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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Nov
18
Fri
Bootcamp PLUS: Salesforce Case Management & DIY Salesforce Data Migration @ 501Partners
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bootcamp PLUS: Salesforce Case Management & DIY Salesforce Data Migration @ 501Partners

Bootcamp PLUS offers a deep dive into one specific feature of Salesforce, with the goal of enabling you to confidently maintain your own Salesforce instance in-house. Each half-day workshop opens with an overview of the subject, walks through active use cases to make the subject understandable, and includes plenty of time for hands-on learning and Q&A. Take just one or both sessions! Sessions run at just $99/Workshop

MORNING SESSION: Salesforce for Case Management on Friday, November 18 (11/18) at the 501Partners office.

Leave with the confidence and knowledge to:

-Create custom fields to track specific outcomes
-Track your client data and pair it with services and outcomes
-Create Cases
-Maintain logs, including time spent on each case
-Report on Cases to track your successful outcomes
-Create Solutions to share successful outcomes with your board and Colleagues

AFTERNOON SESSION: DIY Salesforce Data Migration on Friday, November 18 (11/18) at the 501Partners office.

Leave with the confidence and knowledge to:

-Understand the differences between various data migration tools: Data Loader, Dataloader.io, Data Wizard
-Execute simple migration: Contacts and Accounts
-Execute Intermediate Migration, such as:
-Migrating Donations and attaching the data to Accounts
-Migrating Cases and attaching the data to Contacts
-Adding Contacts to Campaigns through Migration
-Execute Advanced Migration, such as using External ID’s to attach Donations to Accounts
-Insert, Update and Delete with a data migration tool.

Jan
12
Thu
2017 Annual Management Conference @ Westin Waltham-Boston
Jan 12 – Jan 13 all-day

NE/SAE’s Annual Management Conference features two days of educational sessions, networking, and exhibits for association and nonprofit leaders. Join us for sessions on a variety of topics, including:

* Stop Thinking Like An Association
* Member Engagement Research Study Insights
* Engage Your Members for Good Governance
* Building A Better Budget
* Diversity of Thought
* So You Want to Be A CEO?
* Managing Workplace Conflict
* Transition Planning for Association Executives, Board Members, and Staff

Mar
23
Thu
Building A More Strategic Board Through Trends Awareness @ Hilton Boston Dedham
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you are a little intimidated or unsure of how big global trends could or would have an impact on your nonprofit, you’re not alone! This session will drive home the value of incorporating trends-watching into your organization’s strategic planning process and provide concrete steps for integrating this when you return home.

Join us for this hand-on session where you will have a chance to understand the difference between environmental scanning (trends-watching) and strategic planning. Session attendees will hear the latest information from the ASAE Foundation Foresight Project and have a chance to have a peer-to-peer discussion relative to the potential impact of the trend and then possible responses that would drive association tactics.

Designed for any staff person who has responsibility for strategic planning and/or program development or who thinks about keeping their association relevant in the future, this nuts and bolts interactive session challenges attendees to roll-up their sleeves and walk through a process that they can replicate with their own nonprofit’s leaders.

Mar
24
Fri
Bootcamp Plus: Salesforce for Event Management – Click & Pledge and more @ 501Partners
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bootcamp Plus: Salesforce for Event Management - Click & Pledge and more @ 501Partners

When you hold a special event – a fundraiser, volunteer recognition, or conference – you want your organization to shine. Let Salesforce help you track attendance, donors, and activities in the most efficient way possible and give you time to schmooze. This Bootcamp PLUS covers native Salesforce tools like Campaigns as well as third-party apps. We will demonstrate well-known tools, including Click and Pledge Events and Eventbrite, and discuss their relative advantages. We will also walk you through the steps to install the free Eventbrite connector, so that the data you collect online will flow seamlessly into your Salesforce instance.

Leave with the confidence and knowledge to:
Use Salesforce with third-party apps for event management
Customize Campaigns
Use Click and Pledge Events
Install the Eventbrite Connector

All of our workshops are taught by our Director of Training, Paul Baxter. Salesforce Bootcamp for Nonprofits 101 completion, or equivalent experience, is a registration pre-requirement for any Bootcamp Plus workshop. Please contact us at (978) 232-9200 if you have any questions about this requirement.

This afternoon workshop is offered in conjunction with the morning Bootcamp PLUS workshop DIY Salesforce Data Migration Sign up for one or both workshops!

Jun
8
Thu
New England Society of Association Executives 2017 Annual Meeting @ Hotel Viking
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

Mark your calendar, and join NE/SAE at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Newport, RI on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th. This year’s conference will feature cutting-edge educational content, unique social events, and opportunities to network with association executives and our industry partners.

