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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Kintone Connect Boston @ District Hall
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


We’ll be introducing a New Generation of Teamwork Tools to empower you to make an impact on your team, organization, and community.

About this Event
Great teamwork can be elusive. Join us at Kintone Connect to learn how a new generation of teamwork tools & methods can empower you to make an impact on your team, organization, and community.

Kintone Connect is our annual conference for businesses looking to make teamwork better. This year, we’re taking Kintone Connect to the world with four separate events across America:

What to expect

A half-day full of interactive workshops, panel discussions, success stories that will give you insights, ideas, and hard tools to make teamwork better for your team, no matter the size or type of organization. After Kintone Connect you should be able to:

Increase accountability and trust within teams
Nurture team productivity and happiness
Create a bigger impact on your team, organization, and community
This year’s theme

Teamwork and technology can be combined to make a profound impact on organizations and communities to help solve problems. But too often teamwork fails to be effective and technology is part of the reason why.

Our roadshow series will explore how organizations can engage their team, optimize productivity and satisfaction, and make a positive impact for their community through teamwork-oriented technology and thought methodologies.

Who should attend

Leaders of businesses and NPOs looking to:

Improve team collaboration, satisfaction and productivity
Digitally transform operations with a focus on empowerment and happiness
Build team engagement and streamline their operations
Foster team collaboration and organizational effectiveness
Manage team or department’s technology needs
IT, HR, operations, sales, and marketing leaders who want to build stronger, more effective teams are highly encouraged to attend.

Being a part of something bigger

Teamwork isn’t just for businesses. As part of making technology a tool for everyone and teamwork better everywhere, we’re hosting a special session at our Kintone Connect series to promote new solutions for social issues that affect American communities everywhere.

This year, we invite you to join our Social Impact Challenge as we address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger by 2030 . You’ll hear about big solution concepts developed by a team of community experts on youth hunger using tech & teamwork and will then vote on which solution you like best. The solution with the most votes will be created by Kintone and given back to the communities for free.


8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am Teamwork & Technology Keynote – Kintone CEO

9:30 am Teamwork & Technology Making an Impact – Panel Discussion

10:15 am Networking Break

10:45 am Teamwork Methodology Workshop – Problem-Solving

11:45 am Social Impact Challenge Introduction & Voting

12:15 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm ‘Making Teamwork Better’ – Stories Showcase

2:00 pm Post-Event Networking

Attention Management: Managing Your Time, Talents, and Productivity @ La Quinta Inn & Suites
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Presented by Christine Singer, this session will focus on putting YOU in the driver’s seat by examining both attention and time management from many perspectives. You will be guided to examine what kind of focus and attention you give to work tasks, how you use your time, what things always get done and why some things just do NOT get done. We will review your personal self-management of work priorities, the role of technology in our lives and determine if some changes may be needed to increase both productivity and job satisfaction.

1. Understand the difference between attention management and time management
2. Identify a minimum of three things that get in the way of working more productively as well as realistic solutions
3. Assess how conflict and communication contribute to your success and lack of success
4. Identify when technology supports your work and when it disrupts your work
5. Develop a personal work plan focused on achieving significant results

How to Negotiate: The Most Important Skill That You Will Ever Learn! @ Boston Private, Great Room
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Matt Thompson

Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project and by Roger Fisher, co-author of the bestseller Getting To Yes, MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop is designed to build each participant’s capacity to negotiate effectively, producing better outcomes for all parties while enhancing long-term working relationships. This training program is designed to:

– Stimulate participants’ awareness of the complexities of, and their current approaches to negotiation;
– Equip participants with a framework for understanding, diagnosing and leading the interest-based negotiation process;
– Enhance participants’ skills through hands-on experience and feedback;
– Provide participants with ongoing tools, support and reinforcement, creating a process for continued improvement and learning over the course of at least one-year.

