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

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Mar
8
Mon
Perspectives from the C-Suite: Women’s Leadership Panel @ Zoom
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts on March 8th!

In partnership with MassMutual, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts presents a free panel discussion as part of the Women’s Leadership Series.

Leaders with vast experience in corporate industries and higher education will share their expert knowledge on how to lead with strength, resilience, and perseverance.

The c-suite leaders joining us are Pia Kumar from Universal Plastics Group, Elizabeth Ward from MassMutual, Tammi Wortham from Human Resources at Sun Life Insurance, and Gloria Lopez from Westfield State University.

Mar
9
Tue
COVID-19 is Causing Funders to Adjust Their Practices and You Should Too @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Nonprofit organizations everywhere are struggling to meet the increased need for services due to the pandemic. Foundations are being asked to give more to organizations they have long supported, but are worried about long-term viability for some of the groups in their portfolios. How can nonprofit leaders understand the concerns of funders and present their case well?

In this session a very experienced grant maker will share what she’s learned in her work with multiple family foundations and suggest ways that nonprofits can strengthen their case for support.

Presenter: Mari Brennan Barrera

Mari serves as a Charitable Foundations Manager in Nutter Law’s Private Client Department. She identifies opportunities for strategic grantmaking to help philanthropic families and foundations achieve their charitable goals. She also works with the nonprofits that
receive this funding to help them leverage the grants and build their capacity.

Mari has more than 25 years of experience in developing grantmaking programs, creating and implementing strategic plans, conducting issue and landscape analyses, and designing staffing and operational structures for a wide range of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations committed to social change.

Mari’s early career included fundraising and communications. Later, her consulting clients included Ambassador Swanee Hunt’s family foundation, Boston’s Black Philanthropy Fund, and Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative. Mari has also served at the executive level at the Highland Street and the Eos family foundations, and at the Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has served as chair of Philanthropy Massachusetts (previously known as Associated Grant
Makers). Mari was also board chair of the national organization Full Frame Initiative. She is now in her second term as a member of the Natick grants panels for the MetroWest Health Foundation, and joined the board of Project Bread in January 2020.

Nonprofit Bylaws Consultation @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Bylaws serve as the main governing document of your organization; the bedrock upon which its foundation rests. When bylaws are not carefully created and maintained in accordance with the best practices outlined in your Articles of Organization, cracks may start to appear in this foundation, hampering your work and taking away from your organization’s mission and resources.

Join us for a two-part training and consultation program on bylaws and corporate governance issue spotting. The 75-minute training will focus on the mechanics of the bylaws and give you practical tips for how to use these documents in your operation. The subsequent 90-minute consultation session will be staffed by lawyers from Goodwin. They will review your current bylaws or assist you in creating a new policy and make recommendations as necessary.

This is designed for any nonprofit looking to change, update, or create bylaws, from established longstanding nonprofits to those who have just incorporated and want to make sure they have legally-sound bylaws.

Reviewing and Analyzing Property Financial Reports @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Structure of Course:

• Preliminary online session discussing subject concepts, training, formulas (where applicable) and best practices.

• Provide participants with a case-study type set of exercises to complete independently. Independent work is designed to reinforce and build on the training provided in the preliminary online session.

• Follow Up Session to review case study exercises, review any new issues that arise from case study.

Summary:

Overview of how to review property financial reports to ensure that they are a valuable tool for property and asset management planning and operations. Workshop includes review of typical property financial report with analysis of key balance sheet, and operating statement indicators, including vacancy and collection, operating costs and debt coverage ratio. Workshop also covers hard and soft debt, trend analysis, cash flow calculations and introduces the difference between cash basis and accrual financial statements.

Workshop will include two 60 to 90-minute online sessions, with participants completing a mini-case study financial report analysis exercise on your own in the week between the online sessions. and introduces income and expense. Instructor will remain available to participants for questions during the case study. Participants will receive PDF booklets for both sessions and mini-case study booklet.

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.

Self Esteem Principles & Practices @ Zoom
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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This 8-hour intensive training will educate participants in the self-esteem philosophy. Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.

