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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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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

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
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.

Mar
6
Tue
Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3) Entities @ Lincoln Public Library – Tarbell Room
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Many nonprofits are now considering to increase their advocacy activities. It is critical for these nonprofits to review the rule of engagement in this area so as to remain in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations. They may also consider whether it is feasible to form a 501(c)(4) arm. This seminar will give a general overview of basic federal tax and lobbying law for 501(c)(3) organizations, and discuss best practices including the following questions:

– What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
– When and how is it okay for a nonprofit to lobby and what happens if a nonprofit crosses the line?

Presenter: Teresa Santalucia, Partner, Klein Hornig LLP

Apr
19
Thu
Boston Shaper Talks – “Musings on the Social Sector” fireside chat with Yolanda Coentro from Institute of Nonprofit Practice @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies & Planning, City Area
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for our 4th Shaper Talks – “Musings on the Social Sector” lecture delivered by Yolanda Coentro – organized by Boston Shapers, an association of young leaders affiliated with the World Economic Forum.

Refreshments will be provided at 6:00pm, and the lecture will be delivered at 6:30pm.

May
16
Wed
Telling Your Story Workshop @ Berkshire Community College South County Center
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Offered in collaboration with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. Learn how to identify the universal and make people care about your organization. Tips for shining a light on issues and experiences others might not be aware of and offering a glimpse of another perspective.

Hannah Van Sickle is a freelance writer.

Oct
4
Thu
The Power of Volunteerism: A Panel Discussion @ Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 9:30am for a panel discussion, “The Power of Volunteerism,” to hear from five inspiring local leaders in volunteer engagement as they discuss best practices for recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers to make a difference in their communities and organizations.

Meet our inspiring panelists!
Michelle Caruso, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth
Barry Glass, Director of TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together
Laura Mulvey, Program Manager – Community Service Center, Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, Bridgewater State University
Peg Page, Board President, Plymouth Center for the Arts and Volunteer, United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Jennifer White, Vice President, Community and Public Relations, HarborOne Bank and President, HarborOne Foundation

Registration for this event is $10/person. Please register by September 28th by clicking the link below!

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Southeast Massachusetts Volunteer Council (SMVC), a partnership with the United Way of Greater Plymouth County comprised of individuals devoted to voluntarism in our local communities.

SMVC’s Three Goals:

* Promoting Voluntarism

* Connecting Volunteers with Opportunities

* Engaging and Training Volunteer Leaders

The SMVC meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday from 9am to 10am. If you are a member of a non-profit organization, business, or are a community member interested in joining the council, please contact Jean-Marie Finn, Volunteer Coordinator at Old Colony Elder Services for more information at (508) 584-1561, ext. 275, JFinn@ocesma.org.