Participants will increase their capacity to:

– Structure the negotiation process in a way that promotes joint problem-solving and collaboration to better meet the needs of all parties, while producing longer-lasting, more durable agreements;
– How to be tough on the substance and say no in a way that does not damage the working relationship;
– Respond to challenges, threats and other difficult behaviors;
– Influence those you do not have direct authority over (i.e. lateral players, clients, etc…);
– Understand the needs and goals of all parties in a negotiation;
– Generate creative agreements that maximize the opportunity to capture as much value as possible.

Madison “Matt” Thompson has worked for the past twenty-seven years in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, and cultural competency. He has worked with large, regional banking institutions, higher education institutions, and major teaching hospitals as well local banks and community non-profit agencies. Matt has served as Vice-President of Diversity for two major regional banks and worked for 22 years in the health care industry as a direct care provider, trainer and senior human resources administrator. A 1974 graduate of the Northeastern University, Matt has sixteen years’ experience as a health care provider coupled with ten years in the military health care system. He has worked with such diverse client groups as the Florida Department of Health, Nova Southeastern University, The Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, Dorchester People for Peace, the New England Regional Black Nurses Association and the Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts. Matt served as the Director of Affirmative Action at the University of Massachusetts for over ten years before becoming a full-time negotiation trainer and mediator.

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impactLMS: Community Lending on Salesforce @ Online
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

impactLMS was built on Salesforce and tailored for mission-driven lenders. At Craftsman, we understand that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the unique needs of such a diverse group of organizations.

This demo is recommended for CDFIs and other community lenders interested in enhancing their loan application process. Whether you are moving from paper processes to a digital platform or looking for a tech solution that can keep up with your organization’s growth, impactLMS will help you better serve your community.

Notable features of the solution include:
– The ability to tailor a solution to your specific lending processes
– Easy integration with peripheral applications to enhance the client experience
– Streamlined workflows to maximize efficiency of your staff
– Powerful analytics for pipeline management and donor stewardship

MA Paid Family Leave Workshop: An Overview for Nonprofits @ Boston Private
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Law will be altering the legal requirements of all employers operating in Massachusetts, including nonprofits. This new law will require all employers to allow employees and covered individuals to, among other things, take up to 20 weeks of paid leave for an employee’s own health conditions and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a family member’s illness. While the leave entitlements will not take effect until January 1, 2021, new notification requirements and payroll contribution deductions will go into effect by October 1, 2019. This workshop is intended for all nonprofits that have or are planning to hire employees and covered individuals that want to know more about this new legal requirement.

– What is the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law?
– How will this affect nonprofit employers and employees?
– What does my nonprofit have to do prior to July 1, 2019?
– How can a nonprofit prepare for these changes?
– Do employees have any requirements?
– Who is considered a covered individual?
– Who is considered a family member?
– What is the payment schedule and how much does the employer need to pay during the leave?
– What is considered a serious medical need?
– What happens if I don’t comply with the new law?

Presenters: Kathleen Berney, business and employment litigator at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein; and Charlotte Petilla, labor and employment lawyer at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein.

Five Things You Can Do to Enhance Workplace Safety & Health @ Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (3rd Floor Conference Room)
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


*Please register by September 20*

People who volunteer and give back shouldn’t get hurt while doing good. This workshop is designed to help nonprofit leaders protect employees, volunteers, and the good reputations of their organizations.

Participants will receive guidance on how to make their operations safer. Presenters will describe the most frequent types of workplace hazards, identify approaches to reducing risk of injury, and summarize regulatory requirements pertaining to workplace safety and health. At the completion of this workshop, participants should have at least five ideas to enhance workplace safety and health in their operations.

Presenters: Workshop leaders are volunteer safety and health professionals from the Safety For NonProfits (SFNP) team.

This event is sponsored by Community InRoads and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Exploring Nonprofit Financial Statements for Nonprofit Professionals @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


A nonprofit organization’s financial statements can tell you a lot about that organization. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find the stories that nonprofit financial statements are telling you. This is an interactive workshop and you will have the opportunity to get comfortable with the numbers found in financial statements and disclosures, look at key financial indicators to determine the health of an organization, assess profitability, and much more!

