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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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All submissions will be approved by MNN staff prior to being posted (typically within 24 hours).  You must be an MNN nonprofit or affiliate member to submit an event. Not a member yet? Annual membership starts as low as $75 and includes unlimited job postings and many other year-round benefits. Click to learn more and join.

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

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Jul
13
Wed
TNB Roundtable: What Makes People Engage? What Makes People Give? @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
TNB Roundtable: What Makes People Engage? What Makes People Give? @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as “TNB”) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session on July 13th, about new findings in what makes people engage, and in what makes them give. The featured guest for this session will be Lisa Williams of WBUR.

Here’s what Lisa says about this session:

“You know them, you hate them: those annoying on-air fund drives for your local National Public Radio station. But NPR stations face new challenges – as radio listenership declines and listeners migrate to online streaming and downloadable podcasts, our ‘annoy till you give’ strategy is running out of time. We have to learn how people engage and give in a digital context, and fast.

“I will take you through a project designed to give NPR fans great new NPR stuff -and really understand what makes people engage and give.”

Here’s a little more about Lisa:

Lisa Williams is the engagement director for Public Radio BizLab. They do R&D for the future of public media at WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate. Rearview: MIT Media Lab, Knight News Challenge, Boston Globe.

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.

May
31
Wed
TNB Roundtable: Integrated Services and Emerging Technologies for Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TNB Roundtable: Integrated Services and Emerging Technologies for Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite you to a Roundtable session on integrated IT services and emerging technologies for nonprofit organizations. Our featured guests will be Eric Harris and Amen Adonon of Tech Networks of Boston, and Scott Blackman of ROCA Inc.

Here is what Eric says about this session:

“Nonprofit organizations are uniquely susceptible to operational struggles due to inadequacies in their available tools, services, and human capital. Advances in technology have led to efficiencies and workflows that can address these exposures and advance the capacity of nonprofit entities to further their missions and serve their constituents. The aim of this session is to foster a discussion that will raise awareness and inspire insight into collaborative integrated services concepts and models, and that will showcase the exciting emerging technologies on the horizon.”

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!

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

Nov
8
Wed
[Free Webinar] In Shock: Bringing Empathy to the (Operating) Table @ Online
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dr. Awdish will be discussing her own experience as a critically ill patient, which she documented in her recent book, In Shock.

In the process, as a patient, she learned things that she hadn’t known. As a patient, she found she was privy to failures that she’d been blind to as a clinician. There were disturbing deficits in communication, uncoordinated care, and occasionally an apparently complete absence of empathy. She recognized herself in every failure.

She heard colleagues say things in ways that inflicted more suffering, even when they believed they were helping. Her experience changed her and her vision of what she wanted her organization to embody. She set out to spread the value of empathetic, coordinated care throughout the organization.

How do you build and maintain a culture of shared purpose in the infinitely complex arena of health care?

How do you ensure that you engender in employees a dedication and commitment to doing what’s right?

How does one identify the gaps between the stated mission and values of an institution and its actual delivery of care?

How do we being as a system, to recognize and acknowledge mistakes and shortcomings?

How do we build a culture of caring?

Sep
27
Thu
Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects – Alternative Funding Series in partnership with The Beveridge Family Foundation @ The Log Cabin
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for one workshop, or all three! Click the links below for more information on each workshop. Send one staff to the entire series, or multiple staff to each workshop.

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects with Chuck Gordon
#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations with Alyssa Wright
#3 – Building Organizational Capacity Through Volunteer Engagement with VQ Volunteer Strategies

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects
Presenter: Chuck Gordon, New Kensington Group

Fundraising isn’t easy! And, how often do you feel like you continue to do the same things over and over again and expect different results but continue to be disappointed by falling short of the level of funding you ideally want to raise? It’s time to stare your tired development plan in the face and consider an alternative approach toward sustainable funding.

