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BCC Introduces Development Associate Certificate Program

Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, announces the creation of a Development Associate Certificate program, now accepting up to 20 students. Conducted online, ten sessions will be held on Tuesdays, February 1 through April 5, 2022 from 6 pm-7:30 pm. Liana Toscanini, executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, joins guest instructors. Tuition is $700. To register, visit

As the region's leading workforce training partner, BCC joins forces with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, the area’s premier provider of professional development for nonprofit leaders and staff. In a nod to the large nonprofit presence in the Berkshires, the course explores the roles and responsibilities of entry-level fundraising professionals, as well as resources and insights into fundraising as a career path. Topics covered include donor relations, grant writing, event planning, donor databases, marketing and more.

The ten courses include:

  • Overview of the Development Field, Career Path and Skills: Alexandra Heddinger, Development Director, Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
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  • Donor Relations: Kevin Fleming, Founder & CEO, Prosper Nonprofit Advisors 
  • Donor Databases: Amy Chin, Owner Principal, Berkshire Net Results
  • Administration, Social Media and Communications: Mary Vasquez-Slack, Local and Virtual Assistant, My Versatile Secretary
  • Grant Writing and Research: Laurie Werner, Consultant, Strategy and Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • Federal Grant Writing: Diane Gedeon-Martin, President, The Write Source
  • Facebook/Social Media Apps: Mary McGurn, Owner, McGurn Media
  • Event Planning: Amy Rudnick, Event Planner Consultant
  • Donor Research: Roger Magnus, Owner, Roger Magnus Research
  • Marketing & Development Go Hand-in-Hand: Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires