Past Seminars

What would help you operate your organization more efficiently? What can you do to let the community know about your programs and services? How can you find the resources to sustain your organization? Here are examples of the seminars that have been offered by Nonprofit Net in the past few years.


Women - A Fundraising Force To Be Reckoned With

Tue Feb 13, 2018 Presenter:

Speaker: Abbie Von Schlegell


Cybersecurity for Small & Medium-Sized Organizations

Wed Dec 6, 2017 Presenter:

Speakers: Ken Boyle and Peter Franklin of Tech Networks of Boston

Marketing: Getting the Right Message to the Right People

Thu Nov 9, 2017 Presenter: Marjorie Bauer and Debra Yanofsky

Review the concepts of identifying target audiences, positioning strategy and branding, and developing impact messages for specific audiences.

Law and (Financial) Order

Thu Oct 12, 2017 Presenter: Julia Cosentino and David Orlinoff

Many organizations struggle to understand matters of law and finance. An experienced attorney and CFO will discuss the do’s and don’ts of nonprofit compliance. Bring questions!

Crafting Public Remarks - How to Write a Good Speech

Thu Apr 13, 2017 Presenter: Sheri Saginor

Sheri Saginor will give you a set of tools to use when writing and delivering your own speeches. Even if you already know how to do it, you’ll be able to write better ones.

Is Blogging Part of Your Social Media Strategy?

Thu Mar 16, 2017 Presenter: Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell will show how smaller nonprofits can get on board with blogging and create a dynamic outlet that grows their supporters and helps them accomplish their goals.

In this workshop, we will learn:
The basics of blogging – why you need one and the best platforms to use
How to get more readers to your blog
How to find and create fresh content for your nonprofit blog
Top 10 tips to creating fantastic blog posts

How to Craft a Killer Foundation Grant Proposal

Thu Feb 16, 2017 Presenter: Kenny Weill

Kenny Weill will lead attendees through the process of writing a clear, concise and compelling foundation grant narrative.

In this seminar, you will learn:
What funders really want to know
What the key elements of a “full” grant proposal are
How to create a Letter of Inquiry / Concept Paper
How to tell if your organization is “grant ready”
Tips for Success


Your Video Storytelling Journey

Wed Dec 14, 2016 Presenter: Rachel Jellinek

Whether you want to use video to help raise money, recruit staff and volunteers, or educate your audience about key issues you care about, it all comes down to storytelling strategy. In this session, Rachel from Reflection Films will share tips on crafting your message, including some pitfalls to avoid. She’ll share some examples and encourages participants to come ready to share their experiences as well. The focus of this conversation will be on storytelling ideas and what to do with them, not on the technical aspects of video production or editing.

The Most Important Relationship Your Nonprofit Will Ever Have: The Board and Executive Partnership

Tue Nov 8, 2016 Presenter: Gloria Franqui

The goal of this workshop is to provide insight into the value and purpose(s) of the nonprofit board and its relationship with the senior staff.

A strong and positive relationship between the board and senior staff, especially the chief executive, is widely recognized as a critical ingredient for a healthy organization and its ability to achieve impact. Having clarity in the roles, responsibilities and expectations of both – board and senior staff – helps to build a productive, working relationship based on mutual understanding and commitment to serve the best interests of the nonprofit organization, clients and community.

Learning Objectives:
*The Nonprofit Board’s Purpose, Roles, and Responsibilities: Why It Matters
*Governance as Leadership – Three Modes of Governance
*The Human Dynamics of Governance: Building a Winning Partnership with Your Board
*Causes of Poorly Tuned Board/Executive Teams
*Transforming the Board/Executive Relationship – Essential Elements of an Effective Board/Executive Partnership
*What All Great Boards Have in Common

Best Practices for Maximizing Annual Fundraising for Shops of All Sizes

Thu Oct 13, 2016 Presenter: Tomasz Kierul

Fundraising for small and medium size organizations.

Annual gifts are vital to ensuring that the mission of your organization is fulfilled. The directive from your organizational leadership (the CEO and Board) is to keep those gifts as unrestricted as possible in order to address areas of greatest need. However, we hear that donors are not interested in “keeping the lights on” and want to have measurable impact with their giving. And, to top it all off, leadership does not believe it has a role in fundraising, so it’s all up to you. Can you do it all, while maximizing the renewal (and increase) of existing gifts and attracting new annual gifts? This is a “must attend” session for anyone working on launching or building and annual fund with an eye toward better donor retention.

Please note this seminar will be located at the Lexington Community Center at 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Directions using google maps

The Lexington Community Center driveway is shared with the Museum of our National Heritage. Please note: there is a small sign near Marrett Road. Enter the driveway, go past the museum (on your right), follow the driveway to the left, and go through the parking lot(s) all the way to the end, up the hill. The Community Center is on your left at the top. Parking is free in these lots. The dining room/meeting room is on the first floor on your right as you enter the foyer.

