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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Nov
22
Fri
2019 Community Advocacy Awards @ Boston Marriott Newton
Nov 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join Eastern Bank Vice Chair and President Quincy Miller, as we gather for the 2019 Community Advocacy Award breakfast in Newton, honoring Jon R. Firger, Executive Director of Family ACCESS of Newton. Jon is being recognized for his organization’s deep commitment to providing the very best education-based resources and programs, providing opportunities, and helping families of all kinds achieve their goals. In addition to running a full day Early Education center and providing comprehensive early education and early literacy services, the organization provides abuse prevention programs, counseling and consultation services, and parental support. It is for all of these reasons that we’re proud to honor Jon this year in support of Enriching Early Childhood Development.

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Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Nov
26
Tue
Cause After A Pause Fall Community Cohort @ Workbar Burlington
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A unique career restart program for those seeking to find their place in the nonprofit sector after a pause. The Cause After A Pause Connections Cohort provides a deep dive into the Greater Boston nonprofit job market with an emphasis upon recognizing your best role given your skills and interests, making new strategic professional connections, following funding trends, and identifying strong fiscal NPO management that indicate hiring opportunities. The cohort program includes group sessions, a 1:1 personalized strategy session, a guided group field trip to a networking event, and curated calendars of Greater Boston nonprofit sector network/learn events.

Dec
4
Wed
Fundraising Day in Boston @ Boston Marriott Copley Place
Dec 4 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Register today for Fundraising Day in Boston, New England’s premier one-day conference on philanthropy, presented by AFP Massachusetts. The conference will be held on December 4, 2019 at Boston Marriott Copley Place, featuring keynote Bill Cummings and providing a strong educational program of 36 sessions designed to serve diverse sectors, positions and levels of learning in the fundraising and development field.

Advanced Proposal Writing @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Dec 4 @ 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 more competitive.

From logic models 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 Gantt and PERT charts and other visual aids to help reviewers quickly understand the intent of your proposed project. 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 to develop proposals for special projects, capacity-building efforts, and capital campaigns
– Learn techniques to apply for a multi-year or million-dollar grant

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

Presenter:
Diane Gedeon-Martin is a nationally recognized grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. She started her company The Write Source, LLC in 1993 and has a current roster of 277 nonprofit clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. Diane helps her clients achieve their goals by winning grants ranging from $5,000 to $5.0 million. In fact, she specializes in preparing government grant proposals.

Based in Connecticut, Diane is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer reaching over 20,000 people through her grant-seeking workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process; her enthusiasm is contagious! In 2015, she retired after 14 years as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she taught and co-developed the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. Her other faculty appointments include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (The Alliance), and Philanthropy Massachusetts. She frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences including those hosted by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), statewide resource centers, and a number venues hosted by nonprofit organizations. In 2010, she became a certified Master Trainer through the AFP Faculty Training Academy.

Clear and Objective Employee Documentation @ Whitney Avenue Conference Center
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

When it comes to managing employees, good documentation can be a lifeline! Employee files and documentation are used in evaluations, audits, licensing, and (should they arise) lawsuits. It is incredibly important to make sure that all documentation is consistent and based upon objective observations as opposed to subjective opinions.

This seminar for supervisors and managers will address:

Investigating Complaints
Dealing with confidentiality issues
Taking interim actions
Disciplinary actions

Improve your skills and learn tips to writing clear, concise, and objective documentation.

Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management @ Edwards House Meetings & Retreats
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Instructors:
Jack Geary

2 DAY COURSE

Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management is a LISC class, also used extensively by NeighborWorks America and the Consortium for Housing and Asset Management (CHAM). The class is an interactive and highly participatory hands-on workshop designed for practitioners and board members with a wide range of professional experience. The curriculum was developed by LISC and is used as the introductory required class for the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) Certification. The session includes an overview of key property asset management concepts and theories and a review of the responsibilities of key asset management participants, including:

– Introduction to the double bottom line concept of affordable property ownership – the theory of steering properties toward both business and mission-based goals and outcomes.
– Review of the life stages of a property – review of key asset management functions and responsibilities through the various planning, construction, lease up, operational and disposition phases, with a focus on the critical interrelationship between these stages.
– Introduction and thorough review of property performance standards, including extensive basic numbers crunching designed to increase understanding of key performance indicators and their relationship to financial and operational health and long-term viability. Analysis of key performance standards includes revenue, occupancy, expense and financial ratios, trend projection analysis.
– Training on the review and analysis of property financial reports and property/partnership audits as well as best practices in tracking, measuring and assessing progress toward key operational and financial performance.
– The session includes numerous individual and group exercises and case study, including a half-day group case study of a property “workout” where participants will map out the recovery of a troubled property.

