Programs & Services

The Center offers programming based on your needs—always keeping in mind to help build the leadership capacity of our neighborhood nonprofits. Our core program is a monthly series called BreakFACTS. These two and a half hour sessions focus on key management issues such as Board Governance, Outcomes Measurement, Finances, Technology and Fundraising.

Calendar of Events:

October 17, 2014

Implementation Strategies: Reaching Your Goals With Limited Resources

(Registration Closed)

November 21, 2014

"Let's Work Together" - The Sweet Sounds of a Board-CEO Partnership


Upcoming Events:

November BreakFACTS

"Let's Work Together" - The Sweet Sounds of a Board-CEO Partnership

Friday, November 21, 2014
9am-12pm (registration begins at 8:30am)

Martin Institute Auditorium at Stonehill College
320 Washington Street
Easton MA 02357
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As the non-profit sector has become increasingly professionalized, so too have the expectations for the CEO of a non-profit organization become increasingly broad and sophisticated. If the CEO/Board relationship is to succeed, the Board must be sensitive to the responsibilities that the CEO has to his/her other duties. A strong partnership between the Chair of the Board and the CEO is a crucial element in successful relationship and positive outcomes for the nonprofit. It is important that the CEO and the Board are seen as a partnership, as allies, who play roles which are essential to achieving the common organizational purpose.

  • Learn how best to build a relationship between the CEO and Board Chair of your nonprofit
  • Understand each other's role as a board member and as the CEO
  • How NOT to micro-manage your CEO!

About the Facilitator:

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE

Abbie has been in the development field for over 40 years. She has held key major gifts positions at Stanford University, The University of Chicago, and was Chief Development Officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company and for Enterprise Community Partners.

She edited the first book about women’s philanthropy, Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, published by Jossey Bass and continues to do research and speak about women’s giving.

Her extensive nonprofit experience includes capital campaigns, major gifts programs and volunteer and staff training. She now heads her own firm, based in western MA, and is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource.


Past Events:

October BreakFACTS

Implementation Strategies - Reaching Your Goals With Limited Resources

Friday, October 17, 2014
9am-12pm (registration begins at 8:30am)

Brocktonian Room
16 Belmont Street
Easton, MA 02357

Led by Roots and Wings co-founders, Tabitha May-Tolub and Karin Firoza, this workshop will support small nonprofits in their continued efforts to break down their strategic plan into bite-size pieces that can be easily executed.

Participants will explore:

  • How to prioritize their goals and break them into manageable action steps
  • How to utilize and maximize the strengths and resources they already have
  • How to raise funds and support through articulating your vision using traditional community organizing tools

About the Facilitators:

Tabitha May-Tolub, Co-Founder and CEO

Tabitha holds degrees in Psychology and Education from Clark University and has been in the field of Youth Leadership Development for nearly 20 years. She has received extensive training in the areas of communication, mentorship, diversity engagement, peer mediation, leadership development, facilitation, dialoging, anti-bias and primary prevention education. She has worked in public schools, community-based programs and non-profit organizations with youth of all ages, parents, teachers and mentors from all over the country. Over the last 15 years she has specialized in youth leadership development at the middle and high school levels, empowering all types of youth leaders to strengthen their character and identity, connect with others through deeper communication and effect change in their community. When she is not supporting others in their work, she is at home raising two young leaders of her own and working on her own communication skills.


Karin Firoza, Co-Founder, Training and Consultation

Karin was born and raised in Queens, New York and is a graduate of Wellesley College, with a double major in religion and economics. At Wellesley, she was a fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core and a campus activist, striving to bring faith- inspired students together to promote social justice causes on campus.  Following graduation, Karin became a resident organizer with the Bend the Arc's Community Organizing Residency (COR) and spent a year as a union organizer in Baltimore, MD.  Currently, Karin oversees and coordinates Youth Leadership Programs in the Greater Boston area and coordinates Youth LEAD's annual TIDE Conference. As a proud active member of the Boston Muslim community, Karin plays a key role in the identity and leadership development of Muslim teens in the community. In her spare time away from the kids, Karin loves to dive into adventures with her friends and family. 


Spring 2014 BreakFACTS: Progression of Giving

Spring 2014 BreakFACTS explored the building blocks of successful fundraising.

Members of Stonehill College’s Advancement Team each month led workshops, sharing their expertise in the areas of Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Special Events & Stewardship and Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Most importantly, attendees learned how all of these areas are connected and how they are each important to building an effective fundraising strategy.

If you would like the materials from these workshops, please contact us at