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.

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For questions concerning MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar please contact calendar@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Sep
21
Tue
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Introduction to Property Audits @ Zoom
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

THIS TRAINING IS A 2 DAY TRAINING ON ZOOM. THE ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT CLOSER TO THE DATE OF THE TRAINING.

A hands-on training that includes an overview of the major components of a multifamily rental property audit with a case study practice exercise.  Where to find and how to interpret key property information related to the ownership and finances of the property. Preliminary online session will cover audit concepts and an introduction to key audit areas such as financial reports, notes, opinions and the concept of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Preliminary session will be followed by a hands-on case-study exercise where participants will identify key information from an actual audit and calculate property’s NOI and cash flow from the audit’s GAAP financial statement.  Follow up Session to review case study exercises, review any new issues that arise from case study.

Sep
22
Wed
Engage Your Audience: Persuasive Presentation Skills @ Zoom
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

THIS TRAINING IS A 2 DAY TRAINING ON ZOOM. THE ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT CLOSER TO THE DATE OF THE TRAINING.

Building community requires us to speak to people! Some of us love talking in front of groups, but for many people public speaking is a challenge. Not only do we have to deal with nervousness, but we have to get people to really listen and understand. And most of us have had little training in speechmaking.

Let’s learn how to be more effective as persuasive speakers and practice doing it! This training is not “one size fits all.” The goal is to equip you with methods for increasing the impact of your own particular voice and communication style. Using a highly interactive approach, the first session of the workshop will address key strategies for:

managing nervousness, including dealing with emotions around identity and power
preparing effectively for sincerity, clarity, and impact
structuring content to be persuasive and motivational
In our second session, we will focus on actually delivering presentations with confidence and animation. Even if on Zoom, the session will be active! Everyone will bring a short presentation to work on – an actual presentation that is coming up for you, or a standard overview that you use to interest others in your work. The instructor will coach some speeches as models for the group, but all participants will practice with peers and receive feedback. Everyone will leave with stronger skills and a presentation that is stronger than when you arrived!

Sep
23
Thu
Nonprofit Boot Camp @ The Red Lion Inn
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Join a cohort of your peers at the iconic Red Lion Inn for our full-day Nonprofit Boot Camp for new, young and small nonprofits in need of a tune-up.  We’ll cover the basics of nonprofit management featuring local experts leading sessions on governance, finance, legal, insurance, fundraising, marketing and annual appeal writing.

Aimed at directors, board members, and volunteer leaders who want to build a solid foundation or address gaps, this day-long session presents an opportunity for staff and board to attend together.  Attendees will leave with a binder containing templates, sample descriptions, articles, and other resources to guide them in the coming months.

Attending organizations will also have a free hour of phone or Zoom consultation with NPC good anytime in 2021-2022, to help their organization past any hurdles.

NOTE: All attendees and faculty must be double-vaccinated. The Boot Camp is scheduled to take place in the Hitchcock Room, a large conference space where attendees can sit more than 6 feet apart. There is a possibility this workshop will have to go virtual. Stay tuned for updates and please let us know your thoughts about in-person vs. virtual (email info@npcberkshires.org). Thank you for your understanding.

Here’s what previous attendees had to say……
“Gave me a solid foundation to understand my role as a board member. Found it really helpful to know that other orgs are struggling w/similar issues and to hear potential solutions.”
“This was economical and efficient and packed with useful info.”
“Just being able to roundtable with other small nonprofits was valuable and the added bonus of the presenter info.”
“Overall a great overview, lots of good resources to follow up on.”

FACULTY
Dan Seitz is currently executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic doctoral programs in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2004 he has also served as an organizational consultant and facilitator, providing nonprofits, associations and educational institutions with advice and assistance on such matters as governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and regulatory compliance, as well as management coaching. Since 2007, he has served on the board of directors of the Berkshire Co-op Market, a cooperative grocery store in Great Barrington, MA, that sells primarily organic and local foods. He is also a board member for the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, which supports the environment, health care and the arts, and is a public member of the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory board that makes recommendations to the United States Secretary of Agriculture on organic food and products.

Ethan Klepetar/Hellman, Shearn & Arienti concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial law, commercial financing, real estate, and nonprofit law. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Museum, and is a member of the Central Berkshire Fund Committee of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He acts as pro-bono legal counsel to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, where he has served in the past as chair of the Advisory Board. In his hometown of Becket, Mass., he serves as the Town Moderator.  Ethan is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Education: Brandeis University (B.A. 2004); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2007).

Liana Toscanini founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires in 2016 after 20 years of volunteering in the Berkshires.  She learned the art of fundraising and grant writing on the job, helping to restore the historic Sandisfield Arts Center building.  Her corporate marketing background proved useful in her various board roles, assisting nonprofits with PR, marketing and fundraising, and in her job as Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts (CATA) where she worked for nine years. She currently serves on the board of the MA Nonprofit Network.

