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

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Oct
1
Sat
ESC Nonprofit Executive Roundtable @ Zoom
Oct 1 2022 – Jun 30 2023 all-day

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It can be lonely at the top. Nonprofit executives are peerless within their organization, with no one to talk to about sensitive issues and challenging situations. Empower Success Corps (ESC) is pleased to announce a new program to address this professional support gap. The ESC Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET) provides a confidential forum for nonprofit EDs and CEOs to share challenges and get real-time constructive feedback from smart, connected leaders who understand the unique challenges of the job.

The monthly facilitated roundtable creates a consistent community of peers where nonprofit chief executives are able to openly present issues of concern and get support from peers who have experience successfully resolving similar issues.

Our next cohort will meet for once a month for nine months starting in late September/early October.

Dec
8
Thu
Cookies and Cocktails @ PwC in Seaport District
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join us to indulge in unique cookie-inspired creations and support female leadership development! Cookies and Cocktails features a culinary competition in which local chefs create a variety of dishes with our beloved Girl Scout Cookies. Celebrity judges Kennedy Elsey, Karson & Kennedy Mix 104.1, and 106.7’s Morning MAGIC hosts Kendra Petrone and Sue Tabb, as well as over 200 attendees, will enjoy these treats and select a judge’s pick, a crowd favorite, and the most unique dish. Guests will also enjoy appetizers, a complimentary signature cocktail, and a silent auction featuring local attractions and items from the Boston area.

Learn more about Cookies and Cocktails sponsorship opportunities. Tickets begin at $50 per person and we offer a special discount for Girl Scout alum.

Dec
13
Tue
NPN: What Executive Directors (and Everyone Else) Need to Know about Basic Finance, Budgeting and Year-End Process @ Zoom
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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In this expert-led seminar you will learn the five essential elements of nonprofit finance. Be sure to bring your questions!

About David Orlinoff

David Orlinoff is a financial management consultant in the nonprofit community with 35 years of experience as a CFO and consultant. He has been the interim CFO of such organizations as Franklin Pierce University, Oxfam America, Education Development Center, and Boston Ballet. Previously, David was the CFO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Facing History and Ourselves, and two for-profit corporations. David has served on the boards of multiple organizations, and has been Board chair of several of them. He is a graduate of UCLA, Bentley College, and Harvard Business School and teaches graduate courses in nonprofit financial management at BU and Tufts.

Scenario Tools to Maximize Equity & Impact @ Zoom
Dec 13 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Nonprofits have to operate in the face of uncertainty— how future events— impact your program strategy, delivery, or funding sources. Scenario tools are a powerful way to help organizations and communities visualize multiple outcomes in times of rapid change, while amplifying diverse voices. They can surface both risks and opportunities to guide your nonprofit’s adaptation of program and strategy. At the beginning of a project, they can help nonprofit leaders better understand the landscape, and at the end they can highlight areas for further learning and project evolution. Join this session to learn the basics of facilitating a scenario workshop, selecting participants to enhance equity, and receive templates to guide responsive planning through rapidly changing contexts.

Dec
14
Wed
Advanced Proposal Writing @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving the award. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grant seeking skills by making your proposal more competitive. From an introduction to logic models to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government.

 

Advanced Proposal Writing @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Program Description:

Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving the award. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grantseeking skills by making your proposal more competitive.

From an introduction to logic models to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government. There will be a discussion on the use of meaningful charts and other visual aids to help reviewers quickly understand the intent of your proposed project. You will also learn techniques to use when preparing proposals to obtain grants for capacity-building projects and capital campaigns.

The intended learning goals are as follows:

-Understand the current giving trends of foundations, corporations, and government agencies
-Analyze request for proposals (RFPs) to determine a fit with your proposed project
-Prepare reviewer friendly proposals
-Formulate strategies to develop proposals for special projects, capacity-building efforts, and capital campaigns
-Learn techniques to apply for a multi-year or million-dollar grant

This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (5+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals who have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose.

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 nearly 300 nonprofit clients in 27 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 an engaging trainer, reaching over 20,000 people through her 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-developed the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. Her other faculty appointments include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance), and Philanthropy Massachusetts. She frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences including those hosted by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 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.

CORI: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Help Their Clients @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*Note: This training is not designed to help advise nonprofits on their hiring practices. It is solely focused on assisting clients with criminal records.*

This criminal records training is intended for nonprofits whose staff are involved with counseling or offering services in the community to individuals who may have criminal records. It will address the following:

– What exactly is a criminal record in Massachusetts? Who has the data? Who gets access to the data?
– How can a nonprofit help a client reduce the barriers posed by criminal records?
– What can be done if a client of a nonprofit wishes to seal a CORI?
– What crimes can be sealed? What resources are available?
– What rights do individuals with a sealed CORI have when they are applying for a job? Housing?
– What is the process for the new expungement laws for CORIs?
– What are the concerns for an individual with a CORI who has an immigration issue?

Presenter: Crispin Birnbaum, Access to Justice Fellow

Compassion Fatigue: What it is, the effects, and how to manage through the holidays to enter the new year reinvigorated with Nicole Homerin @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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We live in a complex world still reeling from the effects of a global pandemic, rising homelessness, hunger, and poverty, facing frequent events of mass school shootings and violence, racism and gender violence, and wars and human rights atrocities around the world. While we are working to process all of these various issues as humans, we are also working to support the young people around us through these issues and challenges. How do we cope with these challenges without burning out?

This webinar will examine the concept of compassion fatigue as it relates to individuals who work in human services, in particular youth services. We will discuss what compassion fatigue is, how it can manifest, and the effects on the individual, others, and the work environment. Then, we will discuss ways to support individuals who are experiencing compassion fatigue and coping strategies to start the new year refreshed and prepared to handle the challenges that may arise in the upcoming year.

