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 events@massnonprofitnet.org.

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May
25
Wed
Listen4Good Informational Session @ Zoom
May 25 @ 1:00 pm

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Are you looking for effective ways to bring community perspectives into your planning and service delivery? Are you considering new methods for advancing equity in your organization? Organizations enrolled in Listen4Good can gather and analyze direct client feedback for reporting, advocacy, fundraising, and advancing equity goals. To learn more, register for a free informational webinar or schedule a time to chat with a Listen4Good teammate. We can even discuss ways to secure a funder to support your participation in Listen4Good.

May
26
Thu
City Planning in Place: Prioritizing Equity, Racial Justice, and Community @ Zoom
May 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This innovative training series is a three-part virtual training that will cover an introduction to the planning field, the historical evolution of planning in the context of systemic racism and efforts for equity, and community planning, through which we support residents to engage in the planning process and advocate for their needs.

Jun
2
Thu
City Planning in Place: Prioritizing Equity, Racial Justice, and Community @ Zoom
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This innovative training series is a three-part virtual training that will cover an introduction to the planning field, the historical evolution of planning in the context of systemic racism and efforts for equity, and community planning, through which we support residents to engage in the planning process and advocate for their needs.

Jun
9
Thu
WID’s Spring 2022 Annual Meeting Breakfast @ Westin Hotel Copley Place
Jun 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Spring 2022 Annual Meeting Breakfast
Thursday, June 09, 2022 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Category: Special Events
WID’S SPRING 2022 ANNUAL MEETING BREAKFAST
Sponsored by

Featuring guest speaker

Natanja Craig-Oquendo, Executive Director, Boston Women’s Fund

We’re delighted to welcome Natanja Craig-Oquendo, Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund, as our Keynote Speaker at WID’s Spring Annual Meeting Breakfast on June 9th! Come celebrate with us at the Westin Copley Place as we begin our morning with networking over breakfast beginning at 8am followed by our program which will begin at 8:30am. We look forward to spending our morning with you after two long years without in-person events!

Asking Without Anxiety with Jenn Hayslett @ Zoom
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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Philanthropy Massachusetts’ Asking without Anxiety program is designed to support you in gaining confidence, being more prepared, and feeling less anxious in donor conversations. You will learn how to build relationships with donors in meaningful ways by developing your authentic curiosity and “fundraising listening skills” to help match your mission with your donors’ philanthropic goals. As part of your workshop, you will practice making a donor ask in a small supportive group.

This program is for development professionals, executive directors, board members and development volunteers with some experience in soliciting financial contributions. You don’t need to be an expert.

City Planning in Place: Prioritizing Equity, Racial Justice, and Community @ Zoom
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This innovative training series is a three-part virtual training that will cover an introduction to the planning field, the historical evolution of planning in the context of systemic racism and efforts for equity, and community planning, through which we support residents to engage in the planning process and advocate for their needs.

Jun
10
Fri
From Alarm to Calm @ TSNE
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

If you’ve become untethered in these times, sign up for this experience of solid grounding. Yoga and deep breathing exercises are interwoven with study sessions. Learn evidence-based mindfulness tools.

Jun
13
Mon
Meet-the-Donors: Behavioral and Mental Health and Wellness @ Zoom
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Join Philanthropy Massachusetts as we bring together a panel of funders to discuss funding opportunities for programs and organizations addressing behavioral and mental health and wellness. Here is our team:

Moderator:

Jessica Levin Rittner, Program Officer, The Klarman Family Foundation

Panelists:

– Jacquie Anderson, Senior Director of Grantmaking, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
– Danielle Belanger, Strategic Grants Manager and Advisor, GMA Foundations
– Donald Matteson, Chief Program Officer, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
– Shanna Shulman, Director of Health and Medical Research, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

The program will begin with a brief panel discussion. Participants will then work together to develop questions that are posed to the panelists. In the final 30 minutes, each funder will head to a separate breakout room for more informal engagement with attendees. Feel free to drop in to ask a follow-up question or to say a quick hello.

Whether you are new to development or a seasoned pro, Meet-the-Donors is a great opportunity to get current and accurate information about the participating foundations, as well as a chance to connect with your peers.

Jun
14
Tue
Listen4Good Informational Session @ Zoom
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm

 

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Is your organization looking for new ways to advance equity in its planning and service delivery?

