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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.

Nominations for 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards are now being accepted. Please visit our NPD page and submit your nominations before August 25. Also available is a list of past honorees, for your reference. 

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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Aug 19 - Assistant Director of Development for Alumnae Relations
The Development Office of Stoneleigh-Burnham School seeks an energetic and astute coordinator of all programs and events related to alumnae relations. The assistant director’s primary role is to strengthen and expand the role of alumnae in supporting the School as volunteers and donors. ... more >
Aug 14 - Campaign Associate, Planned Giving (PT 24 hr)
The Campaign Associate, Planned Giving, works closely with all UWPV staff and volunteer leadership in carrying out all essential duties and responsibilities related to United Way’s mission in mobilizing people and resources to strengthen our communities. ... more >
Aug 14 - Senior Relationship and Major Gifts Manager
The Senior Relationship and Major Gifts Manager will support the implementation and growth of United Way’s workplace campaign and leadership giving objectives and strategies, and maintain donor relations of the annual campaign. ... more >
Aug 9 - Executive Director
Snow Farm is seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable, and highly-motivated Executive Director. The new Executive Director must be passionate about contemporary craft and craft education and be capable of leading and managing a team of talented staff and committed volunteers. The ideal candidate will appreciate Snow Farm’s history, recognize its current challenges, and embrace its strategic vision for the future. As Snow Farm’s chief executive officer, the Executive Director must be an energetic and creative leader who can grow the organization’s relationships with and reputation among artists, donors, partnering organizations, volunteers, and the local community. ... more >
Aug 4 - Development Assistant
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech seeks a full-time Development Assistant to be part of a coordinated central development team raising funds and awareness across Clarke’s five east coast campus locations. This position provides a great opportunity for professional growth, including a formal mentoring program, and will allow the right candidate to acquire and then use a diverse range of skills and experience, while working as a key member of a collaborative team. The Assistant will report to the Chief Development Officer and be based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Competitive salary and excellent benefits are offered for this full-time, exempt-level position. ... more >
Sep 2 - Top Ten (Week of September 1, 2014): 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Reach Millennials
(Sept. 1, 2014) Learn about this topic and more in this week's top ten, including stories and tips on raising awareness for your cause (circa #IceBucketChallenge), why school fundraisers need a complete overhaul, the awesome reasons why you should be using infographics in your content marketing, why it's essential to have a personality when trying to appeal to your target audience, how to do recon when the wrong automated email goes out, why video is ESSENTIAL for your nonprofit and how to get in on the #GivingTuesday movement that is less than 100 days away! ... more >
Sep 2 - Five Mistakes When Orchestrating Your Online Event
(Sept. 3, 2014) Online fundraising grew 13.5 percent in 2013, proving that online fundraising events are going to be important money-makers of the future. But before you jump online and create an event, there are some things that you need to know about what NOT to do. Read on to see the five mistakes you don’t want to make—plus examples of how some organizations hit it out of the park! ... more >
Sep 2 - Member Motion (September 2014)
AFP members are making moves and doing even more incredible work in fundraising and philanthropy. Join us in celebrating their achievements! Don’t forget to let us know about your announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions! ... more >
Sep 2 - Want An Endowment? Plan For it—Ask For It
(Aug. 26, 2014) Among the excuses your nonprofit has for why you don’t have endowment donors, the only real excuse you can have is that you didn’t ask. Don’t let asking for an endowment gift intimidate you! Helen Monroe, head of Endowment Development Institute, gives you a step-by-step process (and a free checklist!) for every aspect of ‘the ask’—from identifying the donor, to your plan of attack, to your successful ask. ... more >
Aug 28 - AFP Q&A - AFP's Live Online Chat!
AFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A! ... more >