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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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Cause After A Pause Winter Cohort @ Workbar Burlington
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm
Cause After A Pause Winter Cohort @ Workbar Burlington

A unique job search and networking program for those in search of purpose-driven work in the nonprofit sector after a career break or transition. The Cause After A Pause Cohort provides a deep dive into the Greater Boston nonprofit job market with an emphasis upon recognizing the best role given your skills and interests, making new strategic professional connections, following funding trends, and identifying strong fiscal NPO management that indicate hiring opportunities. Improve and update your personal branding tools, gain confidence, and expand your networks. Step out from behind your computer and become a member of a community of like-minded career (re)launchers.

Dates and times:

10am-noon on alternating Mondays 1/27, 2/10, 2/24


$275 Early Bird registration through 1/6/20
$325 after 1/6/20

Amplify! Your Nonprofit’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion @ Women's Fund of Western MA, Third Floor Community Room
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm


As part of our mission to give women, girls, and the organizations that serve them the tools they need to create change in our community, the Women’s Fund is excited to launch our new Amplify! workshop series.
Last year we surveyed the staff of women and girl-serving organizations across the four counties of Western Massachusetts to identify their capacity-building needs. Based on the results of that survey, the Women’s Fund is collaborating with expert trainers and coaches to offer capacity-building workshops focused on the needs of organizations serving women and girls.

With support from the Beveridge Family Foundation, the Women’s Fund is able to invest in the staff of local nonprofits by offering these high-quality trainings at a substantially reduced cost to participants.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop
Gwendolyn VanSant will join us to offer an interactive workshop working through a cultural humility framework to identify the impact of personal and organizational identities on programs and individuals. We will explore facets of cultural awareness working towards competency and proficiency in navigating personal and systemic bias. VanSant will provide samples of strategic approaches for integrating a gender, poverty and race analysis in your diversity, equity and inclusion work. As we collectively work towards building a sense of belonging and safety in our workplaces and communities, our final discussion will look towards how we can leverage our resources and access towards positive social impact for all.

Instructor Bio: Gwendolyn VanSant
Gwendolyn VanSant is an experienced organizational change consultant and coach who works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She is the CEO and Founding Director of BRIDGE and the Equity and Inclusion Team Lead at Changemaker Strategies. A skilled community organizer, Gwendolyn is also a well-recognized thought leader on racial justice and reparations.

Gwendolyn currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Town of Great Barrington W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. She is on the Advisory Board of Greylock Federal Credit Union’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) program, and she is a board member of the UU Mass Action Network, Shakespeare & Company, and Women’s Fund Of Western Massachusetts. A longtime activist, Gwendolyn has founded several initiatives based on the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity.

About Multicultural BRIDGE
Multicultural BRIDGE is a grassroots organization dedicated to advancing equity and justice by promoting cultural competence, positive psychology, and mutual understanding and acceptance. The organization acts as a catalyst for change through collaboration, education, training, dialogue, fellowship and advocacy. BRIDGE connects vulnerable community members with key resources and networks, while also providing education to both local institutions and the community at large. They are a minority and women run non-profit certified by the Office of Supplier Diversity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and their certified competencies are training, education, language access, and multicultural awareness.

Innovation Boot Camp: Tools of Design-Thinking @ NonProfit Center
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE MissionWorks’ Better Nonprofit Management Training Series

Description: For nonprofit professionals who are leading strategic and creative initiatives, the Innovation Boot Camp is an all-day workshop that walks participants through a comprehensive design-thinking process. This will be a hands-on, rigorous, fast moving experience especially designed for the nonprofit sector.

Trainer: Lilo Altali

impactLMS: Community Lending on Salesforce @ Online
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

impactLMS was built on Salesforce and configured for mission-driven lenders. Craftsman understands that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the needs of such a diverse group of organizations.

This demo is recommended for CDFIs and other community lenders interested in enhancing their loan application process. Whether you are moving from paper processes to a digital platform or looking for a tech solution that can keep up with your organization’s growth, impactLMS will help you better serve your community.

Notable features of the solution include:
– Ability to tailor a solution to your specific lending processes
– Easy integration with peripheral applications to enhance the client experience
– Streamlined workflows to maximize efficiency of your staff
– Powerful analytics for pipeline management and donor stewardship

Building Effective and Authentic Donor Relationships @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


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

In this lively three-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.

Paid Family Medical Leave: Top Things Your Organization Should be Doing Now @ UMass Center, Tower Square
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am


In 2018, Massachusetts signed into law a statute that provides paid family and medical leave benefits to workers. Since that signing, there have been a host of new updates and regulations released! Join HSF and Skoler, Abbott, & Presser Attorney John Gannon as we cover the Top things your organization should be doing right now to prepare for PFML. There will be time for questions!

