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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Apr
21
Thu
Free Board Leaders Nonprofit Board Member Seminar @ Babson College Executive Conference Center
Apr 21 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Free Board Leaders Nonprofit Board Member Seminar @ Babson College Executive Conference Center

Boston-based Board Leaders is presenting a no-cost half-day educational seminar for board members of nonprofit organizations. The date is Thursday morning (7:30 to 11:30) April 21 at the Babson College Executive Conference Center in Wellesley. The members of Board Leaders are directors of private and public companies and nonprofits. They will be joined by partners from KPMG, Goodwin Procter and Pearl Meyer. The discussions will include: director responsibilities, understanding financials, risk management, CEO and board succession/ evaluation, fundraising and crisis response. Board members and CEOs of organizations with revenue of $500,000 and above will find this a very worthwhile professional education event.

Space is limited. Please RSVP with name, organization and contact information to Sharon Dagnello of Board Leaders at 781-455–0090 or sdagnello@comcast.net

May
12
Thu
Board Connection- Hosted by United Way of MA Bay and Merrimack Valley @ The Berkeley Building
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Board Connection is a forum in which organizations can connect with local professionals seeking board-level volunteer positions. This event has a proven track record for connecting qualified individuals to local nonprofit agencies. This is a unique opportunity for your agency to meet prospective board members and volunteers OR to find a board you would like to join.

If your agency is interested in participating, register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Non-partnerAgencyRegistration

Please note your registration information will be used in the widely distributed Board Connection booklet. Please make sure to double- and triple-check your entry. All registrations are due by April 5, 2015.

If you would like to attend to find an organization to volunteer with, visit here to register:  https://unitedwayconnect.org/Common/UserRegistrationSER.jsp?EventKeyHex=32333532&accountNumber=10302636

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kate Kerrigan at 617-624 8105 or kkerrigan@supportunitedway.org.

Sep
28
Wed
Board Development Series (5 sessions) @ Accounting Management Solutions
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Board Development Series (5 sessions) @ Accounting Management Solutions

In this five session series, board members will be trained to become more effective volunteer leaders for their organizations. The series will cover important topics including board legal responsibilities as well as best practices in governance, partnership with the CEO, diversity and inclusion, fundraising and executive transitions. Experienced practitioners will attend as guest speakers at each session. Focus will be on class discussion, and sharing of real challenges and relevant resources.

Oct
18
Tue
Confronting the Increased Scrutiny Around 403(b) Plans @ The MFA Companies
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Confronting the Increased Scrutiny Around 403(b) Plans @ The MFA Companies

As a 403(b) plan sponsor, you are faced with the challenge of ensuring your 403(b) plan is efficiently administered. This includes responsibly reviewing investment funds, regularly assessing plan fees, staying compliant with plan documents, selecting and working with your auditor and a myriad of other administrative items that can become overwhelming at times. Across the industry, the DOL and the IRS are taking a harder look at 403(b) plan compliance as more and more legal complaints are being filed against organizations alleging failure to protect the interests of employees.

Join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 for “Confronting the Increased Scrutiny Around 403(b) Plans”, a morning dedicated to ways that you, as a 403(b) plan sponsor, can proactively address the areas of your plan that are being put under the microscope. Our panel of seasoned experts in retirement plan advisory and nonprofit audits will discuss:
Understanding 403(b) market trends and the rise in plan litigation
Implementing “best practices” for plan design, investments, fees and expenses
403(b) plan audits – how to select and most effectively work with your auditor
Join us on October 18th to learn what actions you can take to ensure your 403(b) plan meets industry best practices.

Nov
12
Sat
The Bolder Board Training @ Royal Sonesta Hotel
Nov 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Bolder Board Training @ Royal Sonesta Hotel

Through no fault of their own, boards get mired in finance and fiduciary duty at the expense of working with their EDs to create bold visions and possibilities. Imagine if your board meetings focused on just how bold you and your board could be. Imagine if your board room became a bold room. There’s a powerful new board experience being unveiled in Boston this November that promises to help boards do just that. Its called the Bolder Board Training and its been created by Dan Pallotta, of TED Talk fame, and the creator of the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days.

