Business Briefs: BTCF nonprofit programs; award for Gallery315 Home

Berkshire Taconic offers nonprofits use of its three conference rooms for board meetings and retreats at no cost.

BTCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence programs

Sheffield — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) has announced the 2016 programming for its Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). BTCF also welcomes two new members to the CNE advisory board: Nancy Heaton, executive director of the Foundation for Community Health in Sharon, Conn., and Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, director of the NorthEast-Millerton Library in Millerton, N.Y.

Nonprofit Leadership Institute
Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block and using “The Fifth Discipline” by Peter Senge as a foundation, the program will offer a transformative learning experience that will build confidence and skills, and put theory into immediate practice. Participants in 2016 will be Bethany St. Dennis of Family Resource Center; Rosalie Girard of Berkshire Nursing Families; Jenny Hansell of North East Community Center; Erica Joncyk of the David M. Hunt Library; Nick Pohl of Housatonic Youth Service Bureau; Ananda Timpane of Railroad Street Youth Project; Carolyn Valli of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; and Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE.

Professional development
CNE will offer scholarships to two professional development programs focused on nonprofit management at Harvard Business School.

Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” is an intensive six-day program drawing together nonprofit CEOs, presidents, and executives who are shaping the direction of nonprofits around the world. Applications for two available scholarships, valued at $5,500 each, are due March 1 for the July program.

Governing for Nonprofit Excellence” is a four-day course to enhance leadership and governance skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. One scholarship valued at $4,500 is available. Applications are due August 8 for the October program.

Free resources at BTCF
Berkshire Taconic offers nonprofits use of its three conference rooms for board meetings and retreats at no cost. In the dedicated CNE room, staff and board members can access several national grant databases, including Foundation Directory Online and GrantStation. The CNE room also contains a library of current and classic reference materials.

For more information call BTCF at (413) 229-0370.

–E.E.

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Gallery315 Home awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Sue Schwarz
Sue Schwarz of Gallery315 Home.

Sheffield — Gallery315 Home has once again won “Best Of Service” from Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 16-year old interior design firm was chosen by the Houzz community for the distinction from among more than 1 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

Gallery315 Home works with clients in New York City, Westchester County, N.Y., Northwest Conn., and the Berkshires to create welcoming country homes, relaxed urban spaces, and modern and comfortable residences.

–E.E.