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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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Free Board Leaders Nonprofit Board Member Seminar @ Babson College Executive Conference Center
Apr 21 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Free Board Leaders Nonprofit Board Member Seminar @ Babson College Executive Conference Center

Boston-based Board Leaders is presenting a no-cost half-day educational seminar for board members of nonprofit organizations. The date is Thursday morning (7:30 to 11:30) April 21 at the Babson College Executive Conference Center in Wellesley. The members of Board Leaders are directors of private and public companies and nonprofits. They will be joined by partners from KPMG, Goodwin Procter and Pearl Meyer. The discussions will include: director responsibilities, understanding financials, risk management, CEO and board succession/ evaluation, fundraising and crisis response. Board members and CEOs of organizations with revenue of $500,000 and above will find this a very worthwhile professional education event.

Space is limited. Please RSVP with name, organization and contact information to Sharon Dagnello of Board Leaders at 781-455–0090 or

Board Connection- Hosted by United Way of MA Bay and Merrimack Valley @ The Berkeley Building
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Board Connection is a forum in which organizations can connect with local professionals seeking board-level volunteer positions. This event has a proven track record for connecting qualified individuals to local nonprofit agencies. This is a unique opportunity for your agency to meet prospective board members and volunteers OR to find a board you would like to join.

If your agency is interested in participating, register here:

Please note your registration information will be used in the widely distributed Board Connection booklet. Please make sure to double- and triple-check your entry. All registrations are due by April 5, 2015.

If you would like to attend to find an organization to volunteer with, visit here to register:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kate Kerrigan at 617-624 8105 or

Board Development Series (5 sessions) @ Accounting Management Solutions
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Board Development Series (5 sessions) @ Accounting Management Solutions

In this five session series, board members will be trained to become more effective volunteer leaders for their organizations. The series will cover important topics including board legal responsibilities as well as best practices in governance, partnership with the CEO, diversity and inclusion, fundraising and executive transitions. Experienced practitioners will attend as guest speakers at each session. Focus will be on class discussion, and sharing of real challenges and relevant resources.

The Bolder Board Training @ Royal Sonesta Hotel
Nov 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Bolder Board Training @ Royal Sonesta Hotel

Through no fault of their own, boards get mired in finance and fiduciary duty at the expense of working with their EDs to create bold visions and possibilities. Imagine if your board meetings focused on just how bold you and your board could be. Imagine if your board room became a bold room. There’s a powerful new board experience being unveiled in Boston this November that promises to help boards do just that. Its called the Bolder Board Training and its been created by Dan Pallotta, of TED Talk fame, and the creator of the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days.

The training empowers boards to create a new future based on what’s possible, instead of being driven unconsciously by fear. It is the opposite of traditional board trainings and, in one day, it will transform your board’s willingness to act boldly forever.

Space is limited for this first event. Discounted pricing available through November 1st. Additional 10% discount for MNN Members. Use code MNP10 at checkout.

A Better Way to Build Your Board of Directors @ Wellesley Community Center
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Who should Attend: Any nonprofit, regardless of budget can strategically develop their board. This is an ideal session for board members and executive staff to attend together, if possible.

Intentional board development is crucial for building a dynamic, engaged, and productive board that makes a substantial contribution to achieving the organization’s mission and serving the community. Unfortunately, recruiting and supporting new board members are often conducted intermittently and without a plan, which can make it difficult to find and actively engage the board members who will help take the organization to the next level. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss ongoing, strategic, board development and provide ideas, tips, and tools so that your organization can more effectively:
– Assess current needs and create a plan for developing the board.
– Recruit potential board members with needed skills and experiences.
– Foster a more diverse and inclusive board.
– Orient and support new board members so they can more quickly become engaged.
Take-away resources include:
– A brief board assessment tool.
– A board matrix (for analyzing current and needed board member attributes.)
– Ideas for recruitment that go beyond asking “the usual suspects.”
– Tips for supporting new board member success.

Board Roles & Board Goals @ Salvatore's Conference Center
Nov 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Board Roles & Board Goals @ Salvatore's Conference Center

A strong board of directors is the backbone to any successful non-profit. In order to meet the goals set forth for your organization, your Board must be on board. This seminar will help you learn to:

– Recruit and develop strong, energetic, committed board members
– Highlight responsibilities and make use of board committees
– Run an effective board meeting
– Boost morale amongst board members

Presenter: Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard R. Blain & Associates, LLC
Rick Blain is the principal consultant at his firm for non-for-profit intuitions and organizations. His areas of expertise include institutional advancement, capital campaigns, strategic planning, public relations, and board and staff training.

Info Session: BU Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate @ BU Questrom School of Business
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join our information session on Wednesday, March 21, to learn more about Boston University’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML) Certificate Program. The NML Certificate Program is designed especially for talented, innovative, nonprofit managers eager to learn and make a difference while they work.

On Tuesday evenings from September 2018 to April 2019, you can join a community of accomplished peers, award-winning faculty, and experienced senior fellows to strengthen your management skills: skills in financial management, measuring impact, marketing, managing change and much more. Visit our website at for more information and to apply.

Get it in Writing: Contracts @ UMass School of Law Moot Courtroom
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contracts are critically important to both nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Learn the basics about these documents at this workshop presented by UMass School of Law Community Development Clinic student lawyers. Refreshments will be provided and free parking is available.

Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn

Providing nonprofit leaders and board members with tools and analytic techniques to enhance their knowledge of financial management for nonprofit businesses

Understanding Financial Statements
Cash Flow Management
Strategic Budgeting
Program Profitability Analysis
Operating Reserves

Board chair, Board Treasurer, Executive Director, Board members, COO, CFO
Board members who want to improve their financial management and reporting expertise for the nonprofits they lead or advise.

John F. Gillespie
Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Practice Leader, Charles River CFO

John delivers and manages Interim CFO and Outsourced Accounting services for client engagements in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors and is a key part of the senior team with responsibility for Business Development, Client Management, Recruiting and Marketing.

With more than 40 years of experience working with over 210 pre-revenue to multi-billion dollar companies, including Acumen Fund, Ashoka, Barnes & Noble, Share Our Strength, Grameen Foundation and the National Cooperative Business Association, John leverages his in-the-trenches CFO expertise to guide CEOs and boards on how to grow their enterprises in a strategic manner, implementing specific courses of action to improve the bottom line. John has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times,, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investors’ Circle Entrepreneur Newsletter and other publications.

HSF 2019 Spring Supervisory Certificate Series @ Delaney House
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – May 2 @ 3:30 pm

HSF is thrilled to announce our NEW Supervisory Skills Certificate Series. This spring we are transforming this program with new trainings and more presenters! These interactive and unique trainings will provide new supervisors with a variety of skills and knowledge that they can apply to their positions.

#1 – Introduction to Innovation Summary
Thursday, March 7, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Silva

#2 – Management Fundamentals
Thursday, March 21, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#3 – Employment Law 101
Thursday, April 4, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Attorneys Marylou Fabbo and Amelia J. Holstrom, Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC

#4 – Performance Feedback & Management
Thursday, April 18, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#5 – Nonprofit Finance and Risk Management
Thursday, May 2, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Whittlesey Advising
Insurance Center of New England

**Participants must attend all five workshops to receive their certificate. There are NO MAKE-UPS for this series at this time. Attendees must do your best to attend all five sessions.