The training empowers boards to create a new future based on what’s possible, instead of being driven unconsciously by fear. It is the opposite of traditional board trainings and, in one day, it will transform your board’s willingness to act boldly forever.

Space is limited for this first event. Discounted pricing available through November 1st. Additional 10% discount for MNN Members. Use code MNP10 at checkout.

Dec
9
Fri
Volunteers and Interns: What Nonprofits Need to Know @ Boston Private
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Volunteers and Interns: What Nonprofits Need to Know @ Boston Private

Presenter: Christopher Kaczmarek, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Many nonprofits rely on the services of volunteers or interns. This seminar will answer the following questions:
– What are the legal definitions of volunteers and interns?
– What are the best practices in utilizing such resources available to nonprofits?
– How can you minimize your risk to potential liabilities through them and their services?

Come and get practical tips from an employment law specialist about utilizing volunteers and interns.

Agenda: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast & Networking; 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentation

A buffet of pastries, fruit, juices, coffee and tea will be available.

This seminar is a joint project of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and Boston Private.

Sep
19
Tue
TNB Roundtable: Creating a 90-Day Online Marketing Plan for Your Nonprofit @ Boston NonProfit Center
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tech Networks of Boston exists to provide integrated IT services to nonprofit organizations, and it’s also a privilege to be able to offer you professional development opportunities that are both free of charge and free of sales pitches!

Our TNB Roundtable session on September 19th is now open for registration. The topic is creating a 90-day online marketing plan for your nonprofit. The featured guest is Julia Campbell, the author of “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits.” .

We will cover:

• How to set online marketing objectives that are measurable and actionable (not just “raise awareness”);

• How to choose which online marketing strategies and tactics to use;

• The struggles and challenges faced by your peers when creating online marketing plans.

Tech Networks of Boston hopes that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!

Please note that you MUST have a confirmed registration in order to attend. Please follow this link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-creating-a-90-day-online-marketing-plan-for-your-nonprofit-registration-36762782472?aff=mnn

If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.

Nov
7
Tue
A Better Way to Build Your Board of Directors @ Wellesley Community Center
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Who should Attend: Any nonprofit, regardless of budget can strategically develop their board. This is an ideal session for board members and executive staff to attend together, if possible.

Intentional board development is crucial for building a dynamic, engaged, and productive board that makes a substantial contribution to achieving the organization’s mission and serving the community. Unfortunately, recruiting and supporting new board members are often conducted intermittently and without a plan, which can make it difficult to find and actively engage the board members who will help take the organization to the next level. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss ongoing, strategic, board development and provide ideas, tips, and tools so that your organization can more effectively:
– Assess current needs and create a plan for developing the board.
– Recruit potential board members with needed skills and experiences.
– Foster a more diverse and inclusive board.
– Orient and support new board members so they can more quickly become engaged.
Take-away resources include:
– A brief board assessment tool.
– A board matrix (for analyzing current and needed board member attributes.)
– Ideas for recruitment that go beyond asking “the usual suspects.”
– Tips for supporting new board member success.

Nov
21
Tue
Board Roles & Board Goals @ Salvatore's Conference Center
Nov 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Board Roles & Board Goals @ Salvatore's Conference Center

A strong board of directors is the backbone to any successful non-profit. In order to meet the goals set forth for your organization, your Board must be on board. This seminar will help you learn to:

– Recruit and develop strong, energetic, committed board members
– Highlight responsibilities and make use of board committees
– Run an effective board meeting
– Boost morale amongst board members

Presenter: Rick Blain, CFRE, Richard R. Blain & Associates, LLC
Rick Blain is the principal consultant at his firm for non-for-profit intuitions and organizations. His areas of expertise include institutional advancement, capital campaigns, strategic planning, public relations, and board and staff training.

Dec
8
Fri
TNB Roundtable: Why and How Nonprofits Build Political Power @ Boston NonProfit Center
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
TNB Roundtable: Why and How Nonprofits Build Political Power @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about why and how nonprofit organizations build political power. Our featured guests will be Jordan Berg Powers of Mass Alliance and Lisette Le of Massachusetts Voter Table.

