BTCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence Announces a Year of Programs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SHEFFIELD, MA -- Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today the slate of 2016 programming for nonprofit leaders through its Center for Nonprofit Excellence. The foundation also welcomes two new members to the CNE advisory board: Nancy Heaton, executive director of the Foundation for Community Health in Sharon, Conn., and Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, director of the NorthEast-Millerton Library in Millerton, NY.

Since 1998, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence has helped hundreds of organizations—and more than 1,500 individuals—build more secure futures for themselves and their communities through intensive trainings with leading consultants, world-class scholarships and a popular annual seminar series.


Executive directors from eight organizations throughout the region have been selected to participate in this year’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a collaborative peer-learning program to help build leadership and management skills. Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block and using The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge as a foundation, the program offers a transformative learning experience that builds confidence and skills, and puts theory into immediate practice. Participants in 2016 include: Bethany St. Dennis, Family Resource Center; Rosalie Girard, Berkshire Nursing Families; Jenny Hansell, Northeast Community Center; Erica Joncyk, David M. Hunt Library; Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau; Ananda Timpane, Railroad Street Youth Project; Carolyn Valli, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; and Gwendolyn VanSant, Multicultural Bridge.

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds.


The Center for Nonprofit Excellence will once again offer scholarships to two world-class professional development programs focused on nonprofit management at Harvard Business School.

Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management is an intensive six-day program that draws together nonprofit CEOs, presidents and executives who are shaping the direction of nonprofits around the world. The course uses the HBS case method to look at how shifting economic realities affect organizations, and how to understand and apply core management concepts in response to internal and external forces. Applications for two available scholarships, valued at $5,500 each, are due March 1 for the July program. Learn more at

Taught by world-class faculty with experience in board leadership and nonprofit management, Governing for Nonprofit Excellence is a four-day course to enhance leadership and governance skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. The program takes an in-depth look at four core nonprofit governance competencies: board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance measurement and financial oversight. One scholarship valued at $4,500 is available. Applications are due August 8 for the October program. Visit


Nonprofit executives and board leaders throughout the region are encouraged to participate in Berkshire Taconic’s annual Seminars in Nonprofit Excellence series, which provides training and professional development to staff and board from nonprofits of all sizes. This popular fall series brings national experts to the region for hands-on workshops on a range of topics. The 2016 schedule will be released in July.


Berkshire Taconic offers nonprofits use of its three conference rooms for board meetings and retreats at no cost. In our dedicated CNE room, staff and board members can access several national grant databases, including Foundation Directory Online and GrantStation. The CNE room also contains a library of current and classic reference materials. To book a conference room, call 413-229-0370.

About Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
For over 28 years, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has built stronger communities and helped donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. Each year, the foundation distributes over $8 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. You can make a difference. We can help.



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