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Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Chapter

The Western Massachusetts Chapter has been providing fundraising professionals in our region with educational, networking, and professional advancement opportunities since 1994.

The Western Massachusetts Chapter serves fundraising professionals throughout Western Massachusetts including Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. Professionals from outside of our region are also welcome to join and attend meetings.


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National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, Log Cabin, Holyoke

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Oct 17 - Director of Philanthropy
The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts requires a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and resourceful leader who will manage all fundraising efforts for the Fund. The successful candidate will be an expert utilizing data to design and implement donor cultivation and engagement strategies to ensure the Fund is maximizing every opportunity to leverage individual, corporate, and foundation contributions throughout the four counties. Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will engage in donor discovery, and recommend, implement, and coordinate donor relations and stewardship in four western Mass. counties. The Director of Philanthropy will also develop programming and content for donor recognition and campaign-related programs and events. Regular contact-by phone, written correspondence, and in person-with donors and prospects will be required. Must be able to provide the highest level of responsiveness and client service. In addition, the Director of Philanthropy must build and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders and represent the Women’s Fund in external events and community partnerships. ... more >
Oct 7 - 2016 National Philanthropy Day - Event Information
Join us for 2016 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 16 at the Log Cabin, Holyoke! ... more >
Oct 4 - Vice President of Philanthropic Services
The Community Foundation of Western MA seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to join its senior team as Vice President of Philanthropic Services. This position reports to the President and CEO and is responsible for the Foundation’s asset development ($11M last year), donor services and strategic communications. ... more >
Sep 29 - Prospect Information Coordinator
Amherst College seeks a Prospect Information Coordinator to join its collegial and dynamic Advancement Research team. ... more >
Sep 25 - Director of Annual Giving, Special Events and Volunteers
JGS Lifecare, seeks a dynamic and experienced professional to manage and direct the organization's Annual Giving and Volunteer Initiatives. Will report to the Vice President of Philanthropy and work closely with the Director of Marketing/Public Relations, lay committees and organizational leadership. Candidates must have a proven history of success in the creation and execution of a comprehensive annual giving and donor engagement plan; events management; volunteer management; strong social media skills, be well organized and able to plan strategically. Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree preferred with three years of nonprofit development experience required with experience in a supervisory role. Experience in health care a plus. Marketing and/or communications experience a plus. Proficiency with Raiser's Edge and On-line Express or similar software and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and common email software required. ... more >
Oct 19 - Gaining Actionable Insights For Your Charity
Now available! The 2015 What Canadian Donors Want user-friendly data template. Read on for more information. ... more >
Oct 19 - Trillium Foundation’s CEO Inspires Diversity Fellows on Inclusion, Leadership, Tenacity
This mantra is one of the thoughts that Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) CEO Andrea Cohen Barrack shared at the summer social for the 2016 Fellows of the Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship. Held at William’s Landing in downtown Toronto, the event featured Barrack’s insights into leadership, growth and how tenacity helped her persevere through the many obstacles she faced along the way. ... more >
Oct 18 - Three Steps to a Fantastic Board Retreat
(Oct. 17, 2016) Missed Amy Eisenstein’s recent webinar on Three Steps to a Fantastic Board Retreat? You can still order the archived webinar and learn from her vast knowledge and experience, and we’ve got Amy’s five questions with AFP below for even more insight. ... more >
Oct 18 - Building a Holistic Approach to Grant Seeking
(Oct. 17, 2016) It’s tricky – we know that nonprofits can’t live on grants alone, yet there is over 50 billion dollars awarded every year through foundations and corporate grants. AFP had a chance recently to chat with Cindy Adams, CEO of GrantStation, about what goes into investing in a healthy grant program, the subject of her upcoming webinar, Building a Holistic Approach to Grant Seeking on October 24. ... more >
Oct 17 - Public Policy Update: Opportunities to Contribute to Public Policy and Public Debate!
(Oct. 17, 2016) Take note of these opportunities to participate and have your voice heard. Whether the topic is political activities by charities or the impact of CASL on the nonprofit sector, your perspective matters! ... more >