With guidance from the workshop leader and your peers, explore:

Audited financial statements and key financial indicators which show signs of financial difficulty and stability
Profitability by department or business line
Internal financial statement presentation and signs to look out for
New Financial Statement Disclosure Requirements
Discuss footnote and Form 990 presentation on how nonprofits can put their best foot forward.
This program is appropriate for nonprofits and board members at all levels of experience.

David Kelleher, CPA, CGMA, Partner, AAFCPAs

Starting an Organization: The Basics of Formation @ Lawyers for Civil Rights
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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*Please register by September 20*

Are you looking to start a business and help the community? Do you have a mission to do good but worry about the burdens of running a nonprofit? Not sure of the differences between an LLC and a nonprofit?

Lawyers Clearinghouse and Lawyers for Civil Rights are proud to partner on a 2-hour seminar designed for people who are in the process of creating a business or have an idea for a business and want to give back to the community in some capacity. This program will give a high-level view of what types of businesses you can form, what structure is best for you, and what an organization can do to bring about positive change. This seminar will walk through:

– The various for-profit structures such as LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, and Benefit Corporations
– Differences between for-profit and nonprofit?
– Legal requirements for both structures

Ultimately, this seminar will highlight the benefits and challenges of each path and help you make an informed decision about your business.

Presenters: Russell Paul, Nonprofit Assistance Manager at Lawyers Clearinghouse; Priya Lane, Economic Justice Project Director at Lawyers for Civil Rights.

BOOTCAMP Plus: Data Migration @ Craftsman Technology Group
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Data Migration is part of our BOOTCAMP Plus series. It is a half day classroom training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. Each BOOTCAMP Plus session focuses on a specific topic and allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.
Successful data migration requires preparing data in a format compatible with Salesforce. You will learn how to successfully migrate your organization’s information by matching your data to Salesforce’s internal structure.

Leave with the confidence and knowledge to:

– Prepare data in Excel
– Understand the differences between various data migration tools: Data Loader,, Data Wizard
– Execute simple migration
– Migrate donations and attach the data to accounts
– Migrate cases and attach data to contacts
– Add contacts to campaigns
– Execute advanced migration using External IDs to attach donations to accounts
– Insert, update and delete with a data migration tool

Please bring a laptop to the training. There will be hands-on learning exercises. Chrome or Firefox browsers are recommended (Internet Explorer and Safari do not work well with Salesforce). Chromebooks and tablets are not recommended due to varying interfaces.

Cyber-attacks: Preventing Threats and Protecting your Organization @ UMass Center at Springfield
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


A recent study concluded that cyber-attacks and data breaches represent the most significant external risk to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. However, at the same time, many organizations don’t even know where to begin when it comes to protecting themselves. During this executive level presentation we will explore this topic from many angles; from helping attendees determine if they have been hacked, to exploring the landscape of cyber-attacks and talking about the most common threats, to reviewing best practices and helping attendees protect their organizations, to reviewing what you should do in the event that you have been breached.
Want details specific to your organization?
Register early for this program and our presenter will do a cyber security search of your agency!

This training is presented by Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus IT

BOOTCAMP Plus: Owning your System @ Craftsman Technology Group
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Owning Your System is part of our BOOTCAMP Plus series. It is a half day classroom training recommended for Salesforce administrators. Each BOOTCAMP Plus session focuses on a specific topic and allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises to give nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn admin best practices to minimize staff frustration, increase user adoption, save resources, and maintain the quality of your data.

Salesforce Admins will leave with the confidence and knowledge to:

– Maintain user and company profiles
– Manage duplicates + ensure data integrity
– Leverage automation
– Customize the Salesforce Lightning interface

Please bring a laptop to the training. There will be hands-on learning exercises. Chrome or Firefox browsers are recommended (Internet Explorer and Safari do not work well with Salesforce). Chromebooks and tablets are not recommended due to varying interfaces.

