MNN's 2021 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place virtually from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8 in your home office!
The theme of this year's conference is "A Bridge to Better," which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it as we move forward together. The conference will feature soon-to-be-announced speakers, panels, over 20 workshops, networking opportunities, and a new and exciting virtual event platform to allow attendees to easily navigate the online setting.
Grab your tickets before September 12th to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!
Getting Grant Ready: Action Steps for Nonprofit Startups and Nonprofit in Turnaround
Grant readiness has a direct impact on the success and sustainability of nonprofits no matter what stage of the nonprofit lifecycle they are in.
But what does it mean to be grant-ready?
How do you know when you are?
What is the cost if you're not?
Join NOPI – Nonprofit Incubator and Dr. Beverly A. Browning (Dr. Bev), CSPF as we provide specific action steps every nonprofit must take to become fundable. Information provided will set the foundation to begin or return to a state of growth.
How to Love Your Donors So They Love You Back (with more gifts)
You work hard to raise money to fulfill an important mission. But if you aren't taking good care of current donors, your fundraising program is just spinning its wheels. Building a strong donor program is about showing your donors the love so that they stay happily by your side, giving more and larger gifts, year after year.
In this workshop, learn the metrics you should be watching that indicate donor happiness, and discover the top reasons donors leave (or stay with you) and how you can keep more donors, even with limited resources. Take away key actions you can take today to show your donors the love they're looking for.
From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Participants will learn to develop measurable project goals, objectives, and outcomes required in every proposal. Understand what is important to include in grant proposals by creating meaningful content for full proposals, letters of intent/inquiry, and online grant applications as well a post-award reporting.
The intended topics covered in this webinar are as follows:
Grants as part of the fundraising plan
Preparing the proposal idea including SMART goals and objectives
Outlines for full grant proposals and letters of intent/inquiry
Examining reasons for proposal rejection
Exploring rules of grant management
This webinar provides learning opportunities for novice and intermediate (2 to 3 years) grant seekers.
I'm thrilled to announce The Gathering Makeover, a free four-part video series to re-imagine how we spend our collective time as we ease back into our communities.
After 16 months of doing things very differently, many of us are now wondering how to bring people together and show up to gatherings again.
As schools re-open, administrations are asking: Who do we bring back first? How do we take care of our teachers? What's the purpose of a school?
As offices debate bringing staff back in person, they're asking: What is the core of our work? Who needs to be part of what? What and who benefits from in-person connection? How do we hybrid gather well?
As we get invited to parties and picnics and potlucks again, we get to ask ourselves: Who are my people? How open am I to the new? How do I want to spend my time?
We're living through an extraordinary moment and have the rare opportunity to actually pause and makeover how we come together and spend our time.
So, how do we make the most of this moment? Let's navigate this together.
The Gathering Makeover will give you the permission, inspiration, and tools to rethink one crucial gathering that matters to you and your people as we re-emerge—from parties to classrooms to boardrooms. You'll start to explore what you'd like to be doing rather than what you've always done.
Starting July 28 at 3pm EST, I'll host a live workshop every Wednesday at the same time four weeks in a row. Joined by a special guest, I'll address some of the new gathering pressures we're navigating and creative ways to think about them. Each workshop is part conversation, part coaching, and part Q&A.
RSVP by clicking the button above so we know to expect you! You'll receive a personal log-in to access the livestreams and their recordings. We'll also share additional resources, announcements, and reminders related to The Gathering Makeover.
May 10, 2021 – MetroWest Nonprofit Network (MWNN), in partnership with Framingham State University (FSU), is pleased to announce a new course offering: Nonprofit Management Certificate for Practitioners. This 12-week online course set to launch on September 24, 2021, is designed for individuals who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills as nonprofit leaders, aspiring and emerging leaders, mid-level nonprofit managers, and individuals seeking to change careers and enter the nonprofit sector. The program, developed after a three-year planning process that involved feedback from nonprofit leaders, funders, community organizations, educators, and students has two key goals: providing future leaders with the practical skills needed to lead effective organizations and actively supporting individuals with diverse identities and experiences who are interested in a pathway to nonprofit leadership.
"Framingham State University is proud to partner with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network to diversify and expand nonprofit leadership in our region," said Dr. Constanza Cabello, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Framingham State University. "It is critical that the face of leadership reflect the increasingly diverse population in MetroWest. We look forward to giving students the skills, tools, and network to lead in their organizations and in the community."
"We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique program to our community," said Sarah Baldiga, Chair of the MWNN and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Rise Above Foundation. "The Certificate program will amplify the impact of our MetroWest nonprofits by strengthening the skills of the passionate people who make them run. Our goal through this program is to give participants the chance to hear and learn from people in the field and to help shape the next generation of nonprofit leaders."
The certificate program will focus on five theme areas: Nonprofit Fundamentals, Organizations and People, Finances and Fundraising, Communications and Marketing, Evaluations and Impact, and Leading through Change. Program faculty bring a wide range of expertise and lived experiences to the program. Students will have an opportunity to build a professional network of mentors and colleagues that will support them beyond the completion of the program.
"This program builds on MWNN's thirty years of experience strengthening nonprofit leaders, building connections, and nurturing collaborations," said Anna Cross, Executive Director of MWNN. "One of the most important lessons we have learned during the pandemic is that nonprofit organizations play a critical role in identifying and responding to issues of equity, racial, economic, and social justice. We consider it an honor and an obligation to provide opportunities for future leaders to gain the skills, tools, and networks they need to meet the challenge of building a just and equitable world."
MWNN was created in 1991, in response to the need to bring MetroWest nonprofits together to share ideas, resources, and professional development opportunities. Today, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MWNN continues to offer the services and support that MetroWest nonprofits are seeking; opportunities for collaboration, connections to the expertise of their colleagues throughout the region, and access to resources that support and strengthen their organizations. For more information about MWNN and the certificate program please visit http://metrowestnonprofit.org/
Since 1839 when Cyrus Peirce closed each of his lessons at what was then The Normal School with the phrase "live to the truth," the Framingham State community has embodied this motto. We live to the truth by upholding the University's mission of providing affordable, high-quality education to all qualified students and maintaining a commitment to student involvement, engagement, and academic excellence. For more information about FSU and its programs please visit https://www.framingham.edu/