Mar
10
Wed
Self Esteem Principles & Practices @ Zoom
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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This 8-hour intensive training will educate participants in the self-esteem philosophy. Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.

Tacking the Mental Health & Substance Misuse Crisis to Maximize the Collective Impact of our Communities @ Online Webinar
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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A strategic conversation on the mental health and substance misuse crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on millions of Americans and their families – both physically and mentally. Mental health problems and substance misuse are on the rise. Tune in to hear a strategic conversation between thought leaders as they discuss the escalating public health emergency spurred by COVID-19 and how to pave a better path forward.

Mar
11
Thu
Introduction to Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy (SCULPT) @ Online
Mar 11 @ 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 Thursday, March 11th 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 5, participants from your organization.

Mar
16
Tue
Philanthropic Strategies for Nonprofits @ Zoom Video Conferenceing
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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Join us on March 16 for Philanthropic Strategies and Raising Revenue for Nonprofits Post COVID-19: Endowment Management, Planned Giving and Commercial Co-Ventures

Learn more about how nonprofits can handle fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic and why charitable organizations should consider expanding their fundraising and mission reach.

This seminar will cover why now is an opportune time to launch formal annual and planned giving programs and how specific methods of giving are more attractive in light of the current low interest rates, historic trends of giving in turbulent times, and the SECURE Act and CARES Act. It will also cover why taking on the position of a thoughtful advisor is a successful strategy.

Presenter: Elizabeth Manchester, Counsel, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

 

Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters @ Virtual
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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(Prerequisite: FQP Level 1)   This 6-hour, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients.  Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients. The six elements of self-esteem are examined in the context of the stages of change model.

Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents @ Online
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm

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How do hate groups influence mainstream opinions and government policy?  Join Re-Imagining Migration, the Indiana Historical Bureau and The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute for a free, interactive webinar, Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents, on Tuesday, March 16 at 1:00 PM EDT. Historian Jill Weiss Simins and educator Adam Strom will use primary source documents from 1920s Indiana to illustrate the lasting impact the Ku Klux Klan had on public policy and restrictive immigration regulations. Using these materials, you will learn strategies for teaching critical analyses of primary source documents and promoting thoughtful connections between the past and present with your students.

This interactive webinar is geared toward grades eight through 12 teachers but is applicable to lower grade levels and adult educators as well. Librarians, administrators, counsellors and program managers will also benefit. It is free of charge, but you must register to participate. Certificates of completion are available by request.

Reviewing and Analyzing Property Financial Reports @ Zoom
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Structure of Course:

• Preliminary online session discussing subject concepts, training, formulas (where applicable) and best practices.

• Provide participants with a case-study type set of exercises to complete independently. Independent work is designed to reinforce and build on the training provided in the preliminary online session.

• Follow Up Session to review case study exercises, review any new issues that arise from case study.

Summary:

Overview of how to review property financial reports to ensure that they are a valuable tool for property and asset management planning and operations. Workshop includes review of typical property financial report with analysis of key balance sheet, and operating statement indicators, including vacancy and collection, operating costs and debt coverage ratio. Workshop also covers hard and soft debt, trend analysis, cash flow calculations and introduces the difference between cash basis and accrual financial statements.

Workshop will include two 60 to 90-minute online sessions, with participants completing a mini-case study financial report analysis exercise on your own in the week between the online sessions. and introduces income and expense. Instructor will remain available to participants for questions during the case study. Participants will receive PDF booklets for both sessions and mini-case study booklet.

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.

Lost health insurance from a job? Know your options & how to shop for plans @ Zoom Webinar and/or Conference Call
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This webinar is an opportunity to review the basics about how to apply, enroll and get health insurance coverage through the Health Connector.
The presentation will cover:
•       General information about the state’s Health Connector and the types of coverage available through MAhealthconnector.org
•       Rules around choosing Health Connector plans as an alternative to COBRA
•       The Open Enrollment extension for 2021 Health Plan Coverage
•       Tips when applying for coverage, including choosing a plan and enrolling
•       How to get free help with this process

Mar
17
Wed
Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters @ Virtual
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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(Prerequisite: FQP Level 1)   This 6-hour, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients.  Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients. The six elements of self-esteem are examined in the context of the stages of change model.

