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 events@massnonprofitnet.org.

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Jan
31
Mon
The Future Is Here – What’s Next for the Nonprofit Sector @ Zoom
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

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Join YPTC and our panel of experts in nonprofit legal, fundraising, and HR matters to share our predictions of 2022 hot-topics.

Featured Panelists:

  • Jennifer Alleva, Managing Partner, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC
  • Lisa Brown Alexander, Founder & CEO, Nonprofit HR
  • Tracy L. Boak, Partner, Perlman & Perlman, LLC
  • Kimberly O’Donnell, Vice President, Fundraising & Development, Network for Good

Topics covered include:

  • Employment issues
  • Technology advances
  • Charity regulation
  • Financial reporting considerations
  • Fundraising trends
Feb
1
Tue
Nonprofit Charitable Giving Strategies @ Zoom
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
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This workshop will cover ways to enhance your conversations with donors regarding their charitable gifts and diversifying charitable giving options.
Become a Power Presenter @ Online
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Learn to be a powerful presenter! Not everyone feels comfortable in front of a crowd. Whether it’s presenting an informal report, delivering a keynote speech, or simply speaking up during a meeting. Finding your true and confident voice can be a challenge. Using a theater-derived approach and practical “on-your-feet” exercises, this workshop will give you the tools required to engage your audience with warmth, confidence and clarity.

Learning Objectives

In this highly participatory workshop, you will learn to:

-Master the 5 essential vocal dynamics
-Seize the “stage” to find place of power
-Explore the intersection between knowledge and warmth
-Use physicality and eye contact to captivate your audience
-Receive constructive individualized feedback for immediate improvement

Target Audience
Seasoned leader or associates just entering into the sector. The target audience of this training is those who seek strategies for confident and effective presentations and communication.

Feb
2
Wed
Exploring the Latest Trends in Philanthropy @ Online
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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As the largest grant maker in the US, Fidelity Charitable has an incredible ability to analyze donor behavior. Join us to hear Kristen Robinson, COO of Fidelity Charitable, in conversation with Giselle Ferro Puigbo, Executive Director of the Brookline Community Foundation. Together they will explore current donor trends, including demographic differences between genders and generations, and how development professionals can prepare now for the future of philanthropy.

Prior to this program, we encourage you to check out the latest research from Fidelity Charitable:

The Future of Philanthropy report
Women and Giving report

Anticipated takeaways:

Learn about trends in donor behavior, including generational views on the meaning of and approach to philanthropy and the latest giving vehicles, such as Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
Explore what these trends mean for development offices and where we can invest for long-term fundraising success

Feb
3
Thu
Supervisor Learning Cohort @ Online
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Learn and experiment together with other supervisors using concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

Strong supervision is integral to organizational success and employee satisfaction, yet many supervisors feel woefully under-prepared. Join us and a group of your peers to create a collaborative learning community. Together, we will learn and experiment with concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

As a member of the Supervisor Learning Cohort, you will:

-Participate in three two-hour interactive training sessions
-Meet three times as a cohort to:

-Reflect on real supervisory challenges and make concrete plans to address them
-Explore your experiences putting new tools and behaviors in place
-Hold one another kindly accountable to taking action to address challenges

-Receive two hours of one-on-one coaching from TSNE’s cohort facilitator

Training module one: Adaptive Supervision (January 20, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module two: Building Supervisor-Staff Relationships Through Communication (February 17, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module three: Performance Management (March 15, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Cohort meeting one: February 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting two: March 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting three: March 29, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST

Feb
4
Fri
Fundraising Friday: An Alternative Approach to Conducting Your Capital Campaign Feasibility Study @ Zoom
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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Historically, there has been one way to conduct a formal feasibility study – hire a campaign consultant. However, there are pros and cons to having an outsider speak with your largest donors and community leaders. Join us for this engaging session to learn from each other and from our thought leader, Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE and CEO of Capital Campaign Toolkit. Amy proposes that the organization’s leaders should hold these important conversations. She will outline how pre-campaign donor conversations are a key component of preparing for your campaign. Through large and small group discussions, you will learn about preparing for a feasibility study and campaign success.

