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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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Mar
18
Thu
What Should You Say to Your Donors? How to Effectively Communicate Your Mission and Need @ Zoom
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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In this constantly changing world we are all living in, you need to stay nimble and creative in your approach to reaching out to your donors. You need to continue to ask for support, but how do you communicate urgency without sounding desperate?

Join Jenn Hayslett, highly rated fundraising trainer and coach, for an interactive workshop on engaging your donors during this complex time.

During this hour and half session, we will explore how to:

– Craft intentional and clear messages that speak directly to your donors.
– Gather and share your clients’ stories in a respectful and inclusive way that explains your impact to your donors.
– Segment your messages to communicate the importance of your nonprofit’s work and ask your donors for support using print appeals, e-appeals, social media and website.
– Build a diverse and inclusive communications advisory team to review your messages and materials so that you are speaking to your multiple audiences with a voice that supports racial, gender, and economic justice.

Mar
19
Fri
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
23
Tue
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
24
Wed
Building & Maximizing Your Major Donor Pipeline @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Building and managing a major donor pipeline is a deliberate and thoughtful process. This session focuses on relationship science and rapport building techniques, tactical strategies to rapidly build your major donor pipeline, and tools to measure and manage donor relationships and progress toward giving. This session will provide useful techniques, tools, and strategies that will help participants rapidly build a major donor program.

In addition, this session will demonstrate techniques to more accurately scope and determine the size of a successful major gift ask. We will discuss a series of qualitative and quantitative questions designed to capture key intelligence about a potential donor.

 

Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
26
Fri
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Apr
14
Wed
Introduction to Grants Research @ Zoom
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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With more than 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high. How does one get a leg up?

The first step is doing one’s homework. Foundations have missions just the same as nonprofits, so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area.

Google is not an effective tool for grants research as many funders still do not maintain a website. It is therefore imperative to know the key resources where you can locate reliable information. This introductory program is ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up.

We cover the beginning, middle and end of the grants research process. This includes but is not limited to:

– Is your organization ‘grant-ready’?
– Key resources to find potential funders
– What you need to know about funders
– Where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
– Tips to consider as you conduct your research
– How to find contributors to your peer organizations
– Best practices on making the initial approach to a foundation

 

Apr
21
Wed
Introduction to Grant Writing @ Zoom
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Participants will learn to develop measurable project goals, objectives, and outcomes required in every proposal. They will also learn to create meaningful content for full proposals, letters of intent/inquiry, and online grant applications as well a post-award reporting.

The intended topics covered in this webinar are as follows:

– Grants as part of the fundraising plan
– Preparing the proposal idea including SMART goals and objectives
– Outlines for full grant proposals and letters of intent/inquiry
– Examining reasons for proposal rejection
– Exploring rules of grant management
– This webinar provides learning opportunities for novice and intermediate (2 to 3 years) grant seekers.

 

Apr
30
Fri
Get On Board! @ Locke Lord
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Boston-area nonprofit organizations are in need of experienced business professionals to share their unique expertise and passion for important causes. Business skills, enthusiasm, and the desire to make a positive difference can have a huge impact on any organization. If you have always wanted to serve on the board of a nonprofit, now is your chance to learn what is required and to find the organization that’s right for you.

Content and discussions will prepare you for the rewarding experience of volunteerism, nonprofit leadership, and board participation. You’ll learn about the different types and structures of boards as well as the roles, responsibilities, and legal obligations of nonprofit board members. This seminar also provides the tools and resources necessary to find the organization that is a best fit for your skills and passions. These seminars are also well-suited for nonprofit administrators seeking to learn more about board management or who are seeking to onboard new or prospective board members.

May
8
Sat
Artistic Liberties – CATA’s VIRTUAL Annual Performance and Gala @ Online
May 8 all-day

Community Access to the Arts’ annual gala and performance is going virtual again on May 8, 2021! Save the date and join us for “one of the most joyous events of the year” celebrating the talents of artists with disabilities. “Truly incredible—a wonderful performance with so much heart. I’ve seen other attempts at virtual events but this was terrific in comparison. What a joyous evening!”

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.