Mar
18
Thu
Central Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Central Regional Meeting – Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom. Presented with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and sponsored by the Massachusetts CORE Plan.

The theme of the 2021 Regional Meetings is, “Stronger Together: Regional Dialogues”. The meetings will cover policy updates of importance to the sector, review the new and expanded MNN services and programs, provide regional nonprofit data and updates, guided conversations by regional leaders, and will include time for moderated virtual networking for attendees to share best practices and to begin collaborating on issues important to the health of the sector and their regions. We hope that the conversations that emerge both within and after these meetings will help us become stronger together.

At each meeting, regional infographics will be shared. These graphics share facts about nonprofits in their specific region, while detailing how much the sector contributes to the community and the economy. Following the meeting, all materials, the meeting recording, and the slides will be sent to all those who register.

What Should You Say to Your Donors? How to Effectively Communicate Your Mission and Need @ Zoom
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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In this constantly changing world we are all living in, you need to stay nimble and creative in your approach to reaching out to your donors. You need to continue to ask for support, but how do you communicate urgency without sounding desperate?

Join Jenn Hayslett, highly rated fundraising trainer and coach, for an interactive workshop on engaging your donors during this complex time.

During this hour and half session, we will explore how to:

– Craft intentional and clear messages that speak directly to your donors.
– Gather and share your clients’ stories in a respectful and inclusive way that explains your impact to your donors.
– Segment your messages to communicate the importance of your nonprofit’s work and ask your donors for support using print appeals, e-appeals, social media and website.
– Build a diverse and inclusive communications advisory team to review your messages and materials so that you are speaking to your multiple audiences with a voice that supports racial, gender, and economic justice.

Mar
19
Fri
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
23
Tue
Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It Program Series @ Zoom
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Manage Your Stress Because You’re Worth It training was developed to help people deal with change and stressful situations due to covid-19.  The course provides exercises to help people identify their stressors and how stress impacts their body, mind, emotions and spirit. There are exercises to help people set the most fitting intention for managing their stress and practical ideas to put these strategies into action in their own lives. By managing stress, people learn to build resilience to meet life’s challenges, strengthen their abilities and competence to deal with difficult situations, and manage their health and wellbeing.

Mar
24
Wed
Building & Maximizing Your Major Donor Pipeline @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Building and managing a major donor pipeline is a deliberate and thoughtful process. This session focuses on relationship science and rapport building techniques, tactical strategies to rapidly build your major donor pipeline, and tools to measure and manage donor relationships and progress toward giving. This session will provide useful techniques, tools, and strategies that will help participants rapidly build a major donor program.

In addition, this session will demonstrate techniques to more accurately scope and determine the size of a successful major gift ask. We will discuss a series of qualitative and quantitative questions designed to capture key intelligence about a potential donor.

 

Asset Management Overview of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program @ Zoom
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Structure of Course:

• Preliminary online session discussing subject concepts, training, formulas (where applicable) and best practices.

• Provide participants with a case-study type set of exercises to complete independently. Independent work is designed to reinforce and build on the training provided in the preliminary online session.

• Follow Up Session to review case study exercises, review any new issues that arise from case study.

Summary:

Overview of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program with a focus on how the program makes affordable housing possible. Subtitle of the class might be “Everything they didn’t tell me in the compliance class that I really wanted to know.” The workshop will provide an overview of the history and intent of the LIHTC program, how the LIHTC funds get from investors to the property, and a basic description of how the credits for a property are calculated. Workshop and mini-case study will include hands-on calculation of how the credits are calculated for a project and how the credits blend into the project’s funding plan to make development possible.

Workshop will include two 60 to 90-minute online sessions, with participants completing a mini-case study financial report analysis exercise on your own in the week between the online sessions. and introduces income and expense. Instructor will remain available to participants for questions during the case study. Participants will receive PDF booklets for both sessions and mini-case study booklet/spreadsheet.

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.