Community Trainings & Events Calendar

Welcome to MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar! Here you’ll find trainings and events across the state to help you network, learn & give back. Browse the full calendar below or use the categories and tags to filter by region or event type.

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

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Mar
16
Wed
Building Values-Based Human Resources Systems – No HR Experience Required! @ Webinar
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Building Values-Based Human Resources Systems – No HR Experience Required! @ Webinar

Effective nonprofit organizations are ones that align their mission, values, and practice. While this is important in external elements of the organization like programming, it is just as important in an organization’s internal systems, like HR. Whether you are an organization of 5 staff or 500, your human resources systems can and should reflect the organization’s values and mission. From aligning job descriptions and organization culture, to providing a foundation for how performance reviews are conducted, values-based HR can transform your organization and support effective hiring practices to help you get, and keep, the right people.

Mar
21
Mon
Managing Multiple Generations in the Workforce @ United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley - Room 120
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Managing Multiple Generations in the Workforce @ United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley -  Room 120

Tameka has addressed the diverse human capital needs of companies for over fifteen years. At Next Street Financial, she applies her experience in organization and talent effectiveness to develop and retain the talent needed to drive business results. Her experience includes work in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services and pharmaceuticals. Specializing in advising small growing businesses and urban economic development as it relates to capacity building/advisory needs for entrepreneurs.

Apr
28
Thu
ACA Over Drinks @ Rosa Mexicano
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm
ACA Over Drinks @ Rosa Mexicano

The Affordable Care Act presents employers with a lot of new regulations, requirements, and deadlines. Are you confident that your company is in compliance?

Join TriNet over drinks as our expert educates you about the various ACA changes occurring today that will affect your company. We will give you the knowledge and tools you need to protect and navigate your company through the ACA and most important, be compliant.

After the discussion, meet other entrepreneurs and business leaders as we eat, drink, and network together. Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Oct
19
Wed
New Changes in Overtime Regulations @ Babson Executive Conference Center
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you ready for the changes in overtime eligibility that will become effective on December 1st of this year? Join our presenters and your colleagues at this breakfast program to hear more about the updated regulations about who is now eligible for overtime pay and how to review your current employee compensation levels, classifications, and time documentation systems to comply with these changes. Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Speakers:

Saleha Walsh
Director, Human Resource Consulting Practice, Insource Services, Wellesley, MA

Brian E. Lewis
Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C., Boston, MA

Jan
25
Wed
HR Building Blocks for Start-Up and Growing Nonprofits @ Wellesley Free Library
Jan 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
HR Building Blocks for Start-Up and Growing Nonprofits @ Wellesley Free Library

This workshop will cover common HR challenges faced by growing nonprofits and suggest priorities as you begin to address hiring basics, benefits, compliance and record keeping. Attendees will leave with ideas about where to focus their efforts as they build an HR infrastructure and grow their organizations.

About our Presenter: Saleha Walsh, Vice President, InSource Services
Saleha co-leads the delivery of Insource’s professional services for their clients. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client engagements and providing leadership to and strategic direction for Insource’s consulting services. Saleha is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in general operational and human resource management. She brings her expertise in direct communication and skills in contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing clients’ needs.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hr-building-blocks-for-start-up-and-growing-nonprofits-tickets-29862150496

Sep
7
Thu
FREE WEBINAR | Disciplining Students with Disabilities: How You Can Ensure Compliance with IDEA and Section 504
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The discipline of students with disabilities has always been one of the more complex areas of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The adoption of the Massachusetts Student Discipline Regulations in 2014 created additional complexity, by requiring educators to navigate between the federal and state legal regimes when dealing with even routine discipline matters.

This webinar is designed to strengthen your understanding of how the Massachusetts Student Discipline Regulations intersect with IDEA and Section 504. The goal of this webinar is:

To identify when IDEA and Section 504 are triggered in a disciplinary situation;
To strengthen educators’ understanding of the correct IDEA and Section 504 discipline processes in both standard and emergency situations; and
To help educators recognize the challenges that parents might bring throughout the process.

Oct
12
Thu
High Impact HR Processes: How to Engage and Attract Employees @ Framingham Public Library
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: This workshop is intended for any nonprofit professional or board member of organizations from small to large.

Organizational success is dependent upon the engagement and commitment your staff has to your mission and organization. Our presentation will provide you with a different lens with which to view some basic and universal HR processes. Using our approach, you will learn to handle these high touch HR processes in a manner that enhances employee engagement and retention. This will help you capitalize on routine HR activities that are necessary and required. We will address:
• What are effective hiring, performance management and termination processes and how to standardize them for your organization
• How applying our approach will help you think of hiring, firing and other basic HR matters as a form of marketing your organization, its mission and culture.
Additional topics will include how to:
• Develop a growing benefits offering, including cost effective employee perks
• Use standard forms, such as a job applications, as tools for improved HR decisions
• Adopt checklists which can automate compliant processes and allow you to focus your time and attention on what really matters to your employees.

