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 events@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Apr
28
Sat
Racial Equity @ Health Resources in Action
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Achieving racial equity requires society’s systems and markets to perform equally well for different racial and ethnic groups. Unfortunately, the data for most of our systems and markets do not currently show equity or parity for our most disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups. This training will explore how institutional or customary practices, whether intentional or unintentional, are set up to further perpetuate racial health inequities. Participants will get a chance to explore how this manifests in the community context and ways in which they can work actively against perpetuating these inequitable systems.

May
10
Thu
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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

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

Presenters: Alyssa Fitzgerald, Goodwin; Janet Rickershauser, Pathway Law

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, TSNE MissionWorks.

Jul
11
Wed
Nonprofit Boot Camp @ Red Lion Inn
Jul 11 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop covers the basics of nonprofit management including governance, finance, fundraising, legal, and best practices. Aimed at directors, board members, and volunteer leaders who want to build a solid foundation or address gaps, this day-long session is a wonderful opportunity for staff and board to attend together. Topics will be addressed through a combination of facilitator led instruction, interactive discussion, outside experts, and panel discussion.

Attendees will leave with a 100+ page handbook containing templates, sample descriptions, articles, and other resources to guide them in the coming months. Attending organizations will also have a free hour of phone consultation with the Boot Camp presenter, good anytime in 2018, to help their organization past any hurdles.

Aug
13
Mon
Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: How Nonprofits Can Achieve Inclusion in Their HR Practices @ The Boston Foundation
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our featured guest at our August 13th session will be Michael James, who is senior vice president of human resources at Old Colony YMCA. This session will be held at the Boston Foundation’s Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

We will focus on nonprofit organizations can use inclusive HR practices to identify, recruit, and retain excellent employees.

Here’s what Michael says:

“This Roundtable is about how nonprofit leaders can effectively move from inclusive aspiration to sustained action.

“Increasing competitive pressure makes attracting, retaining, and developing high potential talent significantly more challenging. This session will focus on building skills, leveraging tools, and marshalling resources to foster inclusive behaviors and outcomes for each nonprofit organization’s workforce. This will be facilitated through interactive group exercises, relevant case examples, and discussions.”

Please note that this session:

o Is for primarily for employees of medium-size and large nonprofits. However, all nonprofit professionals are welcome to apply to attend.

o Is for nonprofit professionals at all levels of leadership.

o Has no prerequisites in training or experience.

Full scholarships are available to qualified employees of nonprofit organizations.

Please apply by using this link by Monday, July 23:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZZQLCJ

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on Wednesday, July 25.

Aug
22
Wed
Human Services Career Fair @ La Quinta Inn & Suites
Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

HSF is hosting their first human services job fair! This event is tailored to job seekers who are looking to make a difference in their communities every day. Join us for a day of networking with nonprofit organizations, where you can be passionate about the incredible work you do for your community. This event is FREE for job seekers.

Nonprofit employers working in human services are invited to attend for a day of networking, meeting candidates, and sharing the amazing work we do with our community. Space is limited! Register ASAP!

August 22, 2018
2:00pm to 6:00pm
La Quinta Inn & Suites, 12th Floor Ballroom
100 Congress St, Springfield

Pricing for employers
HSF Member Employers: $100
Non-members $200
MNN Members receive a 20% discount off the “Non-member” fee. Please contact us to register.

Employers receive a table and two chairs, and two staff attendees. Additional staff is an extra $45. Coffee and light snacks will be available.

Registration is limited to non-profit organizations at this time. If you think you are a good fit for this event but are a for-profit company, please contact us to see if space is available.

Sep
20
Thu
Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3) Entities @ Boston Private
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Please register for this event by September 17.

Many nonprofits are now considering increasing their advocacy activities. It is critical for these nonprofits to review the rule of engagement in this area so as to remain in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations. They may also consider whether it is feasible to form a 501(c)(4) arm. This seminar will give a general overview of basic federal tax and lobbying law for 501(c)(3) organizations, and discuss best practices including the following questions:

– What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
– When and how is it okay for a nonprofit to lobby and what happens if a nonprofit crosses the line?

