MNN Trainings and Events

Each year, MNN holds multiple events across the state that provide nonprofit and business leaders with learning and networking opportunities.

To see an updated listing of community trainings and events hosted by our nonprofit and affiliate partners, visit our Community Trainings & Events page.

Light of Dawnn Awards

The Light of Dawnn Awards honor the legacy of youth leader Dawnn Ashley Jaffier, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building stronger communities. Three awards are given out each year during this beautiful ceremony to front-line nonprofit professionals who, while not in highly-visible roles, have far-reaching and positive impacts in their community. Find out more about this year’s event and the recipients of the 2022 Awards. 

Regional Meetings 

Every year, MNN hosts Regional Meetings in each of Massachusetts’ eight regions. 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. Click here to learn more.

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Every year, MNN’s celebration of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, presented by Citizens Bank, brings together hundreds of nonprofit, private, and political leaders to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit Excellence Awards are presented to nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done. Click here to learn more about this great event.

Annual Conference

MNN’s annual conference is one of the largest local gatherings of nonprofit professionals and convenes over 650 nonprofit and business leaders to learn, share, and network. The 2024 conference will take place on October 24, 2024, at the DCU Center in Worcester. Learn more here.


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There are multiple sponsorship opportunities to showcase your organization’s offerings and increase your visibility in front of hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders at MNN’s events. Learn more.