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Welcome to MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar! Here you’ll find trainings and events across the state to help you network, learn & give back. Browse the full calendar below or use the categories and tags to filter by region or event type.

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For questions concerning MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar please contact calendar@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Oct
21
Wed
LEAD Event Series – (Em)Power Yoga with Rockin’ for Janie @ Zoom
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm

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Join us for a live virtual yoga class set to rock ‘n’ roll music to get your mind and body moving.

Registration coming soon!

Oct
22
Thu
Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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The HSF Supervisory Skills Certificate Series is back and fully virtual! Our Fall 2020 trainings feature timely program updates to prepare new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. Attendees graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization!

Session Topics

Management Fundamentals
Nonprofit Finance & Cyber security
Liability & Benefit Strategy
Performance Feedback & Management
Employment Law 101 & 102 (two half day trainings)
Innovation During Covid for New Supervisors

Sessions are a combination of half day trainings and full day intensives!

Presenters include:

Diana Brooks; Diana Brooks Associates
Andrew Adams; Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C.
Valerie Francis & Ben Garvey; Hub Insurance Center of New England
Paul Silva & Kelly Minton; Innovation Accelerator

Oct
23
Fri
Get On Board! @ Zoom
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Boston-area nonprofit organizations are in need of experienced business professionals to share their unique expertise and passion for important causes. Business skills, enthusiasm, and the desire to make a positive difference can have a huge impact on any organization. If you have always wanted to serve on the board of a nonprofit, now is your chance to learn what is required and to find the organization that’s right for you.
Content and discussions will prepare you for the rewarding experience of volunteerism, nonprofit leadership, and board participation. You’ll learn about the different types and structures of boards as well as the roles, responsibilities, and legal obligations of nonprofit board members. This seminar also provides the tools and resources necessary to find the organization that is the best fit for your skills and passions. These seminars are also well-suited for nonprofit administrators seeking to learn more about board management or who are seeking to onboard new or prospective board members.

Oct
27
Tue
Major Gifts During a Global Pandemic – The Way Forward @ Virtual
Oct 27 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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The global pandemic of COVID-19 has upended our lives since March, and will continue to do so for several more months.  However, the organizations we represent rely on us to continue advancing their goals.  Join us for this virtual panel discussion featuring two seasoned gift officers as well as a philanthropist active in a variety of sectors.  They will share their perspectives on how to adapt your approach to continue successfully cultivating and soliciting major gifts during this unprecedented time.

Oct
28
Wed
Benchmarking Your Plan & Trends in Plan Design @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Presented by The Kelliher Corbettt Group at Morgan Stanley and Fiduciary Benchmarks:

With fee scrutiny and litigation as a constant news headline, it is more important than ever to independently examine the reasonableness of your program’s costs while providing the necessary resources to deliver the best possible retirement outcomes for all phases of your employees’ career trajectory.

DISCUSSION TOPICS
– The importance of benchmarking your organization’s retirement plan
– Benchmarking against comprehensive data that includes fees, services, support and participant success
– Providing a balanced assessment of the relationship between value and fees
– Are your organization’s retirement plan fees “reasonable”?

Introduction to Culture of Philanthropy @ Online
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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You are Invited to Learn More about Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy

How do you bring abundance and financial resources into your organization? Rainmaker Consulting has been working for years with clients across North America to establish a Culture of Philanthropy. Long before it was a trending concept, Rainmaker worked with clients to shift from the ‘concept’ of a Culture of Philanthropy to learning and applying the practicalities of implementation to create a newfound reality in their organizations.

Recently, we’ve begun to understand how important it is to have multiple individuals working on this culture change simultaneously, as part of a team. In fact, working with our new team model for the last three years has helped our clients have extraordinary results. We took those lessons to heart when developing our breakthrough 7-month program Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

Join us on October 28th from 2-3 pm EST, for a free webinar to learn about our upcoming course – Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.  Spend an engaging hour with Rainmaker, hear more about our course, and leave with useful tools and ideas that can be applied to your organization right now.

We are holding free introductory webinars over the coming weeks and we encourage you to share this invitation to attend the one-hour session to learn how a strong team can lead to organization-wide resource abundance with multiple staff and board members. The Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy course itself is designed for teams, and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3, or up to 6, participants from your organization.

Meet-the-Donors: North of Boston @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Join us for a Meet-the-Donors where we will hear from foundations with an interest in the region North of Boston!

