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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Feb
9
Thu
Become a Grant God/Goddess in 22 Days!
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We are excited to present a 4-session, live, online training series, “Become a Grant God/Goddess in 22 Days!” beginning January 19th.

Successful grant seeking goes way beyond a well-written proposal. In addition to the key components of a compelling grant narrative, we’ll cover the elements of a “grant-ready” organization, the logic model, prospect research and prioritization, relationship development and funder retention strategies, budgeting – and more!

You will come away with all the knowledge and tools you will need to realize grant seeking success!

How it will go down:
• We will present live webinars at Noon Eastern on four consecutive Thursdays: January 19th and 26th and February 2nd and 9th.
• You will be able to email questions at any point during the training period and expect a timely response.
• You also will be able to download informative tools, templates and other pieces relevant to that week’s topic.
• Want to participate but can’t make the live webinars? No problem! You will be able to access the recorded sessions within a day following the live event – and you will still receive all the materials, and be able to get your questions answered in a timely fashion.

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

Jun
28
Wed
TNB Roundtable: A Frank Discussion of Technology Procurement for Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jun 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
TNB Roundtable: A Frank Discussion of Technology Procurement for Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session on technology procurement for nonprofit organizations. Our featured guests will Tuan Pham and Adam Lyons of Tech Networks of Boston.

Here is what Adam and Tuan say about this session:

‘We all have many problems on our plates, and all can seem equally important. The goal of this session is to help you to share challenges and concerns of future technology needs, with your peers and with procurement specialists. Expect to get an honest and intimate discussion about what “technology procurement” is and isn’t. It is better to understand and recognize a problem and gain an understanding of the constraints and processes involved with getting things from Point A to Point B, getting them Just-In-Time, and getting them in a cost-effective way.’

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!

To register, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-a-frank-discussion-of-technology-procurement-for-nonprofits-registration-34754497638?aff=mnn

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!

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.

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
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.

Jan
26
Fri
TNB Roundtable: Using Nonprofit Advocacy Rules to Meet Your Mission (January 26th, Boston NonProfit Center) @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tech Networks of Boston is pleased to invite you to a Roundtable session for nonprofit organizations that want to do public advocacy.

Here’s the registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-using-nonprofit-advocacy-rules-to-meet-your-mission-registration-41245710029?aff=mnn

The title of the January 26th session will be “TNB Roundtable: Using Nonprofit Advocacy Rules to Meet Your Mission,” and the featured guest will be Betsy Schmidt, the author of “Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization” and a professor of practice at UMass-Amherst’s school of public policy.

Here’s what Betsy says about this session:

“In this increasingly politicized world, nonprofit leaders often realize that they can serve their clients best by advocating for policy changes. How do they do that and stay within the boundaries of the law? In this Roundtable, you’ll learn how to differentiate advocacy, lobbying, and political campaign intervention. You’ll learn what you can and cannot do in each of those situations, and you will leave, inspired to further your organization’s mission through advocacy and lobbying. We will also make sense of the pronouncements and possible changes in the Johnson Amendment—the part of Sec. 501(c)(3) that prevents nonprofits from engaging in political campaign activity.”

We do hope that you will join us on January 26th!

Please note that registration is free for employees of nonprofit organizations; however, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend. It would break our hearts to turn you a way for lack of one, so please do register today.

If we are booked to capacity by the time that you go to register, please put yourself on the waiting list. We have a very good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals who are interested in participating.

Feb
15
Thu
Oracle NetSuite Social Impact: Learn How Your Org Can Receive Free Technology @ Webinar (Online) - RSVP for Link
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nonprofits and social enterprises of all shapes and sizes utilize NetSuite technologies and employee pro bono services to transform their back office and amplify their social impact.

Oracle NetSuite Social Impact will be hosting an informational webinar for US nonprofit organizations <$5M in annual revenue who may qualify for our Product Donation and Capacity Building resources.

Learn about how your nonprofit can benefit from our FREE technology resources to accelerate your mission.

Who should attend?
• Nonprofit organizations interested in streamlining business operations.
• This information session is ideal for Executive Directors, Nonprofit Leaders, CFOs/Controllers/Accountants, COOs, CTOs/CIOs and Technology enthusiasts.
• Organizations who have outgrown Excel and/or their Financial Management tools.

