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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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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.

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
TNB Roundtable: Study Hall – Create Your 2018 Nonprofit Storytelling Plan @ Boston NonProfit Center
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) exists to provide managed 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 creating a storytelling plan for your organization. Our featured guest will be Julia Campbell, the author of “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits.”

In this session, we will be experimenting with a new learning-by-doing format that we call “study hall.” Rather than focusing on a presentation, participants will be using specially designed templates to create storytelling plans for their nonprofit organizations. Julia will be actively providing assistance to all.

Here’s what Julia says about this session:

‘Raising awareness and filling the pipeline with new donors and engaged supporters is the ultimate goal of any nonprofit online marketing plan. In September, we walked through the process I use with my clients to create a 90-day online marketing plan for your nonprofit. In my experience, 90-day plans are preferable to annual plans or even one, two, and three year marketing plans, because they allow for improvement and evaluation in the digital world that is changing at a breath-taking pace.

‘However, some nonprofit online marketing efforts fail because they don’t use effective storytelling as to fuel the fire of their online marketing plan.

‘In this special, hands-on study hall session, nonprofit professionals will learn how to fill out and use the planning templates provided in the book “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits,” and receive coaching and encouragement during the session.’

We will fill out the following templates during this session:

o Story Collection Worksheet (addendum to the book)

o Social Media Content Calendar Template

o Storytelling Calendar Template

‘Nonprofit professionals will walk away with the tools they need to drive their own successful digital storytelling and marketing plans at their organizations.’

To register, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-study-hall-create-your-2018-nonprofit-storytelling-plan-registration-41958819960?aff=mnn

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!

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
10
Tue
TNB Roundtable: Nonprofit Data & Evaluation – What’s Class Got to Do with It? @ Boston NonProfit Center
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 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 delighted to invite you to a Roundtable session about class issues in nonprofit data and evaluation. Our featured guests will be Anne Phillips and Denise Moorehead of Class Action.

Here’s a little bit about this session:

When is the last time you thought about data, evaluation and analytics – and simultaneously thought about socioeconomic class or classism? If you are like most people, the answer might be “never.” But you’d be missing an important component of the way class background has shaped and continues to shape your worldview. It plays a role in the way we communicate information, in the data we value most, and often even in our comfort level with the evaluation process.

Join Class Action’s Executive Director Anne Phillips and digital content editor Denise Moorehead in an exploration of your own class background, that of others in your workplace, your funders and constituents. Then share strategies for working across class differences in your data and evaluation work to make the information collected useful for all stakeholders.

To register for this session, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-nonprofit-data-evaluation-whats-class-got-to-do-with-it-registration-43754493869?aff=mnncalendar

Here’s a little more about Anne:

Anne Phillips has working-class roots, and was raised in a modest working and lower middle class neighborhood with a great public school district. Anne and her two siblings were all first generation college students, as her parents made a pact that their kids would get more education than they did. She was initially inspired to work for social change by Paul Wellstone, who ran his first grassroots senatorial campaign during her high school years. Influenced by great lefty professors during college, Anne became an activist, working on fair pay for campus service staff, anti-sweatshop and anti-globalization movements of the late 90s. Anne went on to become a community organizer and then fundraiser on behalf of many different causes including the environment, reproductive rights, worker rights and healthcare. Her passions (in no particular order) include bicycling, swimming, building community, racial justice and her two grey cats.

Here’s a little more about Denise:

Denise Moorehead was an only child for 11 years, giving her access to opportunities beyond those of most kids in a lower-middle-class family. During this time, her African-American parents also increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with advancements made available by the Civil Rights movement. So, as a young child, Denise was often in the company of upper-middle-class children in these settings and working-class children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise works with nonprofits and small businesses through Moorehead Creative Solutions to tell their stories evocatively – while being an evangelist for eliminating classism.

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!

Jun
12
Tue
Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Moving Right Along – Project Management for an Office Relocation @ EMPath
Jun 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Moving Right Along - Project Management for an Office Relocation @ EMPath

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 delighted to invite you to a Roundtable session about project management for relocating your nonprofit organization. Our featured guests will be Ty McIntosh and Stephen Byrne, two of our esteemed colleagues at Tech Networks of Boston.

Here’s a little more about the session:

If your nonprofit organization is facing a relocation, and you are concerned about moving your IT and other major infrastructure components, then this session is for you. Ty and Stephen will share their experience and insights about using project management principles to get the job done. No previous project management training is necessary to benefit from this Roundtable. It is designed for employees of small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Chief operating officers, administrative staff, accidental techies, and other nonprofit professionals who are tasked with managing a move will especially benefit from participating.

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-networks-of-boston-roundtable-moving-right-along-project-management-for-an-office-relocation-registration-45945119088?aff=mnncalendar

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!

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 .

Sep
29
Sat
The Phoenix Boston Grand Opening @ The Phoenix
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am

Please join the Phoenix as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility dedicated to providing a safe and supportive sober active community to those in recovery from substance use disorder. The Phoenix invites all of it’s team members, volunteers, community members, supporters, local politicians, and anyone who is affected by, or want to support recovery support services.

The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery. Since 2015, Phoenix has operated CrossFit, yoga, running, kickboxing, and climbing programs throughout the Boston area. We began with just one staff member instructing five events per week without a designated program space – the chapter offered programming at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay, the Devine Recovery Center, along the Charles River Esplanade, and at the Blue Hills Reservation. After moving into a temporary 2,000 sq. ft. space in March 2016, we expanded the number of weekly events from 5-16 and increased team member enrollment from 77 to over 550 individuals. In August 2017, we were given a time sensitive opportunity to purchase an 11,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 54 Newmarket Square. With a generous 1:1 matching grant from the Lynch Foundation and local donors, Phoenix raised $1.5 million in 40 days to close on the building. The Boston Chapter will be a hub for individuals in recovery, their families and loved ones. With two gym spaces, a meeting/yoga room, rock walls, and outdoor program space, this facility will be a place of hope for thousands.