Feb
8
Tue
Virtual Community Engagement @ Zoom
Feb 8 @ 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.

Introduction to Fundamentals of Board Effectiveness @ Online
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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 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 in this training.

Feb
9
Wed
Building a Planned and Deferred Giving Program at No Cost @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This workshop teaches organizations how to introduce a planned giving program and to do so at no additional cost. Learn how your supporters can perpetuate their annual support beyond their lifetime. You can help all of your donors become philanthropists by inviting them to make a provision in their estate plan that provides both benefits to them and long term support for your mission.

CORI: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Help Their Clients @ Zoom
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*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

Feb
10
Thu
Get on Board! @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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. This workshop will be held live online utilizing the Zoom platform.

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.

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 (contact us to learn more about attending with new board members at a 2-for-1 rate)

Feb
15
Tue
Intro to Community Economic Development @ Zoom
Feb 15 all-day

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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

Introduction to Grant Writing @ Zoom
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Participants will learn to develop measurable project goals, objectives, and outcomes required in every proposal. Understand what is important to include in grant proposals by creating meaningful content for full proposals, letters of intent/inquiry, and online grant applications as well a post-award reporting.

The Only Constant is Change @ Virtual-Zoom
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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This hands-on workshop will provide nonprofit leaders with a framework and approach to understand, build capacity for and successfully navigate change.

Change is here to stay and making demands on the ways leaders and teams work together to achieve mission and impact. While change management focuses on the processes, tools and methods organizations use to implement change, we will focus on the framework and tools leaders can use to build a culture that is communicative and responsive to change. We will focus on change, not crises, as a constant in today’s world. Using reflection, real examples and break-out groups, we will explore ways in which we can better lead, work and communicate during challenging times.

About our Speaker, Siobhán O’Riordan:

As a strategist, facilitator and certified Gallup Global Strengths Coach, Siobhán provides clients with insight, creativity, inclusivity and the ability to build trust and capacity to grapple with transition and change. She brings the “soft skills” – creating space for vulnerability and growth – and deep operational expertise essential for leaders and teams working through challenges and delivering impact.

Over the past 25 years she has worked with over 60 organizations and hundreds of individual leaders, team and board members across the social sector in organizations with revenues ranging from $500K to $30M. She has helped social entrepreneurs hire talent and create inclusive and learning cultures in the early stages of organizational growth; worked to build the revenue, collaboration and communication capacity of many National Park Service nonprofit partners; and extensively advised and developed strategies, programs, funding models and messaging across all types of philanthropic organizations. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Boston Business Journal and New Ventures in Philanthropy.

Her deepest interests include race and gender equity, history, politics, creativity, nature and brain science. She also makes paper art, practices yoga and mentors. Her educational background includes a BA in History and MA in Teaching, both from Tufts University.

Feb
17
Thu
Supervisor Learning Cohort @ Online
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Learn and experiment together with other supervisors using concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

Strong supervision is integral to organizational success and employee satisfaction, yet many supervisors feel woefully under-prepared. Join us and a group of your peers to create a collaborative learning community. Together, we will learn and experiment with concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

As a member of the Supervisor Learning Cohort, you will:

-Participate in three two-hour interactive training sessions
-Meet three times as a cohort to:

-Reflect on real supervisory challenges and make concrete plans to address them
-Explore your experiences putting new tools and behaviors in place
-Hold one another kindly accountable to taking action to address challenges

-Receive two hours of one-on-one coaching from TSNE’s cohort facilitator

Training module one: Adaptive Supervision (January 20, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module two: Building Supervisor-Staff Relationships Through Communication (February 17, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module three: Performance Management (March 15, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Cohort meeting one: February 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting two: March 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting three: March 29, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST

Feb
24
Thu
Creating a High Performance Board @ Online
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Presented by: Nesly Metayer and Dr. Judy Freiwirth

Nonprofit boards play a key role helping organizations achieve impact. While many boards have operationalized the foundational practices that help them work together, there is a strong body of research around what takes boards to the next stage of being highly effective and impactful.

