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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Jan
22
Wed
Business Development Certificate Program @ Cambridge College, Classroom 1315
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Cambridge College, Mel King Institute for Community Building, and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) have formed a new partnership to deliver innovative programming designed to enhance the skills and resources of business development professionals who are committed to supporting the successful launch and growth of small businesses across the Commonwealth.

The program will offer six full days of training (9:30am – 4:30pm) to be held at the Cambridge College Campus in Boston starting on January 22, 2020. The courses will be taught by faculty from Cambridge College, seasoned business professionals and attorneys from the Lawyers for Civil Rights. The program modules include:

– January 22 – Module 1: Introduction to Small Business Environment
– February 5 – Module 2: Business Planning Basics
– February 26 – Module 3: Bookkeeping and Forecasting
– March 11 – Module 4: Marketing Fundamentals & Brand Management
– March 25 – Module 5: Small Business Legal Overview
– April 8 – Module 6: Small Business Coaching
– Snow Dates: April 15 and April 29

The program is open to anyone working as a business counselor or technical assistance provider to small businesses.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for each session.

***The Program Tuition is $1,500.

***MGCC’s Small Business Technical Assistance Grantees have a discounted tuition rate of $600 for the Certificate Program.

WEBINAR: Introduction to Grants Research @ Your Computer!
Jan 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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With over 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

And much more!

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop @ Goodwin
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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*Please RSVP by January 17*

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or do you have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status? All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys. At this group session, we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding:

For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?
What is a Not-for-Profit?
Incorporating & Structuring the Not-for-Profit
Option of Fiscal Sponsorship
State Reporting & Regulation
Federal Tax Exemption
Ongoing IRS Reporting & Regulation

Presenters: Susan Abbott, Goodwin; Luke Blackadar, Arts & Business Council

This pro bono workshop is a joint project of Goodwin Procter LLP, Arts & Business Council, TSNE MissionWorks, and Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Community Conversation: Egleston Square @ Egleston Branch of the Boston Public Library
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Speak and be heard on the issues that matter most to you in your community.

About this Event
What are your hopes and concerns for your community? What are the most important issues in your community right now?

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is teaming up with the Local Voices Network (LVN) for a project that seeks to record neighborhood conversations on important local topics. These recordings will be shared on a searchable website for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into the community’s real concerns.

We need the participation of local community members to make this a success.

Here’s how it works:

Step one: You’ll join a 4 – 6 person recorded conversation with fellow residents in your community, facilitated by BPL staff or volunteer facilitators. You’ll share real concerns, stories, and ideas connected to your experience living in this community.

Step two: Our recorded conversation will then be transcribed, keyworded and posted on a website to be shared with media outlets, local decision-makers, and other neighborhood stakeholders with the goal of offering a new window into issues that are important to our community.

Together, we’ll create a platform where everyone is invited to be heard.

Space is limited. RSVPs are necessary for this program. Refreshments will be served.

Serving on Nonprofit Boards @ Newton North High School
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Serving on Nonprofit Boards @ Newton North High School

Put your passion for a nonprofit cause into practice with a leadership role! We’ll cover the typical board structure, responsibilities of a board member, and how to determine your best organizational match. Board service provides hands-on leadership experience and valuable opportunities for personal satisfaction, skill building, resume updating, and growth of professional networks.

Open to all but geared toward women who are looking for new opportunities in the nonprofit sector. This workshop is also appropriate for new executive directors and board members who want a greater understanding of board responsibilities.

Jan
23
Thu
Brown bag Program – Understand Nonprofit Consulting from the Inside Out @ Non-Profit Center
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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Whether you need a fresh set of eyes or a particular strategic mindset, many nonprofit (and for-profit!) organizations seek out consultants to support their mission and take a deep dive into their daily operations. At this session, we’ll hear from a panel of successful nonprofit consultants on the rewards and challenges of consulting, whether full time or part time.

Learn how to get started and what to consider before you do so. We have the pleasure of sharing this event with the Nonprofit Consultants Network (NCN), a Greater Boston-based forum of independent consultants who work with nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector. From the shared experiences of our moderator and panelists, we’ll understand the ins and outs of what this particular role entails from those that know best.

