Upcoming events

    • January 23, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

    Understand Nonprofit Consulting from the Inside Out: Click link to register (required) https://widgb.org/events/understand-non-profit-consulting-from-the-inside-out/

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    January 23, 2020 | 11:30am-1:30pm


    Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston


    $20 for members $35 for non-members

    Whether you need a fresh set of eyes or a particular strategic mindset, many nonprofit (and for-profit!) organizations seek out consultants to support their mission and take a deep dive into their daily operations.  At this session, we’ll hear from a panel of successful nonprofit consultants on the rewards and challenges of consulting, whether full time or part time.

    Learn how to get started and what to consider before you do so. We have the pleasure of sharing this event with the Nonprofit Consultants Network (NCN), a Greater Boston-based forum of independent consultants who work with nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector. From the shared experiences of our moderator and panelists, we’ll understand the ins and outs of what this particular role entails from those that know best.

    Anticipated takeaways:

    • Advice from consulting professionals on how to translate your nonprofit experiences into a consulting career
    • Challenges of full-time fundraising on your own and/or balancing a full-time role with part-time consulting
    • Learn about resources available to consultants and how to build your network
    • Identify key characteristics of a consultant when hiring a professional from those who know best


    Moderator:  Alicia Griffin Chick, Consultant, A+C Consulting

    Panelists: Lori Smith Britton, Founder and Principal, Community Resource Consulting, LLC
                      Tina Cincotti,  Founder, Funding Change
                      Gail Jackson Blount, President, Gail Jackson Communications

    Lori Smith Britton, Founder and Principal, Community Resource Consulting, LLC
    Lori Smith Britton is a leader who has leveraged critical resources for several of Boston’s most prestigious institutions including MIT, the Boston Latin School Association, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation as well as a number a grassroots and community-based organizations. In 2002, she founded Community Resource Consulting, LLC – a consulting practice providing charitable non-profit organizations with critical fundraising and relationship development strategies and services toward sustainability and growth. Community Resource Consulting, LLC grows out of Ms. Britton’s passion for advancing the mission of cultural, educational and social service institutions who aim to improve the human condition by promoting the values of equity and justice.

    Community Resource Consulting, LLC has raised millions of dollars for its clients since 2007 –with the launch of the company’s full-time practice. Lori’s service to the community is extended by her volunteer commitments. She has served on the boards of the Boston Latin School Association and ACCESS, and is currently a director of Freedom House, Inc., and Commonwealth Kitchen. She also served for several years as co-chair of the Multi-Cultural Forum of the Chestnut Hill School – a parent-run organization committed to promoting the ideals of inclusion and diversity.

    An alumna of Syracuse University where she earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in English and Broadcast Journalism, Lori also earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University, where she has served as an adjunct professor teaching a course in non-profit fundraising.


    Tina Cincotti, Founder, Funding Change

    Tina Cincotti, founder of Funding Change, is a development consultant and coach with 22 years’ experience and counting. Like many people who end up in fundraising, she never thought she’d end up in fundraising. Tina launched her consulting practice in 2008 after getting fired. Her mission is to help nonprofit organizations raise more money by creating a positive experience for donors that builds commitment, loyalty, and trust.

    Tina’s clients have described her as “deeply thoughtful,” “warm but insistent,” “a lifesaver,” “a taskmaster,” “a genius,” “a magician,” and even “a pirate.” Having held a variety of senior staff positions at mission-based organizations, Tina complements her development expertise with a thorough understanding of nonprofit management. She also co-founded the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund in 1999, where she served as Board President. 

    Tina is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women In Development, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and the Nonprofit Consultants Network.

    You can learn more about her and what she does on her website at www.fundingchangeconsulting.com

    Registration and Networking: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Program: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

    Space is Limited

    Registration: $20 for members (before 1/16/20), $35 for non-members (and for members who register late, after 1/16/20)

    Remember, it’s a WID networking tradition to swap business cards – bring yours!

     No refunds within 7 days of program

    • January 30, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 89 South Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA

    Please join us for the only consultant peer learning session on Racial Equity and Capacity Building in New England specially tailored for consultants!  The Alliance’s New England regional forum (and co-sponsored again by NCN!) this year is entitled:  


    Stepping into Bold Conversations -- Building Competencies for Facilitating Racial Equity Conversations:

    A Skills Building Session for Capacity-Builders.


    Thursday, January 30th 8:30 AM -1:00 PM at the NonProfit Center – 2nd Floor Conference Room, 89 South Street, Boston


    This peer learning session is focused on challenging conversations about racial equity within their consulting practices- that is how to effectively bring up and integrate issues of racial equity with your clients,  whether you are focused on strategic planning, board development, fundraising, or other type of consulting.  A volunteer planning group of about 25 capacity builders has been working together over the past year to plan for a series of peer learning sessions.  Additionally, we are very excited about a new racial equity tool for capacity builders that we designed, that can be used to assess your competency level and develop a plan for continued learning.   This will be a highly interactive session which will use case scenarios and practical tools for building skills for bold racial equity conversations. This session is limited to the first 40 participants so do register right away! We have to charge a bit more this year to help pay for expenses, but it is still much lower than most similar sessions. And Alliance members get a significant discount!


    For Registration:



    P.S. Save the dates! We also are planning a two-day forum- Stirring the Waters of Change: Integrating Racial Equity in Your Capacity Building Practice”  May 21-22 also at the NonProfit Center.


    For more information, please contact: Judy Freiwirth at Judy@NonprofitSA.com and Curdina Hill, dinajh3@gmail.com


    Thanks so much.


    Curdina Hill and Judy Freiwirth,

    Alliance Co-Ambassadors



Past events

December 06, 2019 NCN Meeting
October 18, 2019 NCN Meeting
September 20, 2019 NCN Speed Networking: September 20, 2019
May 10, 2019 Annual Meeting with Courtney Aladro, Chief of the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
April 26, 2019 Nonprofit Effectiveness with Andrea Madu of The Boston Foundation
March 29, 2019 Contracting, Billing and Collecting, March 29, 2019
February 22, 2019 Presentation by George Zoglio, Zoglio Financial Management Solution
January 25, 2019 Jeff Poulos, Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Massachusetts, January 25, 2019
November 30, 2018 Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Two Perspectives
October 26, 2018 Discussion about RFPs and the Consulting Sector
September 28, 2018 Speed Networking for Consultants, 9.15-11am, The Boston Foundation [Different location, please note]
June 22, 2018 The Care & Feeding of Your Website: Tips & Tricks for Keeping It Up to Date, Attracting Traffic, and Tracking Metrics
April 27, 2018 Nonprofit Effectiveness and Meet the Foundations
March 23, 2018 Updates from the Mass Nonprofit Network
February 23, 2018 Tax tips for self employed individuals/consultants
January 26, 2018 SMART Conversations
December 01, 2017 Branding and Brand Strategy for Nonprofits
October 27, 2017 Racial Equity and Implications for Capacity Building Practice: A Deeper Dive
September 29, 2017 Speed Networking
May 12, 2017 NCN Presents our Annual Public Meeting, featuring Courtney Aladro, Office of the Attorney General
March 31, 2017 Speechwriting Basics for Nonprofit Consultants
February 24, 2017 Nonprofit Effectiveness
January 27, 2017 The Accidental Marketer: What I’ve Learned about Marketing and How It’s Grown My Consulting Prac
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