Join other nonprofits in this informational session hosted by Listen4Good. You’ll learn how equity-focused feedback systems can help you amplify the voices of those you serve, while helping you collect important data for decision-making and fundraising. These free sessions are interactive and include time for Q & A.

Jun
16
Thu
Recovering from the Pandemic and Rebuilding Organizational Life @ Zoom
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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This Philanthropy Massachusetts’ program brings together funders and nonprofits and is a follow up to the session Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in a Pandemic: Steps Toward Resilience held in May 2021. You are welcome to attend whether or not you joined us last year.

Program Description:

Two years of a global pandemic has dramatically altered our personal and organizational lives. Many of us in the social sector have been pushed beyond the point of burnout and suffered from multifarious traumas. With no concrete end to Covid-19 in sight, we must find a way forward while still recovering from its effects.

As we adapt to this “new normal” and rebuild our organizations, we have the opportunity to ask: What do we envision and aspire to experiencing in our organizational lives? How do we create more resilient institutions and implement effective change? Together we will explore these questions and invite participants to reflect on their own organizational processes.

This workshop is appropriate for funder and nonprofit professionals at all organizational levels. Participants will gain insights into their personal and professional paths of recovery and practical steps for organizational change.

Our Presenter:

Lianna Chong is an organizational consultant specializing in compassion fatigue and resilience. She has spent the last decade studying the effects of compassion fatigue and developing interventions for individuals, teams, and institutions. She provides dynamic training opportunities and works collaboratively with organizations to implement resilience strategies.

Lianna serves as Adjunct Faculty at William James College in the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department teaching quantitative and qualitative assessment methods. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from William James College and a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology.

Jun
28
Tue
Nonprofit Decision-Making Framework for Complex Challenges @ Virtual Webinar
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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How can the leaders of nonprofit organizations develop and implement a decision-making framework that meets the challenges of today’s community service environment? What is the balance among providing sound information, supporting constructive consideration of options, and arriving at a consensus-based best outcome?

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, we will introduce a four-step framework an organization’s leadership “ecosystem” can follow that involves:

– carefully distilling issues into a clear written summary with options and a recommendation
– sharing this information
– supporting constructive discussions with stakeholders
– bringing your leadership into agreement on the best possible decision

After the introduction, we will continue with breakout sessions in which participants will have the opportunity to practice this framework by playing two roles: (1) senior staff presenting a challenging issue in next year’s budget for board approval and (2) members of the board’s executive committee addressing a surprising human resources issue involving senior staff and a valued former member of the board.

We will explore tools including written and oral communication strategies that lead to making the best possible decision, along with tips for maintaining the framework, and trouble-shooting techniques for decision-making.

Target Audience: Senior leaders of nonprofit organizations — CEOs, board chairs, members of senior staff and the board of directors — who want to improve their organization’s decision-making process when dealing with mission-critical issues

Presented by Dr. John D. Lloyd and Tom Martorelli, MBA

Follow the Leader: Succession Planning in a Post-Pandemic World @ Zoom
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm

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Nonprofit executives are leaving their organizations in record numbers. What do you need to do to get ready?

Join YPTC’s Managing Partner, Jennifer Alleva as she speaks to David Harris, Managing Partner of Interim Executive Solutions (IES), and Patrice Keegan, former Executive Director of Boston Cares and contract Interim Executive Director for IES, to discuss why succession planning is important and what you can do now to start preparing. We will even have a checklist to get your succession planning started!

Learning Objectives:
1. Summarize why succession planning cannot be overlooked in today’s work environment
2. Identify succession planning strategies that your nonprofit should have in place

Who should attend?

Nonprofit executives and board members with responsibility for succession planning

Jul
7
Thu
Listen4Good Informational Session @ Zoom
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm

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Is your organization looking for new ways to advance equity in its planning and service delivery?

Join other nonprofits in this informational session hosted by Listen4Good. You’ll learn how equity-focused feedback systems can help you amplify the voices of those you serve, while helping you collect important data for decision-making and fundraising. These free sessions are interactive and include time for Q & A.

