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.

To submit an event, click the button below.

All submissions will be approved by MNN staff prior to being posted (typically within 24 hours).  You must be an MNN nonprofit or affiliate member to submit an event. Not a member yet? Annual membership starts as low as $75 and includes unlimited job postings and many other year-round benefits. Click to learn more and join.

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

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Jun
23
Wed
Nonprofit Bylaws Consultation @ Zoom Video Conferencing
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 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 consultation program on nonprofit bylaws. This 90-minute consultation session will be staffed by lawyers from Weil. 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.

 

“Minding the gap” for BIPOC disabled youth with Luticha Andre Doucette @ Online/Virtual
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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For many youth with disabilities and their families, handling the transition from youth to adults services is an incredibly challenging and stressful time. Many young disabled people “fall through the cracks” and never get connected to the adult services they need to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose, and this is especially true for disabled youth who are also Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

As such, it’s important to use an intersectional approach to help prepare those who are transitioning into adult services. Those who participate in this webinar will learn key areas where and how BIPOC disabled youth fall through the gaps, as well as strategies for how to prepare these young people for the transition into adult services.

About the presenter: Luticha Andre Doucette is the owner of Catalyst Consulting, which helps organizations, leaders, and advocates examine equity across race, gender identity, and disability in policies, practices, procedures, and relationships. She is a graduate of the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship program, an AUCD Emerging Leader, and an inductee into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

In 2017, she authored a report on wage disparities across race, gender, and disability in Rochester and Monroe County in conjunction with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and in 2018 authored a follow-up report on employment barriers for disabled people in Rochester and Monroe County.

Jun
30
Wed
Youth Villages Spring Challenge @ Online Event
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am

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Youth Villages starts with YOU.

Join the 2021 Spring Challenge to raise $1 million for at-risk youth to access the critical life-changing services of LifeSet. Your IMPACT WILL BE DOUBLED with a matching gift from the Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire Board.

The demand for LifeSet services has increased throughout the pandemic and there is a surge in mental health crises throughout the community. Youth Villages provides critical and essential services to help young adults work through life’s challenges as they transition to independent adulthood.

LifeSet also helps these young adults avoid homelessness, incarceration and unemployment. Youth Villages is filling the gap in services created by the pandemic and is there for life’s hardest moments. With your help, we can give even more young people the gift of an independent and rewarding future.

Jul
7
Wed
2021 Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators @ Online
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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How do you support foreign-born students and bring immigration into the classroom particularly during times of crisis? Immigrant and refugee students of all ages have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment. Learn how to support immigrant students, combat anti-immigrant sentiment and center the immigrant voice across the curriculum.

 

Jul
8
Thu
2021 Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators @ Online
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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How do you support foreign-born students and bring immigration into the classroom particularly during times of crisis? Immigrant and refugee students of all ages have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in anti-immigrant sentiment. Learn how to support immigrant students, combat anti-immigrant sentiment and center the immigrant voice across the curriculum.

 

Jul
9
Fri
Fundraising Friday: The American Rescue Plan Act and How It Could Impact Your Organization @ Zoom
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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Joining us to speak to us at this Fundraising Friday will be Danielle Fleury, Vice President for Government Affairs for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. She will speak about the $350 billion in aid to State, Local, and Tribal Governments authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and what it could mean for your organization.

In mid-May, the US Treasury released guidance about how state and local governments can utilize the funding. Danielle will highlight some of the permissible uses of the $350 billion aid package, which includes aid to populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 through programs that facilitate access to health and social services, programs that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or homelessness, programs that mitigate the impacts of COVID on education, and programs that mitigate the impacts of COVID on childhood health or welfare.

The time is now for nonprofit leaders to advocate with policymakers and call attention to the needs of their communities and the organizations who address them. It is also time to position our organizations to access funds that State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments will be distributing through this act.

This session will be interactive with one half dedicated to the topic above and the remaining time dedicated to networking around development topics of high interest.