Please join us for this informative session and leave with some new ways to handle basic HR matters for more effective management of your key resource – your employees.
Who should attend: This workshop is intended for any nonprofit professional or board member of organizations from small to large.

About the Presenter:
Saleha co-leads the delivery of Insource’s professional services to our clients. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client engagements and providing leadership to and strategic direction for Insource’s consulting services. Saleha is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in general operational and human resource management. She brings her expertise in direct communication and skills in contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing our clients’ needs.

Oct
26
Thu
Disrupting the Disruptor @ Bay Path University's Philip H. Ryan Center
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm

People can be difficult, even dangerous. Covering the spectrum from rudeness to active threats, disruptive behaviors can become crises that impact the people you serve, lead and with whom you work. These behaviors can hurt business and leave you feeling powerless. Participants will explore how to identify, avoid, and address these challenges, consider the response of leadership and discuss what outcomes constitute success.
Individual Outcomes
Better insight into identifying, avoiding, and responding to disruptive behaviors.
Clearer understanding of how to lead others during a crisis, such as an active threat situations.
Improved interpersonal and conflict management skills.
Explore their roles during a crisis on the ground level.
Stronger alignment of tactics, strategies, and objectives.
Organizational Outcomes
Improved customer relation skills.
More enjoyable customer experiences.
Stronger, more confident leaders.
Better protected company reputation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Managers, sales personnel, customer service, call centers. office staff, and more.
This two-day interactive learning experience is 12 PDCs.
Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

Nov
16
Thu
TNB Roundtable: How Nonprofits Can Effectively Manage Operational Projects @ Boston NonProfit Center
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about how nonprofits can apply project management principles to their operational projects. Our featured guest will be Maria Latimore, founder of the Maria Latimore Group.

Here is what Maria says about this session:

“Successfully implementing operational projects is critical to every nonprofit organization’s success. Yet, research shows that most projects fail. A 2016 study by Standish Group found that about 75% of projects were not completed on time and on budget. The Project Management Institute estimates that in the US for every $1 billion invested in projects, about 12% or $122 million is wasted due to lacking project performance. That’s a lot of time and money for little return.

“In this workshop, Maria will give you some tactical tips to take back and immediately implement to make your critical projects more efficient and successful. These tips will help you and your team to define the project scope and get the right people involved at the right time. You’ll walk away with information that will help to identify when your project is going off track and actions to take to get it back on track. And we’ll have some fun in the process!”

Here’s a little more about Maria:

Maria Latimore is principal of Maria Latimore Group (MLG), a consulting practice that helps nonprofits to deliver projects that drive program services, fundraising and organizational capacity. Maria has helped nonprofits to succeed by customizing project management best practices and training to fit each organization’s context and culture. She has over 30 years of project management experience and was a vice president in State Street Corporation’s Information Technology and Business Operations Transformation divisions.

Maria is a PMP certified project manager, and has a bachelor of business management degree from Simmons College. She is on the board of directors of The Dignity Institute, the Community Engagement Committee of Nuestra Comunidad, and the Technology Committee at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston.

In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants, job-seekers, and others.

Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!

To find more information about this session, or to registe for it, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-how-nonprofits-can-effectively-manage-operational-projects-registration-38852343405?aff=mnn

If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.

Nov
30
Thu
The Problem of Harassment in the Workplace @ On-line Webinar
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Recent headlines say it all. Harassment, particularly sexual harassment, is alive and well, and seems to be the norm in many industries, especially restaurants, the media and heavily dominated male work environments. This is causing a huge backlash from victims against the perpetrator, as well as employers who knowingly cover up and effectively support these behaviors through inaction. This will be costly.
In this on-line session, we discuss:
• Definition of harassment
• Your responsibilities as an employer
• Steps to take when you receive a complaint
• Liability
• Training for managers & employees

Presented by Paul Carelis, Head of HR Services, MassPay

Apr
3
Tue
Nonprofit Board Training for EDs, Board Members and others! @ Winston Prouty Center, 4th floor of Holton Hall,
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Center for New Leadership of Marlboro Grad School at a 2 hour interactive workshop entitled Building Board Governance: Board Roles and Building Board and Executive Director Teamwork.

This training will pull from participants’ real world board experiences to explore the primary roles of board members and some strategies to utilize when things go wrong. A primary focus will be on building a strong team with the Executive Director and how to prevent and manage board conflict. We will welcome your stories about (unnamed) board challenges and will work together to give you tools to implement when you leave.

A great learning opportunity for existing and prospective board members and staff members, especially EDs and Board Chairs. We encourage more than one participant from each organization! There will be 30 minutes of networking included to build connections with other committed individuals in the community.

Cost: $40 for one attendee; $50 for two people from the same organization.
Trainer: Greg Hessel of Regeneration Resources

Click here for more information and to register today: https://www.marlboro.edu/community/cnl/board_trainings

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.

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!

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.

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.

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