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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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Feb
17
Wed
Intellectual Property Law Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Feb 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Intellectual Property Law Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Private Bank & Trust Company | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Breakfast and networking from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. A buffet of pastries, fruit, juices, coffee and tea will be available.

Many nonprofits have intellectual property assets and don’t know if they need to protect them or could generate income from them. The intellectual property assets a nonprofit may have include their name / trademarks-service marks-certification marks, copyright in their project materials such as studies/reports/books/film-video, performances, training manuals and materials in writing or in any other medium. Also, various forms of proprietary know-how (trade secrets) and inventions protectable by utility, design or plan patents. In this fast evolving digital age, it is very easy to copy someone’s protected materials. Would you like to protect your nonprofit’s assets? Could these assets possibly generate fees from licensing? Revenues subject to UBIT or not? Or are you willing to share them with anyone in the spirit of open source? If so, would this approach ensure your permanent access to these assets? Are you inadvertently infringing other parties’ rights and creating liability and costs of defense for your nonprofit? Come learn about the parameters of various types of intellectual properties, and options such assets present to your nonprofit (and pitfalls).

This seminar is designed to help nonprofits understand the intellectual property they may own. Lawyers Clearinghouse will offer an individual consultation session with lawyer(s) at a later date to help nonprofits address their specific intellectual property issues.

Opening remarks: Esther Schlorholtz, Senior Vice President, Director of Community Investment, Boston Private

Speaker: Jerry Cohen, Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP and Access to Justice Fellow

Please note that registration is required for security clearance.

May
10
Tue
Intellectual Property Law Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Bar Association
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Intellectual Property Law Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Bar Association

Presenter: Jerry Cohen, Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP and Access to Justice Fellow

Many nonprofits have intellectual property assets and don’t know if they need to protect them or could generate income from them. The intellectual property assets a nonprofit may have include their name / trademarks-service marks-certification marks, copyright in their project materials such as studies/reports/books/film-video, performances, training manuals and materials in writing or in any other medium. Also, various forms of proprietary know-how (trade secrets) and inventions protectable by utility, design or plan patents. In this fast evolving digital age, it is very easy to copy someone’s protected materials. Would you like to protect your nonprofit’s assets? Could these assets possibly generate fees from licensing? Revenues subject to UBIT or not? Or are you willing to share them with anyone in the spirit of open source? If so, would this approach ensure your permanent access to these assets? Are you inadvertently infringing other parties’ rights and creating liability and costs of defense for your nonprofit? Come learn about the parameters of various types of intellectual properties, and options such assets present to your nonprofit (and pitfalls).

This seminar is a joint project of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and Boston Private Community Investment Series.

Nov
7
Tue
Foolproof Fundraising @ Tuscan Kitchen
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Foolproof Fundraising @ Tuscan Kitchen

Do you have a plan that guides you towards successful fundraising? Or is it a “flying by the seat of your pants” non-plan your modus operandi? This workshop will help you create a plan to monitor at any given point where you are in reaching your objectives and goals. Learn to:

– Develop a fundraising grid (including events and sponsorships)
– Build good donor relationships and increase funding opportunities
– Use tips, trends and issues to improve your philanthropy results

Presenter: Barbara Dunsford, Development Consultant
Barbara Dunsford is a development leader and consultant focused on results-oriented strategies and varied data audits to maximize non-profits’ time, efforts and investments for better outcomes. She has been associated with a number of non-profits from around the region.

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!