MA Community Foundations Partnership - Cohort Learning Program


About the Partnership

The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership is a collaborative made up of 14 community foundations in Massachusetts. Established in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaborative will partner with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their programs and capacities as they work to address the critical issues facing communities across Massachusetts. As nonprofit services become more and more critical to those they serve, and to the resilience of our Commonwealth as a whole, nonprofit organizations are facing declining revenue streams and rapidly shifting landscapes paired with increased demands. The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership seeks to contribute to the stabilizing, re-envisioning, and rebuilding of the nonprofit sector. The collaborative has produced a series of technical assistance and capacity building programs under its initiative, Nonprofit Strong. Virtual programs address topics such as strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and racial justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. In addition to training, nonprofit participants have the opportunity to network with one another, to troubleshoot common issues, and to exchange best practices. The series of technical assistance and capacity building programs is being offered by the Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership in collaboration with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Philanthropy Massachusetts.

The Cohort Program

The Nonprofit Strong cohort learning program is a free program available to 30 participants in each program. The goal of this program is to allow participants to participate in deeper discussion and learning than the workshops with smaller group sizes and guided discussions and activities. Each cohort will meet five times over the course of 3-5 months. Each session will be 90 minutes long. An additional 30-60 minutes of pre- and post-work may be encouraged between each session.

Please see the three programs below to determine which program you would like to apply to. Applicants may only apply to one cohort.

Centering Equity
This learning series is designed to create a shared understanding of how to identify unconscious bias and disrupt it in the workplace. This learning series provides a brave space for people to explore the root of racial bias, and privilege and think through how their perspectives shape their decisions as professionals. The first session is Wednesday, March 23rd from 10:00 - 11:30 am. The following sessions will be held at the dates below:

Wednesday, April 20th from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, May 18th from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, June 8th from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, June 29th from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Strategic Thinkers & Planners
This series will cover reconnecting to the "why" of an organization (mission, vision, values), defining needs and direction, assessing impact, examining outcomes and accountability, and evaluating mission and resources. The first session is Friday, March 25th from 12:00 - 1:30 pmThe following sessions will be held at the dates below:

Friday, April 15th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, May 6th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, May 27th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, June 10th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

The application deadline is Monday, January 31st at 5:00 PM.

The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership seeks to serve a diverse audience and shape cohorts to provide the best opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and relationship building. Your response to these questions helps us understand who we are serving and design cohorts groupings to maximize the relational aspect of this experience.

Please note: There may be more applicants than we can accommodate for this round of cohorts. You will be notified if your application has been selected to participate.

Please reach out to Madeleine Morgan at or 617-391-9171 if you have any questions.
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Cohort-Specific Questions: Centering Equity

Cohort-Specific Questions: Strategic Thinkers