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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Pipelines with Purpose: Diversifying the Social Sector for Greater Impact @ Bruce C. Bowling Municipal Building
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pipelines with Purpose: Diversifying the Social Sector for Greater Impact @ Bruce C. Bowling Municipal Building

On April 16 in Boston, New Profit and partners including the Boston Foundation, CityAwake, The BASE, and New Majority Community Labs will hold a public event – Pipelines with Purpose – to spotlight the critical importance of diversifying the talent pipeline in the social sector to achieve greater impact. If you are interested in exploring career opportunities in philanthropy or public service, or gaining access to experts who can help answer your questions on topics ranging from strategy to fundraising, please join us!

Each of us has a role to play in creating a just, equitable and progressive world. To that end, Pipelines with Purpose: Diversifying the Social Sector for Greater Impact will give you an opportunity to:

-increase and diversify the talent pipeline for the social sector
-create opportunities for young change agents to engage and learn with seasoned sector professionals
-gain training in community organizing and growing a social enterprise
-experience how creativity can move the needle in social justice and
-hear multiple perspectives on creating a life of service.

This experiential symposium will allow students and young professionals to discuss the future of the social sector, lessons learned from those who began the work and the power of equity and collaboration in creating more effective solutions for our world’s most pressing issues.
*Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Evaluation Demystified: Using Simple Data to Improve Outcomes @ Costin Room, Framingham Public Library
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Evaluation can seem like a daunting task when you do not have the resources or the staff expertise to dedicate to it. But, evaluation data does not have to be complicated to be effective. Learn how to use data you are already collecting, along with some strategic additions, to drive programmatic decisions and empower staff to make continuous program improvements. This interactive workshop will give you strategies to use data to make the case for your programs to outside stakeholders as well as to inform internal decision making.

Presenter: Rebecca Gallo earned a Master’s degree in Social work and Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She has experience developing programs and working with individuals, children and families in nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, New York City, and Greater Boston. Prior to attending graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa where she worked to improve health in a rural village. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Evaluation and Development at East End House in Cambridge, MA, where she managed foundation and government grants and lead agency-wide evaluation efforts. She is also the co-founder of Hearty Meals for All, a community meal program that serves fresh, local foods, in Somerville, MA. Ms. Gallo is currently a program officer at the MetroWest Health Foundation. In this role she oversees a grant portfolio that includes Healthy Aging grants as well as community wellness initiatives.


TNB Roundtable: Participatory Analysis with Data Placemats in Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
TNB Roundtable: Participatory Analysis with Data Placemats in Nonprofits @ Boston NonProfit Center

This TNB Roundtable session on April 4th with Laura Beals and Barbara Perry of Jewish Family & Children’s Services is for hardcore data geeks at nonprofit organizations who want to learn about data placemats, and want to get ready for participatory analysis!

As usual, this is free for nonprofit professionals; however, you must have a confirmed reservation in order to attend.

Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3) Entities @ Boston Private
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3) Entities @ Boston Private

Many nonprofits are now considering to increase their advocacy activities. It is critical for these nonprofits to review the rule of engagement in this area so as to remain in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations. They may also consider whether it is feasible to form a 501(c)(4) arm. This seminar will give a general overview of basic federal tax and lobbying law for 501(c)(3) organizations, and discuss best practices including the following questions:

What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
When and how is it okay for a nonprofit to lobby and what happens if a nonprofit crosses the line?

Presenter: Teresa Santalucia, Partner, Klein Hornig LLP

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Networking; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Presentation

Please register by May 26.

This seminar is joint project of Boston Private Community Investment Series and Lawyers Clearinghouse with pro bono support from Klein Hornig LLP.

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps to Honor Social Justice Advocates at Annual Gala @ John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm
Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps to  Honor Social Justice Advocates at Annual Gala @ John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

BOSTON — On Friday, June 9, at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, advocates for disadvantaged youth, families, and communities will be honored at Embracing the Legacy, the premier annual gala of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps that raises funds to support its programs. The agency, which is celebrating 48 years of service, is a national leader in developing and implementing model, successful child welfare, social service and juvenile justice programs.

During the event, RFK Children’s Action Corps’ board member Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III will reflect on his late grandfather’s legacy and the lasting contributions he made toward protecting society’s most vulnerable children and families. Also serving as event chairs are board members John Boyle III, of Wayland, vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, and James Geraghty, of Westford, managing director at Morgan Stanley.

The event will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner and program, including the presentation of the Embracing the Legacy Award to the following nominees: Bill Lyttle, President of Key Program, Inc.; Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-In-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine; and Donato Tramuto, Chief Executive Officer at Tivity Health, Inc. and President and Founder of Health eVillages.

Susan Wornick, former anchor of WCVB-TV’s midday newscast who has been a longtime supporter, volunteer and member of RFK Children’s Action Corps’ advisory council, will emcee the 400-person event.

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ annual Embracing the Legacy Award celebrates the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy and the work of the organization founded to carry out his principles of social justice for the poor and disadvantaged. Through the event, RFK Children’s Action Corps raises money to support some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable youth and families, giving them a second chance for a better life.