Jul
6
Thu
“Fill The Backpack” @ Brockton Public School Department
Jul 6 – Aug 26 all-day

In collaboration with the Brockton Public Schools Department, Jackson’s Center for Leadership, Advocacy, And Supportive Services, Inc. is hosting a “Fill The Backpack” drive for school aged youth in the City of Brockton.

We will be collecting donations until Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Donation pick-ups and/or drop-offs can be arranged by contacting Sasha Heggie-Jackson or Patricia Jackson (781) 351-0395

For those who wish to participate, but do not live in the area, school supplies can be purchased online and mailed to us! Just follow the link to our “Fill The Backpack” Amazon Wish-list: http://a.co/4yO3H88

For the full list of requested school supplies, please visit our website www.jacksonsclass.org

Jul
25
Tue
TNB Roundtable: Creating an Effective Donor Onboarding Email Series for Your Nonprofit @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jul 25 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
TNB Roundtable: Creating an Effective Donor Onboarding Email Series for Your Nonprofit @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session on how nonprofits create an effective donor onboarding email series. Our featured guest will be John Haydon.

Here is what John says about this session:

If you’re like most nonprofits, 75% of your first-time donors don’t make a second gift. This means that you are losing more donors than you are gaining, which obviously is not sustainable. In this training, I will show you how to use email automation to:

• Make new donors feel like they matter

• Get new donors sharing with their friends

• Give another donation or monthly donation

Here’s a little more about John:

John Haydon helps nonprofits engage more donors and supporters with smarter communications. He is a part time marketer and part time human being based in Cambridge, MA. He specializes in strategic coaching for nonprofits who want to get more from digital communications and online fundraising.

John has served as a featured speaker at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, New England Federation of Human Societies, New Media Expo, BBCon, Social Media 4 Nonprofits, AFP New Jersey, Boys & Girls Clubs, SAWA and many other conferences.

He is also the author of the 4th edition of “Facebook Marketing For Dummies.”

Please note:

1) 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.

2) 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.

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

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

5) 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.

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!

Dec
8
Fri
TNB Roundtable: Why and How Nonprofits Build Political Power @ Boston NonProfit Center
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
TNB Roundtable: Why and How Nonprofits Build Political Power @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about why and how nonprofit organizations build political power. Our featured guests will be Jordan Berg Powers of Mass Alliance and Lisette Le of Massachusetts Voter Table.

Many nonprofit organizations that have historically been devoted to direct services to individuals, families, and communities are now becoming aware that they can play a role to advocate and influence public policy. Some of them are extremely concerned that key decisions are actually being made when lawmakers are voted into office, and are looking to understand what they can and cannot do to voice and take action about these concerns. In this session, nonprofit professionals will learn about strategies to influence public policy and ways to engage members/constituents in electoral campaigns, while complying with 501c3 IRS statutes.

Please note:

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.

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

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-why-and-how-nonprofits-build-political-power-registration-39780850595?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.

Dec
12
Tue
Understanding the Complexities of FMLA (Family & medical Leave Act) @ MassPay HQ
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

In this informative session, we review the complex world of the Family & Medical Leave Act, which impacts companies with 50 or more employees. Topics covered include:
• Employer/ Employee Responsibilities
• Intermittent Leave / Reduced Schedules
• Notice Requirements; Certifications
• Military Leave Entitlements
• Record Keeping Requirements
• FMLA Abuse; Retaliation

Note: FMLA applies to non-profits with 50 or more employees

Presented live, in person, by Amanda Branch of MassPay

Dec
15
Fri
BOOTCAMP PLUS: Advanced Reporting @ 501Partners
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to choose, organize, and present each of the most common reports that any nonprofit admin will use in this Salesforce Advanced Reporting workshop. Leave with the confidence to run the right report, correctly, and show your staff and board what’s happening now and what may happen in the future!

Feb
2
Fri
February Salesforce Bootcamp 101 for Nonprofits
Feb 2 all-day

Nonprofit professionals who want to learn how to use Salesforce for basic data management, donation tracking, and detailed report generation. No prior database experience required. Past Bootcamp attendees include development staff, admin staff, volunteer coordinators, program directors and executive directors.

Feb
8
Thu
Webinar: RollCall & Attendance Tracking in Salesforce
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

RollCall 3.0 is a custom solution designed by 501Partners. Developed with educators, trainers, and event planners in mind, RollCall makes attendance tracking in Salesforce a seamless process. Allow us to guide you through a demonstration of this product, which facilitates bulk attendance tracking and automation. RollCall allows for fully configurable attendance pages, customizable fields (including photos and links), automatic record creation and management, calendar integration, and mobile compatibility.

