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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May
11
Tue
Organizational Resilience and COVID-19: Thriving, Surviving, or Demise In 2021 @ Zoom
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This event is hosted by Nonprofit Net. Click “Read more” for contact information.

 

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Non-profit organizations face many internal and external challenges which have been amplified by the turbulence of COVID-19. The pandemic is not a “one and done” event. Organizational and social changes driven by COVID-19 are significant, and many will continue for the foreseeable future. As the environment continues to evolve, the survival of many nonprofits is at risk. Thriving in the coming months will require nonprofits to innovate and build high levels of organizational resilience. This workshop will outline strategies to help your nonprofit thrive in this era of COVID-19.

Presenter:  Anthony M. Zipple, Sc.D., M.B.A.

Presenter bio: Anthony M. Zipple, Sc.D., M.B.A. is an expert in improving individual, team, and organizational performance.  During his 40-year career, Dr Zipple has served as a senior executive for three nationally prominent behavioral health organizations and held positions as a full-time professor, senior academic researcher, CARF accreditation surveyor, and public administrator. He has helped individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations across the United States as well as in Asia and the Middle East find their best paths forward and thrive.

Dr. Zipple is an adjunct professor at Eastern Kentucky University, a consultant with the Rutgers University Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, and an Executive in Residence at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences. Dr. Zipple received his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University and his MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He is a licensed psychologist and has published more than 65 articles, monographs, and book chapters. Dr. Zipple is the recipient of the Irv Rutman and John Beard Awards from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Hall-Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.

Nonprofit Consultation: Governance and Operations @ Zoom
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This event is hosted by Lawyers Clearinghouse. Click “read more” for contact information.

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Please note: This consultation is intended for nonprofits that work with underserved communities.

Do you have questions about nonprofit governance and operations? Join us for a free, virtual 90-minute consultation, where you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys who can answer your questions about related topics, such as:

– Maintaining nonprofit status and annual filings
– Board of directors
– Intellectual property
– Employment law
– Bylaws and other governing documents

This consultation is presented in partnership with the Boston Bar Association’s Tax Exempt Organizations Section

May
12
Wed
Advanced Proposal Writing @ Zoom
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving an award. Competition for grants continue to grow as government funding dwindles. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grant-seeking skills by making your proposal reviewer friendly and competitive.

From analyzing request for proposals to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government. There will be a discussion on the use of visual aids to help reviewers understand the intent of your proposed project and answering the sustainability question. You will also learn techniques to use when preparing proposals to obtain grants for capacity-building projects and capital campaigns.

The intended learning goals are as follows:

– Understand the current giving trends of foundations, corporations, and government agencies
– Analyze request for proposals (RFPs) to determine a fit with your proposed project
– Prepare reviewer friendly proposals
– Formulate strategies for seeking grants in the time of COVID-19
– Prepare proposals for mulit-year, million dollar projects

This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (10+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals who have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.

 

Southeast Regional Meeting @ Zoom
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Southeast Regional Meeting – Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom. Presented with the United Way of Greater New Bedford.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.

UpLift Yourself With Laughter @ Giggles
May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Click “Read more” for contact information.

 

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Door open at 6pm to buy your raffle tickets and beverages.  Then the program starts with the comedians after that.  Headliner Lenny Clarke.  And MC Johnny Pizzi.

Prince Pizza and Giggles are going by CDC rules.

Come out and have some FUN!
“LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE”
We all need it right now!

 

May
13
Thu
How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth @ Online Only
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

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How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth is a four-part series focused on creating, maintaining, and sustaining strong leadership and boards to grow your non-profit organization. Throughout the series participants will gain insight and practical strategies for addressing board dynamics, identifying and securing strong board members, defining the board’s role in fundraising, and engaging leadership in navigating the strategic direction of the organization.

Four 75-minute Sessions:
April 15th/Session I: Who you need, where to find them, and how to bring them on “board.”
April 29th/Session II: Strategies for dealing with difficult board members.
May 13th/Session III: Leadership is key: succession, officer/committee training, strategic planning
May 27th/Session IV: The board’s role in fundraising

Attendees will participate in a robust dialogue around building strong boards, learn how to create a board map, utilize networks to build a board prospect pipeline, and discuss effective on-boarding programs, including position descriptions for board members.  Participants will learn strategies for implementing term limits, peer interventions, designing and implementing retreats, etc. that lead to a more effective board. Attendees will also learn how to prepare officers and committees for success, including how to “redirect” committees that are not functioning well.  Participants will learn how to create a menu of fundraising opportunities for board members beginning with the identification and cultivation of donors through solicitation and acknowledgement, as well as how to prepare board members for participation in the fundraising process.

Who should attend? Decision-makers at a nonprofit organization will benefit most – Executive Directors, High-Level Program Directors, Volunteer Board Members, and Board Presidents.

