Non-Profit Collaborative

Helping Those Who Help Others

Founded in 2008 by George L. Duncan, Founder and Chairman, and Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, Corporate Communications Director (retired), Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit CollaborativeSM (NPC) provides critically needed support to non-profit organizations in the Merrimack Valley, North Central Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. Together, with the Enterprise Bank team, we work on behalf of the non-profit community to develop programs and resources to benefit these valuable organizations.

Educational Seminar Series

We understand the challenges you face to fulfill your mission while working with limited resources. Our educational seminars are presented by industry experts and address topics critical to the success of non-profits. Seminars are offered in both the spring and the fall and there is no cost for representatives of non-profit organizations to attend – register for one seminar, or plan to have a representative at each seminar!

View our archive of past events and subscribe to our NPC email list to stay up to date.


Our Fall Seminars present a range of timely topics to assist non-profit organizations. There is no cost for representatives of non-profit organizations to attend. All seminars take place from 8:30am to 10:30am (doors open at 8:00am) and breakfast is provided.

  • September 10 : Donor Engagement & Board Development Best Practices

    Thanks to everyone who joined us!


    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    8:30 - 10:30am | Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Holiday Inn Tewksbury | 4 Highwood Drive |Tewksbury, MA

    Presented by:
    • Nancy Donahue, Philanthropist
    • George Duncan, Founder and Chairman, Enterprise Bank
    • Karen Frederick, Chief Executive Officer, Community Teamwork
    • Susan Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Lowell Community Health Center

    Seminar at a Glance:

    Support from both your donor base and board of directors is vital when operating a successful non-profit organization. This panel discussion featuring well-known, proven community leaders will focus on best practices that lead to successful engagement with your organization’s donor base as well as how to best utilize your board members to meet your mission.

    • Understand what makes a donor want to support a non-profit organization
    • Discover best approaches to board development and leadership in the current environment
    • Learn do’s and don’ts for successful engagement

    About the Presenters:

    Nancy Donahue has been involved with numerous non-profits in the Merrimack Valley having served in many different capacities, from volunteer to Chairman of the Board.

    George Duncan has helped to found and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Lowell communities in various capacities including as a financial and strategic advisor.

    Karen Frederick has worked in leadership in community action, education, housing and economic development for over 40 years.

    Susan Levine boasts over 30 years of leadership experience in health care, public health, and higher education.

  • September 24 : Differentiating Your Non-Profit Organization

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    8:30 - 10:30am | Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Sky Meadow Country Club, West & Main Room | 6 Mountain Laurels Drive | Nashua, NH

    Presented by:

    • Mark Altman, Founder and Chairman of MindsetGo

    Seminar at a Glance:

    Being involved with a non-profit organization, you understand the jarring reality of being expected to do so much with very little. You’re passionate about the cause, wanting to further the mission and make a bigger impact, but you’re not sure how or where to start. The challenges can be daunting, but creating a strong voice or brand along with identifying a strategy both play a key role in your success.

    • Engage your community by recruiting ambassadors
    • Attract more donors, corporate sponsors, and board members
    • Give your cause a differentiated, strong voice to have more emotional appeal
    • Stand out from similar causes in grant applications and fundraising campaigns


    About the Presenter:

    Mark Altman is the founder of MindsetGo, an innovative training organization that excites individuals to apply their new skills, knowledge, and behaviors to improve both individually and as part of a team. He has over two decades of experience speaking and training on interpersonal disciplines including leadership, sales enablement, customer service, emotional intelligence, conversational intelligence and presentation skills.

  • October 1 : Growing and Developing Your Team

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    8:30 -10:30am | Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Mt. Wachusett Community College, North Cafe | 444 Green Street | Gardner, MA

    Presented by:
    • Charlene Jancsy, Talent Management Director, Enterprise Bank
    • Allison Sullivan, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Enterprise Bank

    Seminar at a Glance:

    Growing and developing your team is an important part of your job, whether you're a new team leader or an experienced manager, and it doesn't apply only to new hires. Team members need continued training and support throughout their careers, both as individuals and as part of a team, to develop their skills and work effectively.

    • Develop strong relationships among your team
    • Prevent good employees from leaving
    • Encourage employee engagement and career development
    • Understand the importance of setting performance goals

    About the Presenters:

    Over the span of her 15+ years in Human Resources, Charlene has held progressively responsible roles in the areas of employment and employee relations. She currently holds both the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications, and is an active Board Member with MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board.

    Allison boasts over 15 years' experience in the Human Resources field, and specializes in recruiting, employee relations and performance management. She holds The SHRM-CP certification and is currently a Board of Director member for the Saint Patrick's School in Lowell, MA.

  • October 16 : Getting the Project You Want: How to Succeed in Your Capital Planning Project

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    8:30 -10:30am | Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Indian Hill Music School | 36 King Street | Littleton, MA

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    Presented by:
    • Luke Bouchard, Facilities Director, SVP, Facilities
    • Neil Gordon, CEO, Discovery Museum

    Seminar at a Glance:

    While undergoing a capital planning project can seem overwhelming at first glance, this seminar is designed to help breakdown the planning process to ensure you are on the right track to get the project best suited for your organization.