The event will be held on Friday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. Individual tickets are $500 and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets or more information on sponsorships contact Dana Jussaume at (617) 227-4183, djussaume, or visit

First Grant Maker/Grant Recipient Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation @ Boston NonProfit Center
Jun 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
First Grant Maker/Grant Recipient Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation @ Boston NonProfit Center

Tech Networks of Boston, Third Sector New England, and Essential Partners are co-hosting a very special dialogue series. It will bring together grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients to talk about data and evaluation. The first dialogue session will be on June 20th.

Our highly distinguished dialogue facilitator is Dave Joseph of Essential Partners, whose experience includes creating post-genocide dialogues in Burundi. His goal is to create a safe enough space to allow grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients to engage in candid discussion about their differences and their common ground about an increasingly fraught topic.

If you are a grant maker who is interested in participating, please follow this link:

If you are a nonprofit professional who is interested in participating, please follow this link:

Build a Budget and Dashboard for Your Nonprofit: Assess Your Financial Health, Plan for the Future and Measure What You Want to Manage @ Whitney Place
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: This workshop is intended for any nonprofit professional or board member of organizations from small to large.
During this workshop attendees will:
Discuss the Budget building process
Outline a “Better” budget
Walk through an example of a “Better Budget”
Describe an effective dashboard and useful ways to focus on the metrics that are most important to your organization
Explore how to implement these tools in a way that helps your board and staff focus on critical success factors and make informed decisions about where to invest

A TNB Roundtable session especially for grant makers, philanthropy professionals, and other funders! @ Boston NonProfit Center
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

If you’re a grant maker, philanthropy professional, or funder, then we invite you to register for this special session about underwriting initiatives to enable nonprofit organizations to build the capacity to do evaluation.:

TNB Roundtable: Funders Supporting Nonprofits’ Capacity to Do Evaluation

We have a very distinguished panel for this session:

Douglas Shipman, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Ellen Dickenson, United Way of Masschusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

Michael Johnson, McCormack Graduate School of UMass-Boston

Trina Jackson, TSNE MissionWorks

This is really a dream team! Doug and Ellen each have first hand experience at grantmaking organizations in managing programs that build the capacity of nonprofits to do evaluation. Michael is an educator with deep expertise in community-based participatory research. Trina is not only a funder but also an expert on community inclusion and engagement.

Our goals for this session are to share lessons learned from assisting nonprofits in building their capacity to do evaluation, and to highlight the potential for making nonprofit evaluation more meaningful and useful through community participation.

TNB Roundtable: Nonprofit Data & Evaluation – What’s Class Got to Do with It? @ Boston NonProfit Center
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) exists to provide integrated 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 delighted to invite you to a Roundtable session about class issues in nonprofit data and evaluation. Our featured guests will be Anne Phillips and Denise Moorehead of Class Action.

Here’s a little bit about this session:

When is the last time you thought about data, evaluation and analytics – and simultaneously thought about socioeconomic class or classism? If you are like most people, the answer might be “never.” But you’d be missing an important component of the way class background has shaped and continues to shape your worldview. It plays a role in the way we communicate information, in the data we value most, and often even in our comfort level with the evaluation process.

Join Class Action’s Executive Director Anne Phillips and digital content editor Denise Moorehead in an exploration of your own class background, that of others in your workplace, your funders and constituents. Then share strategies for working across class differences in your data and evaluation work to make the information collected useful for all stakeholders.

To register for this session, please follow this link:

Here’s a little more about Anne:

Anne Phillips has working-class roots, and was raised in a modest working and lower middle class neighborhood with a great public school district. Anne and her two siblings were all first generation college students, as her parents made a pact that their kids would get more education than they did. She was initially inspired to work for social change by Paul Wellstone, who ran his first grassroots senatorial campaign during her high school years. Influenced by great lefty professors during college, Anne became an activist, working on fair pay for campus service staff, anti-sweatshop and anti-globalization movements of the late 90s. Anne went on to become a community organizer and then fundraiser on behalf of many different causes including the environment, reproductive rights, worker rights and healthcare. Her passions (in no particular order) include bicycling, swimming, building community, racial justice and her two grey cats.

Here’s a little more about Denise:

Denise Moorehead was an only child for 11 years, giving her access to opportunities beyond those of most kids in a lower-middle-class family. During this time, her African-American parents also increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with advancements made available by the Civil Rights movement. So, as a young child, Denise was often in the company of upper-middle-class children in these settings and working-class children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise works with nonprofits and small businesses through Moorehead Creative Solutions to tell their stories evocatively – while being an evangelist for eliminating classism.

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!

Meaningful Outcome Measurement: How to Create a Dynamic Program Evaluation System to Improve Your Programs & Better Meet Your Mission @ La Quinta Inn & Suites
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Does measuring outcomes feel overwhelming and a necessary evil? All too often evaluations are static exercises that are completed for grant proposals and funder reports. In actuality, program evaluation can provide an exciting way to help your organization become more responsive to your constituents’ needs and help you improve your programs! This highly interactive, practical workshop will help you design an evaluation system that helps you identify and measure meaningful program outcomes, helping you to better meet your mission.

