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.

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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Mar
24
Wed
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
25
Thu
Free Webinar: Learn More About MindEdge and its Professional Development Courses @ Online
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Learn more about MindEdge Learning and their Professional Development online courses and certificate programs. Their self-paced online courses are perfect for learners who seek to advance in their current positions, earn a professional certification, or enhance their knowledge in their area of interest. This webinar overview of MindEdge is a great way for MNN members to learn more about this elearning resource and see a live demonstration of their engaging courses. MNN members receive a 10% off all MindEdge courses, including their Nonprofit Management courses that earn valuable CRFE credits. Tune in to learn more!

This webinar will be recorded and shared with all registrations following the program.

Mar
26
Fri
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
31
Wed
Berkshires Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Berkshires Regional Meeting – Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom. Presented with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires and sponsored by the Massachusetts CORE Plan.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.

Asset Management Overview of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program @ Zoom
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Structure of Course:

• Preliminary online session discussing subject concepts, training, formulas (where applicable) and best practices.

• Provide participants with a case-study type set of exercises to complete independently. Independent work is designed to reinforce and build on the training provided in the preliminary online session.

• Follow Up Session to review case study exercises, review any new issues that arise from case study.

Summary:

Overview of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program with a focus on how the program makes affordable housing possible. Subtitle of the class might be “Everything they didn’t tell me in the compliance class that I really wanted to know.” The workshop will provide an overview of the history and intent of the LIHTC program, how the LIHTC funds get from investors to the property, and a basic description of how the credits for a property are calculated. Workshop and mini-case study will include hands-on calculation of how the credits are calculated for a project and how the credits blend into the project’s funding plan to make development possible.

Workshop will include two 60 to 90-minute online sessions, with participants completing a mini-case study financial report analysis exercise on your own in the week between the online sessions. and introduces income and expense. Instructor will remain available to participants for questions during the case study. Participants will receive PDF booklets for both sessions and mini-case study booklet/spreadsheet.

Jack Geary has over 35 years of asset management, property management and real estate development experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. A former public housing resident, Geary is the retired director of operations for the Cambridge (MA) Housing Authority, and is the former director of management for the San Francisco Housing Authority, director of Urban Edge Property Management (Boston), and property manager and director of senior housing at Boston Housing Authority. Since 1994, Geary has worked as a consultant and trainer for various public housing authorities and nonprofit owners of affordable housing. His educational background includes Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a MS from the University of Massachusetts, John W. McCormack Institute for Public Management.

Apr
6
Tue
Live Web Event “Capturing the Stories of our Elders” @ Zoom
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm

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In this live webinar, Tiffany Woolf, seasoned filmmaker and daughter of Boston legend Bob Woolf, and Noam Dromi, Emmy® Award winning writer/producer, will share their inspirations to create Silver Screen Studios to celebrate the stories of our elders. They will tell us why capturing our senior family members’ stories of hope and resilience can enrich the lives of future generations and help ease our grief when these relatives are no longer with us. Tiffany and Noam will also provide unique advice regarding how to gather and develop the stories, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or interested in a professionally produced film. All of this, sprinkled with anecdotes and clips from Tiffany’s upbringing with her renowned celebrity/sports agent father, as well as Tiffany’s and Noam’s projects with such Hollywood icons as Carl Reiner, Larry King, Norman Lear and Marion Ross. In addition, we will kick off a contest to win an exclusive Silver Screen Studios film production featuring your elder loved one’s life.

Apr
7
Wed
Webinar: How every nonprofit can help the communities we serve get vaccinated @ Virtual
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

No matter how large or small your nonprofit is, you can make a difference in helping the people you serve receive a COVID vaccine when they are eligible. Whether the people your nonprofit works with are experiencing issues with trust in or access to the vaccine, your nonprofit is positioned to help. Your frontline view lets you not only see the obstacles, but also identify the solutions.

You can hear directly from Dr. Vin Gupta about what we all need to do to keep our communities safe. Melissa Rogers, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will identify ways nonprofits can connect with additional resources. Then, three nonprofits that have paved the way helping their communities overcome obstacles of trust in or access to information and vaccines will share their stories, so we can learn how every nonprofit can be part of the solution of ending the pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington
  • Astrid Aveledo, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties
  • Anni Chung, President and CEO, Self-Help for the Elderly
  • Vanessa Fields, Director, Southeastern Halifax Coalition
  • Melissa Rogers, Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Register here.

Apr
8
Thu
Free Webinar: Financial Oversight – Signs That Indicate Trouble @ Online - GoToWebinar
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Join us for a lively discussion on financial management best practices for nonprofit leaders, with an emphasis on how to recognize red flags that indicate trouble. Throughout, we will incorporate real-world scenarios to help you assess your nonprofit’s financial health. Individuals who manage, volunteer on boards, or provide financial services for nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.

During this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Our top five financial management best practices for nonprofit boards
  • Four red flags that can indicate financial trouble for a nonprofit organization
  • Real-world scenarios that illustrate one of the four financial red flags.