This workshop will focus on evidence-based strategies and practices that can serve as the catalyst for improving the performance of your already functional board. Participants will walk away with hands-on experience with essential tools and models, as well as an action plan to guide next steps for their own board development.

Mar
1
Tue
Customer Service: Getting It Right Every Time @ Online
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A TSNE Better Nonprofit Management Workshop

Presented by David Marino

Everyone knows how to say “please” and “thank you.” What organizations really need is an employee standard that will exceed their client’s expectations every time. Using the principles of improvisational theater — presentation, positivity, and “making offers” — you can build a robust and successful customer service program that is easy for your employees to follow and create a friendly and memorable experience for your clientele.

Through this innovative and highly participatory workshop designed for customer service representatives of all industries and experience levels, you will learn to:

–    How to keep working with a customer when you have to say “no” to them
–    Master the “Rules of Engagement”
–    Turn challenges into opportunities
–    Deliver beyond customer expectations
–    Integrate your customer service practice into company goals

Mar
2
Wed
Community Organizing 102: Building Powerful Campaigns @ Zoom
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

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“Building Powerful Campaigns” is a hands-on 2 day workshop series on creating campaigns that both achieve wins and build the abilities of grassroots leaders. The training will delve into the many stages of campaigns, including research, education and mobilization, negotiation, protest/struggle, achieving win-wins, and celebration/follow up. Using interactive exercises and case studies, this workshop will offer concrete approaches and tools for power analysis, strategy design, managing coalitions, and messaging. Threaded throughout, we will emphasize the role of the organizer as coach, who supports community leaders to be the true drivers of campaigns. This training is intended for staff members and community leaders who have some experience in community engagement and organizing.

Proposed Outcomes

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of:

– developing power analysis and campaign strategy collaboratively with community leaders
– how leadership development, organizing, advocacy, and coalition-building work together to build power in marginalized communities
– case studies of grassroots organizing campaigns

Participants will gain hands-on skills and/or resources in:

– specific mobilization, negotiation, messaging, and protest tactics that groups have used to achieve affordable housing, jobs, and other community demands
– ways to support community leaders in building skills and confidence in areas such as advocacy with policymakers and speaking to the media

Mar
3
Thu
Supervisor Learning Cohort @ Online
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Learn and experiment together with other supervisors using concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

Strong supervision is integral to organizational success and employee satisfaction, yet many supervisors feel woefully under-prepared. Join us and a group of your peers to create a collaborative learning community. Together, we will learn and experiment with concrete tools to grow your supervisory skills and practice.

As a member of the Supervisor Learning Cohort, you will:

-Participate in three two-hour interactive training sessions
-Meet three times as a cohort to:

-Reflect on real supervisory challenges and make concrete plans to address them
-Explore your experiences putting new tools and behaviors in place
-Hold one another kindly accountable to taking action to address challenges

-Receive two hours of one-on-one coaching from TSNE’s cohort facilitator

Training module one: Adaptive Supervision (January 20, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module two: Building Supervisor-Staff Relationships Through Communication (February 17, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Training module three: Performance Management (March 15, 2022; 10 – 12:00pm EST)
Cohort meeting one: February 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting two: March 3, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST
Cohort meeting three: March 29, 2022; 10:30 – 12:00pm EST

Mar
8
Tue
Understanding and Competing for Federal Grants @ Zoom
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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More than $3.1 trillion in federal grants were awarded in 2020. While this amount quadrupled since 2018, at least one-third were strictly for COVID-19 recovery. Is your organization ready to compete for future opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Learn how to determine what grants are appropriate for your organization, how to interpret government priorities, and how to prepare a winning narrative.