Fundraising Fridays are monthly hour-long discussion groups addressing timely development topics in an open dialogue format that provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and authentic networking. These sessions, held at 9:00 am the first Friday of each month, are free and open to any and all nonprofit professionals and volunteers interested in fundraising and development issues (EDs, DDs, development staff, volunteer leaders, etc.). You will come away with a greater understanding of the topic at hand and connections with nonprofit peers who share your interests and concerns.

 

Jul
12
Mon
Meet-the-Donors: Arts & Culture @ Zoom
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Join Philanthropy Massachusetts as we welcome a team of grantmakers with an Arts & Culture focus!

It’s been a tough year for everyone. Arts & Culture organizations have had an especially difficult time as so much of their revenue typically relies on support from the general public in the form of audiences and visitors. As we emerge from the pandemic, what does the future look like for Arts & Culture organizations? How are funders seeing the situation?

In this interactive session, our speakers will address these questions. They will also make recommendations for how to stand out when applying for funding, what makes a successful project or proposal, and much more!

The format of the program includes a moderated intro portion followed by attendees working in groups to develop questions for the moderator to pose to the panelists. In the final 30 minutes, panelists will break off into individual breakout rooms for a more informal meet-and-greet with attendees. Feel free to drop in to ask a follow-up question or make a quick hello.

Our panel includes:

Sara S. Glidden, Program Manager, Cultural Investment Portfolio, Mass Cultural Council (Moderator)
Rayana Grace, Program Officer, The Island Foundation
SueEllen Kroll, Program Officer, Barr Foundation
Eva Rosenberg, Interim Director, Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation
Candelaria Silva-Collins, Board Member/Trustee, George B. Henderson Foundation

Jul
14
Wed
Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting – Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom.

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.

Jul
21
Wed
Better and Stronger: The Evolving Landscape of the Social Sector @ Zoom
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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We have experienced and learned a lot in these past long months. The disparities exposed by the pandemic, the violence exacerbated by it, and the renewed spotlight on racial injustice have led us to a point of inflection. We can take this opportunity to broaden our leadership, reexamine our missions and values, and act in ways to even better serve our communities. Together we can build a stronger sector.

In this program presented by Philanthropy Massachusetts and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), we will take a collective step back to look at the landscape of the social sector and then ask some hard questions. What does the future look like for the sector? What can you do to lead your organization to a better normal?

Guiding us through these discussions will be Jim Klocke, Chief Executive Officer of MNN, and Alex McCray, Senior Director of Programs at Philanthropy MA. We will hear from nonprofit peers and leaders in the philanthropic community as we explore what building better and stronger means to us individually and organizationally.

Panelists will include:

Hannah Martin, Manager of Research at The Center for Effective Philanthropy (one of the authors of the new CEP report Perservering Through Crisis: The State of Nonprofits)

Yi-Chin Chen, MSW, Executive Director of Friends for the ChildrenBoard Member of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and alumna of Philanthropy Massachusetts Nonprofit Leadership Institute.

This will be an interactive session for funders and nonprofits, so please come ready with your questions and contributions.

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the meeting.

Jul
28
Wed
Cape & Islands Regional Meeting @ Zoom
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Cape & Islands Regional Meeting – Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 10:00-11:30 am on Zoom. Presented with the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

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.

Sep
14
Tue
Getting Grant Ready – Action Steps for Nonprofit Startups and Nonprofits in Turnaround @ Zoom
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Grant readiness has a direct impact on the success and sustainability of nonprofits no matter what stage of the nonprofit lifecycle they are in.

* But what does it mean to be grant-ready?
* How do you know when you are?
* What is the cost if you’re not?

Join NOPI – Nonprofit Incubator and Dr. Beverly A. Browning (Dr. Bev), CSPF as we provide specific action steps every nonprofit must take to become fundable. Information provided will set the foundation to begin or return to a state of growth.