Participants will:

– Determine the most meaningful outcomes to measure for your organization
– Design a useful logic model that articulates your theory of change for your constituents and how they benefit from your programs
– Create a user-friendly outcome measurement system that can be easily integrated into your organization’s ongoing work
– Discover resources to help you take the next steps to attract donors, funders, and engage your community.

Dr. Judy Freiwirth is Principal and organization development consultant, trainer, and national speaker with Nonprofit Solutions Associates. Nationally-known, Dr. Freiwirth is considered one of the leading trainers and consultants in the area of shared leadership, participatory management, and outcome measurement and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at international, national conferences and regional conferences. She has been consulting to nonprofits organizations for over 30 years, including serving as the United Way of Mass. Bay’s Senior Advisor in outcome measurement. She is the primary designer of an innovative, shared leadership governance framework, “Community-Engagement Governance™ . She has published numerous articles for The Nonprofit Quarterly and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership and is a chapter author for two books, New Perspectives in Nonprofit Governance and You and Your Board: New Practices for Challenging Times from Researchers, Provocateurs, and Practitioners. She serves as the New England co-coordinator for the national Alliance for Nonprofit Management and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. She holds a doctorate in psychology, specializing in organization development.

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: Registration 8:30am; Program 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St, Springfield, MA
Fees: HSF Members – $110; Not Yet Members – $220
(Includes continental breakfast and lunch)

*MNN members receive 20% off the non-member rate! Contact HSF to register manually and receive this rate.

Cloud Migration for Nonprofits @ WeWork Fort Point
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cloud Migration for Nonprofits @ WeWork Fort Point

Join Nonprofit Tech Club Boston for our panel and open discussion event on Cloud Migration!

About This Event
As nonprofit professionals, we have all heard of the importance to move over to the “Cloud”. Some organizations have already made the transition, some are evaluating their options, and some don’t know where to begin.

Nonprofit Tech Club Boston will present Cloud Migration for Nonprofits — a panel and open discussion on cloud migration, the successes and failures, as well as the strategies nonprofits should take while planning a transition to the cloud.


• Monica Garfield – Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley University


• Gavin O’Brien – Manager of Program Data at Community Servings

• Russell Greenwald – Vice President at Insource Services

Who Should Attend:
Nonprofit professionals, board members, volunteers, and nonprofit advocates who are interested in learning more about best practices in moving to the Cloud.

Light Snacks + Drinks will be provided.

Tickets are limited, so register online today!

This event will be held at WeWork Fort Point (51 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210). The WeWork Fort Point location is a short walk from South Station (Red/Silver/Commuter Rail).

Thank you to WeWork for providing the event space and Insource Services for contributing to refreshments.

Social & Family Justice Institute @ The Boston Foundation
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Social & Family Justice Institute @ The Boston Foundation

The Social & Family Justice Institute is a convening of cross-sector stakeholders and partners to advance an agenda that promotes community, uplifts parents, and cultivates leadership. The theme of this year’s Institute focuses on harnessing parents’ power to create social change. Parenting Journey will facilitate a conversation with other inspired thought-partners to discuss what’s at stake for families at this critical time in our country.

Join other professionals from across the Commonwealth from non-profits, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, and corporations that are not afraid to stand in unity for change and to confront systems in our society that disproportionately affect people of color, low-income families, and immigrants.

The Social & Family Justice Institute will begin with a registration and breakfast, followed by a keynote session, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on innovative approaches to engaging parents and advancing pro-equity policies that enable all families to thrive.

We’re proud to announce our speakers who will be featured during this program:

Keynote Speaker

· Adam J. Foss, Founder and Executive Director, Prosecutor Impact

· Bithiah Carter, president, New England Blacks in Philanthropy
· Damon Cox, assistant secretary for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
· Marie St. Fleur, JD, principal, St. Fleur Communications; and Parenting Journey Social and Family Justice Fellow
· Dr. Robert Franks, president and CEO, Judge Baker Children’s Center
· Anthony Tassi, CEO, Literacy Partners
· Lori Nelson, chief resilience officer, City of Boston
· Latoya Gayle, co-founder, Phenomenal Moms
· Danubia Camargos Silva, Ed.M., parent leader, BPS; and school manager, Gardner Pilot Academy Community
· Suzanne C. Carothers, Ph.D., former professor of early childhood education, New York University

Individual tickets are $35 per person. Discounts may be available for groups; for more information please email Development Manager Karla Aguilar at or call her at 617.628.8815 x239.

Participatory Facilitation: A Healthy Approach to Reaching Your Goals @ The Nonprofit Center
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Participatory Facilitation: A Healthy Approach to Reaching Your Goals @ The Nonprofit Center

The Co-Directors of the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing will share their framework of participatory facilitation and how this work can create settings and conversations that cultivate leadership among people impacted by social injustice.

Lunch is included.

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