About the Facilitator:   Vicki Burkhart, Non-Profit Growth Strategist, has over 30 years of non-profit experience at the executive director level. Vicki works with non-profit organizations who have visionary leaders, well-articulated missions, and committed volunteers to take these organizations to the next level – including expansion to a national platform. Vicki’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, board development, capacity building fundraising, and membership development. In addition, she currently serves as the Executive Director of Kids’ Chance of America where she is responsible for the management and advancement of the national organization as well as its 48 state organizations across the country. For more information on The More Than Giving Company, please visit our website at www.morethangiving.co.

Introduction to Housing Development Finance @ Zoom
May 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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This class will build on Introduction to Housing Development but can also be taken on its own. It will focus on the different subsidies available to develop affordable housing in Massachusetts. There will be a focus on bond financing, low income housing tax credits, operating subsidies and operating budgets.

Target Audience:

Anyone interested in the Housing Development Process
CDC staff
Junior Housing Development Staff
Great for anyone that is NOT already involved in housing work

May
25
Tue
Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in a Pandemic: Steps Toward Resilience @ Zoom
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This is a joint program with both funders and nonprofits participating.

Program Description:

This interactive two-hour workshop unpacks the effects of the pandemic on our work lives and personal wellness. You will learn the signs of compassion fatigue and burnout, and build self-awareness through reflective exercises. We will discuss effective resilience strategies including immediate and long-term action steps. During the workshop you will develop a personal plan for your next steps toward resilience.

A key component of this workshop is the opportunity to hear from others in your field. Normalizing compassion fatigue and burnout reminds us that we are not alone. We will create safe and anonymous spaces to share our experiences, reflecting on both the challenges and rewards of our work this past year. Throughout our time together you will build connections with others and develop a greater understanding of fatigue effects on teams and institutions.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone seeking to understand burnout, compassion fatigue, and resilience. Participants will be encouraged, but not forced, to share their experiences from the past year.

Our Presenter:

Lianna Chong is an organizational consultant specializing in compassion fatigue and resilience. She has spent the last decade studying the effects of compassion fatigue and developing interventions for individuals, teams, and institutions. She provides dynamic training opportunities and works collaboratively with organizations to implement resilience strategies.

Lianna serves as Adjunct Faculty at William James College in the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department teaching quantitative and qualitative assessment methods. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from William James College and a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology.

May
27
Thu
How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth @ Online Only
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

AWE

 

How to Build the Right Board for Organizational Growth is a four-part series focused on creating, maintaining, and sustaining strong leadership and boards to grow your non-profit organization. Throughout the series participants will gain insight and practical strategies for addressing board dynamics, identifying and securing strong board members, defining the board’s role in fundraising, and engaging leadership in navigating the strategic direction of the organization.

Four 75-minute Sessions:
April 15th/Session I: Who you need, where to find them, and how to bring them on “board.”
April 29th/Session II: Strategies for dealing with difficult board members.
May 13th/Session III: Leadership is key: succession, officer/committee training, strategic planning
May 27th/Session IV: The board’s role in fundraising

Attendees will participate in a robust dialogue around building strong boards, learn how to create a board map, utilize networks to build a board prospect pipeline, and discuss effective on-boarding programs, including position descriptions for board members.  Participants will learn strategies for implementing term limits, peer interventions, designing and implementing retreats, etc. that lead to a more effective board. Attendees will also learn how to prepare officers and committees for success, including how to “redirect” committees that are not functioning well.  Participants will learn how to create a menu of fundraising opportunities for board members beginning with the identification and cultivation of donors through solicitation and acknowledgement, as well as how to prepare board members for participation in the fundraising process.

Who should attend? Decision-makers at a nonprofit organization will benefit most – Executive Directors, High-Level Program Directors, Volunteer Board Members, and Board Presidents.

About the Facilitator:   Vicki Burkhart, Non-Profit Growth Strategist, has over 30 years of non-profit experience at the executive director level. Vicki works with non-profit organizations who have visionary leaders, well-articulated missions, and committed volunteers to take these organizations to the next level – including expansion to a national platform. Vicki’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, board development, capacity building fundraising, and membership development. In addition, she currently serves as the Executive Director of Kids’ Chance of America where she is responsible for the management and advancement of the national organization as well as its 48 state organizations across the country. For more information on The More Than Giving Company, please visit our website at www.morethangiving.co.

Jun
30
Wed
Youth Villages Spring Challenge @ Online Event
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am

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Youth Villages starts with YOU.

Join the 2021 Spring Challenge to raise $1 million for at-risk youth to access the critical life-changing services of LifeSet. Your IMPACT WILL BE DOUBLED with a matching gift from the Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire Board.

The demand for LifeSet services has increased throughout the pandemic and there is a surge in mental health crises throughout the community. Youth Villages provides critical and essential services to help young adults work through life’s challenges as they transition to independent adulthood.

LifeSet also helps these young adults avoid homelessness, incarceration and unemployment. Youth Villages is filling the gap in services created by the pandemic and is there for life’s hardest moments. With your help, we can give even more young people the gift of an independent and rewarding future.

Jul
14
Wed
Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting – Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.

Jul
28
Wed
Cape & Islands Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Cape & Islands Regional Meeting – Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom. Presented with the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.