2019 Annual Conference


MNN’s 2019 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building a Better Commonwealth,” which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it. The conference will include an opening keynote session focused on that theme, with speakers throughout the day who will share their efforts to bring about a better Commonwealth for all.

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This year’s conference will feature:


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2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive and Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke, MA, and Darnell Williams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, are the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Read more.




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Conference Keynote Panel

The panel will discuss three issues important to Massachusetts nonprofits: the 2020 Census, cliff effects, and workforce development. The panelists are: Rachel Heller, CEO of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition; and Jerry Rubin, President and CEO of JVS. Read more.




The workshops at the conference will cover a variety of topics for every stage in a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization. Click here to see this year’s workshops.




Networking Opportunities

Over 600 conference attendees will take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. In addition, exhibitors will display their services and products to help nonprofits strengthen their work.





Attendees will leave the conference with new connections, tools, and insights into how their organizations can work to build a better Commonwealth.