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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.

We are excited to have received several nominations in all categories. Award winners will be announced very soon. Thank you to all who have submitted nominations. Please visit our National Philanthropy Day website page for information about ths important event.

Save the date for this year's Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, November 19 

This year's luncheon will feature keynote speaker, President and CEO of AFP International, Andrew Watt (biography). 


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Sep 17 - Grants and Contract Coordinator
The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is the state’s largest provider of services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services are also offered to young parents, at-risk youth, children who have witnessed violence and supervised visitation. The YWCA manages an annual operating budget of $6 million comprised of federal, state, local and private contracts and grants. A qualified candidate would possess a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of professional development writing experience, computer proficiency and strong organizational skills. ... more >
Sep 15 - Development Officer
The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development Officer to join this dynamic cultural organization and help expand its fundraising program. Now in its 34th year, the Center, located in Amherst, MA, is working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. ... more >
Sep 11 - Assistant Advancement Officer
CORRECTED TITLE ... Assistant Advancement Officer will be responsible for providing support to the Advancement team with a focus on prospect research, and annual giving support. ... more >
Sep 9 - Assistant Director of Communications
The Office of Communications at Stoneleigh-Burnham School is seeking a creative and efficient Assistant Director of Communications. The Assistant Director of Communications will provide support to the Director of Communications and the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations in content development, writing, and editing for electronic and print materials related to the Annual Fund, the Bridge Fund, and alumnae engagement. This position will work within our existing brand, messaging and positioning strategy to advance fundraising and alumnae engagement. This is a temporary, two-year salaried and benefited fulltime position. ... more >
Sep 8 - Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Professional Programs
The Office of Alumni Relations of Western New England University has an opening for an Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Professional Programs. The Associate Director will build meaningful relationships with two key alumni groups: over 7,900 alumni of the School of Law and future alumni of the College of Pharmacy (first class will graduate in 2015.) ... more >
Sep 16 - Top Ten (Week of September 15, 2014): Can You Plan on IRA Charitable Rollover?
(Sept. 15, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including making storytelling part of your culture, how to finish the year strong, using bitcoin, collaborations in grant proposals, how to check your current website against best practices and much more! ... more >
Sep 16 - New Partnership to Increase Student Philanthropy, Community Involvement
AFP and the Jefferson Awards Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership between the AFP Youth in Philanthropy program and the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Students In Action Program. ... more >
Sep 10 - AFP's Response to National Post Article on Policing of Political Activities of Charities
(Sept. 8, 2014) Recently, Andrew Coyne penned this column in the National Post focused on the policing of political activities of charities. Coyne concluded that the best means of addressing the situation is to “take away the charitable tax designation—not selectively, based on their ability to dance on the head of a CRA pin, but across the board, outright.” The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) finds this conclusion fundamentally flawed. The charitable tax designation and the tax credit represent a gesture of confidence on the part of the people by way of their elected representatives, an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of nonprofit and community action and a commitment to the longstanding tradition of philanthropy in Canada. ... more >