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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Mar
17
Thu
Bridges Together Empower Hour Webinar: Funding Your Intergenerational Program
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm
Bridges Together Empower Hour Webinar: Funding Your Intergenerational Program

Do you feel like yelling, “Show me the money”? Let’s say you’ve got a fantastic idea for an intergenerational program for your organization. (At Bridges Together, we refer to these “flashes of brilliance” as “brainsparks”!) Next up: Figuring out how to find funding and support to bring your idea to fruition.

For our next Empower Hour Webinar on March 17 at 3 PM EST, you bring the ideas, and we’ll offer up some solutions. Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Bridges Together’s Executive Director, and Julie Shaw, our Intergenerational Facilitator, are well versed in the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of finding funding – join them as they encourage you and suggest ways to give your program financial legs.

For instance, we have a funding opportunity right here! Through a partnership with MCOA (Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging), grants are available to implement one program from our Bridges Program Curricula Suite in a school in Massachusetts. Contact Julie at Julie@BridgesTogether.org if you’re interested and register today for this “Funding Your IG Program” webinar on Thursday, March 17 at 3 PM EST.

Apr
6
Wed
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar

Does your organization need funding for worksite wellness? Learn how you can receive up to $10,000 in seed funding for your organization, as well as expert training and technical assistance. Take the first step by registering for a free informational webinar about a new statewide initiative, Working on Wellness. Attendees will learn the basics of worksite wellness and how they can position their organization for success in this program. All Massachusetts non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and government entities are eligible to apply. Secure your spot today at www.mawow.org!

Apr
8
Fri
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar

Does your organization need funding for worksite wellness? Learn how you can receive up to $10,000 in seed funding for your organization, as well as expert training and technical assistance. Take the first step by registering for a free informational webinar about a new statewide initiative, Working on Wellness. Attendees will learn the basics of worksite wellness and how they can position their organization for success in this program. All Massachusetts non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and government entities are eligible to apply. Secure your spot today!

 

 

Apr
13
Wed
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am
Working on Wellness Informational Webinar

Does your organization need funding for worksite wellness? Learn how you can receive up to $10,000 in seed funding for your organization, as well as expert training and technical assistance. Take the first step by registering for a free informational webinar about a new statewide initiative, Working on Wellness. Attendees will learn the basics of worksite wellness and how they can position their organization for success in this program. All Massachusetts non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and government entities are eligible to apply. Secure your spot today at www.mawow.org!

Apr
27
Wed
Introduction to Grants Research @ Associated Grant Makers
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

With over 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high. How does one get a leg up? The first step is doing ones homework. Foundations have missions just as do nonprofits and so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area. This introductory program is ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up.

Sep
20
Tue
How to Build a Strong Donor Cultivation Program, with Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE @ 3-Webinar Series
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm

Struggling to hold on to your donors or to get them to give at higher levels? Then you’ll want to check out How to Build a Strong Donor (and Funder) Cultivation Program, with national fundraising expert Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE!

Over the course of 3 live, weekly webinars, Linda will teach you:
 The best methods to cultivate donors
 The most effective relationship management steps
 How to plan impactful cultivation activities and events
 And much more!

Beyond the webinars, you will be able to download helpful tools and templates, and pose questions to Linda at any time.

Can’t make the live webinars? No problem! You will be able to access the recorded sessions within a day following the live event – you will still receive all the materials, and be able to get your questions answered by Linda!

Hope you can join us!

Feb
7
Tue
Webinar: How to Find Funding for an Intergenerational Program or Initiative
Feb 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: How to Find Funding for an Intergenerational Program or Initiative

“Intergenerational” may sound nice, but how does one find funding to start a program or initiative? Join intergenerational organization Bridges Together for a webinar to discuss funding avenues (including grant opportunities that we have available), with plenty of time for Q & A.

May
9
Tue
E-Signatures: Pitfalls of Using Emails and Text Messages in Contract Negotiations @ GoToWebinar
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
E-Signatures: Pitfalls of Using Emails and Text Messages in Contract Negotiations @ GoToWebinar

Krokidas & Bluestein is pleased to offer this free webinar in order to provide important information to our clients and friends.

Communicating electronically has become standard operating procedure in business transactions. Employees and agents routinely use email and text messages in conducting business, and Massachusetts law has increasingly recognized electronic signatures and records as enforceable. While the use of these technologies is often convenient and cost effective, there is a substantial risk that informal communications can be legally binding.

During this short webinar, attorneys Sheryl Howard and Jason Curtin of Krokidas & Bluestein will provide:
An overview of Massachusetts law on electronic signatures;
Tips and strategies to ensure that you are not unintentionally bound to a contract.