Presenter: Teresa Santalucia, Partner, Klein Hornig LLP

Sep
25
Tue
What it Means to Form and Operate a Nonprofit @ Goodnow Library
Sep 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Mission-driven founders of charitable organizations are visionaries. They see unmet needs and are driven to fill them. But decisions must be made on how to best capture the founder’s vision in an effective legal structure. There are several options to consider, all with advantages and disadvantages, and all with legal issues to consider:

For example, should the group:
Become a tax exempt nonprofit?
Work through a “fiscal agent”?
Merge with an existing nonprofit?
Become an unincorporated association and trust?
Additionally, existing nonprofits are often asked to become a fiscal agent or take over a newly formed charitable group.

What legal ramifications should be considered before accepting this role?

Come learn about various options that are available to engage in charitable activities while remaining in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations.

Presenter: Liz Reinhardt, Law Offices of Elizabeth S. Reinhardt.

This workshop is offered in partnership with Foundation for MetroWest.

Sep
28
Fri
Training and Issue Spotting: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment and Discrimination @ Morgan Lewis
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Training and Issue Spotting: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment and Discrimination @ Morgan Lewis

If you wish to join us for this program, please complete the following two steps by September 21. Please note space is limited.

(1) Register using the form at the registration URL.
(2) Email us your current anti-harassment policy (if you have one): msanohewitt@lawyersclearinghouse.org.

Does your nonprofit have an anti-harassment policy in place that clearly identifies unacceptable conduct? If so, when did you last update it? And has it effectively deterred bad behavior and protected your employees? Come and join our consultation program on this timely topic. David Bowman of Morgan Lewis LLP will lead a discussion on topics including legal compliance, practical issues facing nonprofits, and best practices. Following this program, pro bono attorneys will meet with preselected attendees to review their existing anti-harassment policies. The review session will point out the problematic areas in the policy, and nonprofits are invited to follow up with Lawyers Clearinghouse to obtain full representation to revise and update their policy based on this review. Nonprofits are welcome to attend the training alone as well.

Presenters: David Bowman, Morgan Lewis LLP.

Pro Bono Attorneys for Individual Consultation on Anti-Harassment Policy: Attorneys from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Agenda:
8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:10 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Training
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Policy Review by Pro Bono Attorneys

Please note that registration is required and space is limited for the Training and Consultation Session. In order to be part of the Consultation Session, a conflicts check will have to be cleared by the participating law firm.

This is a joint project of Lawyers Clearinghouse and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Oct
4
Thu
The Power of Volunteerism: A Panel Discussion @ Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 9:30am for a panel discussion, “The Power of Volunteerism,” to hear from five inspiring local leaders in volunteer engagement as they discuss best practices for recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers to make a difference in their communities and organizations.

Meet our inspiring panelists!
Michelle Caruso, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth
Barry Glass, Director of TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together
Laura Mulvey, Program Manager – Community Service Center, Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, Bridgewater State University
Peg Page, Board President, Plymouth Center for the Arts and Volunteer, United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Jennifer White, Vice President, Community and Public Relations, HarborOne Bank and President, HarborOne Foundation

Registration for this event is $10/person. Please register by September 28th by clicking the link below!

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Southeast Massachusetts Volunteer Council (SMVC), a partnership with the United Way of Greater Plymouth County comprised of individuals devoted to voluntarism in our local communities.

SMVC’s Three Goals:

* Promoting Voluntarism

* Connecting Volunteers with Opportunities

* Engaging and Training Volunteer Leaders

The SMVC meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday from 9am to 10am. If you are a member of a non-profit organization, business, or are a community member interested in joining the council, please contact Jean-Marie Finn, Volunteer Coordinator at Old Colony Elder Services for more information at (508) 584-1561, ext. 275, JFinn@ocesma.org.

Oct
17
Wed
Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofit Executives: Insurance Basics for Nonprofits @ Webinar
Oct 17 @ 12:50 pm – 3:30 pm

Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to announce a complimentary webinar for nonprofit organizations, Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars – Insurance Basics for Nonprofits: What All Nonprofits Should Know, offered by Pfizer and Exponentum (TM). The webinar will discuss legal and practical issues that nonprofits confront when seeking to protect themselves through insurance coverage. Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to be part of Exponentum (TM).

Speakers will include Scott Konrad of Hub International, and Teresa Lewi and Russell Squire of Covington & Burling LLP.

Please register by 12:00 pm on October 9.