    • Improve your understanding of the construction process
    • Recognize needs versus wants to best align with your organization’s goals and budget
    • Select a procurement method that is right for your project
    • Learn how to minimize the impact to your organization

    About the Presenters:

    Luke is a registered architect in the state of Massachusetts where he has practiced architecture for 15 years. Since 2010 he has been with Enterprise Bank where he is responsible for the maintenance, planning and development of the Bank’s buildings and grounds.

    Neil has held the title of CEO with the Discovery Museum in Acton since 2009, and prior to his current position he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Children’s Museum for 14 years. In his career, Neil has overseen construction projects of many sizes up to $25M.

  • October 29 : Advancing Your Grant Writing Skills

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    8:30 -10:30am | Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Lexington Depot | 13 Depot Square | Lexington, MA

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    Presented by:
    • Susan Linn, President & CEO, Epilepsy Foundation New England

    Seminar at a Glance:

    Designed to provide experienced grant writers with advanced skills, particularly grant project planning and evaluation tools to take your grant proposals from good to great, this workshop will include tips for approaching and writing federal grants. Participants are encouraged to submit a draft or previous grant proposal for review and discussion. This workshop will feature practical application of new skills and small group work.

    • Practice using logic models to strengthen your proposals
    • Receive input to strengthen a current or past proposal
    • Learn winning edge ideas for federal grant writing
    • Explore evaluation tools to take your grant proposals from good to great

    If you’d like your proposal reviewed and discussed at the workshop, please submit it by October 15th to Andrew Duncan at

    About the Presenter:

    Susan Linn’s grant writing track record includes more than $100M in grant funds raised for schools, cities, and non-profits from private and governmental sources. Now leading the Epilepsy Foundation New England, Susan continues to have a passion for grant writing and sharing what she has learned to strengthen our non-profit community.

  • November 5 : The Art of the Ask in This Digital Age

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    8:30 -10:30am| Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Tuscan Kitchen | 67 Main Street | Salem, NH

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    Presented by:
    • Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard R. Blain & Associates, LLC

    Seminar at a Glance:

    As technology plays a growing and important role in the solicitation of charitable gifts, it is important that we also remember the "art of the ask" through personal contact and direct mail solicitation. There is still no more effective way to communicate than in person, and therefore no more effective way to solicit support than to do so face-to-face. In this age of social media, direct mail solicitation still plays an important role, if you offer an almost irresistible appeal.

    • Overcome common fears when asking for money
    • Understand the importance of listening
    • Learn when and how to ask
    • Identify what it takes to get your solicitation opened, read, and responded to

    About the Presenter:

    Rick Blain is the principal consultant at his firm for non-for-profit institutions and organizations. His areas of expertise include institutional advancement, capital campaigns, strategic planning, public relations, and board and staff training.

  • November 19 : Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    8:30 -10:30am| Doors Open at 8:00am | Complimentary breakfast provided
    Salvatore’s Conference Center | 354 Merrimack Street | Lawrence, MA

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    Presented by:
    • Bill Cummings, Founder, Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation

    Seminar at a Glance:

    Bill never aspired to be a billionaire – and never acknowledged he was one until long after it happened. He thrives at being an opportunist and believes that this often-misunderstood trait is one of the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. In recent years, Bill has become well known for his singular dedication to giving back to the communities and institutions so vital to his success. Each year, Cummings Foundation awards $25 million in grants, earning him and his wife Joyce a spot on the latest Forbes Top 50 Givers List.

    • Hear about Bill’s journey from humble beginnings to the Giving Pledge
    • Learn what Cummings Foundation looks for when selecting non-profits to support
    • Understand the Cummings organization’s unique model of using commercial real estate to fuel philanthropy

    About the Presenter:

    Bill became a serial entrepreneur in earnest, and then a philanthropist, after first working all over the country with two national consumer-products firms. In 1964, Bill spent $4,000 to purchase his first real business, and with the million-dollar proceeds from the sale of that business in 1970, he founded a suburban-Boston commercial real estate firm, Cummings Properties. Along the way, he accumulated uncommon wealth, much of which he and his wife, Joyce, have been actively disbursing through Cummings Foundation, which they established together in 1986.

Networking & Relationship Building

We recognize the importance of networking to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization. We truly believe that there is strength in numbers! Our educational seminars create an opportunity for non-profit teams to learn and connect with our experienced subject matter experts, Enterprise Bank team members, and other non-profits in a relaxed, comfortable setting. View our archive of past seminar subject matter experts and presentation content.

Board & Volunteer Support

Our Enterprise Bankers offer a level of professionalism and expertise that will benefit your board, providing leadership, guidance and vision for the future of your organization. If you are looking for local professionals to contribute to your board, please contact Alison Burns at 978-656-5672 or Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000 x4582.

Enterprise Bank can also assist with your volunteer needs by posting volunteer opportunities on our Bank's internal website for our employees, who live in, and are committed to, supporting the communities we serve. For assistance with your volunteer efforts, please contact Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000 x4582.

Place to Meet, Plan and Grow Stronger

If your non-profit organization is in need of conference or meeting space, Enterprise Bank has a number of conveniently located community rooms that are available at no charge. For meeting space information and availability, please contact Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000 x4582.

Please be aware that Enterprise Bank may take photographs and videos of attendees at events. By registering for our events, you agree that the we may use your name, likeness, photographs and video in connection with the promotion, marketing and advertising of future events. In addition, you agree that Enterprise Bank may use your name, likeness, and photograph in connection with summarizing and highlighting completed events. Please notify if you do not wish to have photographs or video taken of you at events.

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