The Meet-the-Donors series aims to bring you firsthand information about each of the grantmakers represented on the panel. The programs also offer a great opportunity to pick up tips and recommendations that are useful for grantseeking in general.

Our team includes:

Moderator, Kelton Artuso, Program and Services Manager, Philanthropy Massachusetts

Panelists:

Bethany Kendall, Executive Director, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

Carol Lavoie Schuster, Vice President for Grants, Donors and Nonprofit Services, Essex County Community Foundation

Sarah Link, Vice President Community Impact, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Marjorie Ringrose, Senior Program Officer, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Each program includes a moderated intro portion where we learn about the panelists and their foundations. Then, we open it up to the audience for questions.

Reopening: What Nonprofits Should Consider (Virtual) @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Do you have questions about reopening your nonprofit? Do you want to learn more about the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) and other important considerations? Join us on October 28 for a free virtual workshop, hosted by experienced nonprofit attorneys.

Presenters: Elizabeth Monnin-Browder and Charlotte Petilla, of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP.

This pro bono workshop is sponsored by Boston Private.

Oct
29
Thu
Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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The HSF Supervisory Skills Certificate Series is back and fully virtual! Our Fall 2020 trainings feature timely program updates to prepare new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. Attendees graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization!

Session Topics

Management Fundamentals
Nonprofit Finance & Cyber security
Liability & Benefit Strategy
Performance Feedback & Management
Employment Law 101 & 102 (two half day trainings)
Innovation During Covid for New Supervisors

Sessions are a combination of half day trainings and full day intensives!

Presenters include:

Diana Brooks; Diana Brooks Associates
Andrew Adams; Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C.
Valerie Francis & Ben Garvey; Hub Insurance Center of New England
Paul Silva & Kelly Minton; Innovation Accelerator

NonProfits: Adapting to Changes in a New Environment @ Zoom meeting
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nonprofits today face significant challenges to adapt and survive. Covid-19, in particular, has challenged nonprofits to rethink their entire approach, from mission and governance to programs and fundraising. To survive, and even thrive, nonprofits need to adapt quickly, using the lessons that have been learned so far.

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion about changing funding sources and requirements, new business models, and how to pivot quickly. Carmen Fields will moderate a discussion with accomplished foundation and nonprofit executives, who will give us the inside look at the challenges that nonprofits are facing and addressing today.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of what’s happening in the nonprofits you support and serve, and ideas you can share with them! 

Moderator

Carmen Fields has been a fixture in the greater Boston journalism community for over 30 years.  Her experience includes both print and broadcast journalism; journalism education and both corporate and nonprofit media relations.  She has also served as community relations director for National Grid, the second largest electric and gas utility in the United States. Carmen currently produces and hosts the monthly public affairs program called “Higher Ground” at WHDH-TV/Boston’s Channel 7. Additionally, she has established a consulting business in media and community relations.  When the news program she anchored at WGBH ended in the early 1990’s, Carmen became the press secretary for Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph C. Martin II, where her astute media practices helped establish his name and share the work of the office with the public. After a five-year tenure, that included Martin’s first successful political campaign, she became Director of Communications for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the largest funding entity of human services outside state government.  Earlier in her career she was a reporter, columnist and assistant city editor at the Boston Globe. She was part of the team awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of Boston school desegregation. As a broadcaster she was nominated for six regional “Emmy” awards and winning two: “KKK in Boston” and Best Target Audience programming, “Urban Update.” Among many other awards and citations for professional and civic service, Carmen was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem State College. 
Panelists

Bill Cummings, Founder of Cummings Properties and Foundation, grew up poor, but through a series of highly successful business ventures, became one of the wealthiest individuals—and most prolific philanthropists—in Massachusetts. He founded suburban-Boston commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties in 1970, and grew its portfolio to more than 10 million square feet. Its staff of 370 currently serves more than 2,000 leasing clients. Bill and his wife, Joyce, established Cummings Foundation in 1986, and went on to donate the large majority of their debt-free real estate to this private operating foundation. Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $280 million in grants to date, mostly in eastern Massachusetts. Bill and Joyce also have a special interest in Rwanda, where they recently collaborated with Dr. Paul Farmer and his Partners In Health organization, plus the Gates Foundation, to create University of Global Health Equity. Bill earned a BA from Tufts University, and has since been honored by Tufts and several other universities with honorary doctorates. In 2018, he released his self-written memoir, Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.

