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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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Mar
31
Tue
Navigating Fundraising during COVID-19 for Nonprofits @ Online
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In a time of social distancing, how do we move in-person organizing online? Join AB Charities’ digital experts for Navigating Fundraising during COVID-19 for Nonprofits to learn how to build your community online and empower your supporters.

Our experts will cover:

  1. How to adapt your fundraising strategy to match the moment.
  2. Elements of a successful fundraising email.
  3. How to communicate with supporters during this crisis.
  4. How you can use your email list and your community to organize around COVID-19 relief efforts in addition to your own work.

COVID-19 is impacting people and organizations everywhere: We’re here to support your work because it’s crucial to weathering this storm. Bring your questions, and we’ll do our best to support you!

Apr
1
Wed
Online Grant Proposals: How to Say Everything You Need in 2,000 Characters or Less @ Online
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Online grant proposals are here to stay. They are frustrating, exasperating, and daunting. Still, we often must present our case for support in 2,000 characters (~350 words) or less. Writing tight or to the point while getting the attention of the grant reviewer has never been more crucial.

Although brevity is key, grant makers still want engaging narratives that state the issue or problem succinctly while providing evidence that your organization will achieve the proposed outcomes. Knowing what to say and how to say it in a short grant application is the focus of this workshop. The techniques discussed will help you construct successful paper and paperless proposal narratives.

This is a fun, dynamic session that combines lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises. Attendees will be able to use the slides in the handout as a guide to help them prepare grant proposals in the future.

The learning objectives are as follows:

– Identify key elements that will grab the attention of grant reviewers
– Use simple, direct language to make your point
– Understand the nature of online grant proposals from the reviewer’s point-of-view.

Presenter

Diane Gedeon-Martin is a nationally recognized grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. She started her company The Write Source, LLC in 1993 and has a current roster of over 280 nonprofit clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. Diane helps her clients achieve their goals by winning grants ranging from $5,000 to $5.0 million. In fact, she specializes in preparing government grant proposals.

Based in Connecticut, Diane is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer reaching over 20,000 people through her grant-seeking workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process; her enthusiasm is contagious! In 2015, she retired after 14 years as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she taught and co-authored the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. She frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences including those hosted by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and other statewide resource centers, and a number venues hosted by nonprofit organizations. In 2010, she became a certified Master Trainer through the AFP Faculty Training Academy.

Inclusive Telework for Persons with Disabilities during COVID-19 Crisis with Debra Ruh @ Online/Virtual
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Inclusive Telework for Persons with Disabilities during COVID-19 Crisis with Debra Ruh @ Online/Virtual

Join us for a webinar on the benefits and challenges of working from home. How can you create a telework set-up and policies at your organization to support people with disabilities? How can individuals remain productive and maintain their work-life balance while remote?

Telework is also known as telecommuting, mobile work, remote work, and flexible workplace. As more companies send employees home during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, it is important to learn ways to stay productive, have a work-life balance, and be inclusive of people with disabilities.

In this interactive webinar, we will discuss tips, tricks, tools, and best practices. Join us!

Meet the presenter: Debra Ruh is a Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, market influencer, internationally recognized keynote speaker, published author, branding expert, successful entrepreneur, and an exceptional mother. Debra’s company, Ruh Global IMPACT, focuses on global disability inclusion strategies, digital marketing, and branding among many other services.

Apr
2
Thu
Women in Development Brown Bag Program: Fostering a Joyful Work Environment @ The Link at Kendall Square
Apr 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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Do you want your workdays to be filled with joy? Who doesn’t? Do you want to manage or belong to a cohesive, energized, motivated, positive and successful team? Of course you do!

Sadly, all too often, our workplaces don’t measure up to this ideal. A recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that fundraisers complain they “don’t get enough support, they’re given unrealistic goals, they lack resources, and more.”

Join us at “Fostering a Joyful Work Environment” to learn how to bring more happiness – and success – to your team.

Speaker Peggy Burns has been a “joy ambassador” for more than a decade, and has helped launch the #MOREJOY initiative at Harvard University, which states, “We believe in a community of connected employees. We strive to create a workplace that joyfully inspires participation, inclusion, safety, curiosity, innovation and a sense of purpose and belonging. We aim to make Harvard a place where WE ALL will experience personal and professional growth and unparalleled job satisfaction.”

This session will feature significant audience participation and will provide you with useful tools and lessons to bring more joy to your workplace. Join us on April 2 for a joyful professional development experience!

Apr
7
Tue
Intro to NPSP: Nonprofit Salesforce Training @ Online
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Host: Paul Baxter, Knowledge Manager + Analyst, Craftsman Technology Group

Intro to NPSP is an introductory course for nonprofit Salesforce users. It is recommended for executive directors, development staff, administrators, volunteer coordinators, and program directors interested in leveraging the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack.