Feb
16
Fri
Bootcamp Plus: DIY Data Migration @ 501Partners
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Data migration simply means transferring a large amount of data from one place to another in a single operation. At some point, nearly every organization will need to migrate data. If you have an existing database, you already have a substantial amount of development and program information. Entering all that information manually would take far too much time, so data migration is the solution. But data migration is useful in other scenarios as well, such as when you have a large event and collect a substantial number of new donors or program participants. Successful data migration requires preparing the data in a format that Salesforce can accept. We will cover many time-saving techniques to make this process easier. You’ll learn how to make migration easier by matching your data to Salesforce’s internal structure. Finally, you’ll use and compare three different free data migration tools.

Bootcamp Plus: Advanced Reporting @ 501Partners
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to choose, organize and present each of the most common reports that any nonprofit admin will use in this Salesforce Advanced Reporting workshop. Leave with the confidence to run the right report, correctly, and show your staff and board what’s happening now and what may happen in the future! We will identify the type of information you’ll need from each report, learn how to select the report type, and ultimately how to present the data to others in your organization. We will also review the structure of Salesforce and its role in reporting so that you have a wide-angle view on building reports.

Oct
17
Wed
Three Winning Storytelling Strategies: Origins, Impacts, and Heroes @ MCLA Design Lab
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where did your organization come from? How are you transforming your community? Who is helping you make a difference?

Sharing powerful stories from staff, clients and donors is a key component of fundraising and communications strategy. In the age of digital communication, nonprofits need to continually generate new stories, to keep engagement high on their social media feeds and make multi-channel appeals to donors fresh and interesting.

Crafting good stories takes time and thought—but there are strategies to make it simpler. In this workshop participants will be introduced to three templates for storytelling, which can be used in appeal letters, social media campaigns, annual reports, or other materials. These templates provide simple frameworks on which to hang the wonderful stories that are unique to your organization.

In this workshop we’ll cover:

– storytelling as a strategy and why it has a positive impact on fundraising and communications
– the key components of three story types: the origin story, the impact story, and the hero story
– how to structure interviews of staff, clients, and donors to generate great story material
– strategies to short-cut your storytelling process, so you always have a great story ready to go for your materials or next campaign

Jenni Haley is a development writer and communications consultant with over 15 years of nonprofit communications and fundraising experience. Residing in South Deerfield, MA, and serving clients across Massachusetts, Jenni specializes in appeal letter writing, communications materials, and grants. She believes that good copy can help caring people understand, connect with, and invest in your mission.

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

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!

Mar
13
Wed
impactLMS: Community Lending on Salesforce @ Online
Mar 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

impactLMS was built on Salesforce and customized for mission-driven lenders. Craftsman understands that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the needs of such a diverse group of organizations.

This demo is recommended for CDFIs and other community lenders interested in enhancing their loan application process. Whether you are moving from paper processes to a digital platform or looking for a tech solution that can keep up with your organization’s growth, impactLMS will help you better serve your community.

Notable features of the solution include:
– Ability to tailor a solution to your specific lending processes
– Easy integration with peripheral applications to enhance the client experience
– Streamlined workflows to maximize efficiency of your staff
– Powerful analytics for pipeline management and donor stewardship

If you are interested, but are unable to make it please email us at info@craftsmantech.com to set up another time.

Mar
27
Wed
Salesforce Admin Webinar @ Online
Mar 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Host: Chris Mullen, Director of Managed Services + BJ Cortis, Principal

This webinar is recommended for organizations using Salesforce, and interested in improving their use of the platform. Specifically, those that find their organization’s growth outpaces staff’s professional development, have difficulty finding or retaining Salesforce talent or have deep occasional needs that require advanced technical skills.

The presentation will provide an overview of how these organizations can reach their full Salesforce potential without having to add expensive headcount. At a time when constituents are driving the need for sophisticated systems, it can be difficult to meet these standards. Craftsman’s approach identifies an opportunity to engage external resources to meet your unique needs.

If you are interested, but are unable to make it please email us at info@craftsmantech.com to set up another time.

Apr
24
Wed
Salesforce Admin Webinar @ Online
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Host: Chris Mullen, Director of Managed Services + BJ Cortis, Principal

This webinar is recommended for organizations using Salesforce, and interested in improving their use of the platform. Specifically, those that find their organization’s growth outpaces staff’s professional development, have difficulty finding or retaining Salesforce talent or have deep occasional needs that require advanced technical skills.

The presentation will provide an overview of how these organizations can reach their full Salesforce potential without having to add expensive headcount. At a time when constituents are driving the need for sophisticated systems, it can be difficult to meet these standards. Craftsman’s approach identifies an opportunity to engage external resources to meet your unique needs.

If you are interested, but are unable to make it please email us at info@craftsmantech.com to set up another time.