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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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Jan
27
Wed
Intro to Community Economic Development @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This course will provide an overview of contemporary community development including its values, goals, theory of change and strategies. The day is designed to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting community developers today. We will explore:
– How the field has evolved since its birth in the 1960s and 1970s.
– How the field is currently organized, including the role of different players such as community based organizations, community development financial institutions, local, state and federal government agencies, banks, and other stakeholders.
– The core values and goals of the community development field, the tensions and contradictions that we face and the theory of change that drives our work
– The core community economic development issues and strategies, including community planning, community organizing, real estate development and business development, while also looking at some of the emerging innovations in the field.
– Briefly explore how community development has responded to COVID-19

Jan
28
Thu
Getting a Grip on Uncertainty @ Online via Zoom
Jan 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am

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GETTING A GRIP ON UNCERTAINTY
With Gail Bower
Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 10:15 – 11:45 am

If you’re like most nonprofit executives, one of the biggest obstacles you face while running your organization is the present level of uncertainty. What do you do with all the moving parts of a pandemic? How do you get your arms around all the variables well enough to make progress on your organization’s strategy and mission?

Rather than play whack-a-mole with all these uncertainties, let’s get a grip on them. Join strategist Gail Bower for a future-focused workshop.  Learn the techniques that you can use with your board, staff, and community to crank up the creativity and slash the stress.

You’ll learn
Why being able to peer into the future is so important to your strategy and leadership.
How to identify trends that could help or hinder your future.
How to use a technique that deepens your awareness of the potential impact of possible futures.

Work with your peers to expand your understanding of the world around you and lessen the anxiety of uncertainty by applying a creative approach and your own imagination.

Who should attend?
Nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors
Business leaders who serve on nonprofit boards

Gail Bower is a revenue strategist, who works with mission-driven businesses to put more money in their mission and more mission in their money. She helps nonprofits and associations become self-sufficient by developing reliable sources of earned and non-dues revenue. Her clients have doubled, tripled, and quadrupled revenue sources in under a year. And that’s just the first year.

Trained as a futurist, Gail studies where society is headed and what trends may impact her clients’ businesses. Author of How to Jump-start Your Sponsorship Strategy in Tough Timesand a frequent speaker, Gail has been interviewed about her work by the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, Marketplace, Timemagazine, U.S. News & World Report, and other media. To learn more, visit GailBower.com.

Free Webinar: What Nonprofits Need to Know About PPP and Other Consolidation Act Opportunities @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Nonprofit leaders that are looking for additional funding opportunities are encouraged to join CLA to review opportunities from the new Consolidation Act passed in December 2020. In this session, we will walk through the new round of PPP funding including the opportunities for a second draw as well as a chance for new first-time borrowers. We will also highlight other credits that nonprofits could take advantage of for 2020 and 2021.

The recording and slides will be shared following the presentation.

Virtual Events 2.0 @ Virtual Program
Jan 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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Beginning last spring, many organizations quickly pivoted their plans from an in person Gala or fundraiser to a virtual one due to the pandemic. As we begin 2021, it’s evident that large, in person events still aren’t possible, at least for the first half of the year. If you are planning your first virtual event or it’s your second, you will hear and learn from the panelists on the lessons they learned from their virtual events, their results and the post-event activities they established for on-going cultivation and stewardship. This session will focus on the fundraising and engagement strategies for the virtual platform and not the technical aspects of virtual programming.

Anticipated takeaways:

Tips on best practices for achieving your event fundraising goals in a virtual setting.
Ideas for post event cultivation and stewardship
How to maximize resources and results

Audience/Target Market:  Event managers, Major Gift Officers, Development Directors

Moderator: Christine Altieri, Founder, AE Events

Panelists
Kim Cayer, Philanthropy Director, The Children’s Room
Mary Hull, Director of Development, WBUR
Jaclyn M. Miller-Barbarow, CFRE, Director of Giving, EVkids

Feb
2
Tue
Success Planning Requires Succession Planning @ Online via Zoom
Feb 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

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Succession Planning should be an ongoing process in nonprofits of all sizes, even when a leadership transition is not anticipated: staff can take leaves of absence, become ill or choose to leave the organization and few nonprofits have excess resources to plug the gaps.

This workshop, designed for board members and senior staff, will explore:

making succession planning a practice throughout the organization
inventorying top job requirements and current skills
hiring, cross training and professional growth plans
responding to short-term emergencies
implementing planned and unplanned transitions
assessing internal vs external options
adapting these concepts to organizations large and small.
Participants will leave with a roadmap to begin the conversations within their own organization.

EVENT DETAILS

Tuesday, February 2nd
10:30am – 12:30pm (90 minute presentation followed by 30 minute Q&A session)
Format: Zoom
Cost: $25 NPC Members/$45 Not-yet-members

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

David Harris has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance, and leadership team effectiveness. David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Sc.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University.