By the end of the session you will know how to:
– Create records for individuals and organizations
– Record donations
– Manage tasks
– Customize records
– Import data
– Launch campaigns
– Generate reports
– Create dashboards

*Price is per organization, not per individual. Each ticket is valid for up to three staff members. If you have more than three staff members attending please purchase an additional ticket.

For more information on Craftsman’s training program visit: www.craftsmantech.com/services/salesforce-training/

Apr
9
Thu
How Can Human Service Leaders Create & Implement Trauma-Informed Leadership & Management Practices? @ UMass Center at Tower Square
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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The human service workforce generally reflects higher rates of childhood adversity and trauma than other sectors. This can be an asset to organizations in that workers with lived experience are especially motivated to help others heal and become more resilient. To fully realize this potential, organizations need to create workplace environments that are safe and inclusive for all staff. This workshop will focus on ways that human service leaders can create an organizational culture where trauma-informed leadership and management practices are implemented to foster healing and resilience for both staff and clients.

Apr
13
Mon
Volunteers Matter: Strategically Engaging Volunteers to Maximize Your Impact @ Online
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Research has shown that organizations that fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills across all leadership levels and in all departments are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their impact when compared to peer organizations and, as a result, are better able to deliver on their social mission. More specifically, nonprofits that successfully engage volunteers are as effective as their peers without volunteers, but at almost half the median budget. However, in order to leverage volunteers effectively, organizations must have strong systems in place to manage volunteers effectively.

This workshop will share information, best practices and tools to help organizations reenvision how they utilize the skills and time of volunteers as well as provide examples of systems that support effective volunteer management overall.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Lisl has been a part of the national service field for the last 9 years, first as an AmeriCorps Program Officer for YouthBuild USA, one of the largest National Directs before joining the Massachusetts Service Alliance in 2014 as a consultant and then in coming on staff in 2015 as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance. Her main responsibilities include oversight of MSA’s Volunteer Generation Fund and Commission Investment Fund grants which include the implementation of a variety of training initiatives throughout the state. She often jokes that her resume reads like a “choose your own adventure book” in that she has had a lot of varied work experience ranging from teaching environmental education and coaching tennis to supporting those with mental illness in a residential facility and those with developmental disabilities in an employment program. Lisl has a BA in German and Psychology from Bowdoin College and a MSW and EdM from Boston University. Although it has slowed down in recent years since becoming a parent (which is her true passion), she also has a passion for traveling and has visited almost 40 different countries.

Apr
14
Tue
Strategic Volunteering for Nonprofit Career Advancement @ Workbar Burlington
Apr 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Strategic Volunteering for Nonprofit Career Advancement @ Workbar Burlington

We’ll focus on specifics in strategically selecting a host NPO and carefully framed project. This workshop will provide a roadmap that will guide nonprofit sector job seekers to undertake clearly framed volunteer projects that will provide maximum networking and resume-building benefits! Topics will include effectively identifying and introducing yourself to strategically selected nonprofit host agencies, your supervisor as a mentor, and how to best frame this volunteer experience on your resume. Designed for job seekers relaunching or pivoting into the Greater Boston nonprofit workforce.

Apr
16
Thu
Demo: Salesforce for CDFIs @ Online
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

impactLMS was built on Salesforce and configured for mission-driven lenders. Craftsman understands that commercial solutions are simply not flexible enough to meet the needs of such a diverse group of organizations.

This demo is recommended for CDFIs and other community lenders interested in enhancing their loan application process. Whether you are moving from paper processes to a digital platform or looking for a tech solution that can keep up with your organization’s growth, impactLMS will help you better serve your community.

Notable features of the solution include:
– Ability to tailor a solution to your specific lending processes
– Easy integration with peripheral applications to enhance the client experience
– Streamlined workflows to maximize efficiency of your staff
– Powerful analytics for pipeline management and donor stewardship

If you are unable to make it to any of the listed webinar sessions, please contact info@craftsmantech.com to set up another time.

Apr
22
Wed
2020 HSF Administrative Professionals Event: Clean Earth, Clear Mind! @ Willits Hallowell Conference Center
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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It’s time to celebrate the people we rely on most! The HSF Administrative Professionals Event provides administrative professionals and support staff opportunities to network, learn, & share ideas, and return to your job with renewed enthusiasm.

This year’s event will feature BRAND NEW offerings to celebrate our administrative staff! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day our program includes a eco-themed keynote presentation followed by three incredible classes, a fair of local vendors, raffle, and more! Support a clean earth and a clear mind with HSF and join us for a day of learning, self-care, and celebration!