Anticipated takeaways:

Advice from consulting professionals on how to translate your nonprofit experiences into a consulting career
Challenges of full-time fundraising on your own and/or balancing a full-time role with part-time consulting
Learn about resources available to consultants and how to build your network
Identify key characteristics of a consultant when hiring a professional from those who know best

Moderator: Alicia Griffin Chick, Consultant, A+C Consulting

Panelists: Lori Smith Britton, Founder and Principal, Community Resource Consulting, LLC
Tina Cincotti, Founder, Funding Change
Gail Jackson Blount, President, Gail Jackson Communications

impactLMS: Community Lending on Salesforce @ Online
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 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

Jan
27
Mon
Cause After A Pause Winter Cohort @ Workbar Burlington
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm
Cause After A Pause Winter Cohort @ Workbar Burlington

A unique job search and networking program for those in search of purpose-driven work in the nonprofit sector after a career break or transition. The Cause After A Pause Cohort provides a deep dive into the Greater Boston nonprofit job market with an emphasis upon recognizing the 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. Improve and update your personal branding tools, gain confidence, and expand your networks. Step out from behind your computer and become a member of a community of like-minded career (re)launchers.

Dates and times:

10am-noon on alternating Mondays 1/27, 2/10, 2/24

Cost:

$275 Early Bird registration through 1/6/20
$325 after 1/6/20

Jan
28
Tue
Take the Anxiety Out of the Ask @ Nonprofit Center
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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A successful fundraising program is as much about knowing your donors as it is about achieving financial goals. The bottom line is that you MUST talk about money with your donors in order to both know them and to ask for the right gift to match their charitable goals with your organizational needs.

Join TSNE MissionWorks’ highly-rated trainers Jenn Hayslett and Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE for an interactive and engaging day of practice in “listening the gift” and the “art of the ask.” You will learn best practices and develop the skills involved in donor-centered fundraising conversations.

Setting the Stage: Preparing for the 2020 Census @ Online
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The 2020 Census is upon us–and nonprofits are key players in ensuring a complete count in their communities. The first in a 3-part series, this webinar will set the stage by covering the ‘nuts and bolts’ of what nonprofits need to know about the 2020 Census. Technical experts from the US Census Bureau and the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office will provide an overview of the Census questionnaire, response methods and timeline, resources available to nonprofit partners, and will answer frequently asked questions around the what, when, how of the 2020 Census.

This webinar series is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and presented by MNN.

The second and third webinars of the series will be presented in February and March, respectively.

Jan
29
Wed
Salesforce Reporting @ Online
Jan 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 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

*Price is per organization, not per individual. Each ticket is valid for up to three staff members. If you have more than three staff members attending please purchase an additional ticket.

Jan
30
Thu
JP Community Conversation: Climate Change @ JP Branch of the Boston Public Library
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Join fellow Bostonians for a Local Voices Network conversation on the critical topic of climate change.

About this Event
What are your hopes and concerns for your community when it comes to climate change? What are the most important issues in a conversation about our climate – infrastructure, race, socioeconomic disparity, government regulation?

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is teaming up with the Local Voices Network (LVN) and local media partners for a project that seeks to record neighborhood conversations on important local topics. These recordings will be shared on a searchable website for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into the community’s real concerns.

We need the participation of local community members to make this a success.

Here’s how it works:

Step one: You’ll join a 4 – 6 person recorded conversation with fellow Bostonians in your community, facilitated by BPL staff or volunteer hosts. You’ll share real concerns, stories, and ideas connected to your experience living in Boston.

Step two: Our recorded conversation will then be transcribed, keyworded and posted on a website to be shared with media outlets, local decision-makers, and other neighborhood stakeholders with the goal of offering a new window into issues that are important to our community.

Together, we’ll create a platform where everyone is invited to be heard.

Space is limited. RSVPs are necessary for this program. Refreshments will be served.

Jan
31
Fri
2020 HSF Annual Legislative Reception @ Knights of Columbus (Castle of the Knights)
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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2020 HSF Annual Legislative Reception

January 31, 2020
Knights of Columbus (Castle of the Knights)
1599 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020

For staff, board, constituents/clients, family members, and volunteers of member agencies of
the Human Service Forum, Hampshire Council of Social Agencies (COSA) & Franklin County Resource Network (FCRN).

  • Join your colleaguesclients and community members as we engage with our state legislators at the annual HSF Legislative Reception.
  • This unique event allows you to share a table with one of the western Massachusetts Representatives or Senators and speak directly with them on topics that are important to you.
  • You and your concerns matter – raise your voice and your issue – Legislators want
    and need to hear from you.
  • Don’t sit this one out – engage your voice and you can impact policy decisions!
  • Share your story – let your representative know what policies and laws actually look
    like in action, in our families and our communities.
Introduction to Community Economic Development @ Clark University; Lurie Conference Room (in Higgins University Center)
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Instructors:
Joe Kriesberg, MACDC President

This course will provide an overview of contemporary community development including its values, goals, theory of change and strategies. The day is designed to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting community developers today. We will explore:

– How the field has evolved since its birth in the 1960s and 1970s.
– How the field is currently organized, including the role of different players such as community based organizations, community development financial institutions, local, state and federal government agencies, banks, and other stakeholders.
– The core values and goals of the community development field, the tensions and contradictions that we face and the theory of change that drives our work
– The core community economic development issues and strategies, including community planning, community organizing, real estate development and business development, while also looking at some of the emerging innovations in the field.

