: workshops, coaching, referrals, boot camp, newsletter, board training, Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, Giving Back guide, gala calendar, networking events, fiscal sponsorship, volunteer fair, primary research, & advocacy.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

" I have worked with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires since 2018, the year I co-founded a non-profit headquartered in Pittsfield — The Youth, Education and Sport (YES Initiative).

As a start-up non-profit, the NPC is a key part of our development because the experience goes beyond centralizing resources. The advice and instruction provided over coffee or in office meetings are invaluable. Liana (Executive Director | NPC) understands the early stage pain points. She takes the time to listen and view the mission from our perspective.
Liana leads her team at the NPC to think big — YES recently finished helping the NPC develop a new fiscal sponsorship product. YES was the pilot fiscal sponsee until YES received it's 501(c)3 status. During this time, the NPC provided helpful oversight that WAS NOT overbearing and quick turnover of funds. In offering this service, the NPC now provides something YES struggled to find in our earliest stages of growth.

As YES continues to develop and grow, we will continue to find ways to partner and innovate with the NPC, a service that continues to get better each year and has the potential to be in the vanguard of leading the vast number of Berkshire Area non-profits into the evolving age in which we find ourselves."

-Patrick Gordon, Co-Founder & Executive Director | YES Initiative (www.yesforchange.org)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a business member of Nonprofit Center almost since its founding and have known the founder, Liana Toscanini, for more than a decade. The Nonprofit Center is an invaluable resource for this region which has a high density of not-for-profit organizations from cultural, to social service, to health services, to education, to environmental, and more. NPC provides resources to all members in the form of guidance and consulting, support services, workshops and webinars, legislative advocacy, and outreach to organizations. From my point of view, as a business member, NPC has helped to grow my business by referring clients to me who need my services. I would not have been able to reach as many clients on my own, and when they reach out to me on Liana's recommendation they come to me with a level of trust in my abilities and skills already built-in. I am indebted to NPC for that. In turn, I have offered my services at no charge for auctions and other fundraisers to help support NPC's growth. I've watched NPC grow from a small group of nonprofits helping each other to a large organization with over 150 nonprofit members and over 40 business members. It's a tremendous achievement in four years' time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of this nonprofit since 2017. To see what Liana and Elizabeth are able to do for the nonprofits in Berkshire County is amazing. The support they provide for just the two of them is a power house.

musicincommon

Client Served

Rating: 5

NPC of the Berkshires has been an invaluable partner in guiding and advising us as well as providing incredibly useful resources for our organization. Every community should be so lucky to have such a wonderful ally.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a Board member of a Berkshires area nonprofit. When our Executive Director retired earlier this year, I joined the Search Committee. We had a lot to figure out and get done quickly: drafting the position description; agreeing on minimum requirements; determining a competitive salary range and benefits; identifying the best places to post the position. I suggested asking Liana at the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.
Immediately upon receiving my email, I had a response! Every step of the way with this search, Liana has provided helpful, thoughtful and sound advice. If she didn't have an answer, she suggested someone else to ask. It gave us confidence in the process and produced results.
In addition to assistance with the search, the Nonprofit Center offered webinars during the height of the pandemic that helped me to stay focused on best practices for keeping donors and other constituents engaged with a nonprofit. The content and presentations helped me to move forward during a time of anxiety, confusion and concern, and to have confidence in my decisions as a fundraising consultant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a local elected official I work with a lot of nonprofits in my community. NPC is always my first call when I need guidance, resources, or a good idea. I’ve never turned to them without getting the help I needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Liana and her team are absolutely amazing abs a huge asset to our region. They have taken the time to understand the intricacies of our business model and have crafted advice specific to our needs. They have also connected us with some tremendous resources that we would have never discovered on our own. I absolutely recommend membership and engagement.

abbievons

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a founding Board member of this incredibly worthwhile organization, which serves all of Berkshire County. Liana Toscanini, the founder and Executive Director, does a terrific job providing relevant classes and programs for the nonprofit sector here, which is the largest per capita in the Commonwealth.

Large or small, well established or start-up, the NPC has something to offer every nonprofit!

