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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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For questions concerning MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar please contact calendar@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Jul
21
Thu
TNB Roundtable: Librarians as Knowledge Management Allies for Nonprofits @ Kirstein Library at Boston Public Library
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TNB Roundtable: Librarians as Knowledge Management Allies for Nonprofits @  Kirstein Library at Boston Public Library

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as “TNB”) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session on July 21st, about how professional librarians can serve as knowledge management allies to nonprofit organizations. The featured guests for this session will be a distinguished panel that combines expertise in library science and nonprofit technology:

o David Leonard, Interim President, Boston Public Library, and formerly BPL’s chief technology officer

o Betsey Lippmeier, Curator, Kirstein Library at Boston Public Library

o Rachael Stark, Librarian, New England Institute of Art, Freelance Information Librarian, and co-author of the Annkissam white paper “Knowledge Management is like Sorting Socks: KM for Nonprofit Organizations”

o Kevin Palmer, Chief Operating Officer of Annkissam, and co-author of the Annkissam white paper “Knowledge Management is like Sorting Socks: KM for Nonprofit Organizations”

Here is what we hope that nonprofit professionals will get out of this session:

o An overview of how professional librarians, acting as consultants, can assist nonprofits in organizing internal knowledge, information, and data with their expertise in knowledge management, knowledge architecture, and systems of classifying information.

o An overview of the kinds of knowledge, information, and data that are publicly available to nonprofit organizations.

o An introduction to Kirstein Library, the branch of BPL that specializes in assisting nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Massachusetts.

o An understanding of how professional librarians can help you identify the knowledge you need, and gain access to it.

o Brainstorming about how information technology professionals and librarians can work together to assist nonprofits.

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.

Jul
11
Tue
Immigrant Student Success online teacher workshop on July 11 and 12, 2017 @ Online
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – Jul 12 @ 1:30 pm
Immigrant Student Success online teacher workshop on July 11 and 12, 2017 @ Online

Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators is a free online workshop for educators on July 11 and 12, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT (five hours total). This online workshop equips non-profits, teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors and volunteers with expert lesson plans, engagement strategies and teaching techniques to encourage the progress of their immigrant and refugee students. Certificates of completion are available.

The online workshop uses interactive webinars, group activities and live exercises with 10 experts. Topics include the teacher as an ally for immigrant and refugee students, combatting bias and bullying, integrating immigration into the curriculum, the latest immigration data and more.

Aug
2
Wed
TNB Roundtable: It’s Legal for Nonprofits to Lobby, Organize, and Advocate! @ Boston NonProfit Center
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session on how nonprofits can lobby, organize, and advocate without jeopardizing their tax-exampt status. Our featured guest will be Jeff Berry, a professor of political science at Tufts University and co-author of “A Voice for Nonprofits.”

Here is what Jeff says about this session:

“How strong is your organization’s voice before government? Is your nonprofit an effective advocate before the state legislature and the agencies that regulate it? Although some 501(c)3s are effective in influencing government officials, too many nonprofits do a poor job in representing their clients and constituents. In many ways this is understandable. With scarce resources, devoting money and energy to lobbying the glacially moving state government may seem like a poor return on investment. Yet inactivity by nonprofits is frequently the result of not understanding the basics of nonprofit law. Too many nonprofit leaders neuter their own organization because they believe that they are not allowed to lobby because they have c3 status.

“These are tough times and we need nonprofits that are active and effective in the policymaking process. Let’s talk about this!”

Here’s a little more about Jeff:

Jeffrey Berry is John Richard Skuse Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He is an expert on both national and local politics and has a strong research focus on nonprofits, advocacy, and foundations. Having served as chair of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Berry is a practitioner as well as an academic analyst. In addition to “A Voice for Nonprofits,” his books include “The Outrage Industry,” “The Rebirth of Urban Democracy,” and “Lobbying and Policy Change.” He is a frequent commentator on Massachusetts politics with local media. Berry is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from Tufts and of many book awards from the American Political Science Association. His current research examines the response (or lack thereof) of foundations to the Trump administration.

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 find more information, or to register to participate, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-its-legal-for-nonprofits-to-lobby-organize-and-advocate-registration-35981795519?aff=mnn

Oct
26
Thu
Disrupting the Disruptor @ Bay Path University's Philip H. Ryan Center
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm

People can be difficult, even dangerous. Covering the spectrum from rudeness to active threats, disruptive behaviors can become crises that impact the people you serve, lead and with whom you work. These behaviors can hurt business and leave you feeling powerless. Participants will explore how to identify, avoid, and address these challenges, consider the response of leadership and discuss what outcomes constitute success.
Individual Outcomes
Better insight into identifying, avoiding, and responding to disruptive behaviors.
Clearer understanding of how to lead others during a crisis, such as an active threat situations.
Improved interpersonal and conflict management skills.
Explore their roles during a crisis on the ground level.
Stronger alignment of tactics, strategies, and objectives.
Organizational Outcomes
Improved customer relation skills.
More enjoyable customer experiences.
Stronger, more confident leaders.
Better protected company reputation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Managers, sales personnel, customer service, call centers. office staff, and more.
This two-day interactive learning experience is 12 PDCs.
Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

Jan
31
Wed
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Boston Public Library - Commonwealth Salon on the first floor of the McKim Building
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please RSVP by January 26.

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status? All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys. At this group session, we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding:

For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?
What is a Not-for-Profit?
Incorporating & Structuring the Not-for-Profit
Option of Fiscal Sponsorship
State Reporting & Regulation
Federal Tax Exemption
Ongoing IRS Reporting & Regulation

Presenters: Jim Grace, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Susan Abbott, Goodwin; Josh Sattely, TSNE MissionWorks.

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Third Sector New England.

Nov
13
Tue
What We Have in Common: How to Talk About Immigrants @ Online
Nov 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What We Have in Common: How to Talk About Immigrants @ Online

With so much division and discord, it seems hard to find common ground on topics such as immigration. What are the values, characteristics and issues that the foreign-born and U.S.-born share? How can you position and frame these traits in your conversations, campaigns, writings and programs in ways that resonate with your neighbors, coworkers, elected officials and families?

Learn the shared values and issues that can bind immigrants, refugees and the U.S.-born as well as tested messaging and framing techniques on how to utilize these in the most compelling ways in the free interactive webinar What We Have in Common: How to Talk About Immigrants on Tuesday, November 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST.

Learn:
1. The shared values and qualities that can open conversations and guide campaigns
2. The most effective framing and messaging techniques for today’s climate
3. Multiple strategies to create empathy, build support and educate others
4. How to have civil discourse online