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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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Three Pillars of Sustainability @ Mount Wachusett Community College, North Cafe
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Three Pillars of Sustainability @ Mount Wachusett Community College, North Cafe

If you start to twitch when someone asks about your nonprofit’s “sustainability plan”, then this workshop is for you! Come learn key strategies that will help grow your organization over time and keep you in the business of meeting your mission and serving the greater good including:

– Growing your organization with effective programs and services that meet a compelling, pressing need
– Understanding diversified revenue streams and budget management tools
– How to endure strong leadership and successful succession planning

Presenter: Susan Linn, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation New England
Susan Linn is the President and CEO of Epilepsy Foundation New England. Her two decades in non-profit, higher education, and governmental leadership and fundraising include extraordinary grant writing success with a success rate of more than 90% and $100M+ raised.

YNPN Boston 10th Anniversary Celebration @ The NonProfit Center
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

YNPN Boston is turning 10! Yes, we’ve finally hit double-digits and we want to celebrate with all of you.

Join us on October 18th for a special evening with delicious food and drinks, the chance to connect with dedicated young nonprofit professionals, and a great line-up of speakers.

As we celebrate ten years of YNPN Boston, we’ll look forward to the future of the nonprofit sector and how young professionals can prepare to lead:

  • Opportunity in Change – Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President of Programming at The Boston Foundation, will highlight opportunities for action stemming from the upcoming leadership transition in the sector.
  • Preparing Young Professionals to Lead – A panel of nonprofit leaders will explore how young professionals can prepare to lead in the face of the coming leadership transition. More information about the panelists coming soon!
  • Where Leaders Grow – Learn what YNPN Boston has planned for the start of its second decade in supporting Boston’s emerging nonprofit leaders.

Ticket purchase includes hearty appetizers, desserts, and beverages (2 alcoholic drinks per person). Pre-registration is required. Proceeds from this event will support YNPN Boston in providing networking and career development opportunities for young professionals in the local nonprofit community.

Discounted Early Bird Tickets available through 10/1!

Nearest MBTA stop: South Station on the Red Line.

Moving Beyond Icebreakers Level 1: $55 @ The Center for Teen Empowerment Offices
Mar 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Interactive methods can be ignored or marginalized as “icebreakers” to be used only in the first few moments of a meeting. When used consistently and strategically – with purpose in mind, and connected to the work of the group – they turn into something more powerful. Through the exploration of several interactive exercises, learn the foundations of how seemingly simple activities can help your team members connect to the goals of your meeting and to one another.

Boston Shaper Talks – “Musings on the Social Sector” fireside chat with Yolanda Coentro from Institute of Nonprofit Practice @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies & Planning, City Area
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for our 4th Shaper Talks – “Musings on the Social Sector” lecture delivered by Yolanda Coentro – organized by Boston Shapers, an association of young leaders affiliated with the World Economic Forum.

Refreshments will be provided at 6:00pm, and the lecture will be delivered at 6:30pm.

Two-Part Roundtable on how nonprofits can use storytelling and data to achieve mission success @ EMPath
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) exists to provide integrated technology services to nonprofits and other mission-based organizations, and it’s also our pleasure to offer you professional development opportunities though our Roundtable series.

We invite you to apply for a full scholarship to a two-part Roundtable on how nonprofit organizations can effectively combine storytelling with data in order to achieve their goals. Our featured guest will be Omar Rashed, director of systems and data management at Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation.

“Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Write For Impact and Reach Your Goals”” (Part 1)
July 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

o Learn to use an effective tool
o See for yourself the power of applying storytelling principles (and the disadvantage of neglecting them)
o Practice implementing the tool for relevant, real-life situations specific to your work
o Collaborate with your peers and the facilitator to maximize your understanding and application of the tool
o Walk away with simple one-page references that will help you continue to use the tool on an ongoing basis

“Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Data For Impact With Different Audiences” (Part 2)
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

o Understand the principles of effective versus ineffective data presentation approaches
o Learn how to connect “numbers” to real stories (i.e. individuals) for maximum impac
o Understand what “social math” is, and how you can use it to your advantage so your audience can understand and relate to the data instead of getting lost and overwhelmed by the numbers
o See for yourself what impacts you can accomplish by telling a good story with data
o Practice generating meaningful data presentations with relevant, real-life situations specific to your work
o Learn how to tailor data presentations to various audiences
o Collaborate with your peers and the facilitator to maximize your understanding and application of the data principles for different audiences
o Walk away with simple one-page references that will help you continue to use these data presentation strategies and adaptations for various audiences

If you are an employee of a nonprofit organization, and would like to apply for a full scholarship to this Tech Networks of Boston offering, please follow this link:–Write-for-Impact-and-Reach-Your-Goals–and-Data-for-Impact-with-Different-Audiences.html?soid=1101034548868&aid=BLFMYKh-6Yg

Answering the Sustainability Question @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Answering the Sustainability Question @ Philanthropy Massachusetts

We have all seen the “sustainability question” asking one way or another:

– How will the program be sustained after the grant ends?
– What is your plan for sustaining the project beyond the grant period?
– Describe the future of this program and how will you support it beyond the grant.

If you answered “We’ll get more grants”, you failed the test. This practical session is designed to spark new ideas on how to answer the question for your organization or program. It will offer grant maker insights, new ways to look at the question, and strategies for answering it.


– interviews with funders on what they look for in the answer;
– examples of different ways to look at the question;
– factors that help prove sustainability that may not seem obvious or even related; and
– concrete examples to illustrate principles

Participants are invited to bring their best examples of answering this question to share.

Ellen Gugel GPC, Principal of Grants & More, has developed hundreds of successful proposals for environmental, social services, advocacy and arts organizations from grassroots to $60+ million agencies. As Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations at Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services) 2010-14, she established a successful grants program. Prior: consultant (2007-10); Development Manager, Tower Hill Botanic Garden (2004-07); Executive Director, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust (1998-2003) of Cape Cod. She earned her MBA at Boston University in Public & Nonprofit Management. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and currently serves as the GPA Regional Representative. She is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) since 2010.

NML Info Session: BU Nonprofit Management & Leadership Certificate Program @ Boston University Questrom School of Business
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NML Info Session: BU Nonprofit Management & Leadership Certificate Program @ Boston University Questrom School of Business

Learn more about Boston University’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML) Certificate Program designed for talented, innovative, nonprofit managers eager to learn and make a difference while they work. Join a community of accomplished peers, award-winning faculty, and experienced senior fellows to strengthen your key management skills – advancing your organization’s impact and your career. This seven-month program meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from September through April.

Our monthly info sessions are small roundtable discussions with plenty of opportunity for potential candidates to get to know the program.  Our next information session is Monday, December 3, 2018 from 6-8 PM.

Registration is easy – click here to register for our December 3rd session.

Or, check out an upcoming session in 2019:

All info sessions are held at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Ave., 4th floor, Boston MA

Learn more about NML @