IN THIS ISSUE:
Commonwealth Insights: Individual Donations
Today MNN released its third edition of
, a publication that highlights policy, issues, and trends important to the nonprofit sector. This edition focuses on individual giving and its importance to nonprofits, an especially important topic on Giving Tuesday.
This Commonwealth Insights begins with data from an MNN member survey, which found that 82% of respondents rely upon individual donations. That is a higher percentage than foundation funding, corporate funding, or government funding. It also includes data from the
, an initiative of the Boston Foundation, which highlights the fact that so many nonprofits run lean. Finally, the report
discusses the potential impact that changes in federal tax policy could have on Massachusetts nonprofits.
Click here to read this edition of Commonwealth Insights
The Commonwealth Insights series is made possible by support from the Barr Foundation.
Three Upcoming MNN Events
MNN Training with Insource Tomorrow
Special Forum with Congressman Moulton
Highland Street Foundation
, in partnership with MNN, is pleased to invite you to a breakfast forum with Congressman Seth Moulton on
Monday December 5th at 8:00 AM
, at the
New England Center and Home for Veterans
in Boston. Elected to the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts in 2014, Congressman Moulton has focused on economic growth for families and improving veterans' health care, and currently serves on the House Armed Services, Budget, and Small Business Committees.
Come hear Congressman Moulton reflect on his first term in Congress, the historic Presidential election, and his vision for the next term.
Networking and a light breakfast begin at
and the program starts at
Spaces are limited, so RSVP now!
For questions regarding this event, please contact Marta Hodgkins-Sumner, Director of Membership and Programs,
Policymaker Roundtable with Secretary Walker
MNN's 2016 Policymaker Roundtable series brings together MNN members and government leaders to have candid conversations about the issues impacting the nonprofit sector.
We are excited to announce that on
December 12th from 9:00 - 10:00 AM
at the NonProfit Center in Boston, MNN members will have the opportunity to hear from Ronald L. Walker, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development for the Commonwealth. In this role, Secretary Walker oversees five labor and workforce development regulatory agencies and directs and executes Governor Baker's agenda on workforce development and unemployment assistance, job creation, business services, and labor.
Click here to read more about Secretary Walker.
The event is free, but an RSVP is required as a light breakfast will be provided.
Register now and reserve your spot!
Support of the Policymaker R
oundtable series is provided by the
through its Special Opportunities Fund.
Policy Update: OT Rule Implementation Halted
Last week a federal district judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation and enforcement of the Overtime Final Rule. As a result, this new regulation will not go into effect on December 1st. The lawsuit came about as the result of twenty-one Governors and Attorneys General filing a complaint alleging that the Department of Labor did not have the authority to create higher or different standards for overtime eligibility.
Two important things to note. First, the Department of Labor is expected to appeal the decision immediately. Depending on the outcome of the appeal, the new overtime rules could still become law. Second, the injunction to stop the Overtime Final Rule does not affect the applicability of existing requirements under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or state or local employment laws. In other words, compliance with existing labor laws is still crucial for nonprofits to maintain their status. As we continue to monitor this situation, we advise that all of our members take the time to ensure you are in compliance with current laws and to be prepared in the event that the injunction is lifted. You can read more about the preliminary injunction here.
For more information on the injunction against the Overtime Final Rule and how nonprofits can remain in compliance with existing laws, please contact Tonja Mettlach, Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Wednesday Webinar
Each month, MNN partners with one of our affiliate members - experts in their field - to present a free webinar on timely and relevant topics for the nonprofit sector. This month attorney Ellen Lubell will provide a framework to assess how assets can be used in new ways to generate additional revenue and/or extend the reach of ideas or programs.
Register now to reserve your spot!
Not everyone believes that fraud can happen at their organization. You know your employees and you have shared professional and personal milestones. However, the reality is that fraud does happen, and it could happen to your organization. A 2016 Global Fraud Study issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) reported that the median loss for a Not-for-Profit organization was $100,000. For a small not-for-profit organization this is a huge hit to the bottom line and most likely a bigger hit to the organization's reputation. The cost of fraud is much more than stolen money, a stolen identity or the misreporting of financial statement information. It can cost the organization future funding plus the time and effort expended by employees and the Board to repair the organization's reputation.
Grant & Award Opportunities
Trainings & Events
*Discounts for MNN members
from innovative schools and programs with the goal of
supporting the development of exemplary schools and programs across the region. Applicants can begin preparing their proposals for one-year planning grants of up to $150,000 each to support the development of their school or program. Barr will accept proposals via an online form, which will go live on December 12 following a Barr-led webinar for prospective applicants (subscribe here to receive the webinar invitation). All proposals for planning grants are due by February 15, 2017. For more information, click here.
On Monday, December 5th at 6:30 pm, join the Harvard Kennedy School alumni association and leaders from Boston's professional sports teams to hear more about
and impact. Moderated by Lisa Hughes, WBZ Anchor, the program will feature Steve Pagliuca, Josh Kraft, and Linda Henry. To learn more and get tickets click here.
Human trafficking is the coercion of individuals to participate in forced labor, domestic servitude or the sex trade against their will.
The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign
works to combat the heinous crime of human trafficking by raising awareness around the country. The Blue Campaign provides
to educate and train professionals and the general public to recognize and report human trafficking.
Princeton Alumni Corps'
works closely with their partners to place passionate, energetic and highly capable recent Princeton graduates in one-year, paid fellowships in six cities, including Boston. AlumniCorps' staff recruit, evaluate and refer candidates to partner organizations based on their position description and the qualities they seek in a fellow. Partner organizations are required to pay a minimum stipend to fellows, as well as provide health insurance.
ou can read more about the program and its requirements here.
in Boston is spearheading an Access to Justice project to build a website called MassLegalLink through which Social and Human Service workers can get answers to the legal questions that their clients frequently ask them. Rosie's Place is currently seeking lawyers, and other knowledgeable individuals as "experts," and people willing to act as beta testers to help them refine the site. If you are interested in being an expert and/or a beta tester for the site, please contact Lee Glickenhaus at
The Collective Impact Forum
, a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute, is hosting its annual field-wide
Collective Impact Convening
on May 23-25 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. This national conference will attract more than 400 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact partners. Nonprofits who are currently involved in cross-sector partnerships - or interested in learning more about best practices in collective impact - are invited to attend.
Use promo code MA100 to take $100 off the individual three-day nonprofit rate of $945