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Nonprofit Net enters eighth year:

Nonprofit Net was founded in November 2003 and as we enter our 8th year of operations, we have a lot to be thankful for. We have done about 60 capacity building seminars to help both large and small nonprofits. Our seminars, designed to provide practical information by experts, covered all aspects of running a nonprofit organization including Governance, Fundraising, Marketing, Public Relations, Volunteer Management and Strategic Planning. Thanks to your participation and high quality of speakers, these seminars have become very popular; we have been experiencing capacity crowds in excess of 70!

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Nonprofit Net Mission Statement

Our mission is to unite nonprofits within a community to attract local philanthropic resources and to increase their capacity to deliver services.

We work with nonprofit organizations to facilitate access to local resources that would not otherwise be available. Whether the objective is fundraising, finding new board members, recruiting volunteers or improving operations, we help our member organizations reach their goals more easily and more quickly. We also help our members to improve the capacity of their boards and improve their own internal management and operational practices by providing access to managerial and executive talent at regular peer group meetings.

Seminar Videos Now Available on LexMedia

Lexmedia has been video taping our meetings and has made available the videos of our May, October and November  2009 seminars.  We will be adding videos of our seminars going forward.

To view the videos, please click here.

Strategic Planning: The Key to Organizational Development and Sustainable Success


Sustainable success amidst changing conditions requires a strategy. Many of us have had less than inspiring experiences with strategic planning. However, when the planning process is designed to fit the needs, culture, maturity, situation and size of a nonprofit organization, it can be invigorating for all involved, and transformational for the organization. This session will clarify strategic planning in relationship to other efforts, such as program and business planning. Participants will learn about tools to use for assessing their situation, engaging their constituencies, developing a detailed mission-based plan, and putting in place the means for implementation They will leave the session with an understanding of the basic structure of an effective planning process, ways of adapting it for individual organizations, the roles of various stakeholders, and why it can be a critical function of organizational development.

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This year the Lexington Discovery Day will be held on Saturday May 24, the Memorial Day weekend from 10 am to 3 pm (rain date May 31). It is a once-a-year opportunity for your organization to be exposed to 25,000 people in a few short hours. This 29-year tradition in Lexington celebrates the beginning of summer by offering a huge Sidewalk Sale complete with food, entertainment, shopping, free prizes, special displays by Town Departments, and information booths by civic groups.


Following the successful format of last four years, The Nonprofit Net Inc. has made special arrangements with the organizers of the Discovery Day to allow the local nonprofit organizations to set up booths under one tent and reduce cost by sharing tables -- you can have a third, a half or full table. 
The main advantage of group participation under the banner of NONPROFIT NET is the BIG TENT that attracts many more visitors than individual tables can; our tent has become an 'anchor' and 'must visit' for many visitors to the show.  Please act now to take advantage of one of the cheapest and the most effective ways to spread your name in Lexington.

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The next Nonprofit Net meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM at the Meeting Room in Cary Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington, MA (in Lexington Center)

The topic of the seminar is:

“Engagement Governance” A New Governance Structure for Nonprofits to Increase Community Impact

Why is it that problem boards always seem to be a top concern for nonprofits? Increasingly many in the governance field and nonprofits themselves have come to recognize that traditional, governance models are inadequate to respond effectively to organizational challenges. This workshop will present new approaches and specific practices that will help engage your board and result in more effective decision-making, a shift to more meaningful work for your board, and increased impact within your community. Participants will learn about a new governance framework, “Engagement Governance”, built upon principles of inclusiveness, participatory democracy, constituent engagement and leadership, and genuine partnership. The workshop will also focus on concrete practices, steps, and tools that will help you adapt this framework to your organization.

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The materials from the February 2008 Seminar: Networking For Nonprofits: Expand Your Personal and Professional Universe AND, Have Fun Doing It! have been posted. 

Photo: Phyllis Lasky, Currently, she sits on the board of Women in Development and is president of the Vasculitis Foundation, an international nonprofit, located in Kansas City, MO.

Description of Seminar

icon Networking - Feb 2008 - PDF (334.49 KB 2008-03-07 02:54:47)

icon Networking - Feb. 2008 - PPT Presentation (126.5 KB 2008-03-07 02:52:26) 

icon Networking Exercise (26.32 KB 2008-03-07 02:49:28) 

icon Networking_Exercise_MA (20 KB 2008-03-07 02:46:30) 

The materials from the January 2008 Seminar: How to Cultivate Donor Prospects have been posted. 

Photo: Hillel Korin, Executive Vice President of The Ostroff Group

Description of the seminar

icon Paying Attention to Major Donors - PPT (390.5 KB 2008-01-21 00:17:21)

icon Fundraising - Creating Financial Sustainblility (48 KB 2008-01-21 00:23:03) 

icon Engagement Cycle for Donors (461 KB 2008-01-21 00:20:39)

icon Various Supersites With Information for Nonprofits (72.7 KB 2008-02-01 19:08:20) 


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