Community Trainings & Events Calendar

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.

To submit an event, click the button below.

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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Jun
20
Tue
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Boston Public Library – Commonwealth Salon
Jun 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Boston Public Library – Commonwealth Salon

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; Josh Sattely, Third Sector New England; Janet Rickershauser, Attorney at Law

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

Jun
21
Wed
Leading Through Unprecedented Times – An Interactive Town Hall Event @ Seaport Hotel
Jun 21 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Leading Through Unprecedented Times - An Interactive Town Hall Event @ Seaport Hotel

A unique opportunity to talk with several of Boston’s business leaders about issues of interest to YOU!

Never before have leaders faced so many challenges at the same time. Everything is changing: social norms and consumer expectations, regulatory and geopolitical environments, and unmatched technological advances. We all have questions about what is coming next.

TCI has assembled a group of technology, business, education, media, and health care executives to share their perspectives and points of view in this town-hall business forum. No preset questions here – you will drive the discussion – and no topic is out of bounds!

It’s your turn to ask the questions! Come prepared to join the dialogue with leaders from Bentley University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Globe Media, Carbonite, and Globalization Partners

Aug
24
Thu
Storytelling Strategies to Engage and Influence @ Bay Path University's Philip H. Ryan Center
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Even the greatest content needs a powerful delivery method to reach its target audience. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the value and power of storytelling as an influence tool. It will help participants learn how to become unforgettable by using time-tested storytelling strategies.
Attendees will learn how to organize their facts and figures within a new narrative structure, making their information more emotionally engaging and memorable. They will also learn strategies for delivering their presentations like a professional storyteller.
This learning experience is highly effective for team building, recruitment, onboarding, sales, internal and external communication, leadership training, and employee engagement.
This one-day interactive learning experience is 5.5 PDCs.
Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

Sep
13
Wed
Just in Time Mediation @ Nonprofit Center
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you a manager who needs to intervene in a conflict between your direct reports? Are you an individual contributor who always seems to gets roped in to other’s conflicts? “Just in Time Mediator” will give you easy-to-use skills to frame the issue, help the parties hear each other, and begin moving toward agreement. We’ll share DIY tips, as well as indicators you may need help.

Oct
18
Wed
YNPN Boston 10th Anniversary Celebration @ The NonProfit Center
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

YNPN Boston is turning 10! Yes, we’ve finally hit double-digits and we want to celebrate with all of you.

Join us on October 18th for a special evening with delicious food and drinks, the chance to connect with dedicated young nonprofit professionals, and a great line-up of speakers.

As we celebrate ten years of YNPN Boston, we’ll look forward to the future of the nonprofit sector and how young professionals can prepare to lead:

  • Opportunity in Change – Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President of Programming at The Boston Foundation, will highlight opportunities for action stemming from the upcoming leadership transition in the sector.
  • Preparing Young Professionals to Lead – A panel of nonprofit leaders will explore how young professionals can prepare to lead in the face of the coming leadership transition. More information about the panelists coming soon!
  • Where Leaders Grow – Learn what YNPN Boston has planned for the start of its second decade in supporting Boston’s emerging nonprofit leaders.

Ticket purchase includes hearty appetizers, desserts, and beverages (2 alcoholic drinks per person). Pre-registration is required. Proceeds from this event will support YNPN Boston in providing networking and career development opportunities for young professionals in the local nonprofit community.

Discounted Early Bird Tickets available through 10/1!

Nearest MBTA stop: South Station on the Red Line.

Nov
15
Wed
We’ve Got to Start Meeting Like This! @ Nonprofit Center
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Good meetings don’t just happen – they result from good leadership, training and planning. We’ll review how to plan meetings, who to invite, skills to manage typical team dynamics, and how to ensure you reach decisions that result in action. Suitable for managers and others who regularly run meetings.

Presented by TMG’s senior consultants Amy Rebecca Gay and Loraine Della Porta

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.

Feb
21
Wed
The Art & Science of Leading Transformational Change Workshop @ Berkshire Community College South County Center
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Offered in collaboration with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. An introduction to The Seven Team Principles, a powerful framework and process for nonprofit leaders to assess the current state of their organizations, define an ideal future state, and create clear, actionable change initiatives. The critical skill needed to navigate environmental and internal organizational changes, and to turn the challenges and risks of rapid change into opportunities, is change leadership.

Bob Voss, PhD, is a senior consultant at the consulting firm Growth River Consultants. He works with nonprofit leaders to help them resolve a common constraint to leader, team, and business performance: developing the capability of leaders and teams to navigate disruptive change. He has extensive experience as an executive, teacher, trainer, and technical writer and served the global nonprofit organization EnlightenNext as CEO, COO, and Board member.

