Non-Profit Collaborative Archive

Spring 2021 Seminar Series

  • May 6: Using Data to Advance Equity in our Community During the Pandemic and Moving Forward

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare racial and ethnic health disparities that have always existed. It has also taught us a lot about how to better address them. This seminar covered:

    • Gathering and interpreting COVID data through an equity lens
    • Putting data into action  
    • Using data to change systems 
    • Vaccine rollout efforts in BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) community  


Fall 2020 Seminar Series

  • October 22 : Impact of the Election on the Non-profit Sector

    Presented by: Jim Klocke, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

    The upcoming election is one of the most consequential in recent American history. What will it mean for the nonprofit sector--and what should you watch for on Election Night? Jim Klocke, the CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, will talk about the issues that will be affected by the election and the broader political context.


    Jim Klocke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. MNN is the voice of the Commonwealth’s nonprofit sector, providing advocacy, capacity-building and public awareness services for nonprofits across the state. The Commonwealth’s nonprofit sector employs more people than the manufacturing and financial services sectors combined. Jim was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


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  • November 10 : Art of the Ask in the Digital Age

    9-10:30 a.m.

    Presented by: Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard R. Blain and Associates, LLC and Sharon Mason, Development Director at Groundwork Lawrence

    This pandemic has forced some changes in how we ask and when we ask. However, some things have not changed. Learn more about “the ask” especially as we need to become more creative in this digital age, and given our current COVID crisis. Hear about some actual virtual fundraising events; the challenges, opportunities and successes. Connecting with donors has never been more important, and we need to continue to do so in meaningful ways. Key takeaways include:


    -Understanding why people give: It hasn’t really changed


    -Preparing for the Ask: It may be a little different


    -Cultivation and solicitation: Pivoting our approach


    -Involving our Donors: If only remotely


    -Importance of “listening”: More important than ever


    -Developing donor relations: Communication is key


    -Art of the Ask: Art + Science + Technology


    -And the “New Normal”: What will it be?


    Rick Blain is the principal consultant at his firm for not-for-profit institutions and organizations. His areas of expertise include institutional advancement, capital campaigns, strategic planning, public relations, and board and staff training.


    Sharon Mason is the Development Director for Groundwork Lawrence. She served in the same capacity with the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, and with Habitat for Humanity - Merrimack Valley. She has an extensive background in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Sharon has served on the boards and committees of several organizations including the Andover Cultural Council, and the Andover SEPAC.


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