It’s time you nominate a Berkshire nonprofit


When it comes to nonprofit organizations, Berkshire County has a wealth of organizations that are the underlying lifeblood of our community. There are over 1,000 nonprofit organizations in the Berkshires. Can you belive that? Often these organizations, especially the people within the organizations, fall under the radar. They are the unsung heroes doing incredible work to make Berkshire County an even better place to live, work and visit.

These organizations need to be recognized, and over the past four years many have participated via the annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, taking place this year on May 24 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. The fifth annual event is being hosted by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in partnership with the Berkshire Eagle and will be co-hosted by State Representative and radio talk show host Smitty Pignatelli.

Berkshire County folks may be wondering why we are talking about an event taking place this spring.

We’re now talking about the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards because of the nomination period. We recently caught up with Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, and she shared the nomination details with us.

This is the time that’s pretty great, in the middle of winter, when we’re asking for nominations. In fact, we give awards in seven different categories. Each category on our site has a different nomination form and this is when people should start thinking about who they know who is working in the non-profit sector; who is a real rock star or a great volunteer or an incredible board member or a young person who is doing great work at the age of 17-18 and is already in the nonprofit sector.

Toscanini also mentioned that NPC will again be giving away a cash prize of $3,000 to a charitable organization that will be randomly selected from those in attendance. The nomination period ends on February 28th.

Where can Berkshire County residents get more information?

Find all information about the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, including entertainment, sponsorship opportunities, nominating an individual and more. You can also call (413) 441-9542.

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