Many nonprofit organizations that have historically been devoted to direct services to individuals, families, and communities are now becoming aware that they can play a role to advocate and influence public policy. Some of them are extremely concerned that key decisions are actually being made when lawmakers are voted into office, and are looking to understand what they can and cannot do to voice and take action about these concerns. In this session, nonprofit professionals will learn about strategies to influence public policy and ways to engage members/constituents in electoral campaigns, while complying with 501c3 IRS statutes.

Please note:

In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.

To find more information about this session, or to register for it, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-why-and-how-nonprofits-build-political-power-registration-39780850595?aff=mnn

If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.

Feb
15
Thu
TNB Roundtable: Study Hall – Create Your 2018 Nonprofit Storytelling Plan @ Boston NonProfit Center
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) exists to provide managed technology services to nonprofits and other mission-based organizations. It’s also our pleasure to offer you professional development opportunities that are both free of charge and free of sales pitches.

TNB is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about creating a storytelling plan for your organization. Our featured guest will be Julia Campbell, the author of “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits.”

In this session, we will be experimenting with a new learning-by-doing format that we call “study hall.” Rather than focusing on a presentation, participants will be using specially designed templates to create storytelling plans for their nonprofit organizations. Julia will be actively providing assistance to all.

Here’s what Julia says about this session:

‘Raising awareness and filling the pipeline with new donors and engaged supporters is the ultimate goal of any nonprofit online marketing plan. In September, we walked through the process I use with my clients to create a 90-day online marketing plan for your nonprofit. In my experience, 90-day plans are preferable to annual plans or even one, two, and three year marketing plans, because they allow for improvement and evaluation in the digital world that is changing at a breath-taking pace.

‘However, some nonprofit online marketing efforts fail because they don’t use effective storytelling as to fuel the fire of their online marketing plan.

‘In this special, hands-on study hall session, nonprofit professionals will learn how to fill out and use the planning templates provided in the book “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits,” and receive coaching and encouragement during the session.’

We will fill out the following templates during this session:

o Story Collection Worksheet (addendum to the book)

o Social Media Content Calendar Template

o Storytelling Calendar Template

‘Nonprofit professionals will walk away with the tools they need to drive their own successful digital storytelling and marketing plans at their organizations.’

To register, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnb-roundtable-study-hall-create-your-2018-nonprofit-storytelling-plan-registration-41958819960?aff=mnn

Please note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants, job-seekers, and others.

3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.

5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!

Mar
13
Tue
Pro Bono Consultation for Nonprofits: Anti-Harassment Policies @ Seyfarth Shaw
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Does your nonprofit have an anti-harassment policy in place that clearly identifies unacceptable conduct? If so, when did you last update it? And has it effectively deterred bad behavior and protected your employees? Come and join our consultation program on this timely topic. The law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP will lead a discussion on topics including legal compliance, practical issues facing nonprofits, and best practices. Following this program, pro bono attorneys will meet with preselected attendees to review their existing anti-harassment policies.

Presenters: Daniel Klein, Cindy Westervelt, Kelsey Montgomery, and Molly Mooney of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Pro Bono Attorneys for Individual Consultation on Anti-Harassment Policies:
Attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw and in-house counsel from area corporations

Agenda:
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Registration and meet and greet
9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome remarks
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Training: Are Your Organization’s Anti-Harassment Policies Up-to-Date and Do They Effectively Combat Harassment?
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Consultation with Pro Bono Attorneys

Please note that registration is required and space is limited for the policy review and Consultation Session. In order to be part of the Consultation Session, a conflicts check will have to be cleared by the participating law firm.

This program is a project of Lawyers Clearinghouse with pro bono support from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Apr
9
Mon
Get it in Writing: Contracts @ UMass School of Law Moot Courtroom
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contracts are critically important to both nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Learn the basics about these documents at this workshop presented by UMass School of Law Community Development Clinic student lawyers. Refreshments will be provided and free parking is available.

