It’s time for you to nominate a nonprofit Berkshire

When it comes to nonprofits, Berkshire County has a plethora of organizations that are the underlying soul of our community. There are over 1,000 non-profit organizations in the Berkshires. Can you believe that? Often these organizations, especially people within organizations, go under the radar. They are the unsung heroes who are doing an incredible job of making 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 been through the annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards taking place this year via Zoom on May 24 at 8:30 a.m. The fifth annual event is organized by the Berkshires Nonprofit Center (NPC) in partnership with the Berkshire Eagle and is co-hosted by State Representative and radio talk show host Smitty Pignatelli.

People in Berkshire County may be wondering why we’re talking about an event taking place this spring.

We are now talking about the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards as the nomination period is underway. We recently caught up with Liana Toscanini, founder of the nonprofit Berkshires Center, and she provided us with the details of the appointment.

This is the moment, which is in a way a great moment, in the heart of winter, when we ask for applications. In fact, we award prizes in seven different categories. There is a different nomination form for each category on our website and this is when people should start thinking about who they know who works in a nonprofit sector; who is a real rock star or an amazing volunteer or an amazing board member or a young person doing amazing work at the age of 17-18 who is already involved in the nonprofit sector.

Toscanini also mentioned that once again, NPC will be offering a cash prize of $3,000 to a non-profit organization chosen at random from those in attendance. The deadline for nominations is February 28.

Where can people in Berkshire County get more information?

You can get all the information about the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, including entertainment, sponsorship opportunities, individual nomination and more at go here. You can also dial (413) 441-9542.

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