Community Trainings & Events Calendar

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 events@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Oct
1
Sat
ESC Nonprofit Executive Roundtable @ Zoom
Oct 1 2022 – Jun 30 2023 all-day

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It can be lonely at the top. Nonprofit executives are peerless within their organization, with no one to talk to about sensitive issues and challenging situations. Empower Success Corps (ESC) is pleased to announce a new program to address this professional support gap. The ESC Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET) provides a confidential forum for nonprofit EDs and CEOs to share challenges and get real-time constructive feedback from smart, connected leaders who understand the unique challenges of the job.

The monthly facilitated roundtable creates a consistent community of peers where nonprofit chief executives are able to openly present issues of concern and get support from peers who have experience successfully resolving similar issues.

Our next cohort will meet for once a month for nine months starting in late September/early October.

Jan
31
Tue
Online Charity Filing is Here: Learn How to Use MA’s New and Easier System @ Zoom
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Join us for a workshop with representatives from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s (AG) office to learn how the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division is making initial charity registration and annual filings easier for nonprofits via its new online portal. They will give an update on what forms are mandatory and how to use the new system.

Feb
1
Wed
Introduction to Grants Research @ Zoom
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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 to do your homework. It is vital to the success of your proposal that you find funders who are aligned with your organization’s mission and program areas. 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 for finding reliable information.

This introductory program is ideal for grant seekers who are new to the process or who would like to brush up their skills. We will provide brief tutorials in the Foundation Directory Online and the new impala search engine, and cover the beginning, middle and end of the grants research process including:

  • Key resources to find potential funders
  • Where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
  • Tips to consider as you conduct your research
  • How to find contributors to peer organizations
  • Determining if your organization is grant-ready
  • Best practices on making the initial approach to a foundation
Feb
2
Thu
Budget Management @ Zoom
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE’s Better Nonprofit Management Series

Having a budget is a crucial piece of achieving your goals. Learn the fundamentals of creating and managing budgets for your organization with Maureen Miller. This workshop will explore key concepts of budgeting such as:

Roles and responsibilities
Different types of budgets
Budget timeline
Cyclical budget process
Budget implementation

Attendees will review sample Excel budgets, including budget-to-actual, revenue summary and detail sheets, and both summary and detail sheets for personnel and non-personnel expenses.

Learning Objectives
Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the steps necessary to create an annual budget and how to compare and analyze the budget to actual expenditures.

Target Audience
This workshop is for financial, program, and leadership staff who are responsible for creating and/or implementing program and/or the annual organizational budgets.

About the Presenter
Maureen Miller is an expert at developing efficient and impactful financial systems that support organizations in achieving their strategic fiscal goals. She is an expert at translating complicated financial information to people with varied levels of financial knowledge.

Learn more at https://www.tsne.org/bnm-budget-management

Feb
7
Tue
Refresh Your Planned Giving Approach: Trends and Notes from the Field in 2023 @ Zoom
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Join us for a discussion with planned giving leaders to learn about current trends in the field, success stories, and tactics for elevating your planned giving strategy.
You will also have an opportunity to ask your own questions that pertain to your work and organization.

Anticipated takeaways:

Learn about current planned giving trends and topics and the impact they have had and will continue to have on philanthropy
Hear a variety of strategies for elevating your planned giving approach and tactical ways to implement these strategies

Audience/Target Market: Planned giving/major giving professionals, nonprofit/philanthropy professionals in organizations with existing planned giving programs, fundraising professionals interested in learning more about planned giving and its impact.

NOTE: Registration for this program will close on Sunday 2/5/23.

Feb
9
Thu
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop (Virtual) @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Learn more about the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts. Presenters will address topics such as:

– 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 of Greater Boston; Alyssa Fitzgerald, Goodwin.

Feb
14
Tue
How Leaders Can Establish a Digital Strategy @ Zoom
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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A nonprofit’s digital presence is so much more than a Facebook post here and there or the occasional email. Approached holistically and strategically, digital is a core part of actualizing your organization’s work and accomplishing its mission. Join us for a workshop on how you can achieve a fully integrated digital program.