Join us to learn more about how you can increase the money you raise by endowing special projects to create a sustainable source of funding for your organization. This alternative funding approach presents you with a new way to think about how you fund your programmatic and administrative priorities. This workshop will both provide you with key techniques and approaches to not only building your endowed project program, but also provide best practices that will help get you there and are essential to your success, including modules on building your development plan, designing the model stewardship program, and perfecting your solicitation skills.

Program Fees

Full Series
HSF Members – $450
Not Yet Members – $900
*MNN members receive a 20% discount off the full series non-member price.

Individual Workshops
HSF Members – $180
Not Yet Members – $350

Oct
24
Wed
Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations – Alternative Funding Series, in partnership with The Beveridge Family Foundation @ The Log Cabin
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for one workshop, or all three! Click the links below for more information on each workshop. Send one staff to the entire series, or multiple staff to each workshop.

#1 – Increasing Philanthropic Revenues by Endowing Projects with Chuck Gordon
#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations with Alyssa Wright
#3 – Building Organizational Capacity Through Volunteer Engagement with VQ Volunteer Strategies

#2 – Cost-Savings for Nonprofit Organizations
Presenter: Alyssa Wright, Wright Consulting Group

Join Alyssa Wright for an informative and interactive workshop on cost-savings for nonprofit organizations.

In this workshop, Alyssa will cover:
– How to Conduct an Organizational Cost Savings Analysis
– 30 Nonprofit Savings Tips from Utilities to Fundraising to Tax Breaks
– Creating a Culture of “Savvy”
By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with knowledge on how to conduct an organizational audit, effective nonprofit savings tips, an action plan for implementing changes, and ways to engage board members, staff, volunteers, and donors to create a culture of savvy.

Full Series
HSF Members – $450
Not Yet Members – $900
*MNN members receive 20% off the non-member series price. Please contact us for more information or to register.

Individual Workshops
HSF Members – $180
Not Yet Members – $350

Oct
30
Tue
Meet-the-Donors: Central MA @ College of the Holy Cross
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Meet-the-Donors: Central MA @ College of the Holy Cross

Join AGM as we travel to Worcester for Meet-the-Donors: Central MA!

Our regional Meet-the-Donors programs are a great way to network with peers and hear firsthand from funders who are interested in the region. The programs are excellent for people who are new to development but also helpful for the seasoned pro.

The format starts with some moderated “kick off” questions for the panelists and then the audience breaks into groups to come up with additional questions that are of interest to all in their group and those are then posed to the panelists. The final 30 minutes is a time for a brief meet-and-greet with the panelists.

Hope to see you there!

Our panel includes:

Moderator:

Chris O’Keeffe, Vice President of Program, Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Panelists:

Allen Fletcher, Chairman, Fletcher Foundation and, Trustee, Stoddard Charitable Trust

Emma M. Greene, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Client Director, USTrust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Bethany Kendall, Executive Director, Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

David Nicholson, Trustee, Fred Harris Daniels Foundation

Carolyn Rau, Foundation Assistant, GMA Foundations

Dec
13
Thu
Meet-the-Donors: Community Development @ Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Meet-the-Donors: Community Development @ Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Join Philanthropy MA as we welcome a panel of funders with a range of interest areas that impact our community fabric. From housing to health, transportation, and food systems, this is an all-star line up!

Meet our Team:

Moderator:
Marc Draison, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Panelists:
Jeff Bellows, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship + Public Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Kurt Gaertner, Land Policy and Planning Director, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Ruth Goldman, Consulting Program Officer, Merck Family Fund
Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation
Lisa Jacobson, Program Officer, Mobility, Barr Foundation

Meet-the-Donors provides firsthand information about the specifics of each grantmaking organization on the panel and also tips that will help your grantseeking efforts in general. We cover a lot of material – from some basic do’s and don’ts to more in depth discussion. They are great programs for those new to grantseeking as well as seasoned pros!

Hope to see you there!