Community Engagement @ Metro Housing Boston
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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MAPC Community Engagement Division

Are you kicking off a community planning process and beginning to think about outreach and engagement? Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Have you had little success in engaging more than the usual suspects?

This hands-on interactive training proposes 5 Steps that break down the process of creating a public participation strategy. Learn best practices for thoughtful community engagement including examples of meeting design and engaging ways of getting public participation outside of the traditional public meeting format.

Done right, community engagement builds trust – even when consensus is out of reach. It brings fresh thinking, new voices, and creates a more informed, involved public. It brings people into the process, and brings the process to them. That means new ideas, new participants – and plans with wider support.

This training is for anyone who wants to enhance their outreach practices, including municipal staff and others doing similar work. It includes a Community Engagement Guide, a Strategy Chart, example activities and more!

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is promoting smart growth and regional collaboration. Making sure we are working for the best interests of everyone in the Metro Boston Region is a critical component of MAPC’s mission. Therefore, effective community outreach and civic engagement is at the core of our success!

Introduction to Grants Research for Non-Profits @ Harvard Ed Portal
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


With over 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 as nonprofits do and so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area. Foundations have missions just as nonprofits do and so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area. This introductory program is ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up.

This workshop is led by Georganna Woods from Philanthropy Massachusetts. Since 2005, Georganna has worked in various capacities at Philanthropy MA. She began as Associate Librarian at the Philanthropy MA Resource Center for Philanthropy (RCP) and transitioned into a combined position where she coordinates Philanthropy MA’s Meet-the-Donors series and also conducts research for Philanthropy MA Members and partners.

Philanthropy MA delivers excellent opportunities in learning, networking, access to resources and tools, skill-building, and community-building and serves as a bridge between funders and fund applicants for better understanding, efficiency and impact.

Please note: If you have already visited Philanthropy MA for a tutorial in the Resource Center or are already familiar with the Foundation Directory Online and Grant Makers Directory then this class may not be for you since we spend a significant amount of time focusing on these databases.

Planning and Executing Organizational Change Efforts @ NonProfit Center
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


In today’s fast-paced, ever changing landscape, it is more important than ever that nonprofits have the skills and tools necessary to identify, plan, and execute change in a way that catalyzes, rather than disrupts, organizational performance.

This experiential workshop, led by TSNE consultants Nesly Metayer and Julia Monaghan, will walk participants through several models for understanding, planning, and implementing organizational change. The day will also provide participants with an understanding of key considerations related to change management such as inclusion and participation, communication, and how to align your change effort with your organization’s values.

Learning Objectives
– Learn to recognize when planned organizational change might be necessary
– Explore different tools and models for planning and understanding change
– Learn how to use your organizational values to guide change management
– Identify ways to create a participatory and inclusive change process
– Understand the role of communications and expectation-setting
– Consider implications for ongoing or iterative change

Training: Salesforce Reporting @ Craftsman Technology Group
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Host: Paul Baxter, Knowledge Manager + Analyst, Craftsman Technology Group

Salesforce Advanced Reporting is a half day training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. The training allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn to choose, organize and present useful reports to your staff and board. Leave with an understanding of reporting best practices and the knowledge to:

– Use the Salesforce Report Builder
– Create custom lists
– Sort and filter records
– Export data
– Analyze data with reports
– Build custom report types
– Create charts and dashboards

Business Development Certificate Program @ Cambridge College, Classroom 1315
Feb 26 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Cambridge College, Mel King Institute for Community Building, and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) have formed a new partnership to deliver innovative programming designed to enhance the skills and resources of business development professionals who are committed to supporting the successful launch and growth of small businesses across the Commonwealth.

The program will offer six full days of training (9:30am – 4:30pm) to be held at the Cambridge College Campus in Boston starting on January 22, 2020. The courses will be taught by faculty from Cambridge College, seasoned business professionals and attorneys from the Lawyers for Civil Rights. The program modules include:

– January 22 – Module 1: Introduction to Small Business Environment
– February 5 – Module 2: Business Planning Basics
– February 26 – Module 3: Bookkeeping and Forecasting
– March 11 – Module 4: Marketing Fundamentals & Brand Management
– March 25 – Module 5: Small Business Legal Overview
– April 8 – Module 6: Small Business Coaching
– Snow Dates: April 15 and April 29

The program is open to anyone working as a business counselor or technical assistance provider to small businesses.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for each session.