What will we cover?
• The webinar will provide an overview of the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact Product Donation, Pro Bono and Capacity Building Resources.
• A Solutions Consultant will provide a brief live demonstration of NetSuite Core Financials.
• A Social Impact Account Executive will walk you through the Product Donation application process.

Feb
22
Thu
TNB Roundtable: Building the Best Nonprofit Website for the Cheapest Price @ Boston NonProfit Center
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tech Networks of Boston is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about web strategies for nonprofit organizations. Our featured guests will David Delmar and Muigai Unaka of Resilient Coders.

Here’s what David and Muigai say about this session:

“You know your organization needs a new website. You’re just not sure whether to use Square Space, WordPress, Wix, Google Sites, or whether to hire an agency, a freelancer, or your friend’s nephew. Some options are free, some cost dozens of dollars, and some cost tens of thousands of dollars. You’re unclear about the pros and cons of each option, and which path is right for your organization, at this particular point in your journey.

“Building a website is like buying a bicycle: Sure, there are options that are more souped-up than others, and that are priced accordingly. But the most important thing is that it be the right fit. Let’s determine the right fit for you, together.”

To register for this session, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-building-the-best-nonprofit-website-for-the-cheapest-price-registration-41877504744?aff=mnn

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.

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!

Mar
21
Wed
TNB Roundtable: How Your Nonprofit Can Engage Voters and Candidates @ Boston NonProfit Center
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) exists to provide integrated technology services to nonprofits and other mission-based organizations. It’s also our pleasure to offer you professional development opportunities that are both free of charge and free of sales pitches.

TNB is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about how their organizations can engage voters and candidates. Our featured guests will be George Pillsbury of Nonprofit VOTE and Cheryl Clyburn Crawford of MassVOTE.

At Tech Networks of Boston, we believe that political action for nonprofit organizations does not have to be confined to lobbying. It’s also important to find ways to be active in elections, without jeopardizing your organization’s tax exempt status.

Here’s the link to registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-how-your-nonprofit-can-engage-voters-and-candidates-registration-42679567736?aff=mnnmembers

Here’s what Cheryl and George say about this session:

“Join the nonprofits and elections discussion! Learn how your nonprofit can encourage your staff and community to vote and get your issues in front of candidates. This interactive session will cover the following:

“How to stay nonpartisan

“Effective ways to promote voter registration and voting

“Connecting with candidates

“The session will highlight the benefits and impact of voting and election activity with practical ways to promote voting that adds value, not another program.”

Here’s a little more about George:

George Pillsbury is a senior consultant for Nonprofit VOTE, a national hub of voter engagement resources and training to for the nonprofit sector. He was its founder and first executive director. Prior to starting Nonprofit VOTE, George founded and directed MassVOTE, a nonpartisan voter engagement organization in Massachusetts. His work spans three decades in the nonprofit sector working in philanthropy, social investing, and voter and civic participation. He started several foundations dedicated to community uplift including the Haymarket People’s Fund, The Film Fund and Funding Exchange of New York.

George has authored several nonpartisan voter engagement guides, including Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement, , A Nonprofit’s Guide to Hosting a Candidate Forum and America Goes to the Polls, a bienniel series of voter turnout for the last four national elections. George has a B.A. from Yale University and M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Here’s a little more about Cheryl:

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford is executive director at MassVOTE, a nonprofit organization that works to promote active political participation by providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. As the public face of the organization, she plays a critical role in recruiting coalition members, new donors, and volunteers.

Cheryl is the 2nd vice president of the NAACP-Boston Branch. She is a former executive board chair of EmergeMA, a political leadership training program. Cheryl sits on the Women’s Pipeline for Change’s oversight and planning board. She is an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Prince Hall affiliated organization, as well as the vice president of the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association. Before MassVOTE, Cheryl served as campaign manager and later chief of staff to state representative Willie Mae Allen.

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 registration 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!

Apr
5
Thu
Massachusetts Pay Equity Law: Is Your Nonprofit Ready? @ Stonehill College – Brocktonian Room
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

On August 1, Governor Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, passed unanimously by both legislative branches, to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive salaries in the workplace. The new law, going into effect on July 1, 2018, will prevent pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender. It also allows employees to freely discuss their salaries with coworkers and prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer.

