Trainings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Tue, March 07, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    While NFP board members might not enjoy the fame and fortune of popular rock bands, they do have some things in common with them. After working with hundreds of not-for-profits, we have recognized five common qualities that highly effective “rock star” boards possess. 

    Tamara Johnson and Brian Todd cover how to identify, and nurture, these traits in your organization’s current or potential board members. 

    • Thu, March 09, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    In this webinar Mike Mannor will talk about why he is so excited about Down syndrome cognition research from a parent's perspective. Mike will talk about what types of research are currently being pursued, where research has shown the most potential, and highlight potential directions for the future. As a father of five and a Down syndrome dad, he will also share his personal experience of getting involved - first through his local affiliate organization and then in directly supporting research - and offer suggestions on how others can find ways to support research. In Mike's case, his excitement about the possibility of improving opportunities and independence for people with Down syndrome led him to rally a few other Down syndrome dads to start a fundraiser to support research and then to join the board of the LuMind RDS Foundation to help promote research further.

    • Wed, March 15, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar!

    Only $25

    Special pricing for MDSC & DSAIA Members: $15

    During the early childhood years, learning through play is best practice and play skills are essential to success in a school environment. We will discuss play-based learning and how to use this best practice to address complex learning needs.   In this comprehensive and informative webinar, you will learn how to identify a “starting place” for purposeful play with your child as well as strategies and toys that will support your work to develop their language, academic, and motor skills in a fun and engaging way. 

    Your speaker:

    Stephanie Letts, M.Ed., 3-21 Foundation

    Register now to watch it LIVE or access the recording!

    Presented by Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

    Not a member of MDSC? Click here.  

    Haven't received your discount code? MDSC members should click here to request the code. DSAIA members will find the discount code under the Member Resources section.

    • Thu, March 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar


    Please share with your families!

    Speaker: Dr. David Stein

    Behavior problems impact 30% of children with Down syndrome. Left untreated, these same children often exhibit behavior problems as adults, limiting work and independent living opportunities. Many typical behavioral management tools are less effective for children with DS. In order to address behavior problems in DS effectively, one must understand the brain-based reasons for these challenges and direct treatment appropriately. This workshop will present the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behavior management, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings from childhood through adulthood.

    Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

Past events


Down Syndrome Awareness Month/Day Ideas

Interactive Peer Presentations

Supporting Your Members with Mosaic Down Syndrome

World Down Syndrome Day: Random Acts of Kindness Campaign (available to nonmembers) Watch it now! 

Board Development

Board Development Series: Board Development 101

Board Development Series:  Board Orientation

Board Development Series: Getting Your Board 'On Board' With Fundraising

Board Development Series: What is the Role of Your Board?

Board Development Series: Shared Responsibility and Accountability

Board Development Series: Strategic Planning with Your Board

Building a More Productive Board

Building Your Board: New Ways to Develop Leaders

Creating and Living Into Your Strategic Plan

Developing an Auxiliary Board for Your Organization

Firing Lousy Board Members (And Helping Others To Succeed)

How To Lose a Board Member

How To Lose an Executive Director


Direct Educational Support - Is The Learning Program™ Right For Your Organization?

How to Present a "Back To School" Workshop

Fundraising & Events

Build a Better Golf Tournament

Creative Fundraising Strategies

Creative Ways To Say Thanks!

Donor Development (3 part series)

Grantwriting Boot Camp (6 part series)

Holiday Party Planning Made Easy

Increase Your Silent Auction Revenue

Leaky Bucket  (2 part series)

Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K

Setting Your Fundraising Goals (And Creating a Plan To Make Them A Reality)

What Your Sponsors Really Want

Wildly Successful Events: How To Get Sponsorships

Your Year End Appeal is a Terrible Thing To Waste!

Governmental Affairs

Growing Grassroots Advocacy at the State Level

How To Pass a Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Law in Your State

Marketing, Communications & Social Media

Creating Your Facebook Content Strategy

Cut Copy & Paste: Intellectual Property 101

E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Want To Give

How To Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Marketing Your Walk

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Social Media 101

Spreading the News: Turning Worthy into News-Worthy

Spreading the News:  Working With The Media

The 'Like' able Organization


Adding Top Level Staff

Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit

Budgeting Using Intuit Quickbooks - Premier Nonprofit Edition

Are You Covered? (2 part series on insurance for nonprofits)

Divide & Conquer: Time Management for the Small DS Organization

How To Read Nonprofit Financial Statements

How To Write an Annual Report

Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet

Nonprofit Accounting: Lessons Learned

The Threat Within: Internal Controls

Year End Accounting Questions

Zero To Sixty: Fast Track Your Young Group Into a Professional Organization!

Prenatal & Medical Outreach

Build or Enhance Your First Call Program

Urgency of Medical Outreach 


A Healthier Life: Health & Wellness Program for Adults with Down Syndrome

Camps for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Creating Successful Support Programs for Grandparents

Customizing the NDSC Adult Toolkit for Your Families

Diversity Outreach

Harmonic Treatment: Heartstrings Program

I Can Bike

New Family Support

Next Chapter Book Club

Oklahoma SibShop Initiative

Planning a Successful Conference (From Start to Finish)

Why D.A.D.S.?


Memory & Sleep: DS Cognition Research  (available to nonmembers) Watch it now!

Understanding Down Syndrome Research (And How You Can Help)

The Research Landscape: Update on DS Cognition Research & Ongoing Clinical Trials


New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Social Media & Volunteer Engagement

Volunteer Power: Walk the Walk

I continue to be impressed with the depth of the board/professional workshops offered.


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