An open Q&A period will also allow Sheryl and Jason to respond to your questions in real-time.

Jun
16
Fri
Cyber Security Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Private
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Cyber Security Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Private

What sort of cyber security risks do nonprofits face today? What are the legal implications arising from them? Come and learn from two cyber security experts whose presentation and Q&As will help you examine your nonprofit operations and practices in cyber space and minimize the associated risks.

Presenters: Lisa Ropple and Sarah Podmaniczky McGonigle, Jones Day LLP

Agenda: Registration / Networking 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; Presentation 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP by June 13.

Jun
19
Mon
Meet the Funders: Be Bold! @ Hampton Inn
Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Meet the Funders: Be Bold! @ Hampton Inn

BOLD. What does it look like for small and medium nonprofit organizations?
Join us for our annual Meet the Funders event. Engage with your colleagues in a thought-provoking conversation about what it means to “be bold” in today’s uncertain times. Hear from funders and experts who represent a wide range of philanthropic interests and are changing the way we think about solving complex challenges.

Jun
20
Tue
First Grant Maker/Grant Recipient Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jun 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
First Grant Maker/Grant Recipient Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston, Third Sector New England, and Essential Partners are co-hosting a very special dialogue series. It will bring together grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients to talk about data and evaluation. The first dialogue session will be on June 20th.

Our highly distinguished dialogue facilitator is Dave Joseph of Essential Partners, whose experience includes creating post-genocide dialogues in Burundi. His goal is to create a safe enough space to allow grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients to engage in candid discussion about their differences and their common ground about an increasingly fraught topic.

If you are a grant maker who is interested in participating, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-grant-makergrant-recipient-dialogue-on-nonprofit-data-and-evaluation-registration-34039354626?aff=mnncalendar

If you are a nonprofit professional who is interested in participating, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-grant-makergrant-recipient-dialogue-on-nonprofit-data-evaluation-registration-34516365378?aff=mnncalendar

Nov
10
Fri
Super Roundtable: Creating nonprofit capacity with new breakthroughs in data! @ Boston NonProfit Center
Nov 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

It’s a special pleasure to invite you, on behalf of Tech Networks of Boston and TSNE/MissionWorks, to register for an extraordinary Roundtable session with Quintus Jett of Rutgers University!

This Super Roundtable session will have three segments:

• The doors will open at 8:00 am. We invite all attendees to join us for informal professional working, a complimentary breakfast, and a short overview of our work with nonprofit organizations.

• At 9:00 am, the segment on breakthroughs in geographic data for nonprofits will begin:

o What nonprofit organizations need to know about operating capacity
o Why nonprofits need geography-based data and reporting to assess what strategic capacity they require to fulfill their missions
o When and how to use census geography to invite and assign capacity (e.g., volunteers)

• At 10:30 am, the segment on nonprofit operational capacity analysis will begin:

o How to measure capacity within your nonprofit right now
o How to isolate a process within your nonprofit and increase its capacity
o How to increase capacity in your nonprofit without more money

Please note that this session will be tailored to the needs of any professional who is tasked with making strategic decisions for a nonprofit organization! No expertise in operations research, statistics, database development, systems administration, geographic information systems, or any other information technology specialty is needed in order to benefit from participation.

To learn more about Quintus please see his LinkedIn profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/quintus-jett-379131/

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tsnemissionworks-tnb-super-roundtable-creating-nonprofit-capacity-registration-38783108321?aff=mnn

We hope that you will join us for a lively and informative session – at which you will be very welcome to share your experience, insights, and lessons learned!

Dec
13
Wed
A TNB Roundtable session especially for grant makers, philanthropy professionals, and other funders! @ Boston NonProfit Center
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

If you’re a grant maker, philanthropy professional, or funder, then we invite you to register for this special session about underwriting initiatives to enable nonprofit organizations to build the capacity to do evaluation.:

TNB Roundtable: Funders Supporting Nonprofits’ Capacity to Do Evaluation

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-funders-supporting-nonprofits-capacity-to-do-evaluation-registration-39837410768?aff=mnn

We have a very distinguished panel for this session:

Douglas Shipman, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Ellen Dickenson, United Way of Masschusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

Michael Johnson, McCormack Graduate School of UMass-Boston

Trina Jackson, TSNE MissionWorks

This is really a dream team! Doug and Ellen each have first hand experience at grantmaking organizations in managing programs that build the capacity of nonprofits to do evaluation. Michael is an educator with deep expertise in community-based participatory research. Trina is not only a funder but also an expert on community inclusion and engagement.

