The Other Side of the Berkshires



2:30 pm-4:00 pm


7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19

Six Sessions

This course is offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

The Berkshires are famous for world-renowned culture, Gilded Age mansions, and bucolic natural beauty. But the region is also one of the poorest in Massachusetts, and the coronavirus pandemic has put this contrast in high relief. Learn more about the economic and social challenges in the Berkshires and the nonprofits who are stepping up to help. Each week Liana Toscanini, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center for the Berkshires, interviews the leader of a local nonprofit about their efforts to ensure health and security for the Berkshires community. Special guest appearances, robust Q&A, and a dose of hope and inspiration are all part of the format.

Liana Toscanini (pictured above receiving an award from State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and State Senator Adam Hinds) founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires in 2016 after many years of volunteering and a 9-year stint as CATA’s (Community Access to the Arts) Development & Marketing Director. She is the recipient of Berkshire Magazine’s “Berkshire 25” Award (2018), a 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award (2018) and an Unsung Heroine Award (2006) from the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Her corporate marketing background has proven as useful in the Berkshires as it did in New York City. Past President of the Sandisfield Arts Center and Secretary of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, she currently serves on the board of the MA Nonprofit Network. 


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