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We are thrilled to announce that Representative Ellen Story will be honored at the annual COSA Award Breakfast, and will be receiving the Jan Wood award for her service. 

This is only the second time COSA will be presenting a Jan Wood award.  Representative Story will be honored for the incredible contributions she has made to the health and welfare of Hampshire County residents from her tireless work.  

By honoring Ellen, we also honor the memory of Jan Wood who was dedicated to human services in Hampshire County.  Jan  was the treasurer, vice president and president of the board of  Children's Aid  and Family services in  Northampton . She was a deacon of the  Congregational Church in Belchertown . Jan  became the administrative assistant to the director of the Hampshire County  United Way and l ater became the director of human services for  Hampshire County . Jan was an active member of COSA during her years in Hampshire County.   

Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan will be giving the keynote address at the breakfast, and we will be awarding one direct service worker and one volunteer from our agencies.   

The COSA Annual Award Breakfast will be help on September 16th at 8:30 am on the 11th floor of the UMass Campus Center.  Free parking is being generously provided by the UMass Department of External Relations. 

Click here for a registration form. You can scan and email the form back, or return it by mail to the address listed on the form.

This is one breakfast you will not want to miss!
CCRT Upcoming Programs

Soul Medicine - Body Wisdom
Well-being for body, mind & spirit: Individuals are guided toward a state of deep meditation and somatic awareness in order to facilitate the release of tension and the effects of trauma. Provided by Susan Maycock, M.S. Register for one session only, please. Held at CCRT, One Arch Place Main Entrance, 2nd floor in Greenfield. Individual 50 minute session on August 2nd or August 16 at 9:30am, 10:30am or 11:30am.

Take Time to Heal Retreat 
Join CCRT staff for a day of healing & peer connection at the Angel's Rest Retreat Center in Leyden. Spend a day participating in structured group activities like meditation, art-making and movement & enjoy the pool & hot tub (bring your own towel). Lunch provided. Space is limited and priority is given to those that have not attended before. Held at Angel's Rest Retreat, 63 N. County Rd. in Leyden.  August 9th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.


Massachusetts House passes pay equity bill
By Shira Schoenberg - Mass Live

The Massachusetts House on Thursday passed a bill aimed at  ensuring that women are paid equally for equal work.

"Some of us have been working on this bill since 1998," said state Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst. "This is a happy day that we are passing it."

The bill passed by a unanimous vote of 158-0, amid cheers in the House chamber.

Massachusetts was the first state to pass a law requiring men and women be paid the same amount for comparable work, in 1945. The bill that was passed Thursday,  H.4509, updates and clarifies the law. The bill received support from both business groups and women's rights groups, after earlier drafts underwent significant revisions to ensure that the bill advances the cause of equal pay without unduly hurting businesses.

Several lawmakers noted the long journey for women to gain equality in the workplace. "When I vote today, I have the great sense I'll be standing on the shoulders of and giving thanks to the many feminists who have toiled for decades to bring us to where we are today," said state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown.

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     The growing involvement of young people in philanthropy is among the most inspiring trends in the sector today. While this remains a relatively small phenomenon, such engagement is important in the way it's bringing new energy and money to tackling challenges facing society, as well as what it may mean for the future of philanthropy. Kids who get involved in giving now are more likely to be philanthropic leaders down the line, bringing some of their peers along with them. 
     In short, youth philanthropy is exciting and well worth nurturing. In general, though, it's tended to fly beneath the radar, with limited information available about who's doing what across the U.S. and the world. 
     Now, the Foundation Center-that indispensable mothership of grantmaking data and how-to advice-is taking a big step toward building this field up further. It is leading a new project and providing an online gathering place called, where young people and grantmaking professionals can share best practices, learn from experts, and network to find partners.

August First Time Home Buyers Series

Sponsored by Valley CDC
and PeoplesBank

When: Tuesdays, August 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: PeoplesBank 56 Amity St., Amherst
Get the facts from professionals in banking, real estate, law, inspection services, insurance and more! This four-part series helps you shop as an informed consumer. Income eligible borrowers can use their Certificates of Achievement to apply for special first-time homebuyer mortgages such as MassHousing and One Mortgage loans. Attendance at all four sessions is required. The one-time fee is $50 and includes all classes,workshop materials and refreshments for two adults per household. (We're sorry, but we cannot accommodate children.) Space is limited and registration is required.
Questions?  Email Fern Selesnick at or call (413) 586-5855 ext.160.


The most basic thing you can do to boost donor retention is to step up your communication game. Keep donors engaged with your nonprofit through regular communications, and let them know how important they are to the success of your mission.

The quickest way to put this idea into action is through a mini monthly update- just a short email that grabs your donors' attention and shows them what their donations have accomplished in the last month.
Ready to get started? Download this simple Excel template to quickly generate a year's worth of retention-focused, donor-centered emails. Just fill in the blanks and you're set!


