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

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Dec
4
Fri
Are You in The Dark About Your Financial Situation @ Webinar
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Are you confident that you are receiving everything you need from your nonprofit’s finance department in order to make informed business decisions? If not, this presentation will shine a light on the financial information you should be receiving.

In this webinar, attendees will learn:
•       Three key pieces of financial information that are most important for nonprofit management teams and boards
•       Best practices for presenting financial information for informed business decisions
•       Other important information that your finance department should be providing

Who should attend?
While every organization is different, there are always key pieces of information that every organization needs to have to make business decisions. Whether you are the Executive Director or a member of the board, this webinar will summarize the information that you should expect to receive from your finance department.

Dec
8
Tue
Success Planning Requires Succession Planning @ Online
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

This workshop, designed for board members and senior staff, will explore:
– making succession planning a practice throughout the organization
– inventorying top job requirements and current skills
– hiring, cross training and professional growth plans
– responding to short-term emergencies
– implementing planned and unplanned transitions
– assessing internal vs external options
– adapting these concepts to organizations large and small.

Participants will leave with a roadmap to begin the conversations within their own organization.

Presenters: Chris Dame, David Harris, & Frank Reece/Interim Executive Solutions

Dec
10
Thu
Virtual Community Engagement Training @ Zoom
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nowadays – it seems that everyone has had to embrace virtual ways of staying connected. Whether it is municipalities, institutions, and non-profit organizations – community engagement strategies have had to adjust across the board. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MetroBoston’s Regional Planning Agency, has also had to make the shift, and their Community Engagement staff have developed this training for engagement practitioners who are actively looking to develop and practice their skills in using tools to increase digital participation.

This training will also allow you to connect with other engagement practitioners who are navigating the new normal of virtual participation. Together we can learn how to utilize methods and strategies to increase the impact and effectiveness of your engagement. This training will also allow us to reflect on the challenges that different engagement practitioners are sharing in this moment.

If you are hoping to learn about the tools and approaches that will help you engage stakeholders virtually, consider signing up for this training.

At registration please share your engagement challenges so that we can meet your needs as best as possible. We look forward to connecting with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Iolando Spinola, Community Engagement Specialist, ispinola@mapc.org.

Words Matter – White Fundraisers, Anti-Racist Action, & the Ways We Describe It @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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Do you wonder what your place is as a white fundraising professional in the movement for racial equity? Do you worry that when you speak or write about race and racism, you’ll get it wrong?

Many in our field want to get braver, strengthen our skills, and improve our relationships, so please join us for this conversation. We’ll cover basics like white privilege and white supremacy, and how they play out in our roles. Then we’ll learn approaches to advancing equity in our interpersonal relationships, teams, and in our work products, like grant proposals or direct mail pieces. Speaking up for racial justice has never been more important, so let’s find ways to do it powerfully, consistently, and with accountability to people of color stakeholders.

While this session is designed by a white fundraiser with other white fundraisers in mind, all are invited to the conversation.

Presenter
Brianna Boggs is an independent coach and consultant focused on supporting executives and boards of directors through leadership challenges. She focuses on racial equity (dismantling white supremacy culture, supporting leaders of color in white-founded organizations, helping white leadership build tolerance for racial stress, preparing organizations for transition) and fundraising (building skills, confidence, and creative strategies; responsibly transitioning funding relationships from founders to new leaders).

As co-founder and co-facilitator of the Racial Equity Senior Leaders Learning Circle at Trinity Boston Connects, Brianna developed the curriculum and facilitates a 10-month cohort for nonprofit senior leaders seeking to dig deeply into the personal side of leadership on racial equity and implement new practices to improve their organizations.

Prior to her coaching and consulting work, Brianna’s career focused on fundraising and communications in social justice organizations including GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) where she was most recently Director of Development at the 41-year-old impact litigation organization. As Director of Development and Communications at Trinity Boston Connects, she led public-facing strategies for the organization’s work to unlock opportunity for youth of color in Boston. As Development Manager for StreetSafe Boston at The Boston Foundation, Brianna led fundraising for a gang violence intervention strategy aimed at reducing homicide amongst the most active gangs in the city and, through counseling and job training, providing young people a way up and a way out.

LEAD Event Series- Holiday Heroes Happy Hour @ Zoom
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm

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Demonstrate how to help others by raising funds to support young people in need with holiday gifts and winter essentials this holiday season.

Registration coming soon!

Dec
15
Tue
A Free Zoominar from Nonprofit Net: How to Tell Your Story @ Zoom
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Telling stories is the most powerful way to communicate. But only if your story is good and told well. In this workshop you will learn how write a story that engages people, motivates them to act and, ultimately, advances the mission of your organization. We will explore
what makes a good story and how to write a story that is both engaging and motivating.

