Events Calendar

Filter the events calendar with the categories and tags tabs below! We understand the importance of supporting community residents and leaders in gaining the skills to be well-informed and successful advocates for systemic change. To encourage diverse representation at workshops and trainings, we offer scholarships and daily stipends to our resident members. To learn more, please go to Scholarships & Grants


Equality & Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts
May 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Equality & Equity: Advancing the  LGBT Community in Massachusetts @ The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership  at the Boston Foundation   | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Please join us for a special gathering of civic, community, and business leaders, as we release a new report and consider the state of the LGBT community in Massachusetts. During the event, new data will be shared, lived experiences will be highlighted, and space will be created to discuss ideas for action.


Evening Clinic: Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

A housing professional will provide an overview of tenant rights and responsibilities.

PILOT Meeting: Come Learn About Boston’s PILOT program
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


You are invited to attend our upcoming Boston’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program: A Fair Deal for Boston Residents? Initial report findings release and community planning meeting!

We are faith-based, community, student, and labor organizations concerned with the role the wealthiest nonprofit institutions in our city and the efficacy of the city’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program. Together we are working to review the current program and to advocate for a more robust, inclusive PILOT program. Our report’s findings are the first step in our advocacy. Please join us:


Tom Callahan, Executive Director, MAHA

Lydia Lowe, Executive Director, Chinatown Land Trust

Lisa Owens, Executive Director, City Life/Vida Urbana

Jessica Tang, President, Boston Teachers Union

Aaron Tanaka, Executive Director, Center for Economic Democracy

Danielle Williams, MCAN

Lew Finfer, Co-Director, MCAN

Please RSVP with Enid Eckstein at

FREE Fitness Classes
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
In partnership with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, we are THRILLED to announce the official schedule for the 2018 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series! We will offer 30 FREE fitness classes every week in 18 Boston neighborhoods and 24 parks from June 4th – September 29th ( ç an extra month of free fitness classes!)
The full schedule can be found here à
Please join us for our launch event on Thursday, May 31st @ Copley Square! The flyer is attached and the Facebook event can be found here.
Please share with your networks and help us get Boston moving this summer! If you would like calendar brochures to distribute, please let me know. We also have neighborhood and class-specific materials in print and for social media. If you would like to help promote a specific class, please let me know and I can make sure you get the materials.
Nonprofit Awareness Day A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm


Every year, hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders gather the State House to celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence, a statewide holiday signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick 10 years ago. This celebration is hosted by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and presented by Citizens Bank. We look forward to celebrating the impact of nonprofits and those who demonstrate excellence this year on June 4, 2018!

During Nonprofit Awareness Day, Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented to organizations and professionals exemplifying the innovative and effective work of nonprofits across Massachusetts. Nominations are being reviewed and winners selected by an independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders. Last year, MNN received over 125 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations. Stay tuned for updates about this year’s Finalists.

Join our annual social media movement leading up to Nonprofit Awareness Day where we will use stories, images, and stats to tell our neighbors, elected officials, and funders how Massachusetts’ nonprofits are #MAkingadifference. The social media campaign will begin in May. Click here to sign up for campaign reminders, tips, tricks, and sample language to help you engage in the campaign.


Event price (includes lunch):

MNN Nonprofit Members – $50

Non-Member Nonprofit – $65

MNN Affiliate Members* – $80

*For-profit attendance is limited to MNN Affiliate Members. If you are a for-profit organization and would like to join our network, you can learn more here.

Two Days Intermediate Excel Training with Operation ABLE – June 14 and June 28
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

For a limited time, the Mel King Institute and Operation ABLE are offering Excel Intermediate Training for users already familiar with the basic Excel program. Skilled Excel users are among the most sought after. If you are looking to take your Excel skills to the next level, sign up for one of the two full-day training sessions now.

You will learn to:

  • Work with multiple sheets
  • Utilize pivot tables
  • Use Excel’s data features
  • Build Excel charts
  • Create advanced formula

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to leverage the power of data analysis and presentation in order to make informed, intelligent decisions for your organization. Space is limited for this special offer, so sign up today.


The Mel King Institute 9th Annual Breakfast
Jun 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Please join the Mel King Institute for Community Building and Keynote speaker Karilyn Crockett to celebrate our 9th year of learning, innovating, and networking across the Massachusetts community development field.

During the breakfast, learn about our programs, partnerships, and accomplishments over the past year. As we continue to grow, your support is critical to help us provide the programming community development professionals need to build thriving and equitable communities.

Support the Mel King Institute:

Help dedicate the Urban Farming Institute’s new headquarters at the restored Fowler Clark Epstein Farm!
Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The $3.7 million restoration of the 1786 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm is complete and we want to show it to you! Join a festive gathering of friends and neighbors as we dedicate the new complex and celebrate the re-activation of Mattapan’s oldest buildings.
5:00-6:00 p.m. Tours and Family Fun
6:00 p.m. Dedication Ceremonies
6:30 p.m. Community Photograph
Monday, June 25, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm
487 Norfolk Avenue, Mattapan
Everyone is welcome to this FREE event!
Community benefit and healthy food: Massachusetts Roundtable
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Please join us for the “Community benefit and healthy food: Massachusetts roundtable” on June 27, 2018, in Worcester, MARegister today. 
Across the country, hospitals are recognizing the vital link between healthy food access and population health, and they are putting their community benefit resources to work on solutions. Inspired by this growing commitment to community health, Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program conducted a national research project with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore how hospital investments are shaping the community food environment.   
This roundtable discussion will highlight our research, resources, and regional examples of best practice. The event will:
  • Introduce participants to the “Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook.”
  • Feature presentations from UMass Memorial Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, and Boston Medical Center about their unique approaches to understanding and addressing food access issues in their communities and their work with community partners.
  • Highlight changes in Massachusetts, with Ben Wood of the Massachusetts Dept. of Health and Elana Brochin of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, discussing updates to the state’s guidelines for community benefit and determination of need.
Lunch will be served directly following the meeting at 12 pm where you can continue networking with other community benefit professionals and community partners.
Register by June 20th!
Immigrant Student Success Webminar
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators, a free, interactive, online workshop on July 10 and 11, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT, is for teachers,administrators, librarians and volunteers to promote the success of immigrant and refugee students through interactive webinars, group activities and live exercises with nationwide experts. We hope you will register for this free professional development opportunity or share it with your colleagues. Certificates of participation are available. Register for free here.
This is the seventh annual online workshop hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute, and it will explore how to:
·         Integrate immigration into the curriculum;
·         Build relationships with immigrant students, families, and communities in perilous times;
·         Use storytelling to educate all students on immigration;
·         Empower both teachers and students;
·         Create more welcoming classrooms, and more.
Click here for more information and the list of presenters.

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