Kim Baker, CISR, CWCA, is a Senior Account Executive/Risk Manager at Toole Insurance Agency, and Board Vice-Chair at BFAIR (Berkshire Family & Individual Resources). Skilled in Employment Practices Liability, Management and Leadership, Kim has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

 

Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Positioning Your Board for Successful Fundraising @ Online
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*This event is hosted by Philanthropy Massachusetts. Click “Read More” for contact information.*

One of the most critical governance functions of nonprofit boards is to ensure that the organization has adequate resources to pursue its mission. In this workshop we will provide an overview of board fundraising responsibilities, clarify the roles of the board chair, board fundraising committee and individual board members in fundraising, and provide an overview of basic fundraising principles that will position board members for success.

Topic addressed will include:

• Overview of Board Governance
• Fundraising Principles: The Development Cycle
• Roles and Responsibilities
• The Board Development Committee
• Barriers to Successful Fundraising
• Building an Effective Fundraising Board
• DEI concerns in Board Fundraising

Participants will gain deeper understanding of foundational fundraising principles, clarity on the board’s role and responsibility in fundraising, and identify action steps to improve board fundraising performance.

This program is designed for but not limited to executive directors, board chairs, development committee chairs, board members, and chief development officers.

Presenter: David McGoy, CFRE, ASSIST Development Coaching

Sep
25
Sat
Introduction to Undoing Racism 2021 @ Zoom
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Appetizer or Introduction to Undoing Racism®: In this 6-hour workshop, the participants will experience a humanistic process for laying a foundation to explore how we have been socialized and conditioned to think about race and racism by first analyzing class, power and institutional/individual relationships to and within communities. As power is analyzed concepts will be introduced that play a role in maintaining the current disparate racial outcomes that every system and institution produces. The appetizer is not a substitute for the full Undoing Racism workshop. It is only an introduction and can be a valuable step in building support for organizing a complete Undoing Racism Workshop®.

Sep
27
Mon
Data Hygiene Lunch & Learn @ Zoom
Sep 27 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

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Data Hygiene is just a fancy name for data maintenance or data clean-up. It’s a messy job, but someone has to do it. Local database expert, Amy Chin, will take you through the elements of accurate data entry, resources for maintaining your database, such as the National Change of Address (NCOA) service, as well as tools for keeping your data clean and consistent.

The benefits of data hygiene are many:
– Saves postage by not mailing to folks who have moved, are deceased or divorced
– Prevents duplicate mailings to the same home
– Makes searching and reporting more accurate and efficient
– Makes target mailings easier
– Prevents ill-will.  We don’t want a recent widow(er) to receive “Mr. & Mrs. so & so.” We don’t want one household to receive multiple appeal letters
– Accurately evaluate/report progress towards goals

Amy Chin, Founder and Principal of Berkshire Net Results, is a database expert with more than 30 years of experience in database design, analysis, and reporting. She is a recognized expert in the region, assisting nonprofits to make better use of their fundraising software and helping clients to find the right donor management system for their organization. In addition, she has been a software instructor on both college campuses and corporate offices for 20 years.  An active volunteer for Berkshire nonprofits, Amy earned her MBA from Isenberg School of Management to help organizations fulfill their goals.

 

Sep
28
Tue
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Sep
29
Wed
Budgeting Basics @ Zoom
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Nonprofit organizations should have a budget plan in place for their programs and activities.  Learn what non-accountants need to know from Stephanie O’Leary, BizOps Chief Financial Officer, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, including:

Basics of budgeting
How to create a budget – we will be creating a budget from scratch
Best practices related to budgeting

Stephanie has over 25 years of financial and accounting experience, specializing in the nonprofit sector. Her expertise includes financial and operational oversight, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, administration of grants, and developing and improving processes and procedures. In her assignments, she has served as Part-Time CFO and Special Projects Specialist for several nonprofit organizations in the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York areas. She has particular expertise in processing complex accounting and tax credit issue for several community development centers.

Sep
30
Thu
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fall2021DVAdvocacyTrainingFlyer

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Oct
2
Sat
Introduction to Undoing Racism 2021 @ Zoom
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Appetizer or Introduction to Undoing Racism®: In this 6-hour workshop, the participants will experience a humanistic process for laying a foundation to explore how we have been socialized and conditioned to think about race and racism by first analyzing class, power and institutional/individual relationships to and within communities. As power is analyzed concepts will be introduced that play a role in maintaining the current disparate racial outcomes that every system and institution produces. The appetizer is not a substitute for the full Undoing Racism workshop. It is only an introduction and can be a valuable step in building support for organizing a complete Undoing Racism Workshop®.

Oct
5
Tue
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fall2021DVAdvocacyTrainingFlyer

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Oct
7
Thu
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fall2021DVAdvocacyTrainingFlyer

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Oct
12
Tue
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fall2021DVAdvocacyTrainingFlyer

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Hire? Fire? Invest? How to Strengthen Your Development Department @ Online
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*This event is hosted by Philanthropy Massachusetts. Click “Read More” for contact information.*

Building a productive development department involves finding the right person to lead it. Executive Directors face many considerations finding and retaining the right candidate. It is important to set reasonable goals and expectations and, in this age of racial reckoning, recruit candidates who reflect the community being served.