About the presenter:

Nicole Homerin, M.Ed. (she/her) is an Inclusion Communities Manager at PYD and has over a decade of experience working with children and youth with disabilities. She began her journey in the field at AbilityFirst Camp Paivika, a camp in Southern California for youth and adults with disabilities, where she held various roles, including Performing Arts Coordinator and Program Coordinator. After completing her undergraduate degree, Nicole worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Deafblind Program and Outreach Program at Perkins School for the Blind. While completing her Master’s Degree, Nicole spent two years working as a Teaching Assistant in the preschool classroom at The Campus School at Boston College.

In addition to her love of classroom teaching, Nicole dedicated time in programs working to increase inclusive opportunities in the community for individuals with disabilities. She spent two years working in the Adaptive Dance Program at The Boston Ballet School and taught several Adaptive Percussive Dance classes at Perkins School for the Blind. Most recently, Nicole has worked with RespectAbility, as both a Community Outreach Fellow and an Education Consultant.

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston College, where she was the recipient of the Bernard A. Stotsky/Thomas H. Browne Prize for Excellence in Special Education. She previously published a paper in the California Council on Teacher Education Spring Monograph on the topic of compassion fatigue as it relates to special education teachers and related service staff, which can be read here.

Introduction to Evidence @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An important first step in an organization’s evidence building journey is to discuss and articulate the various “purposes” that the team aspires to achieve through the use of data and evidence.

In the Introduction to Evidence webinar, we will teach participants how to conduct an “evidence vision and goals” exercise, which includes key prompts to encourage team brainstorming, facilitation tools, and guidance on how to analyze and present back the data for review. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the different types of goals that data can be used towards, as well as how these goals can inform context assessment and next steps to strengthen an organization’s evidence capacity.

Dec
15
Thu
Grant Approved: How to Build Fundraising Relationships with Corporations and Foundations @ Zoom
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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All fundraising stems from solid relationships. In this fun and lively workshop you will learn how to research, identify, and engage private corporate and foundation “friends,” and get tips and tricks for writing a compelling and competitive grant. This hands-on training is an excellent introduction to corporation and foundation relations and grant writing.

Learning Objectives

Trends in corporate and foundation philanthropy, the various kinds of foundations, and unique approaches for reaching each of them
Research and identification of prospective funders via the internet and other resources (“who should I ask for what?”)
Building relationships with corporations and foundations, and engaging funders in your organization’s mission
Developing the program narrative in a way that highlights the most important elements from the funder’s perspective, including language and formatting
Accurate and timely reporting
The basics of the grant writing process

Audience

Ideal for newer development professionals, as well as staff persons who may be responsible for grant writing as a component of their job duties.

About the Trainer

For over 20 years, Lori Smith Britton has been a leader in leveraging critical resources for several of Boston’s most prestigious institutions, including MIT, the Boston Latin School Association, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, as well as a number of grassroots and community-based organizations.

https://www.tsne.org/bnm-grant-relationships

Jan
11
Wed
Dana Home Foundation 2023 Grant Information Session @ Lexington Community Center, Room 242
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am

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The Dana Home Foundation is pleased to announce it is hosting an information session for the 2023 grant cycle.

Please join us to learn more about the grant application process and network with fellow grant applicants. The 2023 grant eligibility criteria, guidelines, and application are available on the website, www.danahomefoundation.org. Applications for 2023 are due on March 1, 2023.

The Dana Home Foundation is dedicated to providing for the care, comfort and well-being of senior citizens, with a special emphasis on serving the needs of those who reside in or have connections to the Town of Lexington.

Since its founding over ten years ago, the Dana Home Foundation has awarded over $1,500,000 for the benefit of Lexington seniors. Please visit our website at www.danahomefoundation.org to learn more about the work being done by the Dana Home Foundation.

Jan
18
Wed
CORI: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Help Their Clients (Virtual) @ Zoom
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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*Note: This training is not designed to help advise nonprofits on their hiring practices. It is solely focused on assisting clients with criminal records.*

This criminal records training is intended for nonprofits whose staff are involved with counseling or offering services in the community to individuals who may have criminal records. It will address the following:
– What exactly is a criminal record in Massachusetts? Who has the data? Who gets access to the data?
– How can a nonprofit help a client reduce the barriers posed by criminal records?
– What can be done if a client of a nonprofit wishes to seal a CORI?
– What crimes can be sealed? What resources are available?
– What rights do individuals with a sealed CORI have when they are applying for a job? Housing?
– What is the process for the new expungement laws for CORIs?
– What are the concerns for an individual with a CORI who has an immigration issue?

Presenter: Crispin Birnbaum, Access to Justice Fellow

Feb
2
Thu
Budget Management @ Zoom
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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This workshop is part of TSNE’s Better Nonprofit Management Series

Having a budget is a crucial piece of achieving your goals. Learn the fundamentals of creating and managing budgets for your organization with Maureen Miller. This workshop will explore key concepts of budgeting such as:

Roles and responsibilities
Different types of budgets
Budget timeline
Cyclical budget process
Budget implementation

Attendees will review sample Excel budgets, including budget-to-actual, revenue summary and detail sheets, and both summary and detail sheets for personnel and non-personnel expenses.

Learning Objectives
Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the steps necessary to create an annual budget and how to compare and analyze the budget to actual expenditures.

Target Audience
This workshop is for financial, program, and leadership staff who are responsible for creating and/or implementing program and/or the annual organizational budgets.

About the Presenter
Maureen Miller is an expert at developing efficient and impactful financial systems that support organizations in achieving their strategic fiscal goals. She is an expert at translating complicated financial information to people with varied levels of financial knowledge.

Learn more at https://www.tsne.org/bnm-budget-management