Training: Salesforce Reporting @ Online
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Salesforce Reporting is a half day online training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. The training allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn to choose, organize and present useful reports to your staff and board. Leave with an understanding of reporting best practices and the knowledge to:
– Use the Salesforce Report Builder
– Create custom lists
– Sort and filter records
– Export data
– Analyze data with reports
– Build custom report types
– Create charts and dashboards

For more information on Craftsman’s training program visit: www.craftsmantech.com/services/salesforce-training/

Training: Working with Data in Salesforce @ Online
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Host: Paul Baxter, Knowledge Manager + Analyst, Craftsman Technology Group

Working with Data is an online training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. Each session focuses on a specific topic and allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn how to successfully import and maintain your organization’s information by matching your data to Salesforce’s internal structure. Leave with a toolkit for managing your data in the system. Gain the confidence and knowledge to:
– Prepare data in Excel
– Understand the differences between various data migration tools:
– Data Loader, Dataloader.io, Data Wizard
– Execute imports
– Migrate donations and attach the data to accounts
– Migrate cases and attach data to contacts
– Add contacts to campaigns
– Execute advanced migration using External IDs to attach donations to accounts
– Insert, update and delete with a data migration tool

*Price is per organization, not per individual. Each ticket is valid for up to three staff members. If you have more than three staff members attending please purchase an additional ticket.

For more information on Craftsman’s training program visit: www.craftsmantech.com/services/salesforce-training/

Training: Working with Data in Salesforce @ Online
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Working with Data is an online training recommended for intermediate-level Salesforce users. Each session focuses on a specific topic and allows for detailed scenarios and hands-on exercises. It gives nonprofit professionals a deeper understanding of how to best leverage Salesforce.

Learn how to successfully import and maintain your organization’s information by matching your data to Salesforce’s internal structure. Leave with a toolkit for managing your data in the system. Gain the confidence and knowledge to:
– Prepare data in Excel
– Understand the differences between various data migration tools:
Data Loader, Dataloader.io, Data Wizard
– Execute imports
– Migrate donations and attach the data to accounts
– Migrate cases and attach data to contacts
– Add contacts to campaigns
– Execute advanced migration using External IDs to attach donations
to accounts
– Insert, update and delete with a data migration tool

*Price is per organization, not per individual. Each ticket is valid for up to three staff members.

For more information on Craftsman’s training program visit: www.craftsmantech.com/services/salesforce-training/

Apr
29
Wed
Step Up Celebration @ George Sherman Union - Metcalf Hall, Boston University
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Step Up Celebration @ George Sherman Union - Metcalf Hall, Boston University

The Step Up Celebration on April 29th, 2020 at Boston University, is Steps to Success’s signature fundraising event for the year, bringing together over 220 attendees, including our families, donors, community partners, and sponsors. Steps to Success serves students from low-income families in Brookline, supporting their academic enrichment, career exploration, and college success. The Celebration is a fun, community-oriented event that people look forward to all year, ensuring that our students’ accomplishments and supporters’ dedication take center stage. We invite people from all over Brookline and the Boston area to celebrate everything we’ve achieved over the past year. A student video, student speaker, guest speaker, energetic raffle, and buffet dinner deliver a festive experience for our guests. This year’s guest speaker is Liz Walker, Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and former WBZ-TV news anchor. We hope you will join us!

Apr
30
Thu
Health Equity and Community Development @ Online
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

THIS TRAINING WILL NOW BE HELD ONLINE – EMAIL FEHINTOLA ABIOYE AT fehintolaa@macdc.org IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. 

Instructors:
Elana Brochin, MACDC Program Director for Health Equity

The intersection between Health Equity and Community Development are at the forefront of conversations in many CDCs today. The time has come to gain a better understanding of how these fields connect and how CDCs and other nonprofit organizations can bridge the work they’re already doing in communities to the efforts of increasing health equity.

This introductory training will give you the chance to explore the connections between health disparities, housing, and other structures that have been defined by racist policies and practices. There will also be discussions about the social and economic factors that influence health outcomes and learn about state-level developments that start to address the social and economic causes of health disparities, including the different ways racism manifests itself in health outcomes.

Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm interventions that address health inequity at the community-level as well as at the population-level. Learn how CDCs have used their tools and expertise to move the needle on health outcomes and how to address health disparities in our communities from a Community Development perspective.