Presenter Molly Mead will use examples that come from you. Please send her an example of a written story you are currently using or hope to use molly@praxiscg.com. Or, if that is a bit intimidating, find a story that you find engaging and send it.

Our Presenter:

Molly Mead, EdD joined Praxis as a Senior Consultant after working on a range of Praxis engagements over 15 years. She has a 30-year career in higher education, most recently at Amherst College where she was the founding director of the Center for Community
Engagement and a member of the American Studies faculty. Molly joined Amherst after a distinguished career at Tufts University where she held the post of Lincoln Filene Professor and was founding Director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She also served as the academic director of the Clinton Democracy Fellows program, a program designed to develop the capacities of emerging leaders in South Africa and was the Faculty Director of Tufts Center
for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

She has worked and consulted extensively in the nonprofit sector with organizations such as the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Women &
Philanthropy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is the author of numerous papers on social policy, citizenship, gender and, most recently, Effective Philanthropy (with Mary Ellen Capeck), in which she and Capek made the case that organizations that are deeply diverse are more effective. Molly is passionate about helping people connect with their deepest beliefs and then convey those beliefs in powerful stories.

Molly holds an AB from Cornell University, an MBA from Simmons College and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She can be reached at molly@praxisCG.com.

 

Dec
16
Wed
Introduction to Culture of Philanthropy @ Online
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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You are Invited to Learn More about Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

How do you bring abundance and financial resources into your organization? Rainmaker Consulting has been working for years with clients across North America to establish a Culture of Philanthropy. Long before it was a trending concept, Rainmaker worked with clients to shift from the ‘concept’ of a Culture of Philanthropy to learning and applying the practicalities of implementation to create a newfound reality in their organizations.

Recently, we’ve begun to understand how important it is to have multiple individuals working on this culture change simultaneously, as part of a team. In fact, working with our new team model for the last three years has helped our clients have extraordinary results. We took those lessons to heart when developing our breakthrough 7-month program Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

Join us on December 16th from 2-3 pm EST, for a free webinar to learn about our upcoming course – Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.  Spend an engaging hour with Rainmaker, hear more about our course, and leave with useful tools and ideas that can be applied to your organization right now.

We are holding free introductory webinars over the coming weeks and we encourage you to share this invitation to attend the one-hour session to learn how a strong team can lead to organization-wide resource abundance with multiple staff and board members. The Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy course itself is designed for teams, and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3, or up to 6, participants from your organization.

Introduction to Culture of Philanthropy @ Online
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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You are Invited to Learn More about Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

How do you bring abundance and financial resources into your organization? Rainmaker Consulting has been working for years with clients across North America to establish a Culture of Philanthropy. Long before it was a trending concept, Rainmaker worked with clients to shift from the ‘concept’ of a Culture of Philanthropy to learning and applying the practicalities of implementation to create a newfound reality in their organizations.

Recently, we’ve begun to understand how important it is to have multiple individuals working on this culture change simultaneously, as part of a team. In fact, working with our new team model for the last three years has helped our clients have extraordinary results. We took those lessons to heart when developing our breakthrough 7-month program Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

Join us on December 16th from 2-3 pm EST, for a free webinar to learn about our upcoming course – Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.  Spend an engaging hour with Rainmaker, hear more about our course, and leave with useful tools and ideas that can be applied to your organization right now.

We are holding free introductory webinars over the coming weeks and we encourage you to share this invitation to attend the one-hour session to learn how a strong team can lead to organization-wide resource abundance with multiple staff and board members. The Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy course itself is designed for teams, and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3, or up to 6, participants from your organization.

Dec
17
Thu
Meet-the-Donors: Human Services @ Online
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Meet-the-Donors programs provide an opportunity to learn about the specifics of each foundation on the panel and also to pick up some tips about grantseeking in general. The programs include a moderated “kick-off” Q&A; breakout groups where attendees generate further questions for the panel; and it closes out with an informal “meet-and-greet” with individual panelists in breakout rooms.

The events are great for those who are new to grantseeking as well as seasoned pros seeking to pick up extra tips!

Our Panel:

Moderator: Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH, Co-founder and Director, My Life My Choice

Jessica Castro, Program and Operations Officer, Trefler Foundation

Cuong Hoang, Director of Programs, Mott Philanthropic

Noreen McMahon, Senior Director of Programs, Highland Street Foundation

Lost health insurance from a job? Know your options & how to shop for plans @ Zoom
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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On Thursday, December 17th, the Health Connector will host a live webinar to help Massachusetts residents who have lost employer-sponsored health insurance learn about their health coverage options through the Health Connector, and we would greatly appreciate your help getting the word out to people losing job-based health coverage.