The recording and slides will be shared following the presentation.

Apr
9
Fri
Free Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Update: The Vaccination, Rollout Plans, and Improving Access @ GoToWebinar
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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In this session, Drs. Hellinger and Betancourt will provide timely updates about the Covid-19 vaccination including an update on the rollout plans, how the vaccines work, and the most recent status of the approved vaccinations. In addition, this session will cover the recent Covid-19 Variants as well as the challenges that many people in Massachusetts have faced through this pandemic with regards to health equity. The discussion will include recognizing barriers to vaccination and strategies to improve vaccination access, convenience, and information sharing.

Our Presenters:

Dr. Jim Hellinger Medical Director & Infectious Disease Specialist, AllWays Health Partners

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital

This webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who register.

Webinar: What nonprofits need to know as staff and volunteers return from remote work to in-person operations @ Virtual
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re all eager to get back to normal – actually, a better normal – which includes having staff and volunteers return to our facilities. But what will that look like? As employers, can nonprofits require vaccines? How can nonprofits talk to employees about the importance of vaccines? What will volunteer opportunities look like? We’ll hear experts in law, volunteerism, and messaging provide answers to those questions and many more.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Bennett, Sr Manager, Education & Training, VolunteerMatch
  • Robin S. Burroughs, Esq., Associate, Venable LLP
  • Crystal Son, MPH, Civis Analytics

Register here.

Apr
14
Wed
Introduction to Grants Research @ Zoom
Apr 14 @ 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

 

MetroWest Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Apr 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

MetroWest Regional Meeting – Wednesday, April 14, 2021, from 11:30-1:00 pm on Zoom. Presented with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.

WID Asks Why? Series: Pay Inequity @ Zoom
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

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Registration: $20 for WID members (before Saturday 4/10/21)

$35 for non-members and members who register late, after Saturday, 4/10/21)
Registration for this program will close on Tuesday, 4/13/21.
No refunds within 7 days of program

This session will be centered around the big topic of Pay Inequity.  Our profession, as most career paths, even when accounting for a majority of females, still has a salary gap that can’t be explained by gender alone.  Despite the size or budget of an organization, the level of a position, or even an individual’s experience and education level, women still make less than men.  We all know the gap exists, and there are many ways to tackle it. But WHY does it still happen and WHY is it so pervasive?  This is what we are going to focus on and try to answer, as development professionals committed not just to diversity but also to equity, inclusion and belonging.

Anticipated takeaways:

-There are some simple things that we can all do, whether we are hiring, already in a position, or finding a new job that can help to address pay inequity
-Everyone should feel empowered to make change
-Understand what factors perpetuate inequity in our field and what we can do about it

Moderator: Faith Eutsay, Senior Consultant, Lindauer Global

Panelists:
Patricia D. Keenan, Vice President of Advancement, Community and Equity, Ellis
Ahmed Mohammed, Director of Talent Acquisition, Harvard Medical School
Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation
Sharon J. Stanczak, CFRE, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Whitehead Institute

Apr
15
Thu
How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth @ Online Only
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

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How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth is a four-part series focused on creating, maintaining, and sustaining strong leadership and boards to grow your non-profit organization. Throughout the series participants will gain insight and practical strategies for addressing board dynamics, identifying and securing strong board members, defining the board’s role in fundraising, and engaging leadership in navigating the strategic direction of the organization.

Four 75-minute Sessions:
April 15th/Session I: Who you need, where to find them, and how to bring them on “board.”
April 29th/Session II: Strategies for dealing with difficult board members.
May 13th/Session III: Leadership is key: succession, officer/committee training, strategic planning
May 27th/Session IV: The board’s role in fundraising

Attendees will participate in a robust dialogue around building strong boards, learn how to create a board map, utilize networks to build a board prospect pipeline, and discuss effective on-boarding programs, including position descriptions for board members.  Participants will learn strategies for implementing term limits, peer interventions, designing and implementing retreats, etc. that lead to a more effective board. Attendees will also learn how to prepare officers and committees for success, including how to “redirect” committees that are not functioning well.  Participants will learn how to create a menu of fundraising opportunities for board members beginning with the identification and cultivation of donors through solicitation and acknowledgement, as well as how to prepare board members for participation in the fundraising process.

Who should attend? Decision-makers at a nonprofit organization will benefit most – Executive Directors, High-Level Program Directors, Volunteer Board Members, and Board Presidents.

About the Facilitator:   Vicki Burkhart, Non-Profit Growth Strategist, has over 30 years of non-profit experience at the executive director level. Vicki works with non-profit organizations who have visionary leaders, well-articulated missions, and committed volunteers to take these organizations to the next level – including expansion to a national platform. Vicki’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, board development, capacity building fundraising, and membership development. In addition, she currently serves as the Executive Director of Kids’ Chance of America where she is responsible for the management and advancement of the national organization as well as its 48 state organizations across the country. For more information on The More Than Giving Company, please visit our website at www.morethangiving.co.