Jack Geary has over 35 years of asset management, property management and real estate development experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. A former public housing resident, Geary is the retired director of operations for the Cambridge (MA) Housing Authority, and is the former director of management for the San Francisco Housing Authority, director of Urban Edge Property Management (Boston), and property manager and director of senior housing at Boston Housing Authority. Since 1994, Geary has worked as a consultant and trainer for various public housing authorities and nonprofit owners of affordable housing. His educational background includes Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a MS from the University of Massachusetts, John W. McCormack Institute for Public Management.

Best Design Practices for Nonprofits (Lunch + Learn) @ Atomik Design Studio
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Come learn how you can improve your website’s effectiveness over lunch!

Are you a nonprofit looking to create a compelling brand for your organization? Is your nonprofit brand connecting and engaging your audience? Come join for a complimentary lunch and featured presentation to learn best design practices and tips for nonprofits. Learn from a professional graphic designer in a small, intimate loft space setting. Limited to 8. Free with RSVP.

When you attend you will learn how good design can be used to:
• Tell compelling and engaging stories
• Communicate your organization’s mission clearly and effectively
• Connect and engage with your audience

You should attend this event if you want to learn tips on:
• How impact of design can affect perception of your organization
• Creating effective designs that highlights your organization’s mission and encourage donations
• Best nonprofit design examples – and ways to improve your organization’s current designs
Come to network with other nonprofits, get great tips on design + branding for your organization, and enjoy lunch in a intimate + creative loft space setting.

Hour will include: 1/2 hour presentation, Q&A, networking, and complimentary lunch

More information on how we help nonprofits:

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About the Presenter: Adam Katz — Atomik Design
Adam Katz is a graphic and web designer who has previously worked with numerous nonprofit clients providing results-driven strategy through professional design. He currently owns and operates Atomik Design, a Somerville-based graphic design studio specializing in print, branding and web. Projects range from logos, annual reports, direct mail to marketing materials and websites. He also previously taught at Brookline Adult & Community Education and General Assembly, as well as private tutoring.

Board Chairs Leading the Way: A Training Series for Current and Prospective Board Chairs @ The Plymouth Church, Eastman Room
Dec 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Instructors:
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates; Hilary Marcus, M.P.A., Principal, Hilary Marcus Consulting

Join us for 3 Training Sessions that will lead you and your Board on the path to success!

With trainers:

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
Hilary Marcus, M.P.A., Principal, Hilary Marcus Consulting
(with special guest presenters from Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp: Coleen Walker, Board Chair and Gail Latimore, ED who will discuss their experiences in how to develop a successful working relationship)

Board chairs have enormous responsibilities and accountability for the success of their boards. This unique hands-on training series will focus on practical strategies for becoming a more effective and skilled leader for your board.

Participants will learn about:

-competencies and characteristics for being an effective board chair
-how to develop an effective Board Chair-Executive Director relationship
-how to design more productive meetings and build an engaged board
-how to successfully engage residents/constituents in governance decisions
-how to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive board
-new models and practices of shared governance/leadership

Hold the dates, spread the word, and join us for this exciting, one of a kind training series! Open to current or prospective board chairs only.

Criteria for Participation:

– Attend all three sessions
– Read and consider materials for practical application between sessions

Dinner will be served.

Dec
5
Thu
Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management @ Edwards House Meetings & Retreats
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Instructors:
Jack Geary

2 DAY COURSE

Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management is a LISC class, also used extensively by NeighborWorks America and the Consortium for Housing and Asset Management (CHAM). The class is an interactive and highly participatory hands-on workshop designed for practitioners and board members with a wide range of professional experience. The curriculum was developed by LISC and is used as the introductory required class for the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) Certification. The session includes an overview of key property asset management concepts and theories and a review of the responsibilities of key asset management participants, including:

– Introduction to the double bottom line concept of affordable property ownership – the theory of steering properties toward both business and mission-based goals and outcomes.
– Review of the life stages of a property – review of key asset management functions and responsibilities through the various planning, construction, lease up, operational and disposition phases, with a focus on the critical interrelationship between these stages.
– Introduction and thorough review of property performance standards, including extensive basic numbers crunching designed to increase understanding of key performance indicators and their relationship to financial and operational health and long-term viability. Analysis of key performance standards includes revenue, occupancy, expense and financial ratios, trend projection analysis.
– Training on the review and analysis of property financial reports and property/partnership audits as well as best practices in tracking, measuring and assessing progress toward key operational and financial performance.
– The session includes numerous individual and group exercises and case study, including a half-day group case study of a property “workout” where participants will map out the recovery of a troubled property.