Our goals for this session are to share lessons learned from assisting nonprofits in building their capacity to do evaluation, and to highlight the potential for making nonprofit evaluation more meaningful and useful through community participation.

Sep
27
Thu
Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects – Alternative Funding Series in partnership with The Beveridge Family Foundation @ The Log Cabin
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for one workshop, or all three! Click the links below for more information on each workshop. Send one staff to the entire series, or multiple staff to each workshop.

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects with Chuck Gordon
#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations with Alyssa Wright
#3 – Building Organizational Capacity Through Volunteer Engagement with VQ Volunteer Strategies

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects
Presenter: Chuck Gordon, New Kensington Group

Fundraising isn’t easy! And, how often do you feel like you continue to do the same things over and over again and expect different results but continue to be disappointed by falling short of the level of funding you ideally want to raise? It’s time to stare your tired development plan in the face and consider an alternative approach toward sustainable funding.

Join us to learn more about how you can increase the money you raise by endowing special projects to create a sustainable source of funding for your organization. This alternative funding approach presents you with a new way to think about how you fund your programmatic and administrative priorities. This workshop will both provide you with key techniques and approaches to not only building your endowed project program, but also provide best practices that will help get you there and are essential to your success, including modules on building your development plan, designing the model stewardship program, and perfecting your solicitation skills.

Program Fees

Full Series
HSF Members – $450
Not Yet Members – $900
*MNN members receive a 20% discount off the full series non-member price.

Individual Workshops
HSF Members – $180
Not Yet Members – $350

Oct
24
Wed
Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations – Alternative Funding Series, in partnership with The Beveridge Family Foundation @ The Log Cabin
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for one workshop, or all three! Click the links below for more information on each workshop. Send one staff to the entire series, or multiple staff to each workshop.

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects with Chuck Gordon
#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations with Alyssa Wright
#3 – Building Organizational Capacity Through Volunteer Engagement with VQ Volunteer Strategies

#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations
Presenter: Alyssa Wright, Wright Consulting Group

Join Alyssa Wright for an informative and interactive workshop on cost-savings for nonprofit organizations.

In this workshop, Alyssa will cover:
– How to Conduct an Organizational Cost Savings Analysis
– 30 Nonprofit Savings Tips from Utilities to Fundraising to Tax Breaks
– Creating a Culture of “Savvy”
By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with knowledge on how to conduct an organizational audit, effective nonprofit savings tips, an action plan for implementing changes, and ways to engage board members, staff, volunteers, and donors to create a culture of savvy.

Full Series
HSF Members – $450
Not Yet Members – $900
*MNN members receive 20% off the non-member series price. Please contact us for more information or to register.

Individual Workshops
HSF Members – $180
Not Yet Members – $350

Oct
31
Wed
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Philanthropy Massachusetts

Drawing from his 16 years’ experience, Kenny Weill will lead attendees through the process of writing a clear, concise, and compelling foundation grant narrative. This includes both the longer “full proposal” narrative and the shorter concept paper or letter of inquiry. He will end with tips to avoid common pitfalls, and ways to determine whether your nonprofit is “grant-ready.” Participants will have the tools necessary to tell their organization’s and program’s story in a narrative that will be compelling to funders – and increase their chances of landing more grants.

This workshop will cover:

– What funders really want to know about your organization
– mportance of differentiating your organization and/or program from all others
– What to include in a logic model that will prepare you to write a grant proposal
– What to include in the Statement of Need
– The difference between outputs and outcomes
– How to craft S.M.A.R.T. objectives
– How to tie in outcomes with the evaluation

By the end of the session, participants will be able to craft all sections of a compelling grant proposal including:

– Organization background
– Target population
– Statement of need
– Goals and S.M.A.R.T. objectives
– Activities and outputs
– Outcomes and evaluation
– Sustainability

This session is ideal for leaders, board members and development staff of small- to mid-sized organizations.

BIO
Kenny Weill launched K. Weill Consulting Group in 2002, which focuses on strategic fund development for nonprofits. His practice works with Boards and executive staff on fundraising assessments, creation of actionable Fund Development Plans, case statements, appeals, online giving strategy, grant research and writing, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) database solutions, and more. He has published articles and regularly trains, coaches and presents on fund development strategy. In 2009, Kenny co-founded NPO Connect (http://npoconnect.org), an online skill-building platform for nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

Prior to consulting, Kenny held management, research and other positions in community-based, academic, health care and government settings. He received an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Kenny is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and adheres to their Code of Ethical Standards and Principles. He also is a member of the Nonprofit Consultants Network, Independent Advancement Consultants, and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and enjoys working collaboratively with other consultants.

Kenny has a long history of community-based volunteerism.