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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ESC Nonprofit Executive Roundtable @ Zoom
Oct 1 2022 – Jun 30 2023 all-day


It can be lonely at the top. Nonprofit executives are peerless within their organization, with no one to talk to about sensitive issues and challenging situations. Empower Success Corps (ESC) is pleased to announce a new program to address this professional support gap. The ESC Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET) provides a confidential forum for nonprofit EDs and CEOs to share challenges and get real-time constructive feedback from smart, connected leaders who understand the unique challenges of the job.

The monthly facilitated roundtable creates a consistent community of peers where nonprofit chief executives are able to openly present issues of concern and get support from peers who have experience successfully resolving similar issues.

Our next cohort will meet for once a month for nine months starting in late September/early October.

Refresh Your Planned Giving Approach: Trends and Notes from the Field in 2023 @ Zoom
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join us for a discussion with planned giving leaders to learn about current trends in the field, success stories, and tactics for elevating your planned giving strategy.
You will also have an opportunity to ask your own questions that pertain to your work and organization.

Anticipated takeaways:

Learn about current planned giving trends and topics and the impact they have had and will continue to have on philanthropy
Hear a variety of strategies for elevating your planned giving approach and tactical ways to implement these strategies

Audience/Target Market: Planned giving/major giving professionals, nonprofit/philanthropy professionals in organizations with existing planned giving programs, fundraising professionals interested in learning more about planned giving and its impact.

NOTE: Registration for this program will close on Sunday 2/5/23.

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop (Virtual) @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Learn more about the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts. Presenters will address topics such as:

– 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: Luke Blackadar, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston; Alyssa Fitzgerald, Goodwin.

How Leaders Can Establish a Digital Strategy @ Zoom
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


A nonprofit’s digital presence is so much more than a Facebook post here and there or the occasional email. Approached holistically and strategically, digital is a core part of actualizing your organization’s work and accomplishing its mission. Join us for a workshop on how you can achieve a fully integrated digital program.

About the Speaker

Host Elsa Roberts is Associate Director of Digital Strategy at Firefly Partners, a women-owned digital marketing agency delivering tailored solutions that help progressive nonprofits achieve their goals. Elsa came to Firefly Partners in 2021 after many years serving the non-profit sector as a freelancer and full-time employee, where her twin passions for digital communication and graphic design were honed. Her work has touched on elections, community organizing, public space, mobility, and civic life. She holds an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.

How to Build a Great impala Profile @ Zoom
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Funders and nonprofits, do you ever wish you could have easier access to data on philanthropic foundations and nonprofits to streamline and enhance your fundraising and due diligence efforts? Attend this session to learn more about how to get started on impala, a groundbreaking new online platform that provides free access to the profiles of every grantmaker and grantseeker in the US: grants given & received, impact, people, financials and much more. Join us to learn how to quickly get started using this powerful new platform.

Put impala’s Ecosystem Intelligence to Work for Your Organization @ Zoom
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Are you looking to better understand trends in a particular niche of the social impact sector? The groundbreaking new online platform impala provides free access to the profiles of every grantmaker and grantseeker in the US as well as in-depth analysis of any group of funders and nonprofits across the country, known as Ecosystem Intelligence. Join this session to learn how to use impala’s Ecosystem Intelligence tool to: explore an ecosystem based on Landscape Markers (cause area and/or geography), Nonprofits, or Funders; analyze any niche of the sector across the country – see who’s involved, how the funders compare, key funding and financial trends, and more; and leverage the tool to enhance your fundraising and due diligence efforts.

Building a Development Program from Scratch @ Zoom
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


How do you build a program from scratch and attract the support needed to diversify and grow your philanthropic revenue? This workshop will help you learn how to launch your development program. You’ll learn where you can start, where to focus, and what role your board could play. Development consultant Chuck Gordon has helped numerous nonprofit leaders travel this path, and peer nonprofit leaders will join us to share their stories of challenges and successes as they have built fundraising programs that you’ll want to emulate.

Nonprofit CORI Training @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


*Note: This training is not designed to help advise nonprofits on their hiring practices. It is solely focused on assisting clients with criminal records.*

This criminal records training is intended for nonprofits whose staff are involved with counseling or offering services in the community to individuals who may have criminal records. It will address the following:

– What exactly is a criminal record in Massachusetts? Who has the data? Who gets access to the data?
– How can a nonprofit help a client reduce the barriers posed by criminal records?
– What can be done if a client of a nonprofit wishes to seal a CORI?
– What crimes can be sealed? What resources are available?
– What rights do individuals with a sealed CORI have when they are applying for a job? Housing?
– What is the process for the new expungement laws for CORIs?
– What are the concerns for an individual with a CORI who has an immigration issue?

