BCC's Nonprofit Institute Open for Registration

Non-credit workshops designed for professionals and students alike

Registration is open for Berkshire Community College (BCC)’s Nonprofit Institute, an eight-part virtual workshop program dedicated to teaching essential functions for those involved in the nonprofit sector. The workshops, available as an entire package or a la carte, will be held via Zoom on Thursdays, September 30 through November 18, from 5:30-7 pm. 

Registration fees are $40 per workshop or $250 for all eight workshops. To register, visit  Upon registration, links will be provided to each virtual session.

We’ve designed these workshops for business professionals, board members and volunteers who are new to the nonprofit sector or who might need a refresher course, as well as students interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector. It’s like a bootcamp for nonprofits.”

Christina Wynn, Interim Dean of Business and Outreach.

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BCC's Nonprofit Institute
with Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, FAFP

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With a focus on real world needs and daily challenges, workshops will be led by Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, FAFP. Schlegell has more than 40 years of nonprofit experience and is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource, an organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting excellence in nonprofit governance. 

Sessions include:
  • Sept. 30: Basics of Development. Learn about different types of fundraising, government and infrastructure requirements for nonprofits, and how staff, board members and volunteers fit in the big picture.
  • Oct. 7:  Governance of Nonprofit Boards. Roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members will be discussed, as well as fundraising by board members; committees, task forces and other involvement; and the function of advisory, honorary and emeritus board members.
  • Oct. 14: Finances for Nonprofits. Learn about fund accounting as well as the roles of finance staff, the board and the treasurer.
  • Oct. 21: Volunteers. Learn how to recruit and retain volunteers, match their needs with yours and create meaningful volunteer jobs, as well as when not to use volunteers.
  • Oct. 28: Annual Fund/Annual Appeals. First, learn why you should have an annual appeal at all. Then, discuss how to best structure appeals, how to organize monthly giving, and when to use direct mail and/or volunteers.
  • Nov. 4: Major Gifts (from individuals). Explore the essentials of major gifts, including identifying what constitutes a major gift for your organization; why the focus should be on individuals; identifying, engaging, cultivating and asking for gifts; and the importance of stewardship.
  • Nov. 11: Corporations. Learn how to establish relationships with corporations by researching them, matching their interests with your needs, determining the best ways to approach them, and employing your board and volunteers to cultivate these relationships.
  • Nov. 18 : Foundations. Learn how to leverage the power of foundations by using skillful approaches, including letters of inquiry and detailed proposals.