Need health insurance? New savings are here through the Health Connector @ Zoom webinar or conference call
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Have you heard that the American Rescue Plan can help you save money on your health insurance? Learn more about the benefits of shopping and enrolling in coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector.
The Health Connector is currently in an extended Open Enrollment period  through July 23, 2021.  During this webinar, we’ll cover how the American Rescue Plan helps to make coverage more affordable. We’ll also cover how uninsured Massachusetts residents can apply by the April 23rd enrollment deadline for affordable health coverage that starts May 1 or June 1, 2021.
Use this toolkit and flyer to help get the word out through social media to promote a live webinar to help Massachusetts residents who have lost employer-sponsored health insurance (or coverage through another source) know their options through the Health Connector and walk through how to shop for plans.
•       What will be covered in this session:
•       General information about the state’s Health Connector and the types of coverage available through http://www.MAhealthconnector.org
•       An overview of how the American Rescue Plan helps to make coverage more affordable
•       The Open Enrollment extension for 2021 Health Plan Coverage
•       Tips when applying for coverage, including choosing a plan and enrolling
•       How to get free help with this process

Centering Clients in Program Evaluation @ Online
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This event is hosted by TSNE MissionWorks. For contact information click “Read more.”

Nonprofits often need to collect and report data about their programs in order to satisfy funder requirements, which too frequently makes funders the drivers of program goals, data, and evaluation. In order to truly meet the needs that a program is intending to address, nonprofits should center their clients in an ethical, equitable, and culturally appropriate manner. This workshop will show you how to work together with your clients to create evaluations that measure and improve program success.

Each attendee will leave this workshop with ideas to bring back to their own nonprofit about further incorporating clients in their evaluation process.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

–    Summarize the importance of centering clients in program evaluation
–    Identify the basic phases of program evaluation
–    Describe ways to center clients in each phase of program evaluation
–    Propose 1 – 2 ways to center clients in their own organization’s program evaluation processes

Target Audience: Nonprofit staff and leaders who are working on program evaluation and/or who want to deepen the voice of their clients.

Presented by Susan Putnins, MSW and Calpurnyia Roberts, PhD

Wait…What?! Racial Disparities in Maternal Health @ Zoom
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am

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This event is hosted by The Women’s Fund of Western MA. Please click “Read more” for contact information.

“Wait…What?!” is a bi-monthly discussion offering a chance for our community to convene on emerging issues we all face, albeit with varied challenges.

This panel discussion will center on Racial Disparities in Maternal Health. April 11-17 has been designated Black Maternal Health Week during Black Minority Health Month.  This year acknowledges the fourth annual national Black Maternal Health Week campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw).

The discussion will include:

–  Strategies for pregnant folks on advocating for care, specifically pregnant folks from Black communities
–  Awareness for the connection between lack of appropriate and timely care with maternal morbidity and infant loss
–  Education on how to establish a team of caregivers from the range of options available to pregnant folks including nurse midwives, doulas, families, and community members
–  Ways to address provider bias and racial microaggressions produced by structural racism in medical care and the existing barriers to receiving pre- and post-natal care

Music en Masse Presentation @ Zoom
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Music en Masse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free instruction in music to children in the Greater Boston area. We match high school students, college students, and adult volunteers to young children interested in music. Music lessons are 100% free.

We are looking for people interested in joining our organization as a volunteer. If you have experience in music and would like to instruct a child, at the information meeting, we will send you a form to fill out to gain more information.

We are also looking for families who would like to enroll their child in our program. Throughout the spring and summer, our volunteers will provide weekly lessons.

For any inquiries and questions, contact us via our email, admin@musicenmasse.com

Apr
21
Wed
Introduction to Grant Writing @ Zoom
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Participants will learn to develop measurable project goals, objectives, and outcomes required in every proposal. They will also learn to create meaningful content for full proposals, letters of intent/inquiry, and online grant applications as well a post-award reporting.

The intended topics covered in this webinar are as follows:

– Grants as part of the fundraising plan
– Preparing the proposal idea including SMART goals and objectives
– Outlines for full grant proposals and letters of intent/inquiry
– Examining reasons for proposal rejection
– Exploring rules of grant management
– This webinar provides learning opportunities for novice and intermediate (2 to 3 years) grant seekers.

 

All Aboard: Financial Best Practices for Boards @ Free webinar
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm

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All aboard! Take a trip with YPTC as we discuss basic fiduciary oversight responsibilities of nonprofit board members with an emphasis on financial management best practices. Along our journey, we’ll also visit some signs that indicate trouble and might stop you in your tracks. Nonprofit board members and nonprofit leaders are encouraged to “book your tickets” now!

1. The basic fiduciary oversight responsibilities of nonprofit boards
2. Our top five financial management best practices for nonprofit boards
3. Four signs that can indicate financial trouble for a nonprofit organization