Mar
14
Wed
TSNE MissionWorks & TNB Super Roundtable: Nonprofit Project Management Essentials @ Boston NonProfit Center
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Super Roundtable session about the essentials of project management. Our featured guest will be Maria Latimore, principal of Maria Latimore Group.

This session will have two segments:

The doors will open at 1:00 pm. In the first segment, we invite all attendees to join us for informal professional working, complimentary snacks, and a short overview about TNB’s work with nonprofit organizations.

The second segment will being at 1:30 pm, and will be devoted to nonprofit project management It will combine a presentation with group activities. We will wrap up at 5:00 pm.

​Here’s what Maria says about the session:

“Successfully implementing various projects helps nonprofits to meet their missions and remain viable. Yet, nonprofit project leaders are often challenged to effectively execute their projects because they are not trained to use project management best practices. This super roundtable will give participants the essential vocabulary, practices and tools to more efficiently manage and deliver their projects.

“The concepts will be presented in a simple step-by-step manner and reinforced with interactive hands-on exercises reflecting real-life nonprofit projects. Participants will learn how to immediately apply tactical processes and tools to better plan, execute, and control their projects, and make their work less stressful. These tactics will fully engage all stakeholders, increase project productivity, and thereby increase organizational capacity.”

Here’s a little more about Maria:

Maria Latimore is principal of Maria Latimore Group, 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 formerly 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.

Please also note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this Super Roundtable session will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations. Other than briefing you about Tech Networks of Boston’s services, the session will be sales-pitch-free.

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 need 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 register, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tsne-missionworks-tnb-super-roundtable-nonprofit-project-management-essentials-registration-42869731521?aff=mnncalendar

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
4
Mon
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence @ Massachusetts State House
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence @ Massachusetts State House

On Monday, June 4 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, along with elected officials, will celebrate the work of the nonprofit sector and raise awareness of causes throughout the state at MNN’s celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence, presented by Citizens Bank. The highlight of the celebration, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, will be presented to six nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s event will also include an optional lobby day event in the afternoon for nonprofit professionals to arrange meetings with their state representatives and senators and discuss the impact of their organizations. Join us for this special event to celebrate and honor the impact of our sector! Don’t forget to sign on to our social media campaign, #MAkingadifference!

Aug
8
Wed
Visual Leadership: A Course in Graphic Facilitation @ Gestalt International Study Center, South Wellfleet, Masachusetts
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – Aug 10 @ 4:00 pm

Used in meetings, workshops and similar settings, graphic facilitation is a visual leadership tool that promotes engagement, builds awareness and creates alignment among team members.

This is a beginner course in graphic facilitation and Gestalt leadership concepts. No particular drawing skills are required. Work with expert facilitators from Image Think and our GISC faculty to learn how you can use visual tools to energize meetings and improve your skills managing differences on teams.

You will use simple drawing techniques and materials will be provided. Together, participants and presenters will create a safe learning environment where you are free to experiment and explore new ways of communicating.

Through exercises, case studies, and reflection, you will gradually hone your skills and develop materials that can be used in your current work or volunteer projects. After the workshop, you will be able to create visual presentations, plan a project visually, and help lead the members of your organization or team in meaningful dialogue and reflection.

*Ask about our scholarships and Massachusetts Express Grants*

Aug
13
Mon
Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: How Nonprofits Can Achieve Inclusion in Their HR Practices @ The Boston Foundation
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our featured guest at our August 13th session will be Michael James, who is senior vice president of human resources at Old Colony YMCA. This session will be held at the Boston Foundation’s Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

We will focus on nonprofit organizations can use inclusive HR practices to identify, recruit, and retain excellent employees.

Here’s what Michael says:

“This Roundtable is about how nonprofit leaders can effectively move from inclusive aspiration to sustained action.

“Increasing competitive pressure makes attracting, retaining, and developing high potential talent significantly more challenging. This session will focus on building skills, leveraging tools, and marshalling resources to foster inclusive behaviors and outcomes for each nonprofit organization’s workforce. This will be facilitated through interactive group exercises, relevant case examples, and discussions.”

Please note that this session:

o Is for primarily for employees of medium-size and large nonprofits. However, all nonprofit professionals are welcome to apply to attend.

o Is for nonprofit professionals at all levels of leadership.

o Has no prerequisites in training or experience.

Full scholarships are available to qualified employees of nonprofit organizations.

