A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

commonwealthinsights Commonwealth Insights: Poverty in Massachusetts
This past week, MNN released the latest edition of  Commonwealth Insights , a publication that highlights policy, issues, and trends important to the nonprofit sector. 

Read this edition of MNN's Commonwealth Insights to gain a fuller understanding of how poverty continues to impact Massachusetts communities and what key strategies need to be undertaken to reduce and eliminate its effects. 

conferenceMNN's 2016 Conference is Tomorrow!
We hope to see you tomorrow at the 2016 Conference: Moving Forward for a Better Commonwealth . This year's conference will tap into the collective expertise of the nonprofit sector and take a look at what's working and what needs to work better. 

This year's conference promises to be the best one yet! We hope you will join us TOMORROW for a day of sharing and engagement as we look at what's next for the sector.  Register before midnight today to take advantage of our regular registration rate. You may also register tomorrow at the Conference Walk-In table, but walk-in registration fees will apply .

earlyvotingEarly Voting: Find Your Polling Spot Today
For the first time in Massachusetts, you can vote early. Voting is one of the primary ways that individuals can exercise their civic duties and use their voice to make a difference. Besides the presidential race, this year's ballot also contains several important issues that will have significant impact on communities throughout Massachusetts. To learn more about these key issues and to find your polling spot, visit the Secretary of State's website.

webinarFREE Wednesday Webinar

Each month, MNN partners with an affiliate member - experts in their field - to present a free webinar on timely and relevant topics for the nonprofit sector. On Wednesday, November 9, the experts at Insource Services, Inc. will will open up a new world of reporting capabilities for those who feel they have not maximized the functionality that QuickBooks has to offer.  Register now and save your spot!
nonprofit411Nonprofit 411: 
Sherlock Holmes Meets Major Gift Fundraising 

By Diane Remin, President, MajorDonors.com

You asked for a gift. The donor replied, "Let me think about it."

Don't negotiate against yourself.

You've just presented a donor with a significant opportunity-whatever that means for your organization. You've done your homework. You're optimistic. But expecting an immediate "yes" is not realistic. 

"Let me think about it" is a perfectly natural response. Resist the temptation to jump into negotiations or end the visit without learning more.

Be Sherlock Holmes

Read more  here.
Housing Program Manager, Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. 
Elder Care Advisor & Housing SpecialistSomerville-Cambridge Elder Services
Program DirectorMENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Development Manager, Blueprint Schools Network
Vice President of Operations, Save the Harbor
Chief Executive OfficerScreening for Mental Health, Inc.
HR, Payroll, and Benefits CoordinatorBlueprint Schools Network
Director of Finance, St. Francis House
Director of Human Resources, St. Francis House
Development Associate Brookview House, Inc.
Operations Associate , Mass Mentoring Program
Vice President of Revenue Cycle, Tufts Medical Center
Vice President of Finance, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Executive Director, Summits Education
Research Coordinator The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience
Program Coordinator, McKenna Management, Inc. 
Managing Director, Grow Native Massachusetts 
Development Manager, Breakthrough Greater Boston 
Accounting Manager, Insource Services 
Director for Agency OperationsBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
The Bolder Board Training, Cambridge, November 12
Online Fundraising and UBIT, Boston, November 14
The Power of Questions, Cambridge, November 15
The Power of Dialogue, Cambridge, December 1

MNN is excited to once again partner with the Nonprofit Finance Fund on their Fall 2016 webinar series, The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options. This series gathers together knowledgeable Financial Services and Advisory Services staff to tell a six-episode story about the current state and near future of nonprofit finance. Click here to register (be sure to indicate that you were referred by MNN and use code SAVE10 to get the 10% discount).

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

B ill August is legal counsel to many nonprofit organizations and has successfully represented 501c3, 501c4 and 501c6 organizations with incorporation, tax exemption, governance, legislation, and public affairs matters. *MNN member discount

HarborOne Bank MassPay
MassPay provides a cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solution called iSolved, which allows nonprofits to utilize advanced cloud-based technology to streamline their HR, Payroll and Time & Attendance processes, stay in compliance & optimize their workforce.

Proposals, Etc. offers more than twenty years of experience to help nonprofits raise financial resources to meet vital needs of the community, with experience in strategic planning, proposal writing and funding research, and direct mail appeals.

A f ull service company offering everything under one roof from business cards to brochures, postcards to calendars, mailing services to table covers, and t/shirts. Nonprofits are eligible to use Commonwealth of Mass contract OFF33 to save big on commercial printing, copying, mailing service, and marketing products. 

New & Returning