***The Program Tuition is $1,500.

***MGCC’s Small Business Technical Assistance Grantees have a discounted tuition rate of $600 for the Certificate Program.

Brown Bag program- The Robots Are Coming: AI and the Future of Fundraising @ The Link at Kendall Square
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Autonomous vehicles. Alexa. Chatbots. Google. Whether or not you realize it, artificial intelligence is everywhere and may soon be coming to an advancement shop near you. According to a Nonprofit Trends Report from Salesforce Research, the use of artificial intelligence in the nonprofit sector is projected to grow by 361% in the next two years ( But, like all new technologies, nonprofit organizations are grappling with how to get started with AI and how to use it ethically and effectively.

Please join our panel of forward-thinking advancement professionals for a conversation to explore AI and the future of machine-assisted fundraising. Hear from our panel about what “AI” really is and the many ways in which it has already infiltrated our day-to-day lives and work in the field of advancement. Hear from early-adopters who have already begun using AI, and hear from them about the advantages and limitations of these tools. Learn from industry leaders about some of the breathtaking potential future applications of AI — which stand to support every advancement function, from annual fund and major gifts, to prospect research and stewardship — as well as about some of the potentially serious ethical implications of using AI to drive development.

Anticipated takeaways:

What AI is and how is it being used already?
Current examples and potential future applications of AI in philanthropy
Ethical considerations for development professionals using AI

Audience/Target Market: All fundraising practitioners from organizations large and small.

Getting Up to Speed on Electric Vehicle Chargers @ Webinar
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

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With the rapid growth of electric vehicles, nonprofit organizations are under pressure to offer charging stations for use by clients and constituents. There are important considerations when selecting equipment and determining installation locations. And there are programs available to help pay for infrastructure and obtain discounts on equipment. After this 45-minute webinar, you will understand:

• Selecting the equipment and services that meet your needs.
• Choosing the most advantageous sites for your EVCs.
• The planning and installation process.
• Steps you’ll need to take to move forward.
• Available incentives to help defray costs.

This is a great primer for anyone thinking about installing an EVC or just wanting to learn more about them.

Training: Salesforce Reporting @ Craftsman Technology Group
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Host: Paul Baxter, Knowledge Manager + Analyst, Craftsman Technology Group

Working with Data is a half day classroom training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. Each BOOTCAMP Plus session focuses on a specific topic and allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn how to successfully import and maintain your organization’s information by matching your data to Salesforce’s internal structure. Leave with a toolkit for managing your data in the system. Gain the confidence and knowledge to:

– Prepare data in Excel
– Understand the differences between various data migration tools:
– Data Loader,, Data Wizard
– Execute imports
– Migrate donations and attach the data to accounts
– Migrate cases and attach data to contacts
– Add contacts to campaigns
– Execute advanced migration using External IDs to attach donations to accounts
– Insert, update and delete with a data migration tool

How to Choose a Database Management System – A Primer @ Health Resources In Action (HRiA)
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Your data is a strategic asset of your organization. Organizing data in a way that is easy to access and provides meaningful information to manage your operations is critical to your success. Join us to examine how to choose a database management system. We’ll provide a framework for choosing an effective database for your organization covering how to:

• Map your existing processes
• Review processes for potential improvements
• Gather needs requirements (Start with the end in mind)
• Prioritize needs and set timelines
• Craft and distribute Request for Proposal
• Define internal ownership and governance
• Manage vendor selection and implementation
• Establish procedures for ongoing use and maintenance of the system

Russell Greenwald, Vice President, Insource Services

As Vice President, Russell brings his substantial expertise in leading projects and process management to managing Insource’s operations and addressing client needs.
Utilizing his project management skills, Russell works as part of the executive team to co-lead the delivery of Insource’s professional services to clients. He is jointly responsible for the overall management of client success, Insource’s consulting services and business development. Russell has a proven track record in all areas of Insource’s key services, most notably within the development of strategic business and staffing goals, as well as developing and implementing multi-year technology plans.

Getting to Work: Tangible Action Steps to Ensure a Complete Census Count in Your Community @ Online
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The webinar will provide an overview of specific strategies that nonprofits can use to actively work towards complete count efforts in their communities. The webinar will highlight best practices and work already occurring, paired with guidance and resources for action steps in the period before the census self-response period commences in March, lasting through Census Day on April 1, 2020.

Vatsady Sivongxay, Statewide Complete Count Coordinator
Beth Huang, Director, Massachusetts Voter Table




This webinar is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and presented by MNN.