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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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Flexible and nimble non-profit helping others build their mission and purpose with strategic advice, timely programming and deep relationships, knowledge and networking.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Liana,Elizabeth and their team are tireless,inspiring and resourceful. I have never met people who care so deeply about the mission and are supportive of others in the truest sense.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with the NPC is through my work as President of the Berkshire Business & Professional Women's group as well as through a job search I conducted. Liana and team helped the BBPW join the NPC to gain exposure, think through how best to strengthen the BBPW board and plan our annual board retreat. Liana was always available and constructively contributed to my thinking and planning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Magnificent- surpassed my expectations. Their bootcamp was jam packed with information, peppered with the presence of industry experts, and they left us with great take-home information and resources. Highly recommend.

Mimi R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Berkshire Bounty has 1) attended NPC workshops, 2) used NPC publications and 3) benefitted from input provided by Liana. We have found NPC to be responsive to the needs of Berkshire Bounty and other non-profits in the Berkshires. We also have been impressed by the creativity and persistence of NPC in identifying various needs of non-profits and developing tools that NPC delivered to those non-profits to help them meet those needs.

Megan76

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires helps ensure nonprofits, especially smaller ones, have the resources, knowledge and connections they need to do their best work. They offer terrific workshops, help celebrate the work we do, and are always thinking about how best to support our sector.

Rose E.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center provides quality seminars and trainings designed for non-profits. New staff at the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) have found them invaluable. As former President of the BIC I have found Liana to be a ready resource for all things non-profit. I appreciate having the NPC in Pittsfield.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Second year as a member and have found the NPC of the Berkshires very helpful. Of special importance to Southern Berkshire Ambulance are the workshops and best-practice lectures.. And it's great to be among some of the most progressive and successful NP organizations in Massachusetts!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Super helpful, engaged and responsive. Liana and Elizabeth will be your friend, holding your hand as you navigate your non-profit's development, strategy and operations. And NPCB holds very useful and engaging educational events. it's a real asset in our area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The NPC has provided our small nonprofit with invaluable resources we could never have accessed on our own. Everyone who works there is cheerful, creative, and helpful. We are lucky to have this resource in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires development projects for more than 4 years. Liana Toscanini provides a wealth of resources and support for regional nonprofits, and has been creative and visionary on finding and implementing new ways to help the Berkshire nonprofit sector succeed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Liana and her team are impressive people! My business partner and I were invited to present at their recent Virtual Summit. It was run incredibly smoothly and chock full of information. It is clear to me that Liana and her team care deeply for nonprofits in Berkshire County and for the surrounding community.

BICdirector

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was a new Executive Director of a nonprofit in the Berkshires the Nonprofit Center provided me with many free resources and an hour of consulting so that I could get to know the landscape of nonprofit work in the Berkshires. The NPC of the Berkshires is a wonderful hub for all of us in the community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we moved our small start-up organization Walking Our Talk to non-profit status we had no idea where to start. Liana and the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires brought us useful information, warm support, and educational resources to help us make the transition as smooth as possible. It's not been an easy ride in a county with nearly a 1000 non-profits, but their encouragement and assistance has been invaluable. Bravo to NCB!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Liana does an amazing job of serving the nonprofit community! Earlier this year she put on a wonderful nonprofit awards day event, bringing together hundreds of non-profits, as well as private sector organizations who serve them. It was a wonderful event honoring well deserving individuals as well as providing networking opportunities. Also Liana has provided me with steady support in helping bring forth awareness of a “Nonprofit 401(k)” program to the nonprofit community. I applause and appreciate Liana and Elizabeth!

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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!

Linda D.8

Donor

Rating: 5

Liana Toscanini has generously shared her experiences and expertise with the growing and diverse Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) community--guiding our young professionals to volunteer on committees, boards and projects spearheaded by the region's robust non-profit organizations.

She has actively facilitated hearty conversations at our DLE Open Forum events and at our forthcoming 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat about the priceless dividends of giving back, personally and professionally.

She has coached our young professionals on how to identify and assess opportunities to step up and get involved, for a one-time project or long-term assignment. Her enthusiastic support of our DLE community members and our vision for providing premiere leadership development programming has been sincere, steadfast and extraordinary.

I am deeply appreciative to call Liana and the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires true partners with the DLE in developing our region's next generation of leaders.

-Linda Dulye, founder/executive director, Dulye Leadership Experience

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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.

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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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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.

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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.