Nonprofit Center Launches “Breakfast Club” for School Program


Great Barrington, Mass. – The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has created a “Breakfast Club” for sponsors who would like to support the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast and NPC’s new Philanthropy in the Schools program.

The $275 sponsorship is targeted to local businesses and individuals. Fifty percent of the proceeds will fund NPC programs for nonprofits including the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, and fifty percent will fund the roll-out of the philanthropy program in fall 2020. Currently the program is being piloted at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield, where it continues virtually through the end of the school year.

The pilot philanthropy program is funded by Guardian and meets a wealth of state curriculum requirements. It also provides each student with $100 to donate. Students have learned about famous youth philanthropists, the Berkshire nonprofit sector, and how to identify their passions and interests. After researching local nonprofit organizations, the students will present their findings to each other and vote on one or more nonprofits to support. They will experience the joy of giving in a virtual meet-up with the nonprofit recipients.

NPC founder Liana Toscanini said, “It’s really important to teach young people how great it feels to give, whether as a volunteer or a donor. Our entire nonprofit sector will depend on this generation in the not-too-distant future.”

Breakfast Club sponsors will be acknowledged at the virtual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 19 and throughout the program rollout. For more information about sponsorship, visit or call (413) 441-9542.