Frank Reece is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of management experience in both industry and not-for-profit organizations. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development. Frank is a graduate of Harvard College and resides in Cambridge Massachusetts with his wife of 45 years, “Sam”.

Chris Dame has been managing change for government, business, and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He founded Non Profit Transitions (NPT) in 2003. He has direct experience managing large-scale government and development projects involving design, finance, market research, legal issues, and community relations. Later he served as a consultant to closely held businesses throughout the northeast and internationally. He has served as Interim Executive Director (IED) for many different kinds of organizations including a major homeless veteran’s shelter, Rhode Island’s largest Hispanic social service agency, a regional nonprofit housing development agency, a childcare center and a $30 million social service agency. He’s also consulted to funders in several states about nonprofit turnarounds. Chris has a Master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University. He speaks frequently at conferences, and he is a certified professional mediator.

Introduction to Grants Research @ Online
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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With more than 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high. How does one get a leg up?

The first step is doing one’s homework. Foundations have missions just the same as nonprofits, so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area.

Google is not an effective tool for grants research as many funders still do not maintain a website. It is therefore imperative to know the key resources where you can locate reliable information. This introductory program is ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up.

We cover the beginning, middle and end of the grants research process. This includes but is not limited to:

– Is your organization ‘grant-ready’?
– Key resources to find potential funders
– What you need to know about funders
– Where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
– Tips to consider as you conduct your research
– How to find contributors to your peer organizations
– Best practices on making the initial approach to a foundation

Feb
3
Wed
Free Webinar: Best Practices for Initiating a Capital Campaign During a Pandemic @ Virtual
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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During these times of tremendous economic uncertainty for nonprofits, launching a capital campaign may seem imprudent to many. To the contrary, however, a pandemic may be the ideal time for tax-exempt organizations to initiate such an undertaking because capital campaigns serve two essential purposes that are of paramount importance in a recessionary economy: building mission awareness and raising much-needed funding.

During this webinar we will discuss:
– An overview of the capital campaign process, from planning through the campaign deadline date.
– Procedural best practices for nonprofits to ensure they are following appropriate accounting, financial reporting, and fundraising guidelines.
– Recommendations for reconciliations between accounting and development, the establishment of formal gift acceptance, and contribution recognition accounting policies.

The recording and slides will be shared following the presentation.

Feb
4
Thu
Adaptive Supervision @ Online
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Skilled, intentional, and strategic supervision is integral to organizational success and employee satisfaction. Effective supervisors, whether new to the role or coming with a wealth of experience, tap into self-awareness, are adaptive, and leverage a range of interpersonal skills. Using these practices, a supervisor creates a culture of mutual respect — one in which employees and supervisors communicate regularly and clearly about job-related expectations, tasks, and overall performance.

Through this 120-minute session on adaptive supervision, participants will:

*    Review and reflect on a “Job Description of a Supervisor”
*    Identify their preferred supervisory style
*    Learn how to identify what individual staff need around various aspects of their jobs and their particular challenges
*    Understand the importance of adapting their supervisory approach and communication style in support of staff success, and how to put that into practice

Target audience: Supervisors with all levels of experience; from emerging supervisors to those with many years of experience

Get On Board! @ Locke Lord
Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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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 a 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.

Feb
9
Tue
Approaches to Supervision @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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This training focuses on supervision and program management for adult staff. It addresses the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, communication, work relationships, program management, and the specific supervision of staff. In the training we will identify various roles and responsibilities of supervisors, and explore effective strategies for supervisor relationships.

How Board Members’ Roles May Change in the COVID-19 Era
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Board membership carries a lot of responsibility, as the board is legally authorized with protecting your organization’s mission and ensuring financial stability. In this time of a global pandemic, nonprofit board members may find themselves increasingly busy.

This webinar will serve as a refresher course for board members, nonprofit leaders and anyone else interested in learning how nonprofits are led, focusing on the “three As” of board roles: serving as an ambassador, advocate, and asker. The webinar will discuss: ways board members can be more proactive for their organizations; how board members can reach out to their communities to encourage involvement, engagement, and support; and how nonprofit leaders can best work with their boards to achieve organizational success.

Presenter:
Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, FAFP

Abbie has been in the development field for over 40
years. Before starting her own consulting firm in 2007, she served as a consultant with several national firms including Marts & Lundy and Brakeley Briscoe. She held key senior development positions at Stanford University and The University of Chicago.
Abbie also was the Chief Development Officer for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. and for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, MD. In the summer of 2007, she moved her consulting practice to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. She presents regularly for AFP, CASE, and various community foundations and nonprofit associations.

Areas of expertise and extensive experience include major gifts, women’s philanthropy, and governance, the latter encompassing board development, leadership and training. She speaks, consults, and teaches workshops on these subjects. Abbie wrote the first
book on women’s philanthropy, Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists.

Currently, Abbie is a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Abbie was the recipient of the President’s Award from the NSFRE of Chicago and in 2018 was named a Distinguished Fellow by Association of Fundraising Professionals, one of twelve in the US. Abbie continues as a Sustainer in the Junior
League of the Berkshires.