Program (all times are Eastern Time)
12:30 p.m. Registration and Networking (for New York City live location)
12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks (for New York City and WebEx participants)
12:50 p.m. Start of Program Presentation
3:15 p.m. Q&A
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

Oct
25
Thu
Belmont Savings Bank and Boston Business Journal: Maximizing the Value of Your Board @ Museum of Science
Oct 25 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

This event is free for MNN nonprofit members. To RSVP, please email Megan Sherman at msherman@bizjournals.com  and mention the promo code “BelmontGuest.”

Join the Boston Business Journal, Belmont Savings Bank and distinguished industry experts for an exciting panel discussion and an outlook on how to maximize the value of your board and learn from the local experts who made it happen. The event will feature:

MODERATOR:

Robert M. Mahoney, President and CEO, Belmont Savings Bank

PANELISTS:

Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Robert Hallagan, Vice Chairman, Co-Leader, Board Services, Korn Ferry

Gloria Larson, Former President, Bentley University; President in Residence, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Former President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers

Dress code is business attire. BBJ event tickets are non-refundable.

Oct
30
Tue
Data Privacy and Security Law for Nonprofits @ Boston Private
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Data Privacy and Security Law for Nonprofits @ Boston Private

How do nonprofit operations intersect with a range of privacy and security laws and regulations, including MA and US laws? A privacy law specialist will provide an overview of best practices regarding data privacy and security issues facing nonprofits to help guide them about the types of data to collect, how to protect that data, and how to respond in the event of a data breach.

Presenter: Michelle Anderson, ZwillGen PLLC

Please register for this event by October 25.

Nov
8
Thu
Massachusetts Pay Equity Act- Have You Taken Steps to Protect Your Organization? @ The NonProfit Center
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Massachusetts Pay Equity Act- Have You Taken Steps to Protect Your Organization? @ The NonProfit Center

Did you know that the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act (MEPA) went into effect July 1, 2018, and impacts the laws governing compensation within the state in numerous ways? On November 8, Insource Services and MNN will present a workshop which will make sure that your nonprofit is ready to comply with the changes of the MEPA.

In this session, Saleha Walsh, Vice President at Insource, will:

  • Provide a quick refresher on the requirements
  • Share our experiences about what organizations like yours are doing to protect themselves from  employee claims
  • Walk through a simple, sample audit process
  • Review changes you will need to make in your hiring and salary setting processes to comply with the requirements.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. We hope to see you there!

Exponentum Webinar: Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies @ Webinar
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Exponentum Webinar: Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies @ Webinar

Lawyers Clearinghouse and Exponentum are pleased to present a complimentary webinar for nonprofit employers.

Legal requirements and best practices are evolving in the #MeToo era affecting all employers. Tailored specifically for nonprofit leaders, we will provide practical and timely guidance so you can effectively evaluate current policies and be prepared to investigate workplace complaints and respond appropriately. All executive directors, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, board members, and other leaders of nonprofit organizations are invited to attend.

Topics:
– Best practices and legal requirements for your policies against harassment, discrimination and retaliation
– Highlights of the latest state statutes mandating that employers take certain steps to prevent workplace harassment
– Steps for conducting an effective workplace investigation

Speakers:
Tara K. Burke, Of Counsel, Jackson Lewis P.C.; Michael A. Frankel, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Lawyers Clearinghouse is proud to be a member of Exponentum (TM), a national network of business law pro bono providers. www.exponentum.org.

Nov
13
Tue
Advanced Grant Seeking @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Advanced Grant Seeking @ Philanthropy Massachusetts

Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving an award. Competition for grants continue to grow as government funding dwindles. 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 and other visual aids to help reviewers quickly understand the intent of your proposed project. You will also learn techniques to use when preparing proposals to obtain grants for capacity-building projects and capital campaigns.

The intended learning goals are as follows:

– Understand the current giving trends of foundations, corporations, and government agencies
– Analyze request for proposals (RFPs) to determine a fit with your proposed project
– Prepare reviewer friendly proposals
– Formulate strategies to develop proposals for special projects, capacity-building efforts, and capital campaigns
– Learn techniques to apply for a multi-year or million-dollar grant

This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (10+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals who have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.

Presenter
Diane Gedeon-Martin is a nationally recognized grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. For more than 25 years, she has trained over 20,000 people through her grant-seeking workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process; her enthusiasm is contagious!

