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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.

To submit an event, click the button below.

All submissions will be approved by MNN staff prior to being posted (typically within 24 hours).  You must be an MNN nonprofit or affiliate member to submit an event. Not a member yet? Annual membership starts as low as $75 and includes unlimited job postings and many other year-round benefits. Click to learn more and join.

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

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Oct
5
Mon
Emotional Intelligence (EI): The Heart and Mind of the Matter @ Online
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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You will receive the Zoom Link for this training after you’ve registered, closer to the date of the Training.

What do we mean by “emotional intelligence” and why is it so important for individuals, teams, and organizations to develop?  Given the major shifts of 2020, it has never been more critical to have true emotional awareness and management skills as we reimagine our work and our relationship to those we serve. In this course, we will examine Daniel Goleman’s EI model and use the quadrant competencies to practice self-assessment.  We will examine how this framework plays out in all the arenas of our lives—at work, at home, and in our communities.  And we will look at ways of strengthening our EI competencies, particularly those that lend to personal and organizational resilience in a time of change.  This participatory workshop aims to help you see yourself and those around you from a deeper lens.

Instructor Bio:

Becky Eschenburg is an organizational and personal development consultant with over 20 years of experience in the community development field, focusing on community building and affordable housing.  Her specialty skills lie in facilitation, coaching, training design, and team development.  Becky’s work is framed around concepts of adaptive leadership, emotional intelligence, peer learning and social justice principles.  Becky is a visual systems thinker and implements graphic facilitation principles into her work.  Currently based in Raleigh, NC, Becky works both locally and nationally to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential.

Registration deadline:
Friday, October 2, 2020
Registration fee:
TUITION PRICE CHANGE: $75 Regular, $50 MACDC Member, $25 Student/AmeriCorps/Intern
Type of event:
MKI Training
Learning area:
Nonprofit Governance
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Oct
6
Tue
MNN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference @ Virtual
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

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The 2020 Annual Conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place as a virtual event.

As in previous years, the conference will include the benefits hundreds of nonprofit professionals have come to expect, including great speakers, first-rate workshops, and opportunities to connect with friends both new and old. And it will be available to everyone in the nonprofit sector, without the constraints of room size or travel.

Early Bird registration is now OPEN! Click here to register before rates end at 11:59 PM on Friday, September 11th. 

Take a sneak peek at this year’s conference with the preview below!

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This year’s conference will feature:

Workshops
The workshops will cover a variety of topics for every stage in a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization. Attendees will have access to over 20 hours of educational workshops and networking! View this year’s workshops here.

Networking Opportunities
Over 600 conference attendees come to the MNN conference every year to leverage collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. Use our virtual event platform to schedule time to network with fellow attendees and exhibitors and take advantage of moderated group networking hours. View the schedule of this year’s conference here.

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Two nonprofit sector legends from Massachusetts will be awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Stay tuned for more information in September.

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Become a conference sponsor today! Learn more about 2020 annual conference sponsorship opportunities, levels, and deliverables hereView sponsorship FAQs here.

Sponsorship closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, September 11.

Learn about our 2020 Annual Conference sponsors here.

Contact Madeleine Morgan with any immediate questions.

Advanced Grant Seeking @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving an award. Competition for grants continues to grow as government funding dwindles and COVID-19 impacts the stock market. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grant-seeking skills by making your proposal more competitive.

From logic models to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government. There will be a discussion on the use of Gantt and PERT charts as well as other visual aids to help reviewers quickly understand the intent of your proposed project. You will also learn strategies to use when preparing proposals for multi-year funding or large awards.

This workshop is all about improving on the skills you’ve already developed, shedding old habits, and learning new techniques to make your grant proposals more competitive. Ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals. You must have an understanding of how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.

Navigating Bias in the Workplace @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Understanding that biases are active in all human interactions is essential. In this workshop, we will explore assessing organizational and sector bias as well as implicit bias we carry as individuals in a workplace. Specifically, we will examine bias in hiring and also in assigning work and leadership roles. BRIDGE’s focus is on supporting non-profit managers and leaders in navigating your biases and identifying resources or diverse teams to provide antidotes to biases in projects or biases that will exist on homogeneous teams. A personal bias, simply a preference, can disrupt work or set shared goals and vision backwards. Having a culture that is prepared to examine bias in all interactions and planning is essential.