Jack Geary has over 35 years of asset management, property management and real estate development experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. A former public housing resident, Geary is the retired director of operations for the Cambridge (MA) Housing Authority, and is the former director of management for the San Francisco Housing Authority, director of Urban Edge Property Management (Boston), and property manager and director of senior housing at Boston Housing Authority. Since 1994, Geary has worked as a consultant and trainer for various public housing authorities and nonprofit owners of affordable housing. His educational background includes Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a MS from the University of Massachusetts, John W. McCormack Institute for Public Management.

BOOTCAMP Plus: Salesforce Advanced Reporting @ Online
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Salesforce Advanced Reporting is a half day online training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. The training allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn to choose, organize and present useful reports to your staff and board. Leave with an understanding of reporting best practices and the knowledge to:

– Use the Salesforce Report Builder
– Create custom lists
– Sort and filter records
– Export data
– Analyze data with reports
– Build custom report types
– Create charts and dashboards

Webinar: Outsourcing Salesforce Administration @ Online
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This webinar is recommended for organizations using Salesforce, and interested in improving their use of the platform. Specifically, those that find their organization’s growth outpaces staff’s professional development, have difficulty finding or retaining Salesforce talent or have deep occasional needs that require advanced technical skills.

The presentation will provide an overview of how these organizations can reach their full Salesforce potential without having to add expensive headcount. At a time when constituents are driving the need for sophisticated systems, it can be difficult to meet these standards. Craftsman is your partner for providing support, managing operations and initiating growth at your organization. Our approach allows us to work as an extension of your team to meet your unique needs.

Dec
10
Tue
Cause After A Pause Fall Community Cohort @ Workbar Burlington
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A unique career restart program for those seeking to find their place in the nonprofit sector after a pause. The Cause After A Pause Connections Cohort provides a deep dive into the Greater Boston nonprofit job market with an emphasis upon recognizing your best role given your skills and interests, making new strategic professional connections, following funding trends, and identifying strong fiscal NPO management that indicate hiring opportunities. The cohort program includes group sessions, a 1:1 personalized strategy session, a guided group field trip to a networking event, and curated calendars of Greater Boston nonprofit sector network/learn events.

Dec
11
Wed
BOOTCAMP 101: Nonprofit Salesforce Training @ Craftsman Technology Group
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BOOTCAMP 101 is an introductory course for nonprofit Salesforce users. It is recommended for executive directors, development staff, administrators, volunteer coordinators, and program directors interested in leveraging the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP).

By the end of the bootcamp you will know how to:
– Create records for individuals and organizations
– Record donations
– Manage tasks
– Customize records
– Import data
– Launch campaigns
– Generate reports
– Create dashboards

Dec
12
Thu
Teambuilding: Creating and Supporting Harmonious Relationships at Work @ UMass Center at Tower Square
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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We have all encountered both inspiring and challenging relationships with co-workers, business associates and other parties with whom we need to work. Through a self-discovery process, gain a better understanding of emotional and physical forces you may be experiencing. Develop personal strategies that minimize stress, promote productive workplace outcomes and enhance workplace satisfaction through emphasis on effective communication, relationship building and resolving conflict considering inter-generational and cultural differences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Participants will be able to identify seven concepts of building effective work teams.
Participants will explore and state their emotional and physical responses to work.
Participants will be able to state three communication and conflict management methods and use them to create a personal action plan.
Participants will be able to identify three ways of working effectively with team members who bring diverse perspectives representing five generations as well as rich and vibrant cultural background.

impactLMS: Community Lending on Salesforce @ Online
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

impactLMS was built on Salesforce and configured for mission-driven lenders. Craftsman understands that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the 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:
– 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

Dec
16
Mon
Meet-the-Donors: Alternative Giving Vehicles @ Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Join Philanthropy Massachusetts as we go beyond traditional grantmaking and learn about a variety of giving modalities such as donor collaboratives, giving circles, and donor advised funds!