Networking Made Easy

Wed May 11, 2016 Presenter: Stuart Paap

Join with others to polish your networking skills and your approach to bragging about your organization.

Budgeting Mistakes Your Organization Needs to Avoid

Thu Apr 14, 2016 Presenter: David Orlinoff

Effective budgeting is essential to the success of any nonprofit organization, and there are several crucial steps in developing an accurate and usable plan. At this seminar we will discuss some of the best practices in budgeting and some of the worst mistakes often made, and how you can implement the former and avoid the latter. The first portion of the seminar will focus on the organization’s annual operating plan, which combines forecasts for each significant revenue and expense item over the course of the upcoming fiscal year.

Meet the Funders

Tue Mar 15, 2016 Presenter: Three Foundation Representatives

A panel of funders including the Foundation for Metrowest, Watertown Foundation and the Cummings Foundation

Creating an Action Plan for Your Organiziation

Wed Feb 10, 2016 Presenter: Bob Voss

Effectively leading change in an organization requires the mastery of an integrated set of capabilities and behaviors that enable a leadership team to align culture, structure, strategy and implementation simultaneously.


Learning Best Practices for Nonprofit Board Membership

Wed Dec 9, 2015 Presenter: Abbie von Schlegell

This hands-on workshop is designed to help new and existing board members, senior managers, and staff from organizations of all sizes to understand the infrastructure necessary to have a high functioning board.

Human Resource Management for Small and Mid-sized Nonprofits

Tue Nov 10, 2015 Presenter: Gordon Gottlieb

Many small and mid-sized nonprofits do not have a designated person to handle HR issues. Here are ideas to help.

How to Develop a Strategic Communication Plan

Wed Oct 14, 2015 Presenter: Brianne Miers

This interactive session will provide a step-by-step process for developing a communications plan for your organization that will accomplish two main goals – raising awareness and raising funds.

How to Create a Strategic Fund Development Plan Seminar Description

Wed Sep 16, 2015 Presenter: Kenny Weill

Fundraising consultant Kenny Weill presents steps for creating an actionable Fund Development Plan for your organization.

Try Monthly Giving to Improve Donations

Tue May 19, 2015 Presenter: Erica Waasdorp

* Smart ways to organize the back end of your monthly giving program
* The best way to actually ask for monthly gifts
* Who are your prime prospects to become monthly giving donors
* How to retain your monthly donors and keep them giving and giving

Planning for Your Organization's Future

Thu Apr 16, 2015 Presenter: Bob Voss, Ph.D.

How can nonprofit leaders keep their organizations flexible enough to adapt to the accelerating rate of change in the nonprofit sector? In this seminar, you will learn how to apply a forward-looking leadership framework.

Telling Your Story with Social Media

Tue Mar 10, 2015 Presenter: Julia Campbell

* How to use digital and visual storytelling strategies
* What stories you should be telling online
* How to use photo and video-sharing tools to connect with supporters

Learning Best Practices for Nonprofit Board Membership

Thu Feb 12, 2015 Presenter: Abbie von Schlegell

* Who do you choose to recruit to your board?
* What are the most important responsibilities of the board?
* How do you conduct the business of the board?


Speed Guide to Creating an Annual Marketing Plan

Wed Nov 19, 2014 Presenter: Myrna Greenfield, Good Egg Marketing

Annual Reports, Websites, News Letters, Appeal Letters, Events and more. A procedural template that organizations of all sizes can use to plan and execute their communications.

Creating Financial Statements Your Leadership, Staff, and Donors Can Understand

Fri Oct 24, 2014 Presenter: Janet Gelbart

Janet has over 20 years of experience in non-profit financial management at the executive level.

Major Gifts: How to find, cultivate and ask major donors

Thu Sep 18, 2014 Presenter: Dennis Boyer

Do you wish you could get more major gifts and major donors? Dennis Boyer will de-mystify the major gifts process.

Networking Made Easy

Thu May 29, 2014 Presenter: Stuart Paap

Learn ways to discover new contacts, tell people about your organization, and learn how to master a powerful networking skill.

Fundraising Is a Team Sport

Thu Apr 17, 2014 Presenter: Carla C. Cataldo, M.P.P. and Sarah Lange

In today’s competitive marketplace, nonprofits are under more pressure than ever to raise dollars from shrinking funding sources to successfully operate programs. Learn how to build a fundraising team.

Do You Have a Strong Board?

Wed Mar 26, 2014 Presenter: Abbie J. von Schlegell

What are Board members’ obligations individually, collectively, ethically, and legally? Does it matter if it’s a working/management group or more governance-oriented?