Corporate Partnerships with Nonprofits @ The Atrium
Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Join us for an evening of networking and a panel discussion that will focus on corporate partnerships benefiting nonprofits in Cambridge and surrounding communities.

Gain insights from corporate and nonprofit leaders on key topics:

  • Current perspective of companies on their work with nonprofits in Cambridge and surrounding communities
  • How to build and maintain strong relationships across industry sectors
  • Impact of the Tax Cuts and Job Act
  • New challenges and opportunities in 2019 and beyond

Jim Klocke
Chief Executive Officer
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Michelle K. Lower
Assistant Vice President, Real Estate Development & Community Relations
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Melissa Ganley
Site Experience Lead
Audible, Inc.

Audrey Shelto
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Sarah MacDonald
Executive Director
Life Science Cares

Refreshments will be served.

Fall 2019 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ 450 Memorial Banquet Center
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


HSF is thrilled to announce our Fall 2019 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series. These interactive and unique trainings will provide new supervisors with a variety of skills and knowledge that they can apply to their positions. *Social Work CEUs available at registration!

This is a 5 session training series. Trainings and dates listed below:

#1 – Management Fundamentals
Thursday, September 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#2 – Nonprofit Finance, Risk Management, & Benefit Strategy
Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Tim Gaines, Thomas Dowling, Chris Wisneski , Whittlesey Advising
Benjamin Garvey and Valerie Francis, Insurance Center of New England

#3 – Employment Law 101
Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Attorneys Erica Flores and Amelia J. Holstrom, Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC

#4 – Performance Feedback & Management
Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#5 – Introduction to Innovation and Collaboration
Thursday, November 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Silva

WID Brown bag program – Back To School: The Pros and Cons of Certificate Programs in Advancing Your Career @ Non-Profit Center
Sep 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Fundraisers with a credential report a higher average salary than those with comparable experience but no credential (Source: 2019 AFP Compensation Survey). Please join us for a panel presentation featuring leading Development professionals who will discuss how their investments of time and money in a variety of credentials have propelled their careers. Following this, we will hold a Q&A and interactive discussion about the costs and benefits of various programs in boosting salaries and professional growth in the Development field.

Anticipated takeaways:

Learn about different certificate programs in the Boston area and the unique pros and cons of each.
Hear how others have used credentials to move forward in their Development careers.

Get on Board! Seminar @ Locke Lord
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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.

Get on Board!, a one-day bootcamp, prepares business professionals for the rewarding experience of volunteerism, nonprofit leadership, and board participation. 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.

Participants 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 to find the organization that is a best fit for an individual’s skills and passions.

This fun and interactive seminar covers:

– Board types and structures
– Effective board governance
– Group dynamics and decision making
– Legal and fiduciary responsibilities
– Fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning
– Finding the organization for you

Who should attend:

– Anyone interesting in serving on a board now or in the future
– Current board members seeking a better understanding of their role
– Executives of newly incorporated nonprofits
– Business professionals of any age and level of experience who are passionate about nonprofit causes
– Human resources professionals or directors of training
– Leaders of nonprofit organizations

Manomet’s A Planet of Hope @ The Exchange
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Only a few more weeks until Manomet’s A Planet of Hope event in Boston! Have a fun night out and support Manomet while you enjoy delicious food & drink from Row 34, Harpoon Brewery, Future Chefs, and more!

This event is a perfect opportunity to get to know Manomet a little bit better and to meet other people and organizations like you who are committed to solving the sustainability challenges facing us today. Tickets are available online or please let me know if you have any questions. We hope that you can join us!

Tickets are just $150 ($75 of the ticket price is tax-deductible) and include a raw bar reception from Island Creek Oysters, food tastings, desserts, beer, wine and spirits, free parking, and more. Plus, all proceeds will go to support Manomet’s work leveraging the power of the for-profit sector to sustain our world.

HSF Breakfast: Operationalizing Diversity and Inclusion @ Log Cabin
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am


Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion is a cornerstone of human service work. Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, has spent her career helping organizations operationalize their procedures to move plans into actions.

