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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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Feb
16
Thu
TNB Roundtable: Migrating to Electronic Case Records at Your Nonprofit @ Boston NonProfit Center
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
TNB Roundtable: Migrating to Electronic Case Records at Your Nonprofit @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) and TNB Labs (TNBL) are pleased to invite you to a Roundtable session on how best practices for nonprofits that want to find and make use of public data. Our featured guest will be George Reuter of Compass Working Capital.

Here is what George says about this session:

“Have you written a needs statement for your nonprofit recently? Struggled with what indicators to collect to evaluate your program? Nonprofits are regularly asked to put their mission and their program activities in the context of (or alongside) benchmark comparison data. “Collective impact” initiatives frequently ask nonprofits to align their activities toward key outcomes that are collected consistently in multiple geographies. Meanwhile, government entities at all levels are increasingly making access to public data a priority. Join us for a conversation about public data sources, tools to manipulate and visualize that data, and some examples of how to frame your nonprofits’ story (your mission and impact!) using publically available data.”

Registration is free of charge for nonprofit professionals; however, you MUST have a confirmed reservation in order to attend! To make your reservation, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-how-nonprofits-can-find-and-use-public-data-effectively-registration-30591480943

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!

Apr
4
Tue
TNB Roundtable: Participatory Analysis with Data Placemats in Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TNB Roundtable: Participatory Analysis with Data Placemats in Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center

This TNB Roundtable session on April 4th with Laura Beals and Barbara Perry of Jewish Family & Children’s Services is for hardcore data geeks at nonprofit organizations who want to learn about data placemats, and want to get ready for participatory analysis!

As usual, this is free for nonprofit professionals; however, you must have a confirmed reservation in order to attend.

May
31
Wed
Employment and Immigration Law Issues for Nonprofits @ Boston Private
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Employment and Immigration Law Issues for Nonprofits @ Boston Private

Are you up to date with core employment law rules that apply to your nonprofit? Employment law is such a complex and specialized field that it is always a good idea to stay attuned. Back by popular demand, Lawyers Clearinghouse is happy to present a seminar on most prevalent issues nonprofits face. Statutory protection such as charitable immunity may not apply to employee claims, and directors, officers and management staff may face personal liability in claims in this area. Come learn how to best protect your nonprofits and services. The panel will include a business immigration law expert to address the issues of hiring non-US citizens at these uncertain times.

Presenters: David Wilson and Michael Birch, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP; Keith Pabian, Partner, Pabian Law

Please register by May 26.

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

This program is a joint project of Boston Private Community Investment Series, Lenny Zakim Fund, Mel King Institute and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Jun
7
Wed
FREE WEBINAR: Wait, What? The Art of Asking Great Questions @ ONLINE @ Bay Path University
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
FREE WEBINAR: Wait, What? The Art of Asking Great Questions @ ONLINE @ Bay Path University

Today, when people ask a question, they expect an immediate response. Similarly, people are ready to offer instant answers and judgement.  Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, James Ryan, has recognized this and believes we need to begin cultivating the art of asking good questions. He realizes that there is beauty and power in good questions, and that we should spend less time worrying about having the right answers and more time asking the right questions.  Great leaders know how to ask the right questions such as:

“Wait, what?”  Root of all understanding.
“I wonder why?” and “If…”  Heart of all curiosity.
“Couldn’t we at least?”  Beginning of all progress.
“How can I help?”  Base of all good relationships.
“What truly matters?”  Heart of life.

Conversation hosted by Dr. Stephen Brand, Bay Path University

Jun
15
Thu
Employment and Immigration Law Issues for Nonprofits @ Merrimack College – Sakowich Student Center – 2nd Floor
Jun 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

This employment and immigration law seminar will discuss the most prevalent employment law and employment-related immigration law issues facing nonprofits today. Come learn how to best protect your nonprofit and client services. The topics include: the new MA pay equity law that will go into effect on July 1, 2018; the most common mistakes in the wage and hours law including use of independent contractors; ramifications of hiring employees who are foreign nationals; and use of volunteers who are undocumented aliens.

Presenters: David Wilson and Michael Birch, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP; Keith Pabian, Partner, Pabian Law

Registration / Networking 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.; Presentation 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Driving Directions:
Enter the college off of Rte 114/Rte 125 across from Royal Crest Apartments;
Follow the driveway bearing left;
Continue straight, passing the Rogers Center on your right;
Park in parking lot H on the right;
Sakowich is near the parking lot (next to Cascia Hall which looks like a white church)

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

Oct
19
Thu
Articulate your Mission with Clarity and Purpose @ Framingham McAuliffe Branch
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Have you ever struggled to clearly and succinctly articulate your organization and its purpose? Are you not convinced your message is getting through?
Then COME to this workshop to learn how to quickly and effectively prepare for ANY meeting, whether with a sponsor or potential donor, a constituent, or a colleague!
At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will come away with a model to help organize your thoughts concisely and effectively about these topics, and be able to communicate more clearly and effectively to any of your potential audiences. Finally, you will learn how to increase the chances that your audience will take the action you would like them to. In addition, you will receive a handout of questions to guide you in further identifying and gathering appropriate information and determining what is most important to share with others based on your current situation.
Who should attend: This workshop is intended for any nonprofit professional or board member of organizations from small to large.
About the Presenter: Mike Chase, Great Results, LLC
Mike Chase is a dynamic speaker who has delivered presentations throughout his marketing and sales career in the corporate world as well as at small groups, libraries and church halls throughout eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Mike is also an award-winning speaker, most recently completing the requirements for the Triple Crown award from Toastmasters International. He recently launched his own training company, Great Results, LLC, to help others improve their own speaking skills in individual or group workshops.
Come participate in this workshop to learn how to better articulate your organization’s mission, organization, and the benefits it provides to those it serves. You will never again stumble over your words, whether you’re speaking to potential patrons, existing donors, or senior leadership! As a result, you will know how to properly prepare for that next meeting being clear about your objectives, confident in your story, and convinced you can get the results you desire!

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.

Jun
4
Mon
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence @ Massachusetts State House
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence @ Massachusetts State House

On Monday, June 4 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, along with elected officials, will celebrate the work of the nonprofit sector and raise awareness of causes throughout the state at MNN’s celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence, presented by Citizens Bank. The highlight of the celebration, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, will be presented to six nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s event will also include an optional lobby day event in the afternoon for nonprofit professionals to arrange meetings with their state representatives and senators and discuss the impact of their organizations. Join us for this special event to celebrate and honor the impact of our sector! Don’t forget to sign on to our social media campaign, #MAkingadifference!

Jul
17
Tue
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:

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Tech-Networks-of-Boston-Roundtables–Write-for-Impact-and-Reach-Your-Goals–and-Data-for-Impact-with-Different-Audiences.html?soid=1101034548868&aid=BLFMYKh-6Yg

Sep
28
Fri
ALIGN for Emerging Leaders @ Various locations
Sep 28 – Dec 2 all-day

Join the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro Graduate School for ALIGN: Advanced Leadership Institute for Growing Nonprofits. ALIGN is a leadership program designed to help people working for the greater good. ALIGN participants will learn practical strategies to increase day-to-day success, grow as leaders, and thrive in their lives.

People working to make a positive difference in the world often feel like they are spread thin, not getting to spend the time on what they most love doing and not necessarily making the impact they know they can. To remain energized and effective on the front lines of positive community transformation, mission-driven leaders need the space, skills, and support to feed their spark.
“Not only do I feel better about every aspect of my life, but I am spending more time doing what I love.” – program participant.

This is a four month program including three in-person retreats.