The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Donahue Institute

Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions

NFFS services: Trainings for Nonprofits

We offer customized trainings designed to give nonprofit staff and volunteers the tools they need to master essential skills in board development, fundraising and grant writing, planning, leadership, evaluation, and more. To build on the knowledge and experience that each participant brings, our trainers facilitate highly interactive sessions based on real-world situations. Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and prepare nonprofit leaders to transform organizational culture and capacity.

This is a partial list of training topics we deliver as workshops, day-long and multi-day trainings, and webinars.

Board Development, Sustainability Planning & Community-Based Asset Mapping

  • Inside the Nonprofit Board: Introduction to Nonprofit Governance
  • Inside the Nonprofit Board: Transforming Attitudes about Giving and Asking for Money
  • Developing a Plan for Sustainability
  • Community Mobilization and Asset Based Community Development

Fund Development

  • Creating a Sustainable Fund Development Plan
  • Developing a Major Gifts Program (Introductory and Advanced)
  • Identifying the Major Donor Prospect and Making the Ask
  • Raising Money in Tough Times: Getting Creative, Focused, and Connected

Grant Writing

  • Introduction to Proposal Writing
  • Applying for Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements
  • Winning Grants from Private Foundations
  • Grant Prospecting
  • Cover Letters, Letters of Inquiry and Concept Papers
  • The Core of a Winning Grant Proposal: Persuasive Writing
  • Extreme Grant Proposal Makeover
  • How to Prepare the Application Budget
  • Making Sense of the Grantmaker’s Lingo
  • Ethics in Grantwriting
  • Essential Skills for Grantwriters
  • Grantwriting for Sustainability
  • Advanced Grant Writers Clinic
  • Youth-Led Grantwriting


  • Prove and Improve: Evaluation Planning and  Design
  • Making Sense of Evaluation
  • Participatory Evaluation from Grassroots Organizing to International  Development

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The UMass Donahue Institute is pre-approved to offer a variety of options for streamlined, simplified contracting both within Massachusetts and at the federal level.

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UMass Donahue Institute

University of Massachusetts Amherst

100 Venture Way, Suite 9

Hadley, Massachusetts 01035

(413) 545-0001

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