Beth Chandler joined YW Boston in November 2012, and in August 2018, she was appointed President & CEO. Her breadth of work experience encompasses program development, delivery and evaluation, business development, and operations. She leads the organization as it strives to build more inclusive environments in the City of Boston through a variety of DE&I services, youth programing, events, and advocacy work. As part of this work, YW Boston’s InclusionBoston program uses a customized and measurable change management process to help partner organizations achieve cultural shifts that support inclusive policies and practices. Previously, Beth served as VP at the Achievement Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping urban public and charter schools close the achievement gap. Beth also held positions at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, and NeighborWorks America, one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. Currently, Beth serves on the Eastern Bank Board of Advisors, the Boston Women’s Workforce Advisory Council, and the Leadership Circle of Hope Central Church. Beth is also a 2014 LeadBoston alum and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. A former professional basketball player, Beth received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Barbara Salisbury
 is Chief Executive Officer of  MAB Community Services which has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Helen Keller served on its first advisory board, along with other notable Bostonians who developed some of the first community services for blind individuals. Today, MAB specialize in individualized rehabilitation and family-focused strategies that help individuals with a range of disabilities live full lives in the community. MAB’s mission is to work to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. Its experience allows it to forge strong community partnerships to meet the pressing need for high-quality services and programs and transform lives. Prior to joining MAB Community Services, Barbara had a long career in state government and higher education. She served as the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis, and was the Administrative Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for 12 years. She came to MAB as CEO in 2006.

 

Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health 2020 @ Virtual
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health, Codman Square Health Center’s premier fundraising event, has been a staple in our Dorchester community and on the Boston restaurant scene for 22 years. COVID has challenged all of us, but we are proud to announce that we will virtually celebrate Codman Square Health Center’s 23rd annual Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health – on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 pm. We’ll be doing it 2020 style of course, but we’ll be sure to do it with a lot of style!

The virtual event will feature:
– Messages from U.S. Senator Warren, Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, and many more
– Musical performances
– Cooking and cocktail demonstrations
– Video visits from our Celebrity Chefs
– Photos of Codman’s COVID Care in action
– Emceed by our long-time supporter, Channel 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum! WCVB is our media sponsor again!

We are very excited to enter the world of virtual events, and hope you are, too!

Our ticketing will be new this year, and we’re offering three options.

General attendance ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend the virtual event free of charge.

Buy a Ticket / Get a Dinner. Because food is such a central feature of our event, attendees can purchase a dinner ticket and have a special event meal delivered! (Available to those living in the delivery area, see below)

Donation only ticket. If you’d simply like to make a donation to Codman Square Health Center.  All donations and proceeds from the event support women’s health services at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester.You’ll also have the opportunity to order take-out from one of our loyal restaurant partners!

Follow this link to learn more:
https://www.codman.org/menofbostoncook/

Nov
5
Thu
Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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The HSF Supervisory Skills Certificate Series is back and fully virtual! Our Fall 2020 trainings feature timely program updates to prepare new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. Attendees graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization!

Session Topics

Management Fundamentals
Nonprofit Finance & Cyber security
Liability & Benefit Strategy
Performance Feedback & Management
Employment Law 101 & 102 (two half day trainings)
Innovation During Covid for New Supervisors

Sessions are a combination of half day trainings and full day intensives!

Presenters include:

Diana Brooks; Diana Brooks Associates
Andrew Adams; Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C.
Valerie Francis & Ben Garvey; Hub Insurance Center of New England
Paul Silva & Kelly Minton; Innovation Accelerator

Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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The HSF Supervisory Skills Certificate Series is back and fully virtual! Our Fall 2020 trainings feature timely program updates to prepare new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. Attendees graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization!

Session Topics

Management Fundamentals
Nonprofit Finance & Cyber security
Liability & Benefit Strategy
Performance Feedback & Management
Employment Law 101 & 102 (two half day trainings)
Innovation During Covid for New Supervisors

Sessions are a combination of half day trainings and full day intensives!

Presenters include:

Diana Brooks; Diana Brooks Associates
Andrew Adams; Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C.
Valerie Francis & Ben Garvey; Hub Insurance Center of New England
Paul Silva & Kelly Minton; Innovation Accelerator

Salesforce Admin Webinar @ Online
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

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This webinar is recommended for organizations using Salesforce and interested in improving their use of the platform. Specifically, those that find their organization’s growth outpaces staff’s professional development, have difficulty finding or retaining Salesforce talent or have deep occasional needs that require advanced technical skills.