This webinar is an opportunity to review the basics about how to apply, enroll and get health insurance coverage through the Health Connector.

The presentation will cover:
•       General information about the state’s Health Connector and the types of coverage available through MAhealthconnector.org
•       Rules around choosing Health Connector plans as an alternative to COBRA
•       Open Enrollment for 2021 Health Plan Coverage
•       Tips when applying for coverage, including choosing a plan and enrolling
•       Overview of available payment options
•       How to get free help with this process

Dec
31
Thu
RELEASE 2020 @ Virtual
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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RELEASE 2020 – Hatha Yoga With Laura McEvoy of Living Well with Laura
A Benefit For Self Esteem Boston

You Will Learn:

Feeling of letting go of negative and heavy energy from the Patterns of uncertainty of 2020

Breathing techniques to use for empowerment and to decrease anxiety

Rush of good energy from head to toe to bring with you to 2021!!

Jan
1
Fri
WELCOME 2021 @ Virtual
Jan 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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WELCOME 2021 – Restorative/Recovery Yoga with Dee Lyon of Real Life Yoga Studios
A Benefit for Self Esteem Boston

You Will Learn:

Create a sense of inner peace with beginners restorative postures

Mindful guided meditation to bring you into the moment

Sound healing to create a connection to your inner sacred source

Jan
5
Tue
Introduction to Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy (SCULPT) @ Online
Jan 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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You are Invited to Learn More about Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

How do you bring abundance and financial resources into your organization? Rainmaker Consulting has been working for years with clients across North America to establish a Culture of Philanthropy. Long before it was a trending concept, Rainmaker worked with clients to shift from the ‘concept’ of a Culture of Philanthropy to learning and applying the practicalities of implementation to create a newfound reality in their organizations.

Recently, we’ve begun to understand how important it is to have multiple individuals working on this culture change simultaneously, as part of a team. In fact, working with our new team model for the last three years has helped our clients have extraordinary results. We took those lessons to heart when developing our breakthrough 7-month program Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

Join us on January 5th from Noon-1 pm EST, for a free webinar to learn about our upcoming course – Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.  Spend an engaging hour with Rainmaker, hear more about our course, and leave with useful tools and ideas that can be applied to your organization right now.

We are holding free introductory webinars over the coming weeks and we encourage you to share this invitation to attend the one-hour session to learn how a strong team can lead to organization-wide resource abundance with multiple staff and board members. The Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy course itself is designed for teams, and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3, or up to 5, participants from your organization.

Jan
7
Thu
Free Webinar – MassTrac: The Full Featured Massachusetts Bill Information & Tracking Service with Discounted Rates for MNN Members @ Webinar
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join MNN for this free, public webinar on the legislative tracing service, MassTrac.

The MassTrac bill information and tracking service is used by over 1,400 Massachusetts government relations professionals. MassTrac offers summaries of all bills; summaries of each section of the important bills and budgets; amendments that are written in plain English; tracking that includes bills, amendments, line items, and regulatory hearings; comparisons between newer bill versions and earlier drafts; and the ability to read what every person who testified on bills said in addition what legislators say when the bills are debated. In this webinar, participants will learn more about these benefits in addition to the new MassTrac work-from-home and budget tools.

MNN members receive a 15-35% discount on InstaTrac’s MassTrac service. Register here.

Jan
11
Mon
Building a Pipeline of Institutional Funders: A deep dive into grant programs @ Virtual Program
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

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$96,780,000,000

That’s how much corporations and foundations gave to charities in 2019 (Giving USA).

Institutional Giving is a massive opportunity that non-profits cannot afford to overlook.

Join us to learn more about how you can begin to tap into this generosity. Whether you are just starting out, or wanting to expand your organization’s revenue streams—this session is for you. This discussion will provide a high-level overview of the various institutional giving resources, how to find funding, how to approach donors, and how to keep them in love with your organization.

Anticipated takeaways:

How to find corporate, foundation, or government funding opportunities, and how to determine those that are the best fit for your organization
How to begin to build a relationship with a new institutional funder
The basics of putting together a written proposal
The ins and outs of stewarding institutional donors—creating long-lasting relationships

Audience/Target Market: This program is best suited for those who are: new to the fundraising profession; beginning to work with institutional giving; seasoned professionals who want a refresher on the basics.

