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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Jan
26
Thu
Become a Grant God/Goddess in 22 Days!
Jan 26 @ 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.

Jan
31
Tue
Grant Writing 201 @ Goodnow Library, Sudbury
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Grant Writing 201 @ Goodnow Library, Sudbury

This in-depth advanced grant writing workshop will build on existing grant writing knowledge.
Participants will be writing synopsis versions of the Need Statement, Organizational Information and the all important ASK or request for funds. It is recommended that participants have taken Grantwriting 101 to participate.
Laptops or writing materials (pen and paper) a must. Participants will be chosen at random to present their writing.
About our Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting
Sunny Stich is a development professional with over twenty years of proven results helping non-profit agencies increase capacity. Throughout her career, she has helped over 100 organizations actualize their mission through a gamut of services around fundraising and capacity building, including federal, state, private, corporate, and foundation grant writing, major donor initiatives, capital campaigns, annual fund campaigns, fundraising events, public relations strategy, board trainings, and strategic planning. Sunny is a creative and enthusiastic innovator and collaborator who is able to see and create opportunities for organizations that has resulted in millions of dollars raised.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grant-writing-201-tickets-29408178654

Feb
2
Thu
Become a Grant God/Goddess in 22 Days!
Feb 2 @ 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.

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.

Apr
4
Tue
Bridges Together Webinar: Volunteers & Tapping in to These Resources
Apr 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Bridges Together Webinar: Volunteers & Tapping in to These Resources

In this 30-minute webinar, intergenerational organization Bridges Together will discuss the six areas of volunteer management — recruitment, training, placement, supervision, evaluation and rewarding — with some tips relevant for those working with different generations. There will be time available for questions, answers and interactive discussion.

May
11
Thu
Breakthrough Workshop: Advanced Proposal Writing @ Associated Grant Makers
May 11 @ 2:00 pm
Breakthrough Workshop: Advanced Proposal Writing @ Associated Grant Makers

Workshop participants will have an in-depth review of the major building blocks of successful grant proposals. Special attention will be paid to case statements, preparing budgets, management plans, and evaluation. Pitfalls and best practices will be discussed, as well as what reviewers and funders are looking for. Ample time for challenging questions and hands-on experience will be included in the presentation.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.agmconnect.org/events/breakthrough-workshop-advanced-proposal-writing-5112016

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

Sep
26
Tue
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Associated Grant Makers
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Associated Grant Makers

Drawing from his 14 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 key components of a strong proposal.

Participants will have the tools necessary to tell their organization’s and program’s story in a narrative that will be compelling to funders.

This workshop will cover:

Importance of the needs statement.
Importance of including measurable objectives and outcomes.
Importance 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.

Oct
24
Tue
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Associated Grant Makers
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal @ Associated Grant Makers

Drawing from his 14 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 key components of a strong proposal.

Participants will have the tools necessary to tell their organization’s and program’s story in a narrative that will be compelling to funders.

This workshop will cover:

Importance of the needs statement.
Importance of including measurable objectives and outcomes.
Importance 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.

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.

Nov
30
Thu
Breakthrough Workshop: Advanced Proposal Writing @ Associated Grant Makers
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Breakthrough Workshop: Advanced Proposal Writing @ Associated Grant Makers

Workshop participants will have an in-depth review of the major building blocks of successful grant proposals. Special attention will be paid to case statements, preparing budgets, management plans, and evaluation. Pitfalls and best practices will be discussed, as well as what reviewers and funders are looking for. Ample time for challenging questions and hands-on experience will be included in the presentation.

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.

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

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
13
Tue
Advanced Grant Seeking @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Advanced Grant Seeking @ Philanthropy Massachusetts

Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving an award. Competition for grants continue to grow as government funding dwindles. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grant-seeking skills by making your proposal more competitive.

From logic models to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government. There will be a discussion on the use of Gantt and PERT charts and other visual aids to help reviewers quickly understand the intent of your proposed project. You will also learn techniques to use when preparing proposals to obtain grants for capacity-building projects and capital campaigns.

The intended learning goals are as follows:

– Understand the current giving trends of foundations, corporations, and government agencies
– Analyze request for proposals (RFPs) to determine a fit with your proposed project
– Prepare reviewer friendly proposals
– Formulate strategies to develop proposals for special projects, capacity-building efforts, and capital campaigns
– Learn techniques to apply for a multi-year or million-dollar grant

This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (10+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals who have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.

Presenter
Diane Gedeon-Martin is a nationally recognized grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. For more than 25 years, she has trained over 20,000 people through her grant-seeking workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process; her enthusiasm is contagious!

For 13 years, she was a member of the faculty of the former Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits, now renamed The Alliance after a merger) where she conducted several grant-seeking workshops annually including the popular two-day, semi-annual Grant Proposal Certificate Series. In 2015, she retired from the her position as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she not only taught for 14 years but also co-developed the curriculum for the Preparing Successful Grant Proposals course.

Diane is a certified Master Trainer through the Faculty Training Academy of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. She is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences including six consecutive AFP International Conferences, an AFP International Audioconference, and several Grant Professionals Association (GPA) regional and national conferences. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker at the New England (NE) GPA regional conference.