Please apply by using this link by Monday, July 23:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZZQLCJ

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on Wednesday, July 25.

Sep
18
Tue
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please register for this event by September 14.

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; Josh Sattely, TSNE MissionWorks.

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, TSNE MissionWorks.

Sep
28
Fri
ALIGN for Emerging Leaders @ Various locations
Sep 28 – Dec 2 all-day

Join the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro Graduate School for ALIGN: Advanced Leadership Institute for Growing Nonprofits. ALIGN is a leadership program designed to help people working for the greater good. ALIGN participants will learn practical strategies to increase day-to-day success, grow as leaders, and thrive in their lives.

People working to make a positive difference in the world often feel like they are spread thin, not getting to spend the time on what they most love doing and not necessarily making the impact they know they can. To remain energized and effective on the front lines of positive community transformation, mission-driven leaders need the space, skills, and support to feed their spark.
“Not only do I feel better about every aspect of my life, but I am spending more time doing what I love.” – program participant.

This is a four month program including three in-person retreats.

Oct
17
Wed
Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofit Executives: Insurance Basics for Nonprofits @ Webinar
Oct 17 @ 12:50 pm – 3:30 pm

Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to announce a complimentary webinar for nonprofit organizations, Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars – Insurance Basics for Nonprofits: What All Nonprofits Should Know, offered by Pfizer and Exponentum (TM). The webinar will discuss legal and practical issues that nonprofits confront when seeking to protect themselves through insurance coverage. Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to be part of Exponentum (TM).

Speakers will include Scott Konrad of Hub International, and Teresa Lewi and Russell Squire of Covington & Burling LLP.

Please register by 12:00 pm on October 9.

Program (all times are Eastern Time)
12:30 p.m. Registration and Networking (for New York City live location)
12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks (for New York City and WebEx participants)
12:50 p.m. Start of Program Presentation
3:15 p.m. Q&A
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

Oct
22
Mon
Skills for Influential Leadership @ Gestalt International Study Center, South Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop introduces GISC’s model of influential leadership and presents the interpersonal skills that build highly effective groups and organizations. The focus will be on developing self-awareness and personal impact, understanding the cycle of change and how to productively handle resistance to change, and practicing techniques of managing teams.

Using a variety of feedback tools, participants will experience a rare opportunity to understand their impact and build awareness of their competencies. Practical opportunities will be provided to explore how to increase influence and accomplish objectives. Through small group leadership exercises and case work, participants will practice how to support effective group behavior, effectively manage differences, and work with the dynamics of change and resistance.

The program will present research and theory of this leadership model but will emphasize practice, reflection, and feedback. Through a combination of presentations, individual and small group exercises, and discussion, participants will gain a new understanding of what characterizes effective leadership – both for themselves and for others.

*Ask about special scholarships and Massachusetts Express Grants*

Nov
8
Thu
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
Nov 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please register for this event by November 6.

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; Sue Abbott, Goodwin.

Co-sponsors: Goodwin, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston/Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, TSNE MissionWorks.

Leadership Across Generations @ NonProfit Center
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For anyone with the ambition to join the next generation of industry leaders, so much of the conversation — and even research — that drives our discussions about who is ready for leadership is about how to change ourselves externally to make a better impression: how we speak, how we dress, how we present ourselves, which projects we take on, how late we can be seen working in the office, and who we spend time with. However, presenting ourselves professionally is not a replacement for knowing our authentic leadership style and having the tools and practices that will work best with that style for managing our team and professional relationships.

In a talk that is both personal and poignant, Kadesh demonstrates some of the key methods for addressing differences in our internal leadership narratives across the generations and levels of seniority in the workplace, with the use of authentic leadership.

Dec
3
Mon
NML Info Session: BU Nonprofit Management & Leadership Certificate Program @ Boston University Questrom School of Business
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NML Info Session: BU Nonprofit Management & Leadership Certificate Program @ Boston University Questrom School of Business

Learn more about Boston University’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML) Certificate Program designed for talented, innovative, nonprofit managers eager to learn and make a difference while they work. Join a community of accomplished peers, award-winning faculty, and experienced senior fellows to strengthen your key management skills – advancing your organization’s impact and your career. This seven-month program meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from September through April.

Our monthly info sessions are small roundtable discussions with plenty of opportunity for potential candidates to get to know the program.  Our next information session is Monday, December 3, 2018 from 6-8 PM.

Registration is easy – click here to register for our December 3rd session.

Or, check out an upcoming session in 2019:

All info sessions are held at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Ave., 4th floor, Boston MA

Learn more about NML @ www.bu.edu/NML