Oct
4
Thu
The Power of Volunteerism: A Panel Discussion @ Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 9:30am for a panel discussion, “The Power of Volunteerism,” to hear from five inspiring local leaders in volunteer engagement as they discuss best practices for recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers to make a difference in their communities and organizations.

Meet our inspiring panelists!
Michelle Caruso, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth
Barry Glass, Director of TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together
Laura Mulvey, Program Manager – Community Service Center, Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, Bridgewater State University
Peg Page, Board President, Plymouth Center for the Arts and Volunteer, United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Jennifer White, Vice President, Community and Public Relations, HarborOne Bank and President, HarborOne Foundation

Registration for this event is $10/person. Please register by September 28th by clicking the link below!

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Southeast Massachusetts Volunteer Council (SMVC), a partnership with the United Way of Greater Plymouth County comprised of individuals devoted to voluntarism in our local communities.

SMVC’s Three Goals:

* Promoting Voluntarism

* Connecting Volunteers with Opportunities

* Engaging and Training Volunteer Leaders

The SMVC meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday from 9am to 10am. If you are a member of a non-profit organization, business, or are a community member interested in joining the council, please contact Jean-Marie Finn, Volunteer Coordinator at Old Colony Elder Services for more information at (508) 584-1561, ext. 275, JFinn@ocesma.org.

Oct
17
Wed
Pfizer Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars for Nonprofit Executives: Insurance Basics for Nonprofits @ Webinar
Oct 17 @ 12:50 pm – 3:30 pm

Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to announce a complimentary webinar for nonprofit organizations, Strategic Legal Thinking Seminars – Insurance Basics for Nonprofits: What All Nonprofits Should Know, offered by Pfizer and Exponentum (TM). The webinar will discuss legal and practical issues that nonprofits confront when seeking to protect themselves through insurance coverage. Lawyers Clearinghouse is pleased to be part of Exponentum (TM).

Speakers will include Scott Konrad of Hub International, and Teresa Lewi and Russell Squire of Covington & Burling LLP.

Please register by 12:00 pm on October 9.

Program (all times are Eastern Time)
12:30 p.m. Registration and Networking (for New York City live location)
12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks (for New York City and WebEx participants)
12:50 p.m. Start of Program Presentation
3:15 p.m. Q&A
3:30 p.m. Adjournment

Nov
28
Wed
Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Board Financial Management Tools and Techniques @ Red Lion Inn

Providing nonprofit leaders and board members with tools and analytic techniques to enhance their knowledge of financial management for nonprofit businesses

TOPICS
Understanding Financial Statements
Cash Flow Management
Strategic Budgeting
Program Profitability Analysis
Operating Reserves

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Board chair, Board Treasurer, Executive Director, Board members, COO, CFO
Board members who want to improve their financial management and reporting expertise for the nonprofits they lead or advise.

FACULTY
John F. Gillespie
Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Practice Leader, Charles River CFO

John delivers and manages Interim CFO and Outsourced Accounting services for client engagements in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors and is a key part of the senior team with responsibility for Business Development, Client Management, Recruiting and Marketing.

With more than 40 years of experience working with over 210 pre-revenue to multi-billion dollar companies, including Acumen Fund, Ashoka, Barnes & Noble, Share Our Strength, Grameen Foundation and the National Cooperative Business Association, John leverages his in-the-trenches CFO expertise to guide CEOs and boards on how to grow their enterprises in a strategic manner, implementing specific courses of action to improve the bottom line. John has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times, Entrepreneur.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investors’ Circle Entrepreneur Newsletter and other publications.

Dec
20
Thu
Telling your Nonprofit’s Story in the Digital Age @ NonProfit Center
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Telling your Nonprofit’s Story in the Digital Age @ NonProfit Center

In this workshop, Julia Campbell, author of the new book, “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits”, will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating digital storytelling campaigns to raise awareness and funds, increase engagement with your online community, and accomplish your marketing goals.

https://www.tsne.org/bnm-telling-your-nonprofits-story?utm_source=massnonprofitnet&utm_campaign=bnm2018