Friday, September 3, 2021

Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"

The Survive to Thrive Sibling Support Group is offered for youth who have siblings with mental health and behavioral health challenges living in the home. Ben Speaks’ knows the wide-ranging impact that mental health issues can have on families, and looks to serve as a resource to youth that are impacted by the stigma, volatilities, and demands placed on families. 

Siblings of family members with mental health needs may experience challenges and disruptions in their own emotional growth and development. This group will provide these youth with a nurturing environment to share their unique experiences of having a sibling with mental health needs, engage in empowering and fun expressive activities, and develop their own skills and resources, so that they may thrive in face of the challenges that they and their families encounter.

What is the Sibling Support Group?

Group is open to youth ages 11-14 years old, living in MetroWest Massachusetts, who have siblings that struggle with mental health and behavioral health issues living in the home.

Group sessions will include opportunities for both open and themed discussions, expressive art activities, age appropriate learning about mental health challenges and their impacts on families, and empowerment skills to enhance emotion regulation and effective communication.

This program will be conducted virtually via ZOOM meetings. A reliable internet connection will be required. We will send all virtual meeting links and information via email after registration.

10 weeks - 1.5 hours each week (No group will be held September 16 due to Yom Kippur)

Facilitated by Bretton Torkelson, Psy.D., Judy Giovangelo, Michael Giovangelo and Penny Young; Members of the Ben Speaks’ Board of Directors.

Cost: This program made possible through grants and sponsors. Thank you to Rockland Trust, ADM Cleaning Services, Penny Young, Judy Giovangelo, Jim McCusker & Nicole Kittredge.

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Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"
Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mass Nonprofit Network: Featured Trainings and Events for September 2021

Welcome to the MNN Trainings and Events Calendar newsletter. Read below for training events and webinars designed to build and strengthen the skills of nonprofit professionals in Massachusetts.

For the full listing, visit the calendar online here.

Note: if you are a current MNN nonprofit or affiliate member and wish to delete, change, or add an event posting, contact us.

Featured Event

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!

September 14
1:00 pm -2:30 pm
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.

September 14
1:00 pm -2:00 pm
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.

September 15
10:00 am - Noon
Introduction to Grantwriting
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.
Presenter: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN) - Meeting Agenda - Aug 30, 2021 (hybrid)

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN)

Meeting Agenda 

Monday, August 30, 2021 – 7:00 PM


1. 700 PM - Call to order, review agenda, and any housekeeping Steve Sherlock


2.    Introductions

        710 PM     HMEA - Doug MacPherson

        735 PM New Hope - Marcia Szymanski

        740 PM open

        745 PM open


3. 7:50 PM Review and discussion of proposed Mission, Vision, and Core Values


4. 8:00 PM Briefing on survey responses and possible next steps.

  • Survey on grants:


5. 8:10 PM Steering Committee update, review Actions, Next Month agenda, and Wrap Up  -  Bo Kinney/Steve Sherlock


6. 820 PM Adjourn  (No Later than 8:30)

We'll provide two options for our next meeting
  • in person at the Franklin TV Studio, 23 Hutchinson St
  • via Zoom (info below)

Topic: FANN - Intros #4 Time: Aug 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 890 3763 0823 Passcode: wfpr1029 One tap mobile +16465588656,,89037630823#,,,,*95835986# US (New York) +13017158592,,89037630823#,,,,*95835986# US (Washington DC)

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN) - Meeting Agenda - Aug 30, 2021
Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN) - Meeting Agenda - Aug 30, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Early-bird registration for the 2021 MNN Annual Conference now OPEN

You are receiving this email because you registered for a webinar or Regional Meeting with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. I am excited to share that registration for our 2021 Annual Conference is now available. We hope you can join us from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8!

Early-bird registration rates are now open. The rates include substantial discounts for attendees from MNN member nonprofits, non-member nonprofits, and for-profit affiliate members. MNN nonprofit members save 40% off of the regular registration price.

Early-bird registration ends Friday, September 12. Sign up today to save on the price of admission!

This year's conference will feature:
  • Moderated virtual networking sessions to engage with your nonprofit peers;
  • The awarding of two Lifetime Achievement Awards to accomplished nonprofit sector professionals;
  • Over 20 workshops designed to help nonprofit professionals be more effective and efficient, including workshops entitled, "Addressing the Challenges of a Truly Inclusive, Multicultural Board" and "How to Leverage Skills-Based Volunteering for COVID-19 Recovery and Capacity Building;"
  • Exhibitors with products and services to enhance your organization's work.

Click below to register. Don't hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Madeleine Morgan
Director of Programs and Services
This year's conference will include:
This year, watch and engage with workshops live or on your own time. Experience conference like never before with access to over 25 hours of educational content and networking.

The conference workshops will cover a variety of topics for every stage of a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization.

Virtual Event Platform
Attendees will have access to a virtual conference portal through Whova that allows them to easily navigate workshops, schedule meetings with other attendees, participate in networking hours, view the attendee list, and explore the services of our sponsors and exhibitors.

Join us for a conference orientation on Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 AM.
Networking Opportunities
Hundreds of conference attendees will take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. Enjoy moderated virtual networking sessions with your peers.

In addition, you'll have access to an attendee list at any time through Whova to arrange meetings with potential connections.

Inspirational Speakers
The conference will feature inspirational speakers with exceptional stories of impact from their careers, including the presentation of two Lifetime Achievement Awards to champions of the nonprofit sector.

Stay tuned for the announcements of this year's speakers!
Interested in sponsoring this year's event? Learn more and sign up here!

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