Multichannel Strategies For Nonprofits: How To Use Online Tools To Raise Money, Awareness And Support
Presenter: Julia Campbell

Budgeting: Keep It Simple, Make It Effective
Presenter: David Orlinoff

Raise More Money Using Social Media Tools
Presenter: Julia Campbell

Creating Major Donor Programs In Small Shops: Mission Achievable
Presenter: Beth Tishler

Planned Giving Demystified
Presenter:  Julia Cosentino

Power Up Your Board To Secure Fundraising Success
Presenter: Griet Dehandschutter

Do The Right Thing: A Code Of Ethics For Your Nonprofit
Presenter: Lesa Lessard Pearson

Increasing Leadership Effectiveness: Creative Competencies
Presenter: Marie Peeler


Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way: Fundraising Through Bequest Funds
Mary Moran

What Is Really New In Development Today: Everything, Anything Or Nothing
Hillel Korin

I’m On Facebook…So What Now?
Julia Campbell, March 2011

Do’s And Don’ts Of Special Events
Arlene Fortunato, April 2011

How To Network In A Crowded Room
Mary Jo Bohart and Peter Noonan

Tell Your Story To Sell Your Story: An Outreach Plan Is Essential
Monica Collins

Nuts And Bolts Of Human Resources: Avoiding Regulatory Risk
Julia Cosentino

Grant Writing 102
Hillel Bromberg

Academic Service Learning
Edwards Zlotowski

How Nonprofits Can Get Their Message Out
Peter Lowry

Strategic Fundraising: Tactics Aligned With Organizational Strategy
Liam Abramson

Evaluation Is Mission Critical: Leveraging To Value Of What You Do
Turahn Dorsey


Why we throw away requests for donations
Rick Schwartz, January 2010

Effective Marketing Communications On A Shoestring
Michele Levy, February 2010

Building A Better Board: Getting The Right People For The Board
Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue

It’s Time To Talk Finances: How To Dissect Finances
David Orlinoff, April 2010

Business Planning 101 For Nonprofits
Larry Chalt, September 2010

Putting Technology To Work: Streamline Your Fundraising
Linda Mack and Kimo Lee, Heron Grace Nonprofit Solutions, November 2010

How To Transform You Board Members Into Fundraisers
Carl Richardson

What Every Director Needs To Know: The Regulator’s View
David Spackman

Managing Your Risks Before They Manage You!
Jeffrey Fox

Grantwriting 101: The Easiest Money For Your Nonprofit
Jeff Katz, December 2010


Public Rations Essentials To Your Nonprofit
Arlene Fortunato

Fundraising In A Tight Economy: Best Practices For Success
Sarah Lange

Get That Grant Through A Sublime Proposal Budget
Carla Cataldo

Come To Meet Our Funders
Andrea Martinez, Carol Lavoie Schuster, Nora Bloch, and David Wellbourn

Essentials Of Building A Volunteer Program
Lori Tsuruda

The Art Of The Ask
Hillel Korin

What’s The Deal With Social Media?
Nisha and Philipp Walzer


The New 990 Form: What Every Board Member Should Know
Julia Cosentino

How To Cultivate Donors
Hillel Korin

Networking For Nonprofits: Expand Your Personal Universe
Phyllis Lasky

Engagement Governance: A New Governance Structure For Nonprofits
Judy Frelwirth

Strategic Planning: The Key To Organizational Development

Web 2.0:New Online Tools That Are Transforming Nonprofits

Stand Out In The Pile: Make Your Year-End Appeal A Success
Michael and Julia Rafferty

Five Effective Ways To Get People To Give You Money
Rick Schwartz


Communicate your Message
Marty Cohn

Irresistible Stories: Translating your Nonprofit Mission into a Fundraising Message that works
Martha Eddison

Master Proposal Writing and Fine-Tuning: Learn Proven techniques the are the Keys to a Winning Grant Proposal

Board Or Bored? Learn To Diagnose What May For Ailing Your Board And What You Can Do About It
Dave Wellbourne

Planned Giving Demystifies
Julia Coentino

Branding For Nonprofits: Securing You Future By Building Your Brand

How to Ask
Myles Weisenberg


Effective Board Management
Sarah Connolly

Developing an Effective Fundraising Plan
Dwight Leuth
Fundamentals of Major Gifts Campaigns
Catherine Clark


Strengthening Governance of Charities
Jamie Katz

The Annual Fund: Your Ticket to Major Gifts
Hillel Korin

Mission-Based Marketing
Jane Ford

How to Create an Irresistible Fundraising Message
Martha Eddison

Success with Fundraising Software

Grant Writing 101
Dawn Duncan

Approaches to Developing Successful Boards
Judy Frelwirth

Fundraising Planning for a Sustainable Future
Sue Karant

Working From the Source: Creating a Key Messaging Document
Kay Dunlap

Impact Strategies for Marketing Communications
Juliann Grant

Measuring Program Outcome
Claudia Lach

Annual Appeal Letter: What Works and What Does Not

Fund raising Events: How to Make them Successful


Introduction of Nonprofit Net
Narain Bhatia and David Kessler

Writing Successful Grants
Dr. Rosenthal

Nonprofit Boards

The Art of Successful Grant Writing
Elaine Sterzin

Volunteers are People
Mark Smith

Strategic Thinking: Maximize Your Effectiveness
Bonnie Newman

Guerilla Marketing: Making Limited Dollars Go Farther
Martin Cohn

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