Presenter: Crispin Birnbaum, Access to Justice Fellow

How to Build a Strong Prospect List with impala @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Navigating through endless internet search results of potential funder prospects is time consuming and inefficient. Join us to check out how the new free online platform, impala, can enhance and streamline your fundraising efforts.

Nonprofit Decision-Making Framework for Complex Challenges @ Zoom
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


How can the leaders of nonprofit organizations develop and implement a decision-making framework that meets the challenges of today’s community service environment? What is the balance among providing sound information, supporting constructive consideration of options, and arriving at a consensus-based best outcome?

In this workshop, we will introduce a four-step framework an organization’s leadership “ecosystem” can follow that involves:

-carefully distilling issues into a clear written summary with options and a recommendation
-sharing this information
-supporting constructive discussions with stakeholders
-bringing your leadership into agreement on the best possible decision

Target Audience
Senior leaders of nonprofit organizations — CEOs, board chairs, members of senior staff and the board of directors — who want to improve their organization’s decision-making process when dealing with mission-critical issues

About the Presenters
Dr. John D. Lloyd is an executive-level professional with 18+ years of leadership and management experience in strategy consulting and organizational development in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Tom Martorelli, MBA is a seasoned nonprofit executive with experience in management, marketing, finance, and communications.

Organizational Agility: Enhance Your Nonprofit Strategic Planning Process @ Zoom
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


In today’s world, continuous change is the rule rather than the exception. Leaders need to understand the driving forces of change (e.g. politics/elections, economy, social impact funding, workforce/virtual work environment). These varied forces of change have contributed to a growing interest in organizational agility for both practitioners and researchers. While organizational agility has been, and continues to be, primarily associated with for-profits, this training will provide a framework for how nonprofits can incorporate organizational agility into their strategic management philosophy.
Learning Objectives

Organizational Agility: what is it, what is it not, and why it matters
Assessing organizational agility — a framework for evaluating agility
Organizational agility as part of the strategic planning process
Practice implications for nonprofit boards and leadership


Nonprofit leaders of director level and higher, such as director of operations, development director, finance director/CFO, etc. Additionally, board members and executive committee members of the board are welcome.

About the Trainer

Dr. John D. Lloyd is an executive-level professional with 18+ years of leadership and management experience in strategy consulting and organizational development in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Understanding and Competing for Federal Grants @ Zoom
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


More than $5.8 trillion in federal grants were awarded in 2021 with the bulk of the funds supporting health and human services, education, economic development, housing, and veterans. Is your organization ready to compete for future federal grants opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Rather than relying on corporate or foundation giving, it may be time to seek out potential federal grants. Join us for this practical session for development professionals who are new to the field or who would like to refresh their skills.

Presenter: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source

Clinic in a Box®: Nonprofit Privacy and Data Security @ Mintz
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm


Apply to join us for this year’s in-person Clinic in a Box®: Privacy and Data Security Considerations for Nonprofits.

– WISP and Data Security Breaches: Massachusetts law requires organizations with certain kinds of personal information to have (and use) a Written Information Security Program. What are the risks of data security breaches? What does a WISP include?

– Social Media Policy: Social media posts can have consequences. What guidelines for social media use will help protect nonprofits and their clients?

If your organization is selected to participate, volunteer attorneys will provide guidance on your WISP and social media policies.

Please note: If your organization is selected to participate in the clinic, your executive director, board chair, or other senior staff or board member responsible for governing or managing your organization must be able to attend.

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Creating Inclusive Environments @ Zoom
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Many nonprofits are exploring ways to create more LGBTQ+ inclusive environments and foster greater gender equity in the workplace. Grounded in story-telling and interactive activities, this workshop will explore gender bias, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and the relationship these have to organizational policies and practices. We will pay special attention to the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ communities and other topics relevant to your organizations.

We’ll start with looking at ourselves — what biases and stereotypes do we hold? Then, we’ll think about how this impacts our work and the people we serve. Finally, we’ll explore organizational policies and practices. Our training style is interactive, fun, intersectional, and practical — including scenarios, videos, sharing personal experiences, and discussions.

Attendees will:

* Examine personal and societal biases, conscious and unconscious, about gender and sexuality, and what impact these biases have on our work
* Explore successes and challenges related to gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity
* Develop skills to discuss these topics with colleagues, partners, clients, etc.
* Identify policies and practices that promote greater inclusion and equity within organizations

Target Audience

This training is designed for all nonprofit sector professionals interested in learning more about gender bias, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

About the Presenter

Minh Nguyen (she/they) is a creative youth worker, trainer, educator, and consultant. Minh has more than 13 years of experience in positive youth development programming, curriculum development, and facilitating trainings for thousands of people in the nonprofit, education, afterschool, and social service sectors.