In this workshop, we will discuss the challenges that have resulted in high turnover, protracted vacancies, and lack of job satisfaction in the development department. We will also address how those challenges are magnified for fundraisers of color; how to build a “bias-free” development department; and how to position your development director for long-term success.

Participants will explore mindset and behavior shifts (both personal and organizational) that support DEI hiring, and learn marketing and outreach strategies that will help them reach candidates from diverse backgrounds.

This session is targeted to executive and board leaders with hiring and recruiting responsibilities.

Presenter: David McGoy, CFRE, ASSIST Development Coaching

 

Becoming a High-Performance Nonprofit @ Zoom
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Success is difficult, sustaining success is even tougher, and the path to success is to become a high performance nonprofit.  High performance involves more than delivering your mission and generating revenue. It requires spending scarce time and money on examining and improving how your organization works. Success relies on the following actions:

1. Maintain a Strategic Focus: Know yourself.

2. Understand Your Key Stakeholders: And managing them all.

3. Collaborate like Crazy: Break down your silos and fiefdoms.

4. Commit to Continuous Improvement: As the world changes so must you.

5. Invest in Human Capital: In the end it’s all about people.

This interactive session will share stories of many organizations that have used these critical steps to move forward to become high-performance nonprofits. Please be prepared to participate.

About the Speaker

Steven Stanton is a leading management thinker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He has spent the past decade working with nonprofits to share what he has learned from the successes and failures of his clients.

Mr. Stanton is co-author, with Dr. Michael Hammer, of the New York Times bestselling including “Reengineering Revolution” and the Harvard Business Review article “How Process Organizations Really Work.”  He recently published the book “Smart Work: Why Organizations Full of Intelligent People Do So Many Dumb Things and What You Can Do About It,” which describes why many organizations fail at transformation and provides pragmatic recommendations for performance improvement.  He has also written numerous articles on business transformation and been cited frequently by national publications such as Fortune and Business Week.

Mr.  Stanton’s experience also includes conducting over 30 multi-day courses on Process Redesign and Change Management, and teaching in executive education programs at major corporations and goverment organizations.  He was a long-time board member of Community Action Partners (CAP), a non-profit that places HBS and HKS alumni into pro bono consulting projects in the Boston area.

Oct
14
Thu
Domestic Violence Advocacy Training @ Zoom
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fall2021DVAdvocacyTrainingFlyer

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s virtual training is a comprehensive series that develops the knowledge and skills necessary to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Each session builds off the last, and will include guest speakers, role playing and educational activities.

This series is ideal for social service providers, volunteers, health care professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and all interested in working to end domestic violence.

Oct
20
Wed
Donor Cultivation: It’s All About Relationships @ Zoom
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Do you want to increase your confidence in building donor relationships?

Join highly rated and dynamic trainer, Jenn Hayslett, for this lively two-hour workshop and practice with some tools to more fully engage your donors in the life of your organization.

You will learn to build relationships with donors in meaningful ways by developing your authentic curiosity and “fundraising listening skills” to help match your mission with your donors’ philanthropic goals. As part of the workshop, you will build a donor engagement plan for a real donor with your organization.

Jenn Hayslet combines her years of leadership experience as a fundraiser for small and mid-sized nonprofits with brain-science research on best practices. She will lead you through activities designed to decrease anxiety and increase your confidence.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in increasing their comfort with getting to know donors. It is designed for those who are relatively new to donor cultivation, as well those with multiple years of experience who want a little inspiration.

This is a hands-on workshop. Come prepared to participate with your screen on. Once you sign up, you will be given a pre-work assignment to complete (approximately 1 hour hour of work).

Our Presenter

Jenn Hayslett, JennHayslett.com

As a leadership, fundraising, and professional development coach, Jenn Hayslett works with individuals and teams to develop clear goals and design action plans to achieve them. Jenn partners with nonprofits to articulate powerful stories of impact and supports Boards, Executive Directors, and staff in developing the confidence and skills to successfully ask for support. Jenn’s specialty is in building and improving relationship-based fundraising programs for small and mid-sized nonprofits, honed through 25 years of leadership experience.

Jenn’s engaging presentation style makes her a highly-rated presenter. She is a trained coach and a certified facilitator and consultant.

Discovering Our Inner Poets @ Zoom
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this engaging workshop with multilingual poet and educator María Luisa Arroyo, participants will discover their inner poets as they

– respond to curated writing prompts that will inspire them to generate rough drafts of poems that reflect the language(s) they speak, the culture(s) that shape their identities, and their experiences
– embrace the music of their words out loud as they share their new poems-in-progress
– learn how to replicate this poetry workshop in their own communities
– receive steps on how to self-publish a collection of community poems as a unique fundraising tool