Join us for a workshop presented by Gwendolyn VanSant, CEO and Founding Director of BRIDGE. Founded in 2007, BRIDGE (dba 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.

Introduction to Housing Development Finance @ Online
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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You will receive the Zoom Link for this training after you’ve registered, closer to the date of the Training.

This class will build on Introduction to Housing Development but can also be taken on its own. It will focus on the different subsidies available to develop affordable housing in Massachusetts. There will be a focus on bond financing, low income housing tax credits, operating subsidies and operating budgets.

Target Audience:

Anyone interested in the Housing Development Process
CDC staff
Junior Housing Development Staff
Great for anyone that is NOT already involved in housing work
Interested in learning more about Housing Development, check out the other training in this series by Maura: Introduction to Housing Development, Septemvbe 22, 2020

Registration deadline:
Monday, October 5, 2020
Registration fee:
$150 Regular, $100 MACDC Member
Type of event:
MKI Training
Learning area:
Real Estate Development

Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort @ Online
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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The Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort will provide 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. Topics will include tailoring your resume and letters of interest for specific opportunities, and effectively identifying and communicating your passions, talents, and value add. Join the cohort and become a member of a community of career relaunchers and pivoters with a shared commitment to purpose-driven work.

Cohort leader Stephanie Lawrence is a consultant, fundraiser, instructor, and capacity builder with a passion for strengthening nonprofits’ organizational infrastructure, leadership and communities. Through Cause After A Pause, she provide advising services, strategies, programs and workshops to job seekers looking to reenter or transition into the nonprofit sector after a career pause. www.causeafterapause.com

Oct
7
Wed
Careers in Community Development @ Online
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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You will receive the Zoom Link for this training after you’ve registered, closer to the date of the Training.

Confused about how to move forward with your community development career?

In this workshop for entry-level community development professionals, volunteers and students, we will help participants reflect on:

What they have learned in their current or recent job, internship or volunteer experience
Their short- and longer-term career goals, and
How they can move towards achieving their goals.
We will identify the kinds of jobs available, and what skills people might need to build to meet their career goals. A panel of community development practitioners will share stories of their career paths. Participants will receive tips on how to present their skills as well as ideas for further networking and search.

Note: Participants will be asked to answer some pre-meeting questions to focus our conversation.

Ann Silverman of Ann L. Silverman Consulting, brings more than thirty years of experience in organizational development, nonprofit management and community development to her consulting practice. Ann has been a Project Manager and an Executive Director, for public and private housing organizations. She worked for the Boston office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), as the Director of the Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative. Ann served as a Project Manager for small- and large-scale redevelopment projects, and taught residents to effectively operate their homes together. For more than fifteen years, Ann has been a consultant to housing and community development organizations, funders, residents’ groups and nonprofits. She has helped groups to set strategies for the future of their organizations, led searches and advised people on community development careers.

Registration deadline:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Registration fee:
$75 Regular, $50 MACDC Member, $25 Student/AmeriCorps/Intern
Type of event:
MKI Training
Learning area:
Nonprofit Governance

Teaching the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World @ Online
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Graphic novels are an engaging and creative tool to teach students about important social issues. When it comes to immigrants and refugees, learning about their experiences, motivations and common values through not just words but visuals is crucial to understanding what U.S. immigration is all about. Join The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute and the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program for a free, online teacher training on Welcome to the New World, a new graphic novel for grades seven through 11 by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jake Halpern and illustrator Michael Sloan, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5-6 PM EST. Register here: https://www.ilctr.org/promoting-immigrants/teaching-the-refugee-experience/

This free webinar will guide participants through the graphic novel and its accompanying discussion guide and nine-lesson mini-curriculum (https://www.ilctr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Welcome-to-the-New-World-4.pdf). Participants will also meet author Halpern and understand the importance and various methods of telling immigrant and refugee stories in the classroom. An excerpt of the graphic novel is available here(https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/arts/jake-halpern-welcome-to-the-new-world.html), and the original editorial cartoon is available here (https://www.nytimes.com/series/syrian-refugee-family-welcome-america).