Feb
10
Wed
Approaches to Supervision @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Supervision-min

This training focuses on supervision and program management for adult staff. It addresses the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, communication, work relationships, program management, and the specific supervision of staff. In the training we will identify various roles and responsibilities of supervisors, and explore effective strategies for supervisor relationships.

Feb
24
Wed
Online Communication: Public Speaking in a Web-Based World @ Online
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Presented by David Marino

Natural charisma doesn’t always translate screen-to-screen. Companies now realize that whoever is the first to master client engagement from a distance will dominate their competition. This workshop will help you take command of this new paradigm so you can achieve your business goals, keep your employees engaged, and your clients committed to you.

In this highly participatory workshop, you will learn to:

–    Master the new face-to-face
–    Project authority and energy at a distance
–    Maintain team morale and manage ambiguity
–    Present essential data and keep your audience engaged
–    Lead an effective meeting by eliminating remote distractions

This workshop is designed for professionals of all levels of experience, from beginner to expert.

Feb
25
Thu
Building Effective and Authentic Donor Relationships @ Online
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Do you want to build your ability to ask donors for support?

In this lively two-hour workshop, you will learn the principles behind donor-centered and relationship-based cultivation and stewardship – and how to reach out to your donors to more fully engage them in the life of your organization.

A successful fundraising program is as much about knowing your donors as it is about achieving financial goals. During the workshop, you will learn to build relationships with donors in meaningful ways by developing your authentic curiosity and “fundraising listening” skills to help match your mission with your donors’ philanthropic goals. As part of your practice, you will build a multi-step donor cultivation and stewardship plan using real donors to your organization.

Highly rated and dynamic trainer, Jenn Hayslett, combines her years of leadership experience as a fundraiser in small and mid-sized nonprofits with brain-science research on best practices. She will lead you through hands-on activities designed to decrease anxiety and increase your confidence by practicing skills that are needed to involve your donors.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in increasing their comfort with getting to know donors. It is designed for those who are relatively new to donor cultivation, as well those with multiple years of experience.

Mar
5
Fri
Be a Group Facilitation Pro in an Age of Meetings @ Zoom
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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Ever feel like you’re participating in one very long meeting lately? Do you attend or lead meetings that fail to achieve meeting or project goals? Effective meetings build connections, generate ideas, share knowledge, and can even create pathways to leadership. This two- and one-half hour workshop will introduce participants to techniques in meeting preparation, managing interpersonal and group dynamics, and following-up for success.

This workshop is designed to help you explore and improve your capacity to manage meetings and to connect with other individuals planning meetings through a combination of active-learning, small groups, and presentations. Apply the knowledge gained from this workshop to any meeting, small, committee meetings to larger public forums.

Mar
9
Tue
COVID-19 is Causing Funders to Adjust Their Practices and You Should Too @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Nonprofit organizations everywhere are struggling to meet the increased need for services due to the pandemic. Foundations are being asked to give more to organizations they have long supported, but are worried about long-term viability for some of the groups in their portfolios. How can nonprofit leaders understand the concerns of funders and present their case well?

In this session a very experienced grant maker will share what she’s learned in her work with multiple family foundations and suggest ways that nonprofits can strengthen their case for support.

Presenter: Mari Brennan Barrera

Mari serves as a Charitable Foundations Manager in Nutter Law’s Private Client Department. She identifies opportunities for strategic grantmaking to help philanthropic families and foundations achieve their charitable goals. She also works with the nonprofits that
receive this funding to help them leverage the grants and build their capacity.

Mari has more than 25 years of experience in developing grantmaking programs, creating and implementing strategic plans, conducting issue and landscape analyses, and designing staffing and operational structures for a wide range of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations committed to social change.

Mari’s early career included fundraising and communications. Later, her consulting clients included Ambassador Swanee Hunt’s family foundation, Boston’s Black Philanthropy Fund, and Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative. Mari has also served at the executive level at the Highland Street and the Eos family foundations, and at the Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has served as chair of Philanthropy Massachusetts (previously known as Associated Grant
Makers). Mari was also board chair of the national organization Full Frame Initiative. She is now in her second term as a member of the Natick grants panels for the MetroWest Health Foundation, and joined the board of Project Bread in January 2020.

Self Esteem Principles & Practices @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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This 8-hour intensive training will educate participants in the self-esteem philosophy. Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.

Mar
10
Wed
Self Esteem Principles & Practices @ Zoom
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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This 8-hour intensive training will educate participants in the self-esteem philosophy. Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.

Mar
16
Tue
Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters @ Virtual
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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(Prerequisite: FQP Level 1)   This 6-hour, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients.  Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients. The six elements of self-esteem are examined in the context of the stages of change model.

Mar
17
Wed
Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters @ Virtual
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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(Prerequisite: FQP Level 1)   This 6-hour, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients.  Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients. The six elements of self-esteem are examined in the context of the stages of change model.