Our Team includes:

Moderator:
Grace Chiang Nicolette, Vice President, Programming & External Relations, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Panelists:
Susan Benford, President and Chair, Development Committee, The Philanthropy Connection
Mike Cole, Executive Director, TUGG
Jessie Cronan, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Boston
Charlie Glassenberg, Vice President, Gift Planning, Investment Partnerships & Corporate Compliance, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Sean Higgins, Program Manager, Summer Fund

Meet-the-Donors is good for those who are new to the world of development and also for seasoned pros looking to pick up a tidbit or two to add to their toolbox.

Dec
17
Tue
Effective Supervision @ NonProfit Center
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE MissionWorks’ Better Nonprofit Managament Training Series

Description: Effective supervision contributes directly to mission effectiveness at your nonprofit. It is critical to maintaining a productive staff in the face of shifting and competing priorities. Strong supervision creates a culture of mutual respect in which employees and supervisors communicate regularly and clearly about job-related expectations, tasks and overall performance. This highly participatory training is designed for supervisors with all levels of experience.

Trainers: Lyn Freundlich and Joanne Horgan

Volunteers Matter: Strategically Recruit and Engage Volunteers to Maximize Their Impact @ Cary Memorial Library
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Organizations that leverage volunteers and their skills across all leadership levels and in all departments are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their impact, compared to other similar organizations. As a result they are better able to deliver on their social missions.

Although nonprofits that successfully engage volunteers are as effective as peers without volunteers, they do so at almost half the median budget!

In order to leverage volunteers effectively, organizations must have strong systems in place to recruit and manage them efficiently.

This workshop will share information and tools to help organizations re-envision how they find and then utilize the time and talents of volunteers.

Presenter: Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Lisl has worked in the service and volunteerism field for the last 10 years. In the fall of 2014, she joined the Massachusetts Service Alliance, a private nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. Initially a consultant, she became Director of Training and Technical Assistance, overseeing multiple grants from the Corporation of National and Community Service, the Points of Light Service Enterprise initiative, the planning of a bi-annual state conference on service and volunteerism, and many other training opportunities.

Her varied work experience includes teaching environmental education and coaching tennis, supporting those with mental illness in a residential facility and those with developmental disabilities in an employment program, and most recently serving as a Senior AmeriCorps Portfolio Manager at YouthBuild USA.

Lisl has a BA in German and Psychology from Bowdoin College and a MSW and EdM from Boston University. Although her working pace has slowed in recent years since she became a parent, she also has a passion for traveling and has visited almost 40 countries.

Dec
18
Wed
Board Chairs Leading the Way: A Training Series for Current and Prospective Board Chairs @ The Plymouth Church, Eastman Room
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Instructors:
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates; Hilary Marcus, M.P.A., Principal, Hilary Marcus Consulting

Join us for 3 Training Sessions that will lead you and your Board on the path to success!

With trainers:

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D., Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
Hilary Marcus, M.P.A., Principal, Hilary Marcus Consulting
(with special guest presenters from Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp: Coleen Walker, Board Chair and Gail Latimore, ED who will discuss their experiences in how to develop a successful working relationship)

Board chairs have enormous responsibilities and accountability for the success of their boards. This unique hands-on training series will focus on practical strategies for becoming a more effective and skilled leader for your board.

Participants will learn about:

-competencies and characteristics for being an effective board chair
-how to develop an effective Board Chair-Executive Director relationship
-how to design more productive meetings and build an engaged board
-how to successfully engage residents/constituents in governance decisions
-how to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive board
-new models and practices of shared governance/leadership

Hold the dates, spread the word, and join us for this exciting, one of a kind training series! Open to current or prospective board chairs only.

Criteria for Participation:

– Attend all three sessions
– Read and consider materials for practical application between sessions

Dinner will be served.

Jan
9
Thu
Fundamentals of Board Effectiveness @ NonProfit Center
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Nonprofit boards play a key role helping organizations achieve impact. While board members bring valuable skills and experience, a strong foundation is essential to making sure that members can come together in service of the nonprofits they support.

This workshop, led by TSNE consultants Nesly Metayer and Julia Monaghan, is focused on helping nonprofit leaders, board leaders, and board members understand the foundations of board effectiveness. Participants will learn about standards and best practices in nonprofit boards, and will walk away with an action plan that draws from specific theories, models, and tools that they will learn to use over the course of the day.

Learning Objectives
– Learn about factors associated with board effectiveness
– Understand the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board and its members
– Explore the ways that board structures and operating procedures effect board impact
– Understand considerations for board composition and development

Target Audience

Nonprofit leaders (ED, CEO), board chairs, and board members