Oct
8
Thu
Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Oct 8 @ 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
Oct 8 @ 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.

Hosting accessible and inclusive online meetings with Allegra Heath-Stout @ Online
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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In recent months, many of us have had to quickly learn the ins and outs of online meetings, or adjust to having them much more frequently than ever before. Now that it’s clear online meetings will remain a big part of our reality, it’s a great time to make sure we’re doing all we can to make sure that our meetings create an accessible, welcoming environment for all participants. This workshop will cover both technical aspects to consider to ensure access, and facilitation practices to support everyone’s participation. You will leave with concrete tips you can put into practice right away to make sure your meetings reflect your values.

Presenter: Allegra Heath-Stout (she/her) has served as Fellowship Director and Trainer at JOIN for Justice, the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network, since 2016. In this role, she trains and coaches Jewish young adults through the Jewish Organizing Fellowship, a year-long community organizing training program. Allegra has spearheaded the creation of the Empower Fellowship and the Access to Power Fellowship (application open now!), both dedicated to developing the leadership of Jewish young adults with disabilities.

Oct
13
Tue
Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort @ Online
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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The Cause After A Pause Fall Cohort will provide 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. Topics will include tailoring your resume and letters of interest for specific opportunities, and effectively identifying and communicating your passions, talents, and value add. Join the cohort and become a member of a community of career relaunchers and pivoters with a shared commitment to purpose-driven work.

Cohort leader Stephanie Lawrence is a consultant, fundraiser, instructor, and capacity builder with a passion for strengthening nonprofits’ organizational infrastructure, leadership and communities. Through Cause After A Pause, she provide advising services, strategies, programs and workshops to job seekers looking to reenter or transition into the nonprofit sector after a career pause. www.causeafterapause.com

Oct
14
Wed
LEAD Event Series @ Zoom
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm

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Learn more about the justice system and empower yourself to make informed decisions about how it can impact your life and the lives of others. Discover how Youth Villages LifeSet program is changing the course for young people with legal involvement.

Registration coming soon!

A Free Zoominar from Nonprofit Net: Sleep Better at Night – Managing Risk in Nonprofit Organizations @ Zoom
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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In this interactive session we’ll discuss effective practices to deal with a range of risks that can jeopardize your nonprofit’s mission. Even before COVID-19, nonprofits needed to safeguard their finances, their operations, and their reputation. In today’s world, forward-looking actions are even more important. Participants should come prepared to discuss their experiences and their concerns.

Our presenter: David  Orlinoff is a financial management consultant in the nonprofit community and the full-time CFO of Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline. David has 35 years of experience as a CFO and consultant and has been the interim CFO of such organizations as Franklin Pierce University, Oxfam America, Education Development Center, and Boston Ballet. Previously, David was the CFO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and of two for-profit corporations. David is on the board of the Boston Jewish Arts Collaborative and a member of the audit committee of the United Way and has been board chair of three other nonprofits. He is a graduate of UCLA, Bentley College, and Harvard Business School and teaches graduate courses in nonprofit financial management at BU and Tufts.

People, Power, and Place: A History of Organizing and Movement Building Workshop Series @ Online
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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You will receive the Zoom Link for this training after you’ve registered, closer to the date of the Training.

There is a rich history of organizing around issues that affect low income people and people of color- specifically Black people-in Greater Boston. From the powerful movement that stopped the extension of the ten-lane I-95 highway, an extensive urban renewal effort that destroyed many communities, and the formation of the community development industry- Greater Boston contains a wealth of knowledge from the past on how we can organize around similar issues we face now in the present.

Join the Mel King Institute and Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) as we explore the history of community organizing and major events that have taken place in Greater Boston. During this three-part series- we’ll address topics such as redlining, the Community Reinvestment Act, the 2008 foreclosure crisis, explore the role of tenants’ rights, the repeal of rent control, and our state’s public housing history.

Participants will be able to:

Learn from people who were change makers and on the front lines of major historic events
Engage in exercises that will help conceptualize how organizers, residents, and allies-built power and overcame challenges
Apply lessons to their current work and on how to move forward to address present issues
We encourage participants to attend all workshops to get a full breadth of knowledge on these topics and the full context of all major events. There is also an opportunity to attend a specific workshop of your choice that interests you. Each session will cover the following:

Workshop I – September 23, 2020; 5:30pm – 7:00pm ONLINE vis Zoom

Learn about the movement that brought many leaders throughout Greater Boston together to stop the extension of the I-95 Highway. The workshop will feature Karilyn Crockett, author of People vs. Highways.