Join us as for a keynote focused on putting diversity and inclusion into practice!

Keynote speaker: Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, Senior Director/Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Baystate Health

Introduction to Grants Research – Essex County @ Essex County Community Foundation
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


This introductory workshop will start participants on the road to finding appropriate prospective grantmakers for their organizations.

The program begins with a quick overview of how to make sure your organization is “grant ready” so that when you start your research and find prospective funders, your organization is poised to make a strong impression.

We will review helpful resources for locating funding opportunities and learn how to determine if your organization’s work aligns with the funding priorities of a potential grantmaker.

We’ll cover:

– where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
– resources for finding corporate donors
– how to find contributors to your peer organizations
– Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) and what they are
And more!

Sprinkled throughout will be some takeaways and tips we have collected over the years from foundation program officers, about how to strengthen the odds of receiving a grant.

The resources available at the Essex County Community Foundation will also be covered.

In the last 30 minutes of the session we will demonstrate how to use the Foundation Directory Online and run a few trial searches.

This program is recommended for those who are new to grantseeking.

Development Decoded: Real Estate Basics @ Northeastern University John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Cabral Center
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Jennifer Gilbert

Real estate development isn’t rocket surgery. Nonetheless it’s easy to get lost in the tangle of terms and one-step-forward-two-steps-back process. If you don’t have a background in development but do have an interest and/or you’d just like to understand the basics better, this class covers the real deal on deals…from idea to occupied. As an added bonus, the atmosphere will trend toward fun and engaging…with immersive games and some (voluntary) role-playing involved. By the end of the session, participants will have increased understanding of the stages of the real estate development process, an appreciation for the intricacies and obstacles and familiarity with some key terms.


Everyone leaves more familiar with the real estate development process
Everyone gets a chance to participate
Everyone gets more clear on constraints we operate under as well as chance to participate in some brainstorming/imaging in what might address them
Everyone gets familiar with 20-25 key terms in real estate development
Many mysteries of affordable housing/community development explained e.g. Why are there all these LLCs? Why do organizations seem to have a hard time doing small projects?

What We Will Cover

The What – Understanding Key Terms/Concepts in RE Development
The Who –Various people and players who make things happen and their roles
The How –Understanding the Process and Timeline

Warming Up to Outcomes Measurement: Measuring What Matters @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Oct 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Outcomes Measurement is a very broad term and ultimately does not have a widely shared industry standard. To fully encompass the history, vocabulary, theory and strategy surrounding Outcomes Measurement, a full three day workshop, if not an entire semester of classes would be needed.

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to share some practical tools and approaches that you can apply to your organization’s current approach to logic models, theories of change or evaluation planning.

Defining good program and organizational outcomes is an essential skill that helps organizations strategize and tell the story of how they are making a difference. It is also a skill that is linked to program monitoring, assessment and organizational learning.

While the fast-paced workshop is designed as an introduction for nonprofit staff that may be new to outcomes measurement, we also hope to challenge seasoned professionals to think about how they partner with their staff, constituents, and communities to evaluate impact in ways that are more participatory and fun.

Participants will be able to:

– Understand the relationship between outcomes measurement and logic models, theories of change, program planning, and grant writing
– Identify appropriate data sources and data collection strategies for program assessment
– Use outcome data to create performance dashboards and prepare impact reports
– Utilize a big picture approach to thinking about Outcomes Measurement

About the Presenter:

Prentice Zinn joined GMA Foundations in 1999 and became a director in 2007. He serves as an administrator for the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, the Dolphin Trust, the Sociological Initiatives Foundation, the A.C. Ratshesky Foundation, the Miller Foundation and the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust. The scope of his assignments includes start-up work with new donors, helping foundations rethink their mission and focus, and identifying high impact funding opportunities in the fields of the environment, public health, and human services.

A Latin American studies graduate of the University of Michigan, Prentice also has Masters degrees from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Boston University School of Public Health.