Jul
12
Tue
Your Elevator Speech: Take It to the Next Level @ Zoom
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

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Everyone involved in your organization is an ambassador. So everyone — trustees, other volunteers, staff — needs to be able to tell at least a part of your organization’s story in a way that inspires interest. In comes “the elevator speech,” not a jargony statement about the fact that your organization is a 501(c)(3), but a passionate conveyance of your mission with a call to action. The speech should build trust in the organization within the time span of an elevator ride, approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.

Join this interactive session to start crafting your very own “elevator speech,” and have the chance to try it out in a supportive environment. Then learn how to teach your ambassadors to adapt it to represent your organization in any setting, from the board room to the grocery aisle (because you never know where you will meet your next client, donor, advisor, member, or volunteer).

Immigrant Student Success Virtual Conference @ Zoom
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Get ready for the annual Immigrant Student Success free virtual conference on July 12 and 13, 2022, hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute. As always, we’re bringing you experts from across the country to tackle the big issues facing immigrant and refugee students of all ages as well as how to integrate immigration into the classroom so that all students benefit.

This year, you will learn:
• How to foster belonging, identity and self-efficacy in your students
• How to recognize and deal with immigrant/refugee trauma
• How to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies
• And much more!

Jul
13
Wed
Immigrant Student Success Virtual Conference @ Zoom
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Immigrant Success-min

Get ready for the annual Immigrant Student Success free virtual conference on July 12 and 13, 2022, hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute. As always, we’re bringing you experts from across the country to tackle the big issues facing immigrant and refugee students of all ages as well as how to integrate immigration into the classroom so that all students benefit.

This year, you will learn:
• How to foster belonging, identity and self-efficacy in your students
• How to recognize and deal with immigrant/refugee trauma
• How to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies
• And much more!

Meet-the-Donors: Behavioral and Mental Health and Wellness @ Zoom
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Join Philanthropy Massachusetts as we bring together a panel of funders to discuss funding opportunities for programs and organizations addressing behavioral and mental health and wellness.

Here is our team:

Moderator:

Jessica Levin Rittner, Program Officer, The Klarman Family Foundation

Panelists:

– Jacquie Anderson, Senior Director of Grantmaking, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
– Danielle Belanger, Strategic Grants Manager and Advisor, GMA Foundations
– Donald Matteson, Chief Program Officer, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
– Shanna Shulman, Director of Health and Medical Research, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

The program will begin with a brief panel discussion. Participants will then work together to develop questions that are posed to the panelists. In the final 30 minutes, each funder will head to a separate breakout room for more informal engagement with attendees. Feel free to drop in to ask a follow-up question or to say a quick hello. Whether you are new to development or a seasoned pro, Meet-the-Donors is a great opportunity to get current and accurate information about the participating foundations, as well as a chance to connect with your peers.

Jul
26
Tue
4 Simple Steps to Raising Major Gifts, Virtually and In Person @ Zoom
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Program Description:

If you want to start or grow an individual giving/major gifts program, especially during a pandemic, this workshop is for you. Whether your organization defines a major gift as $1,000 or $10,000, you will learn the steps of asking virtually and in-person to raise significantly more money through individual giving.

You will leave this Philanthropy Massachusetts’ workshop with a plan to identify the best prospects for your organization, a template for relationships building, and solicitation language.

This session is geared to executive directors and development staff from small to midsized organizations.

Our Presenter:

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE is CEO and Co-Founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. Her published books include: Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, Raising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. Amy became an AFP certified Master Trainer in 2009 and served as the president of the board of AFP-NJ in 2014-2015. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received the ACFRE in 2013.

Jul
27
Wed
Faith-based Fundraising: Strategies Specific to Faith-based Communities @ Zoom
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm

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Three-person panel focusing on fundraising strategies specific to faith-based communities. Lots of Q&A.
Panelists:
Karen Houghton, CEO & Founder, Infinite Giving
Kenny Jahng, Editor-in-Chief at Church Tech Today
Diane Remin, President and Founder, MajorDonors.com and MNN member

Piecing It Together: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls for Association Chapters, Subsidiaries and Affiliates @ Zoom
Jul 27 @ 1:00 pm

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Does your association have chapters, subsidiaries, or affiliates, or is it contemplating creating them? This is a complex, nuanced area of association governance and management, rife with pitfalls but also with well-established best practices. Join Your Part-Time Controller, LLC and special guest association attorney Jeff Tenenbaum as we break down the top financial and legal issues surrounding associations and their affiliated entities.