Workshop II – September 30, 2020; 5:30pm – 7:00pm ONLINE via Zoom

Learn about Boston’s Tenants Rights activism from the 1970s – 1990s, the repeal of rent control laws, and the work of people who fought for public housing tenants’ rights. Additionally you’ll learn about the formation of the Community Reinvestment Coalition in order to stop racial discrimination in mortgage lending. The workshop will feature speakers current and former public housing resident leaders from Greater Boston and organizers from MAHA.

Workshop III – October 14, 2020; 5:30pm – 7:00pm ONLINE via Zoom

Learn about the foreclosure crisis that occurred on 2007-2013 and how people organized locally, statewide, and nationally to address the issue. In addition, gain perspective on how organizations are working to increase funding for affordable housing today. The workshop will feature speakers including representatives from the HERO Coalition and City Life Vida Urbana.

This series is created in partnership with Madison Park Development Corporation and sponsored by NeighborWorks America.

Oct
15
Thu
Fall 2020 Virtual Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Zoom
Oct 15 @ 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

Amplify! Your Nonprofit’s Data Storytelling @ Zoom
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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The Women’s Fund of Western MA is collaborating with expert trainers and coaches to offer “Amplify!” capacity-building workshops focused on the needs of organizations serving women and girls.

Data stories can be a powerful tool to communicate data in a clear and compelling way that can lead to action. Yet too often the data we convey leaves our audience wondering what they should do or with more questions than answers. This workshop will give you foundational knowledge and skills to become a Data Storyteller.

In Data Storytelling you will learn:
– What a “data story” is.
– A process to create clear and compelling data stories.
– How to combine your insights and findings with a visualization to help readers remember the story – and guide them to action.

Becoming a Data Storyteller is a practice. By applying what you learn in this workshop, you can learn to create data stories that will not only help readers remember what they’ve heard, but will help you guide your audience to action.

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.

Salesforce for CDFIs Webinar @ Online
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

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Craftsman configures Salesforce specifically for mission-driven lenders. We understand that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the unique 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, Salesforce for CDFIs 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

Oct
20
Tue
Nonprofit Leadership Forum: Navigating the Impact of Giving Techniques Following COVID-19 @ Zoom
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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Navigating the Impact of Giving Techniques Following COVID-19

This educational webinar will offer valuable insight into tailored investment strategies for nonprofit entities, helping you to deliver best-in-class solutions to support your mission.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Board members, Trustees, Directors, Finance Committee members, and key employees of nonprofits, foundations, charities, associations and trusts.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
• How COVID-19 lead to a shift in giving that will reverberate for years to come

• What nonprofits can do to stay relevant during turbulent economic times

• Guidance on prudent investment & spending policy statements

• Investment due-diligence & monitoring techniques

• Contemporary asset allocation strategies

FEATURED SPEAKER:
Jim Klocke – CEO, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
MNN is the voice of the nonprofit sector, focusing on public policy advocacy, programs and services to help nonprofits grow, and communications that increase public awareness of the great work done by nonprofits. MNN’s 800+ members come from all regions of the Commonwealth and all sub-sectors of the nonprofit community.

HOSTED BY:
The Kelliher Corbett Group at Morgan Stanley

Stephen P. Kelliher
Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Management
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Institutional Consultant, Financial Advisor

Jack Corbett CPM®
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management
Director, Wealth Advisor

Building & Maximizing Your Major Donor Pipeline @ Zoom
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Building and managing a major donor pipeline is a deliberate and thoughtful process.  The session focuses on relationship science and rapport building techniques, tactical strategies to rapidly build your major donor pipeline, and tools to measure and manage donor relationships and progress toward giving.  This session will provide useful techniques, tools, and strategies that will help participants rapidly build a major donor program.

In addition, this session will demonstrate techniques to more accurately scope and determine the size of a successful major gift ask.  We will discuss a series of qualitative and quantitative questions designed to capture key intelligence about a potential donor.