The presentation will provide an overview of how these organizations can reach their full Salesforce potential without having to add expensive headcount. At a time when constituents are driving the need for sophisticated systems, it can be difficult to meet these standards. Craftsman is your partner for providing support, managing operations and initiating growth at your organization. Our approach allows us to work as an extension of your team to meet your unique needs and propel your mission forward.

If you are unable to make it, contact info@craftsmantech.com to set up an alternative time.

Nov
13
Fri
WID 2020 Fall Kick-off – Guest Speaker, Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Mayor, City of Framingham @ Virtual
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Dr. Yvonne Spicer was sworn into office on January 1, 2018 as the first Mayor of Framingham, MA. Mayor Spicer was previously the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the Museum of Science, Boston. Prior to joining the museum, she served as a teacher and administrator in both Framingham and Newton Public Schools. Spicer was appointed to the inaugural Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council by Governor Deval Patrick as the co-chair of the council’s teacher development committee. She was reappointed in 2017 by Governor Charlie Baker and led the Computer Science & Engineering and Career Pathways committees. Mayor Spicer served on the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer Economic Empowerment Trust Fund, and on the Framingham Standing Committee on Ways and Means. Spicer was the first African American woman elected to the Board of Directors of the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA). Dr. Spicer is a native of Brooklyn, NY, but has proudly called Framingham home for the past 35 years. She is a graduate of the State University of New York-Oswego earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts &Technology and a Master of Science degree in Technology Education. She earned her doctorate in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Educational Leadership.

Nov
17
Tue
A Free Zoominar from Nonprofit Net: How to Work with Volunteers in the COVID19 Era @ Virtual
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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The current global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to have to rethink the way that they operate and the services that they provide. Included in this is the way in which they utilize and manage one of their most valuable resources, their volunteers. This webinar will address the current challenges facing nonprofits as it pertains to engaging volunteers such as assessing levels of risk and keeping volunteers safe, virtual volunteer opportunities and keeping volunteers engaged even if they are not physically present at our organizations. Although the field is still learning every day how to respond to these challenges, best practices have already been developed and will be shared during this session. Please come prepared to share your own challenges and success as well.

Presenter:  Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Lisl has worked in the service and volunteerism field for the last 10 years. In the fall of 2014, she joined the Massachusetts Service Alliance, a private nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, Initially a consultant, she became Director of Training and Technical Assistance, overseeing multiple grants from the Corporation of National and Community Service, the Points of Light Service Enterprise initiative, the planning of a bi- annual state conference on service and volunteerism, and many other training opportunities. Her varied work experience includes teaching environmental education and coaching tennis, supporting those with mental illness in a residential facility and those with developmental disabilities in an employment program, and most recently serving as a Senior AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager at YouthBuild USA.

Lisl has a BA in German and Psychology from Bowdoin College and a MSW and EdM from Boston University. Although her working pace has slowed in recent years since she became a parent, she also has a passion for traveling and has visited almost 40 countries.

Nov
18
Wed
Workplace Wellness – Financial Education – Going Above and Beyond Your Retirement Plan @ Zoom
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Presented by The Kelliher Corbett Group at Morgan Stanley and Vanguard

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When employees thrive, organizations thrive. An overwhelming number of US workers are burdened with financial stress through their workday. Do your employees have the resources & support they need during these unprecedented times and throughout their tenure?

DISCUSSION TOPICS
– How financial stress can negatively impact employees’ performance
– Identifying and understanding your employees’ financial goals & objectives
– Improving the financial well-being of your employees during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

LEAD Event Series – Lunch and Learn: Women’s Leadership @ Zoom
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm

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Empower yourself and other women in the work place to achieve success.

Registration coming soon!

Dec
3
Thu
Salesforce Admin Webinar @ Online
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

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This webinar is recommended for organizations using Salesforce and interested in improving their use of the platform. Specifically, those that find their organization’s growth outpaces staff’s professional development, have difficulty finding or retaining Salesforce talent or have deep occasional needs that require advanced technical skills.

The presentation will provide an overview of how these organizations can reach their full Salesforce potential without having to add expensive headcount. At a time when constituents are driving the need for sophisticated systems, it can be difficult to meet these standards. Craftsman is your partner for providing support, managing operations and initiating growth at your organization. Our approach allows us to work as an extension of your team to meet your unique needs and propel your mission forward.

If you are unable to make it, contact info@craftsmantech.com to set up an alternative time.

Dec
10
Thu
LEAD Event Series- Holiday Heroes Happy Hour @ Zoom
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm

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Demonstrate how to help others by raising funds to support young people in need with holiday gifts and winter essentials this holiday season.

Registration coming soon!