About the Speaker

Host Elsa Roberts is Associate Director of Digital Strategy at Firefly Partners, a women-owned digital marketing agency delivering tailored solutions that help progressive nonprofits achieve their goals. Elsa came to Firefly Partners in 2021 after many years serving the non-profit sector as a freelancer and full-time employee, where her twin passions for digital communication and graphic design were honed. Her work has touched on elections, community organizing, public space, mobility, and civic life. She holds an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

Feb
15
Wed
How to Build a Great impala Profile @ Zoom
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Funders and nonprofits, do you ever wish you could have easier access to data on philanthropic foundations and nonprofits to streamline and enhance your fundraising and due diligence efforts? Attend this session to learn more about how to get started on impala, a groundbreaking new online platform that provides free access to the profiles of every grantmaker and grantseeker in the US: grants given & received, impact, people, financials and much more. Join us to learn how to quickly get started using this powerful new platform.

Feb
22
Wed
Put impala’s Ecosystem Intelligence to Work for Your Organization @ Zoom
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Are you looking to better understand trends in a particular niche of the social impact sector? The groundbreaking new online platform impala provides free access to the profiles of every grantmaker and grantseeker in the US as well as in-depth analysis of any group of funders and nonprofits across the country, known as Ecosystem Intelligence. Join this session to learn how to use impala’s Ecosystem Intelligence tool to: explore an ecosystem based on Landscape Markers (cause area and/or geography), Nonprofits, or Funders; analyze any niche of the sector across the country – see who’s involved, how the funders compare, key funding and financial trends, and more; and leverage the tool to enhance your fundraising and due diligence efforts.

Feb
28
Tue
Building a Development Program from Scratch @ Zoom
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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How do you build a program from scratch and attract the support needed to diversify and grow your philanthropic revenue? This workshop will help you learn how to launch your development program. You’ll learn where you can start, where to focus, and what role your board could play. Development consultant Chuck Gordon has helped numerous nonprofit leaders travel this path, and peer nonprofit leaders will join us to share their stories of challenges and successes as they have built fundraising programs that you’ll want to emulate.

Mar
1
Wed
Nonprofit CORI Training @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*Note: This training is not designed to help advise nonprofits on their hiring practices. It is solely focused on assisting clients with criminal records.*

This criminal records training is intended for nonprofits whose staff are involved with counseling or offering services in the community to individuals who may have criminal records. It will address the following:

– What exactly is a criminal record in Massachusetts? Who has the data? Who gets access to the data?
– How can a nonprofit help a client reduce the barriers posed by criminal records?
– What can be done if a client of a nonprofit wishes to seal a CORI?
– What crimes can be sealed? What resources are available?
– What rights do individuals with a sealed CORI have when they are applying for a job? Housing?
– What is the process for the new expungement laws for CORIs?
– What are the concerns for an individual with a CORI who has an immigration issue?

Presenter: Crispin Birnbaum, Access to Justice Fellow

How to Build a Strong Prospect List with impala @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Navigating through endless internet search results of potential funder prospects is time consuming and inefficient. Join us to check out how the new free online platform, impala, can enhance and streamline your fundraising efforts.

Mar
22
Wed
Understanding and Competing for Federal Grants @ Zoom
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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More than $5.8 trillion in federal grants were awarded in 2021 with the bulk of the funds supporting health and human services, education, economic development, housing, and veterans. Is your organization ready to compete for future federal grants opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Rather than relying on corporate or foundation giving, it may be time to seek out potential federal grants. Join us for this practical session for development professionals who are new to the field or who would like to refresh their skills.

Presenter: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source

Mar
24
Fri
Clinic in a Box®: Nonprofit Privacy and Data Security @ Mintz
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Apply to join us for this year’s in-person Clinic in a Box®: Privacy and Data Security Considerations for Nonprofits.

– WISP and Data Security Breaches: Massachusetts law requires organizations with certain kinds of personal information to have (and use) a Written Information Security Program. What are the risks of data security breaches? What does a WISP include?

– Social Media Policy: Social media posts can have consequences. What guidelines for social media use will help protect nonprofits and their clients?

If your organization is selected to participate, volunteer attorneys will provide guidance on your WISP and social media policies.

Please note: If your organization is selected to participate in the clinic, your executive director, board chair, or other senior staff or board member responsible for governing or managing your organization must be able to attend.