Come and learn more about this new law and what your nonprofit as an employer can do and can no longer do. The law will affect your employee handbook, hiring process manual, and related policies. Employment law experts from Hirsch Roberts Weinstein will lead this 90 minute seminar.

Presenters: Michael Birch, Charlotte Petilla, of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein.

Apr
17
Tue
Webinar: Tech Planning Smackdown with Oracle-Netsuite @ Webinar
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Forget everything you think you know about Technology Planning for your organization and get ready for a Tech Planning Smackdown. In this workshop we will examine real examples of nonprofit technology plans and explore ways you can incorporate some leading practices from other organizations – after all, the best form of flattery is imitation! Come prepared to have some fun as we start to think out-of-the-box and get your creative juices flowing in this interactive Tech Planning Smackdown

Participants will come away with:
+ Understanding the flavors of technology plans: Tactical, Strategic, Mission-Based
+ Clear and achievable steps to implement new technology with available resources
+ Creative ways to involve your entire organization and build innovation into your technology plans
+ Methods to redirect the focus of your technology plans where it is needed most

Presenter:
Steve Heye is a Principal Solutions Consultant at Oracle-NetSuite Social Impact, where he acts as a technical expert on the Social Impact team which donates the NetSuite solution to nonprofits. With over 20 years experience working with nonprofits and technology, Steve brings a real passion and unique set of experiences to the NPTech community. Previously Steve was the Manager of Technology at The Cara Program. He was responsible for driving the organization’s strategic use of technology. He also has experience as the Digital Content Services Manager at the YMCA of Metro Chicago. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the YMCA’s digital content creation including the web sites, intranet and social networking. A key role in Steve’s past was with the Technology Resource Group at the YMCA of the USA for about ten years. He provided resources, conferences, and training that allows YMCAs nationwide to better leverage business systems and technology. Steve has a Bachelors degree in Finance from North Central College. He is also the author of Chapter 1 on Aligning Tech to Mission in the Managing Technology to Meet your Mission book.
Twitter: @SteveHeye
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveheye/

Our Facilitators:
+ Associate Grant Markers:
AGM’s mission is to promote the practice and expansion of effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of its region.
– Learn more go to www.agmconnect.org

+ Oracle NetSuite Social Impact:
Oracle NetSuite Social Impact’s mission is to accelerate the social impact of nonprofit and social enterprises globally, regardless of ability to pay, with our software donations and pro bono services. Suite Pro Bono connects our nonprofit and social enterprise customers with Oracle NetSuite employees who give their time and expertise to help organizations accelerate their social impact.
– Learn more about our Product Donation Program at www.netsuite.com/socialimpact

Oracle NetSuite Social Impact Product Donation Program: Info Session & Demo @ Webinar
Apr 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join our webinar on how your org can receive FREE Technology

Nonprofits and social enterprises of all shapes and sizes utilize NetSuite technologies and employee pro bono services to transform their back-office and amplify their social impact.

Oracle NetSuite Social Impact will be hosting an informational webinar for US nonprofit organizations <$5M in annual revenue who may qualify for our Product Donation and Capacity Building resources.

Learn about how your nonprofit can benefit from our FREE technology resources to accelerate your mission.

Who should attend?
• Nonprofit organizations interested in streamlining business operations.
• This information session is ideal for Executive Directors, Nonprofit Leaders, CFOs/Controllers/Accountants, COOs, CTOs/CIOs and Technology enthusiasts.
• Organizations who have outgrown Excel and/or their Financial Management tools.

What will we cover?
• The webinar will provide an overview of the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact Product Donation, Pro Bono and Capacity Building Resources.
• A Solutions Consultant will provide a brief live demonstration of NetSuite Core Financials.
• A Social Impact Account Executive will walk you through the Product Donation application process.

May
3
Thu
Massachusetts Pay Equity Law: Is Your Nonprofit Ready? @ Seyfarth Shaw
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

On August 1, Governor Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, passed unanimously by both legislative branches, to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive salaries in the workplace. The new law, going into effect on July 1, 2018, will prevent pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender. It also allows employees to freely discuss their salaries with coworkers and prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer.

Come and learn more about this new law and what your nonprofit as an employer can do and can no longer do. The law will affect your existing pay scheme, employee handbook, hiring process manual and related policies. Employment law experts Hilary Massey and Christina Duszlak of Seyfarth Shaw will lead this 90-minute seminar.

