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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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For questions concerning MNN’s Nonprofit Trainings and Events Calendar please contact calendar@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Dec
8
Tue
Success Planning Requires Succession Planning @ Online
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Succession Planning should be an ongoing process in nonprofits of all sizes, even when a leadership transition is not anticipated: staff can take leaves of absence, become ill or choose to leave the organization and few nonprofits have excess resources to plug the gaps.

This workshop, designed for board members and senior staff, will explore:
– making succession planning a practice throughout the organization
– inventorying top job requirements and current skills
– hiring, cross training and professional growth plans
– responding to short-term emergencies
– implementing planned and unplanned transitions
– assessing internal vs external options
– adapting these concepts to organizations large and small.

Participants will leave with a roadmap to begin the conversations within their own organization.

Presenters: Chris Dame, David Harris, & Frank Reece/Interim Executive Solutions

Dec
10
Thu
Virtual Community Engagement Training @ Zoom
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nowadays – it seems that everyone has had to embrace virtual ways of staying connected. Whether it is municipalities, institutions, and non-profit organizations – community engagement strategies have had to adjust across the board. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MetroBoston’s Regional Planning Agency, has also had to make the shift, and their Community Engagement staff have developed this training for engagement practitioners who are actively looking to develop and practice their skills in using tools to increase digital participation.

This training will also allow you to connect with other engagement practitioners who are navigating the new normal of virtual participation. Together we can learn how to utilize methods and strategies to increase the impact and effectiveness of your engagement. This training will also allow us to reflect on the challenges that different engagement practitioners are sharing in this moment.

If you are hoping to learn about the tools and approaches that will help you engage stakeholders virtually, consider signing up for this training.

At registration please share your engagement challenges so that we can meet your needs as best as possible. We look forward to connecting with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Iolando Spinola, Community Engagement Specialist, ispinola@mapc.org.

Words Matter – White Fundraisers, Anti-Racist Action, & the Ways We Describe It @ Philanthropy Massachusetts
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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Do you wonder what your place is as a white fundraising professional in the movement for racial equity? Do you worry that when you speak or write about race and racism, you’ll get it wrong?

Many in our field want to get braver, strengthen our skills, and improve our relationships, so please join us for this conversation. We’ll cover basics like white privilege and white supremacy, and how they play out in our roles. Then we’ll learn approaches to advancing equity in our interpersonal relationships, teams, and in our work products, like grant proposals or direct mail pieces. Speaking up for racial justice has never been more important, so let’s find ways to do it powerfully, consistently, and with accountability to people of color stakeholders.

While this session is designed by a white fundraiser with other white fundraisers in mind, all are invited to the conversation.

Presenter
Brianna Boggs is an independent coach and consultant focused on supporting executives and boards of directors through leadership challenges. She focuses on racial equity (dismantling white supremacy culture, supporting leaders of color in white-founded organizations, helping white leadership build tolerance for racial stress, preparing organizations for transition) and fundraising (building skills, confidence, and creative strategies; responsibly transitioning funding relationships from founders to new leaders).

As co-founder and co-facilitator of the Racial Equity Senior Leaders Learning Circle at Trinity Boston Connects, Brianna developed the curriculum and facilitates a 10-month cohort for nonprofit senior leaders seeking to dig deeply into the personal side of leadership on racial equity and implement new practices to improve their organizations.

Prior to her coaching and consulting work, Brianna’s career focused on fundraising and communications in social justice organizations including GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) where she was most recently Director of Development at the 41-year-old impact litigation organization. As Director of Development and Communications at Trinity Boston Connects, she led public-facing strategies for the organization’s work to unlock opportunity for youth of color in Boston. As Development Manager for StreetSafe Boston at The Boston Foundation, Brianna led fundraising for a gang violence intervention strategy aimed at reducing homicide amongst the most active gangs in the city and, through counseling and job training, providing young people a way up and a way out.

LEAD Event Series- Holiday Heroes Happy Hour @ Zoom
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm

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Demonstrate how to help others by raising funds to support young people in need with holiday gifts and winter essentials this holiday season.

Registration coming soon!

Dec
15
Tue
A Free Zoominar from Nonprofit Net: How to Tell Your Story @ Zoom
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Telling stories is the most powerful way to communicate. But only if your story is good and told well. In this workshop you will learn how write a story that engages people, motivates them to act and, ultimately, advances the mission of your organization. We will explore
what makes a good story and how to write a story that is both engaging and motivating.

Presenter Molly Mead will use examples that come from you. Please send her an example of a written story you are currently using or hope to use molly@praxiscg.com. Or, if that is a bit intimidating, find a story that you find engaging and send it.