Guest Speaker: Stacia Silva, Director of Foundation Relations and Development Operations, MAB Community Services

Stacia Silvia, CFRE has more than a decade of experience in non-profit fundraising, specializing in grants management, foundation relations, and development planning and operations. Through her career and her independent consultancy, Stacia has raised over $7M for incredible organizations in various fields including education/college access, higher education, human services, housing/homelessness, youth athletics, human trafficking, anti-poverty/basic needs, and disability services.

Stacia is currently the Director of Foundation Relations and Development Operations at MAB Community Services, an organization that works with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. Prior to her time with MAB, Stacia held positions with Housing Families, College Bound Dorchester, and University of New England.

Stacia is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from Stonehill College. She is a 2017 graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice with a nonprofit management and leadership certificate from Tufts University Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.

Stacia is an active member and Board Clerk of Women in Development of Greater Boston. She is Treasurer of the Stonehill College Alumni Council and a member of its Career Services Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National and Massachusetts chapters.

 

Jan
12
Tue
Free Webinar: MA Paid Medical and Family Leave – It’s here, are you ready? @ Webinar
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join MNN for this free webinar on preparing your organization for the Massachusetts Paid Medical and Family Leave (PMFL).

 

The moment we’ve been preparing for – Massachusetts Paid Medical and Family Leave (PMFL) is effective on January 1st, now what? In this session Insource HR experts will review:
  • What employers should have in place now
  • Tips for managing and tracking leave requests
  • Details on claims filing
  • Specific considerations for the use of accrued time off, maintaining group disability policies and handbook updates to consider, and
  • What you should be communicating to your employees.

Join us for this important review and be sure you’re in compliance. Participants will get a compliance checklist for their reference. Register here.

Jan
13
Wed
Introduction to Census Data: Finding the Numbers You Need @ Zoom
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This introductory-level, hands-on workshop will help you learn about some of the latest online tools available to help you assemble, analyze, and present data from the U.S. Census for your own community; special attention to descriptive data for nonprofits and community development organizations working on neighborhood-level planning projects, service delivery, grant-writing, and affordable housing development.

 

Jan
14
Thu
Free Webinar – Avoiding a Failure to Communicate: Three Keys to an Effective Board-Management Relationship @ Webinar
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join MNN for this free webinar on communicating and managing your nonprofit’s board.

Have you noticed board members delving into management decisions and operational detail? Or boardroom conversations that feel like “deja vu all over again”? Or an apparent lack of trust between the board and management?

This online workshop will engage participants around common communication frustrations experienced by boards and senior management serving all types of nonprofit organizations. While strong personalities seem to drive many of these challenges, key insights shared in this session will open up new pathways to clarity, accountability, and results for your organization.

You will be invited to share at least one communications challenge you have witnessed or experienced, and leave this session with key principles and tips that will accelerate your organization’s success. This workshop is presented and facilitated by Susan Mogensen of Brown Dog Consulting. Register here.

Jan
15
Fri
Staying Afloat: The Latest on PPP & Other Pandemic Relief Options for Nonprofits @ Webinar
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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In 2021, nonprofits may be eligible to apply for a new round of PPP Loans. Plus, now is the time to begin finalizing your PPP loan forgiveness applications for funds received in 2020.

Join YPTC as we kick off the new year with our latest Staying Afloat webinar. In this webinar we will discuss applying for new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and how to maximize PPP loan forgiveness.

In this webinar, we will cover:
•       Eligibility criteria and guidance on applying for the new round of PPP loans
•       The latest changes to the PPP loan forgiveness rules and how it could affect your application
•       Ways to maximize PPP loan forgiveness
•       Frequently asked questions (and answers!) about PPP loan forgiveness and other pandemic relief options

Jan
22
Fri
January Training Series: Intro to Disability, Ableism, & Creating Inclusive Spaces @ Online/Virtual
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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This training series is put on by Partners for Youth with Disabilities (pyd.org). Join us this January for a training series featuring our two most requested trainings!

Introduction to disability & inclusion
January 22nd, 1-3pm Eastern
This training provides an overall introduction to disability and inclusion, covering such topics as different ways of defining disability, what is ableism, inclusive language and etiquette, and how to be an ally. Learn disability inclusion best practices so you can become more understanding, accommodating, and comfortable in any situation working with or alongside people with disabilities.

Creating inclusive & accessible events & activities
January 29, 1-3pm Eastern
If you’re running a youth program or event, it’s important to proactively consider various inclusive design strategies during your planning efforts. This workshop will provide both practical tips and tools for designing inclusive activities. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of universal design principles, including how to modify or adapt existing activities and how to proactively design activities using inclusive strategies.