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Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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*Please RSVP by February 24*

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or do you have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status? All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys. At this group session, we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding:

For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?
What is a Not-for-Profit?
Incorporating & Structuring the Not-for-Profit
Option of Fiscal Sponsorship
State Reporting & Regulation
Federal Tax Exemption
Ongoing IRS Reporting & Regulation

Presenters: Luke Blackadar, Arts & Business Council; Alyssa Fitzgerald, Goodwin; Anli Jiao, TSNE MissionWorks

This pro bono workshop is a joint project of Goodwin Procter LLP, Arts & Business Council, TSNE MissionWorks, and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Introduction to Logic Models @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Did you know that only 28% of nonprofits have a current logic model, which experts consider to be the foundation for promising evaluation capacities? Come learn how this tool provides the foundation for a quality program design! You will learn about logic models for program planning, program improvement, and as the first step to prepare for outcome measurement.

Participants will:
– Learn the five components of a logic model (participants, inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes)
– Understand criteria for a quality logic model
– Illustrate how a logic model will help you make improvements to your program design and daily program practices
– Draft an outcomes ladder for your own program

This logic model session will draw from Theory of Change concepts including target population definition, participant strengths and challenges, reasons for program, and unintended negative outcomes. A logic model can help ensure that your program staff and your development staff are marching to the same tune!

Ellen Bass launched and directs the Capacity Institute, which helps nonprofits Improve participant outcomes as a measure of mission attainment, by building and implementing their theory of change and performance management systems over two-years. Nonprofits have doubled their intermediate outcome success and quadrupled their long-term outcome success rates! For twenty years, Ellen has taught and coached staff from more than three hundred nonprofits how to use logic models and outcome measurement to strengthen participant outcomes, programs, staff, strategy, partnerships, and fundraising. Ellen also founded and leads the Nonprofit Performance Management Network, to improve the effectiveness of human service nonprofits nationally by engaging consultants, nonprofits and funders to invest in performance management practices. Ellen is a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which includes more than 200 nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners who advance nonprofit high performance as the norm.

Difficult Conversations @ Quincy Old City Hall Meeting Room (Basement)
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Nnena Odim

MWI’s Difficult Conversations Workshop offers advice, tools and a framework designed to help participants better understand their own and others’ behaviors during difficult conversations. This program equips participants to manage their emotions by grounding their identity when preparing to engage in difficult conversations skillfully and with confidence.

Course Objectives:

– Improve participants’ ability to prepare for and engage in difficult conversations;
– Communicate with colleagues, clients and organizations to fuel productivity, strengthen relationships, and deliver success;
Disentangle impact from intention and improve effective listening skills;
– Focus on the purpose of conversations to build and repair damaged relationships.

Participants in MWI’s Difficult Conversations Workshop will have opportunities to examine real-life professional and personal scenarios and develop a strategy to resolve those issues. This program is designed to be interactive, fun and participants will leave with new skills and tools that they can apply immediately after the workshop.


Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, divorce, grandparent visitation, etc.). Nnena has also designed and/or led conflict management trainings for several local and businesses and agencies, including the Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Housing Authority, and Coca Cola Enterprises. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys. Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and community members, and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students, faculty, and administration in higher education settings, served as a faculty and coach of mediation skills for trainings at Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, MIT, and New England School of Law, and provided dispute resolution consultation for various academic and administrative departments in Boston-area colleges. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly. In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.

2020 Nonprofit Board Summit @ The Federal Reserve Building
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Ensuring your nonprofit is no longer the best-kept secret

Sponsored by the Harvard Business School Association of Boston

Monday, March 9, 2020

1:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The Federal Reserve Building, 600 Atlantic Avenue

Join HBS and HKS alums and the HBS Association of Boston at the 2020 Nonprofit Board Summit, a half-day mini-conference for all Boston-area Nonprofit Board Members (not just Harvard affiliated).

A conference for nonprofit board members and staff:

  • Increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit board,
  • Network with other nonprofit board members, and
  • Learn about strategies that improve impact and sustainability

This second annual conference is designed to foster conversations and develop action plans that will build the capacity of your board and your organization.

This year’s Nonprofit Board Summit will feature keynote speaker We First Simon Mainwaring as well as the opportunity to participate in two highly interactive workshops.

The Summit is open to HBS / HKS alumni along with all current, former or prospective nonprofit board members and senior staff interested in improving staff/board collaboration.

$169 per person, $149 for 2 or more attendees representing the same nonprofit.
$20 per person discount for registering by January 31, 2020

Registration is limited to 300 attendees (the 2019 Nonprofit Board Summit sold out).
No walk-ins due to security requirements.