Our Presenter:

Molly Mead, EdD joined Praxis as a Senior Consultant after working on a range of Praxis engagements over 15 years. She has a 30-year career in higher education, most recently at Amherst College where she was the founding director of the Center for Community
Engagement and a member of the American Studies faculty. Molly joined Amherst after a distinguished career at Tufts University where she held the post of Lincoln Filene Professor and was founding Director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She also served as the academic director of the Clinton Democracy Fellows program, a program designed to develop the capacities of emerging leaders in South Africa and was the Faculty Director of Tufts Center
for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

She has worked and consulted extensively in the nonprofit sector with organizations such as the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Women &
Philanthropy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is the author of numerous papers on social policy, citizenship, gender and, most recently, Effective Philanthropy (with Mary Ellen Capeck), in which she and Capek made the case that organizations that are deeply diverse are more effective. Molly is passionate about helping people connect with their deepest beliefs and then convey those beliefs in powerful stories.

Molly holds an AB from Cornell University, an MBA from Simmons College and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She can be reached at molly@praxisCG.com.

 

Dec
16
Wed
Introduction to Culture of Philanthropy @ Online
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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You are Invited to Learn More about Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

How do you bring abundance and financial resources into your organization? Rainmaker Consulting has been working for years with clients across North America to establish a Culture of Philanthropy. Long before it was a trending concept, Rainmaker worked with clients to shift from the ‘concept’ of a Culture of Philanthropy to learning and applying the practicalities of implementation to create a newfound reality in their organizations.

Recently, we’ve begun to understand how important it is to have multiple individuals working on this culture change simultaneously, as part of a team. In fact, working with our new team model for the last three years has helped our clients have extraordinary results. We took those lessons to heart when developing our breakthrough 7-month program Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.

Join us on December 16th from 2-3 pm EST, for a free webinar to learn about our upcoming course – Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy.  Spend an engaging hour with Rainmaker, hear more about our course, and leave with useful tools and ideas that can be applied to your organization right now.

We are holding free introductory webinars over the coming weeks and we encourage you to share this invitation to attend the one-hour session to learn how a strong team can lead to organization-wide resource abundance with multiple staff and board members. The Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy course itself is designed for teams, and requires a commitment of a minimum of 3, or up to 6, participants from your organization.

Dec
17
Thu
Meet-the-Donors: Human Services @ Online
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Meet-the-Donors programs provide an opportunity to learn about the specifics of each foundation on the panel and also to pick up some tips about grantseeking in general. The programs include a moderated “kick-off” Q&A; breakout groups where attendees generate further questions for the panel; and it closes out with an informal “meet-and-greet” with individual panelists in breakout rooms.

The events are great for those who are new to grantseeking as well as seasoned pros seeking to pick up extra tips!

Our Panel:

Moderator: Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH, Co-founder and Director, My Life My Choice

Jessica Castro, Program and Operations Officer, Trefler Foundation

Cuong Hoang, Director of Programs, Mott Philanthropic

Noreen McMahon, Senior Director of Programs, Highland Street Foundation

Jan
13
Wed
Introduction to Census Data: Finding the Numbers You Need @ Zoom
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This introductory-level, hands-on workshop will help you learn about some of the latest online tools available to help you assemble, analyze, and present data from the U.S. Census for your own community; special attention to descriptive data for nonprofits and community development organizations working on neighborhood-level planning projects, service delivery, grant-writing, and affordable housing development.

 

Jan
27
Wed
Intro to Community Economic Development @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.
– Briefly explore how community development has responded to COVID-19

Feb
4
Thu
Get On Board! @ Locke Lord
Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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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.

Content and discussions will prepare you for the rewarding experience of volunteerism, nonprofit leadership, and board participation. You’ll 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 necessary to find the organization that is a best fit for your skills and passions. 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.

Feb
9
Tue
Approaches to Supervision @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Supervision-min

This training focuses on supervision and program management for adult staff. It addresses the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, communication, work relationships, program management, and the specific supervision of staff. In the training we will identify various roles and responsibilities of supervisors, and explore effective strategies for supervisor relationships.

Feb
10
Wed
Approaches to Supervision @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Supervision-min

This training focuses on supervision and program management for adult staff. It addresses the roles and responsibilities of supervisors, communication, work relationships, program management, and the specific supervision of staff. In the training we will identify various roles and responsibilities of supervisors, and explore effective strategies for supervisor relationships.

Mar
5
Fri
Be a Group Facilitation Pro in an Age of Meetings @ Zoom
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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Ever feel like you’re participating in one very long meeting lately? Do you attend or lead meetings that fail to achieve meeting or project goals? Effective meetings build connections, generate ideas, share knowledge, and can even create pathways to leadership. This two- and one-half hour workshop will introduce participants to techniques in meeting preparation, managing interpersonal and group dynamics, and following-up for success.

This workshop is designed to help you explore and improve your capacity to manage meetings and to connect with other individuals planning meetings through a combination of active-learning, small groups, and presentations. Apply the knowledge gained from this workshop to any meeting, small, committee meetings to larger public forums.

Apr
30
Fri
Get On Board! @ Locke Lord
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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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.

Content and discussions will prepare you for the rewarding experience of volunteerism, nonprofit leadership, and board participation. You’ll 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 necessary to find the organization that is a best fit for your skills and passions. 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.