Get on Board! Seminar @ Locke Lord
Jan 31 @ 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

Feb
4
Tue
Participatory Facilitation: A Healthy Approach to Reaching Your Goals @ NonProfit Center
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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The Co-Directors of the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing will share their framework of participatory facilitation and how this work can create settings and conversations that cultivate leadership among people impacted by social injustice.

Participants will learn how to:
– Make participation more equitable in groups
– Help groups come to decisions via participatory practice
– Use active listening as a critical leadership tool
– Surmount common challenges to equitable participation

Target Audience

This workshop is targeted to people who are trying to build equitable organizations or community initiatives that promote social change. Organizers and leaders of color who are trying to develop participatory and community leadership in their groups and communities are particularly encouraged to attend.

Feb
5
Wed
Local Economic Assistance Fund (LEAF) Networking Breakfast @ Local Economic Assistance Fund (LEAF) headquarters
Feb 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

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LEAF is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that strives to empower communities and workers through the financing of democratically-owned enterprises (cooperatives), the provision of technical assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs, and the expansion of access to healthy food in underserved areas. At the core of this work are the issues of equity and inclusion in health and economics. They strongly believe in the right of every person to a quality job, access to affordable healthy food, and adequate, stable housing.

Join us for breakfast, networking and the chance to learn more about LEAF and their exciting mission to support, train and promote economic development and empower communities.

This morning event is being co-sponsored by LEAF and the Harvard Ed Portal.

Effective Supervision @ NonProfit Center
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE MissionWorks’ Better Nonprofit Management 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

Business Development Certificate Program @ Cambridge College, Classroom 1315
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Cambridge College, Mel King Institute for Community Building, and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) have formed a new partnership to deliver innovative programming designed to enhance the skills and resources of business development professionals who are committed to supporting the successful launch and growth of small businesses across the Commonwealth.

The program will offer six full days of training (9:30am – 4:30pm) to be held at the Cambridge College Campus in Boston starting on January 22, 2020. The courses will be taught by faculty from Cambridge College, seasoned business professionals and attorneys from the Lawyers for Civil Rights. The program modules include:

– January 22 – Module 1: Introduction to Small Business Environment
– February 5 – Module 2: Business Planning Basics
– February 26 – Module 3: Bookkeeping and Forecasting
– March 11 – Module 4: Marketing Fundamentals & Brand Management
– March 25 – Module 5: Small Business Legal Overview
– April 8 – Module 6: Small Business Coaching
– Snow Dates: April 15 and April 29

The program is open to anyone working as a business counselor or technical assistance provider to small businesses.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for each session.

***The Program Tuition is $1,500.

***MGCC’s Small Business Technical Assistance Grantees have a discounted tuition rate of $600 for the Certificate Program.

Community Meditation Night at The Mel King Institute @ MACDC Conference Room
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Instructors:
Gena Bean, Mindful Boston

Please join us on the evening of February 5, 2020 for a Community Meditation Night, led by Gena Bean of Mindful Boston.

We welcome you to arrive early to settle in, around 5pm-ish is a good time. Our official event start time is 5:15pm. Gena Bean will be leading meditation for us.

Schedule:

– 5pm – It’s great to arrive early to ask questions and find a good seat. We have chitchat time starting around 5-ish. Come hang out with us and ask the teacher questions.
– 5:15pm – Class starts.
(Please be aware that the doors will be locked at 5:30pm so that our meditation time is not disturbed.)

– 6:30pm – Class ends.

Description:

The 75 minutes that we spend together for this class will include:

1. discussion about meditation and mindfulness
2. instructions on how to meditate
3. experience a meditation

The length of the meditation itself will probably be about 15 to 25 minutes long. No previous experience is required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

Things to know:

– The Mel King Institute is offering its conference room. There will be enough chairs for about 20 people.
– Yes, handicapped accessible.
– “Do I need to bring anything?”
It’s fine to just show up as you are. There are no requirements to bring anything. And you won’t need any special clothing.
It’s always nice to hydrate yourself. So you might want to have a bottle for water. The conference room has a cooler.
There is no charge for this event. It is a gift to the community.