Direct Service Awards 

Our Annual COSA Awards Breakfast is coming up on September 16th.  It is time to start thinking about the fabulous direct service employees and volunteers you have that deserve recognition!

Our goal is to make it very easy for you to nominate someone and reduce the barriers to participation. We have simplified the nomination form, so the initial time commitment to make a nomination is minimal.  We will follow up with a brief phone interview with you to gather additional information on each nominee. 

Don't procrastinate!  Identify your internal heroes and send us a nomination form for them!  It only takes a minute.


Online Course

In this competitive funding landscape, it is essential to stand out with grantmakers and building strong relationships can accomplish that. In this Foundation Center online course, we'll show you:
  • The do's and don'ts of connecting with foundations
  • How to cultivate grantmaker relationships before, during, and after you submit a proposal
  • Strategies and best practices for effective communication with funders
Start building your foundation relationships today!   Learn at your own pace.   Access for 3 months -  Price: $25

Welcome to Our New Member:

Amherst Health Department

The Amherst Health Department's Mission Statement is:

To promote the health and well-being of the community through the core functions of assurance, assessment, policy development, and promotion. The Board of Health and the Health Department meet their mission by focusing on the following practices:
  • Assurance: ensuring that all Amherst residents have the services necessary to maintain or restore good health either by providing services by other agencies, and by policy regulation development.
  • Assessment: systematically collecting, assembling, analyzing, and making available information regarding the health of the community, including statistics on health status, community health needs, and epidemiological studies of health problems.
  • Policy Development: developing and implementing comprehensive public health policies, regulations, and legislation.
  • Promotion: providing services and educational opportunities the encourage healthy environments and lifestyles.
Visit their website, and join us in welcoming them to COSA!

Non Profit Hub Radio

The Nonprofit Hub is excited to announce a brand new vehicle of Nonprofit Hub content - we call it the  Hubcast . It's nonprofit education like you've never heard it before, delivered to your ears in a game-changing podcast. In episode one, we sat down with digital marketing expert  John Haydon  to have a conversation about the changing landscapes of social media fundraising.
Analyzing the Legislature's 
Budget for FY 2017

The Legislature enacted the FY 2017 budget in particularly challenging circumstances. Towards the end of the process, the goalposts moved when new projections indicated that there would be $750 million less in tax revenue in FY 2017 than had been assumed throughout the budget process. The new projections required substantial changes by the conference committee that was negotiating the final budget. The final budget includes some cuts below the levels that had been recommended by either the House or Senate, as well as a number of strategies that provide only temporary solutions by pushing costs into future years and underfunding accounts that will eventually need to be funded.

The Legislature managed to provide modest funding increases in a few priority areas, including local aid which receives a 4.3 percent increase, Chapter 70 education aid which is increased by 2.6 percent, and a number of initiatives to address opioid addiction including $8.3 million in increased funding for substance abuse services in the Department of Public Health. 

The budget also cuts funding in a number of areas: the $18.6 million kindergarten expansion grant program is eliminated; funding for the Department of Revenue is reduced by $15.9 million, potentially weakening the capacity to combat tax evasion and ensure the integrity of our tax system; and the budget imposes a 13 percent cut in YouthWorks which provides funding for summer jobs.

How did the Legislature balance the budget in the face of a sudden $750 million shortfall?   Continue Reading

Free Webinars

Leveraging Social Media to Promote Fundraising Events & Engage Millennials 
July 28 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us virtually for a dynamic workshop to help you build a social media strategy that appeals to younger audiences. Learn how to leverage Facebook and Twitter to promote fundraising events, and take advantage of free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools to help you work smarter, not harder .

7 Secrets to Wildly Better Donor Retention - July 26 at 1pm
It's no secret that the nonprofit sector has a donor retention problem. What most fundraisers don't realize is that even the smallest nonprofit has the power to change this reality. This free webinar will show you what you need to say and do to retain more donors, even before the first gift is made.
Key Takeaways:
  • Learn why many donors won't give a second gift and how the right donor stewardship plan can make all the difference.
  • Understand how to capture, track, and act on essential donor data for a higher retention rate and larger lifetime value.
    Discover how the right donor management system will save you time, raise more money, and help you keep the donors you work hard to acquire.

The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits
July 26 - 9:30 am Central Time
In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we've gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations who have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.
Join us to discover:
  • 3 keys to becoming a thought leader.
  • Who should blog? It's not who you'd expect.
  • 7 components of the best nonprofit blogs.
  • Tips to optimize your blog's effectiveness.
  • 4 ways to promote your blog.
  • Tips for measuring your blog's performance.
Can't make it? No problem. Sign up to  register anyway and the recording will be sent right to your inbox after the event. 

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Aug 13 -   Bridge of Flowers 10K
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Landers, Jo
Loughran, Betsy
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