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.
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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