This training is geared toward community development professionals, planners, and housing advocates, with little or no formal training in health equity or public health. You may be interested in attending if you:

– Are curious about how to incorporate a health equity lens into your work
– Would like to think critically about the connections between community development, racial equity, and health outcomes
– Want to learn more about existing partnerships between CDCs and health care institutions

Elana Brochin is MACDC’s Program Director for Health Equity, where she drives MACDC’s work to promote health equity through the convergence of community development and health through policy, partnerships, and technical assistance to MACDC members. Elana earned an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Masters of Public Health from Tufts University and a BA from Cornell University. Prior to working at MACDC, Elana worked as the Health Care Project Manager at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where she managed the update of the Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guidelines. Previous to her work at the AGO, Elana worked as a Research Coordinator and Research Associate at the Institute for Aging Research.

HSF Spring 2020 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series @ Holyoke War Memorial Building
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Human Service Forum is thrilled to announce our Spring 2020 Supervisory Skills Certificate Series. This series prepares new supervisors for the increasing responsibilities and challenges of their new positions. With five interactive and unique trainings, supervisors graduate this program with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your organization.

#1 – Management Fundamentals
Thursday, March 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#2 – Employment Law 101
Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Attorneys from Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC

#3 – Performance Feedback & Management
Thursday, April 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Brooks, Diana Brooks Associates

#4 – Nonprofit Finance, Risk Management, and Benefit Strategy
Thursday, April 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Insurance Centers of New England & Whittlesey Advising

#5 – Introduction to Innovation and Collaboration
Thursday, May 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Paul Silva, Innovation Accelerator

May
3
Sun
Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger @ Boston Common
May 3 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

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Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is seeking participants to help shine a spotlight on hunger and raise funds to help neighbors. Set for Sunday, May 3, the one-day community event offers three routes: the 20-mile route with eight shuttle bus checkpoints (starts at 8:30 AM); the 5K run through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood (starts at 7:30 AM); and the 3-mile loop, all of which are kid and stroller friendly. All routes start and end on the Boston Common. In its 52nd year, thousands of caring community members will participate in the oldest pledge walk in the country, which is expected to raise $2 million to support anti-hunger solutions and advocacy work to increase food access for people of all ages statewide. Likeminded organizations that participate as teams in The Commonwealth program can walk and run to raise money to support their own work, while also furthering Project Bread’s mission. The suggested fundraising minimum is $250. To register for Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger or to make a donation, visit projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger or call (617) 723-5000.

May
5
Tue
ADA 101: What do you need to know? @ Hilton Garden Inn
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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As a public not-for-profit, are you aware of your obligations under the ADA? Have you evaluated your site? What happens when a patron complains?

This workshop will highlight your organizational responsibilities and steward the first step toward dismantling the cultural and social barriers that limit participation. Staff training, adaptive solutions, language etiquette, and select resources accompany experiential learning. Leave with a plan!

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Charles G. Baldwin is the Program Officer for the Mass Cultural Council’s Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which provides resources for organizations to develop inclusive and equitable tools for policy development and community engagement. He serves on the Executive Committee of CANE (Cultural Access New England) and was a founding member of TAMA (Theatre Artists Marketing Alliance) and CBACT (Consortium of Boston Area Children’s Theatres). Charles is an active participant in AFTA (Americans for the Arts) and the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Conference (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability). He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN), the Boston ReelAbilites Film Festival, Open Door Arts, and Wheelock Family Theatre. Out of the office, Charles is an educator, illustrator, stage designer, and puppeteer.

Capital Campaigns 101 and Fundraising for Special Projects @ NonProfit Center
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE MissionWorks’ Better Nonprofit Management Training Series

Description
Whether you are raising money for a larger capital campaign or a smaller “bite-sized” campaign, it usually takes more preparation than you think. You need to clarify your organization’s strategic needs, recruit board members and key volunteers, engage your donors with your vision of the future, ensure the infrastructure to manage the work, and more. It’s not just a ‘bigger’ appeal, it means supporting a huge effort over an extended period of time. Capital campaigns are a lot of hard work, but they can pay off handsomely.

Matching your donors’ philanthropic goals with your organizational mission is what we in the nonprofit sector are called to do, and the result of a capital campaign – a renovated food pantry, a refurbished and accessible theater, a new bike path – is a hugely rewarding experience.

This interactive workshop will include handouts, lecture, dialogue, interactive sessions.

Trainers: Jenn Hayslett and Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE

Innovation Accelerator @ TechSpring – The Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am

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Innovation Accelerator brings opportunity to nonprofits by helping them increase their financial sustainability. In partnership with the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Beveridge Family Foundation, Human Service Forum, and the Employers Association of the Northeast, we help nonprofits build a culture of innovation within their organizations. Alumni have launched pilot programs that are generating revenue , securing funding, and promoting key employees.

How it Works:
We teach organizations to apply the scientific method to innovation so they can rapidly come up with new ideas, break them into testable hypotheses, and then go out to gather conclusive evidence. Along the way, teams are mentored by veteran business & nonprofit leaders from a diverse range of sectors.