A statewide coalition of community foundations, including the Cape Cod Foundation, has announced the formation of a new partnership designed to help stabilize, strengthen and advance the social sector in communities across the commonwealth.

The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership is made up of 14 community foundations across Massachusetts. Formed in the wake of COVID-19, the partnership will connect community foundations to achieve three critical results: strengthen the Massachusetts nonprofit sector to achieve greater impact, work collectively to lead on common challenges facing communities, and improve the effectiveness of community foundations and their collective missions.

As part of its early work, the partnership has co-funded a virtual series of technical assistance and capacity-building programs for nonprofit staff and board leaders. The educational programs will address topics such as strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion work. The program series is designed based on the needs and interest expressed by more than 1,100 nonprofit professionals in a survey this summer. In addition to training, nonprofit participants will have the opportunity to network with their peers, to troubleshoot common issues and to exchange best practices. The first programs are scheduled for this month, and additional programs are being formulated now to be held throughout 2021. A listing and registration information is available at http://bit.ly/masscfp.

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