For Immediate Release: Framingham, MA
May 10, 2021 – MetroWest Nonprofit Network (MWNN), in partnership with
Framingham State University (FSU), is pleased to announce a new course
offering: Nonprofit Management Certificate for Practitioners. This 12-week online
course set to launch on September 24, 2021, is designed for individuals who are
interested in furthering their knowledge and skills as nonprofit leaders, aspiring and
emerging leaders, mid-level nonprofit managers, and individuals seeking to change
careers and enter the nonprofit sector. The program, developed after a three-year
planning process that involved feedback from nonprofit leaders, funders, community
organizations, educators, and students has two key goals: providing future leaders with
the practical skills needed to lead effective organizations and actively supporting
individuals with diverse identities and experiences who are interested in a pathway to
nonprofit leadership.

“Framingham State University is proud to partner with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network
to diversify and expand nonprofit leadership in our region,” said Dr. Constanza Cabello,
Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Framingham
State University. “It is critical that the face of leadership reflect the increasingly diverse
population in MetroWest. We look forward to giving students the skills, tools, and
network to lead in their organizations and in the community.”

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique program to our community,” said Sarah
Baldiga, Chair of the MWNN and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Rise Above
Foundation. “The Certificate program will amplify the impact of our MetroWest
nonprofits by strengthening the skills of the passionate people who make them run. Our
goal through this program is to give participants the chance to hear and learn from
people in the field and to help shape the next generation of nonprofit leaders.”
The certificate program will focus on five theme areas: Nonprofit Fundamentals,
Organizations and People, Finances and Fundraising, Communications and Marketing,
Evaluations and Impact, and Leading through Change. Program faculty bring a wide
range of expertise and lived experiences to the program. Students will have an
opportunity to build a professional network of mentors and colleagues that will support
them beyond the completion of the program.

“This program builds on MWNN’s thirty years of experience strengthening nonprofit
leaders, building connections, and nurturing collaborations,” said Anna Cross, Executive
Director of MWNN. “One of the most important lessons we have learned during the
pandemic is that nonprofit organizations play a critical role in identifying and responding
to issues of equity, racial, economic, and social justice. We consider it an honor and an
obligation to provide opportunities for future leaders to gain the skills, tools, and
networks they need to meet the challenge of building a just and equitable world.”

About MetroWest Nonprofit Network
MWNN was created in 1991, in response to the need to bring MetroWest nonprofits
together to share ideas, resources, and professional development opportunities. Today,
as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MWNN continues to offer the services and
support that MetroWest nonprofits are seeking; opportunities for collaboration,
connections to the expertise of their colleagues throughout the region, and access to
resources that support and strengthen their organizations. For more information about
MWNN and the certificate program please visit

About Framingham State University
Since 1839 when Cyrus Peirce closed each of his lessons at what was then The Normal
School with the phrase “live to the truth,” the Framingham State community has
embodied this motto. We live to the truth by upholding the University’s mission of
providing affordable, high-quality education to all qualified students and maintaining a
commitment to student involvement, engagement, and academic excellence. For more
information about FSU and its programs please visit

Media Contact:
Anna Cross, Ed.D. Executive Director