Presenters: Hillary Massey and Christina Duszlak, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sep
13
Thu
Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: How To Nurture a Healthy Organizational Culture @ EMPath
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Our featured guest at our September 13th session will be Jonathan Spack, former chief executive officer of TSNE MissionWorks; the topic will be how nonprofit organizations can develop, nurture, and sustain a healthy organizational culture. This session will be held at EMPath’s Seccomb Room from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Here’s what Jonathan says:

“A healthy organizational culture, where staff and constituents feel respected and heard, can reduce turnover, prevent conflicts from exploding into crises, and unlock creative strategies and solutions at all levels of the organization. In this interactive session, participants will discuss and debate the role of leadership in developing and sustaining a healthy workplace environment. They will also come away with practical ideas for improving the culture at their own workplaces.

“This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations of any size, and for anyone in a position of formal or informal leadership who is interested in reflecting on and developing their leadership abilities. This includes staff at all levels.”

Here’s a little more about Jonathan:

Jonathan Spack was CEO of Third Sector New England (now TSNE MissionWorks) for 34 years. During his tenure, TSNE grew its programs and stature dramatically, becoming a national leader in fiscal sponsorship, succession planning, social purpose, real estate, and network-based grantmaking. Jonathan is co-founder of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, the Nonprofit Centers Network, and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. He also spearheaded TSNE’s acquisition and development of the NonProfit Center in downtown Boston as a focal point of social justice activity in the city.

Earlier in his career, Jonathan served as a legal services attorney and a federal discrimination complaints examiner. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in human services management from the Heller School at Brandeis, where he served as executive in residence, and a J.D. from NYU Law School.

Details about this session can be found here:

Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: How To Nurture a Healthy Organizational Culture

Full scholarships for this session are available to qualified employees of nonprofit organizations.

Please apply by using the link below by Thursday, August 9th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JRRNT9

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on Monday, August 13th .

Oct
16
Tue
Cloud Migration for Nonprofits @ WeWork Fort Point
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cloud Migration for Nonprofits @ WeWork Fort Point

Join Nonprofit Tech Club Boston for our panel and open discussion event on Cloud Migration!

About This Event
As nonprofit professionals, we have all heard of the importance to move over to the “Cloud”. Some organizations have already made the transition, some are evaluating their options, and some don’t know where to begin.

Nonprofit Tech Club Boston will present Cloud Migration for Nonprofits — a panel and open discussion on cloud migration, the successes and failures, as well as the strategies nonprofits should take while planning a transition to the cloud.

Moderator:

• Monica Garfield – Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley University

Speakers:

• Gavin O’Brien – Manager of Program Data at Community Servings

• Russell Greenwald – Vice President at Insource Services

Who Should Attend:
Nonprofit professionals, board members, volunteers, and nonprofit advocates who are interested in learning more about best practices in moving to the Cloud.

Light Snacks + Drinks will be provided.

Tickets are limited, so register online today!

Directions:
This event will be held at WeWork Fort Point (51 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210). The WeWork Fort Point location is a short walk from South Station (Red/Silver/Commuter Rail).

Sponsors:
Thank you to WeWork for providing the event space and Insource Services for contributing to refreshments.

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.

Nov
6
Tue
Introduction to Grants Research – Essex County @ Essex County Community Foundation
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Grants Research - Essex County @ Essex County Community Foundation

This introductory workshop will start participants on the road to finding appropriate prospective grantmakers for their organizations.

The program begins with a quick overview of how to make sure your organization is “grant ready” so that when you start your research and find prospective funders, your organization is poised to make a strong impression.

We will review helpful resources for locating funding opportunities and learn how to determine if your organization’s work aligns with the funding priorities of a potential grantmaker.

We’ll cover:

– where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
– resources for finding corporate donors
– how to find contributors to your peer organizations
– Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) and what they are
– a little bit about individual donor cultivation
And more!

Sprinkled throughout will be some takeaways and tips we have collected over the years from foundation program officers, about how to strengthen the odds of receiving a grant.

The resources available at the Essex County Community Foundation will also be covered.

In the last 30 minutes of the session we will demonstrate how to use the Foundation Directory Online and run a few trial searches.

This program is recommended for those who are new to grantseeking.

Nov
15
Thu
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.

Through:

– 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.

Presenter:
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.