For 13 years, she was a member of the faculty of the former Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits, now renamed The Alliance after a merger) where she conducted several grant-seeking workshops annually including the popular two-day, semi-annual Grant Proposal Certificate Series. In 2015, she retired from the her position as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she not only taught for 14 years but also co-developed the curriculum for the Preparing Successful Grant Proposals course.

Diane is a certified Master Trainer through the Faculty Training Academy of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. She is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences including six consecutive AFP International Conferences, an AFP International Audioconference, and several Grant Professionals Association (GPA) regional and national conferences. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker at the New England (NE) GPA regional conference.

Dec
6
Thu
Clinic in a Box: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Workplace Discrimination, and Related Crisis Management @ Mintz
Dec 6 @ 9:45 am – 12:30 pm
Clinic in a Box: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Workplace Discrimination, and Related Crisis Management @ Mintz

Come and meet with attorneys who will provide you free legal counsel on policies important to the legal health of your organization and who will assist your organization in drafting or updating these key policies.

This year’s Clinic in a Box is focused on sexual harassment in the workplace, workplace discrimination, and related crisis management. Attendees of this year’s Clinic will leave with an updated anti-harassment policy, as well as tips on organizational responses to addressing charges of sexual harassment.

To apply to participate in this clinic, please complete the following two steps by November 17.**
1. Fill out the linked registration form.
2. Email your organization’s current anti-harassment policy–if you have one–to msanohewitt@lawyersclearinghouse.org.

**You will be notified of your application status shortly after November 17. Should your organization be selected for participation 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 participate in the clinic.

Co-sponsored by Corporate Pro Bono, Lawyers Clearinghouse, Mintz and Northeast ACC Chapter.

Jan
23
Wed
Building Values Based Human Resources Practices @ NonProfit Center
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Building Values Based Human Resources Practices @ NonProfit Center

Employees are an organization’s most important resource. Organizations that walk their talk, live their core values, and embed them in their everyday practices are more successful in attracting and retaining passionate and committed staff.

Perhaps the most powerful approach to bringing your values to life is to design and implement human resources policies, systems and practices that reflect and promote those values.

In this half-day workshop, you will spend time identifying and understanding which values are implicit, which are explicit and how the design of your current human resources systems helps to support or contradict those values. Participants will spend time developing a plan to improve this alignment within their organizations.

https://www.tsne.org/bnm-building-values-based-human-resources-practices

Building Values Based Human Resources Practices @ The Nonprofit Center
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Building Values Based Human Resources Practices @ The Nonprofit Center

Employees are an organization’s most important resource. Organizations that walk their talk, live their core values, and embed them in their everyday practices are more successful in attracting and retaining passionate and committed staff.

Perhaps the most powerful approach to bringing your values to life is to design and implement human resources policies, systems and practices that reflect and promote those values.

In this half-day workshop, you will spend time identifying and understanding which values are implicit, which are explicit and how the design of your current human resources systems helps to support or contradict those values. Participants will spend time developing a plan to improve this alignment within their organizations.

Save 10% on Registration with Promo Code NEWYEAR10

Jan
24
Thu
Fiscal Governance Compliance Check-up Clinic for Nonprofits @ Holland & Knight LLP
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fiscal Governance Compliance Check-up Clinic for Nonprofits @ Holland & Knight LLP

Please register by January 10. Note that space is very limited and you may be asked to join a waitlist.

Lawyers Clearinghouse, Holland & Knight, and Exponentum™—a national network of business law pro bono providers—are uniting for a National Day of Service, with the common goal of serving nonprofits throughout the country. This legal clinic will help local nonprofit organizations assess and improve their governance systems and practices, with a focus on fiscal governance and financial management.

Issues covered will include:
– the role of nonprofit boards in financial oversight;
– audit committee governance;
– internal financial controls; and
– nonprofit investment policies.

ABOUT THE CLINIC:

The legal clinic will begin with a brief training on current fiscal governance issues. Next, each participating organization will meet with attorney volunteers assigned to you who will walk you through several questions regarding your current policies and procedures, in order to flag areas where you may need to make changes.

After this legal clinic, your organization may request additional assistance from Lawyers Clearinghouse to follow up on legal issues identified in the course of the attorney consultation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

A board member, executive director, or senior manager of your organization. All local nonprofits are encouraged to register.

Mar
7
Thu
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin

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

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

Presenters: Luke Blackadar, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Janet Rickershauser, Pathway Law.

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, TSNE MissionWorks.

**Registration is required. Please RSVP by March 4.**