A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

HEADLINES

 

Early Bird Registration Now Open for MNN's Annual Conference

 

Join us October 29 at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's annual conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state.
 

In order to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities of the rapidly changing nonprofit sector, this year's conference will present participants with the information, skills, and tools they need to bring new tactics and energy to their organization. 

 

Storytelling, interactive idea labs, and leading-edge workshops led by some of the biggest names in the sector will introduce emerging practices, innovations, and tools to help nonprofit leaders and their organizations succeed today, and thrive in the future. The conference is presented by Appleton Partners and Cambridge Savings Bank.

 
 

 

MA Government and Nonprofits Respond to Undocumented Youth and Families

As the nation watches, federal and local governments, as well as nonprofits and foundations, are responding to the inpouring of families and unaccompanied children who have been detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. According to the Philanthropy News Digest, nonprofits are filling in the gaps of government services and helping the new arrivals with everything from shelter to legal aid.

 

In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick, supported by many of the candidates running for governor and other state officials, has offered to house some of these unaccompanied children. The Governor said the facility would be short-term for the children as they await processing.

 

As published in the Boston Globe, if the children are housed in Massachusetts the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, an umbrella group of immigrant organizations, will release a plan to provide social services and legal aid to immigrants. Another local nonprofit, the Chelsea Collaborative, has been helping to reunite relatives and family friends with children detained at the border.

 

Recommend a Local Leader for the MNN Lifetime Achievement Award 

Each year, as part of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's annual conference, we honor a nonprofit leader for their decades of innovation, spirit, and impact.

 

New this year, we are opening the process to the public. If you know a passionate and committed nonprofit leader in Massachusetts with a track record of major and meaningful contributions to the sector and community they serve, we encourage you to recommend them for a Lifetime Achievement Award. You can learn more about the award and past recipients, and submit a recommendation here.

Do you work with Children or Families?
 
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is planning a webinar with Comcast that will cover topics related to technology and the state's youngest residents. While still in the planning phase, this webinar will include useful information for educators, front-line workers, and/or anyone who works with families and youth.  Click here to tell us what you're interested in learning about! 
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
 

Today: President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Today, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a $3 billion-a-year jobs bill. This is an amended and reauthorized version of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which supports the nation's primary programs and investments in employment services. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation received support in both the House and Senate.

 

On Opportunity Nation's website you can read how WIOA dollars have helped The Work Force in Cambridge to better serve teens and young adults.

 

Many Fear IRS Efficiencies Will Lead to Fraud

As we noted in the last SectorNews, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled a new, shorter application for small organizations seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in an effort to reduce paperwork for charities and speed up the application process. 

 

As reported by TIME, the IRS will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year and as of July 1, any group that pays a $400 fee and affirms on a three-page online form (the previous form was 26 pages long) that it has annual income of less than $50,000, total assets of less than $250,000, and is in compliance with the tax-code requirements of a charity will automatically be allowed to accept donations that are tax-deductible for the donors. This change-up comes after controversy over the agency's scrutiny of nonprofits.

 

In the same TIME article, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen states the change in review policy will result in "efficiencies [that] will translate into a faster and better review," though many nonprofit leaders worry the process is not stringent enough. In an earlier opinion piece, Jonathan Spack, Executive Director of Third Sector New England, states "with 501(c)(3) status available on demand, the door would be open for widespread abuses of the tax code."

 

The America Gives More Act Passes in House, White House Objects

As reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, on Thursday the House of Representative passed a tax bill created to boost charitable giving. The bill would make permanent three temporary tax items that in the past have been extended on an annual basis, including allowing older taxpayers to lower their taxable income if they designate money from their Individual Retirement Accounts to charities. The legislation also reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations and extends the deadline to claim tax deductions for donations made from December 31 until April 15. The bill has been criticized since the House has not provided a way to offset the lost tax revenue. 

 

NONPROFIT 411: 
Written Acknowledgements for Donors
 By Jeanna Pagnozzi, CPA, Manager at BlumShapiro  
 
As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, you have the privilege of receiving charitable donations from the general public; however, you are also responsible for complying with federal law applicable to charities and churches that receive such tax-deductible donations. These rules exist for nonprofit entities in order to facilitate the strict record keeping and sustainable requirements imposed on donors and to receive a tax deductible on his/her federal income tax return. 
 
Read more about requirements for donors and organizations... 

Director of Finance and Administration, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Executive Director, Nonprofit VOTE

Director of Development, Boston Debate League

Director of Development, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

Senior Accountant, Community Catalyst

Director of Communications, FSG

Executive Director, Andover Community Trust, Inc.

Events Coordinator, City Year

Executive Director, Strong Women, Strong Girls

Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Community Relations, Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay

Program Associate, Catholic Charities of Boston

Marketing Manager, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate 

Chief Program Officer, Jumpstart for Young Children

Director of Major Gifts, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

 

Grant & Award Opportunities

Finish Line Youth Foundation, Rolling Deadline

  

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

Community Events Coverage, Somerville, July 23

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations, Boston, July 25 

Collaboration - What's in it for Your Nonprofit, Boston, July 25

How to use Twitter for Your Nonprofit, August 5 

Giving USA 2014, Webinar, August 13

Choosing By Doing - Selecting a Fundraising Platform, Boston, August 15

Pro Bono Tech Consultations for Nonprofits,  Cambridge, August 20

Recruitment and Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, Boston, August 21

Ten Social Media Best Practices for NGOs, Webinar, August 21

Boston Major Gifts Fundraising Summit, Boston, Sept 18

*Breakfast with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Rose, Holyoke, Sept 24

Program Evaluations, Boston, October 16


Resources  

  

The Massachusetts Institute for Community Health (MICHL), a program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, helps participants strengthen their leadership skills, expand their professional network, and advance their careers. Applications are due July 25, 2014.

  

The New England Society of Association Executives is pleased to announce a new program,  Rising Professionals 101 with five educational programs and networking sessions hosted by local associations, societies, management companies, and event venues. Applications are due July 31, 2014.

  

Join the global learning community! Skillshare helps you master new skills through hundred of online classes that fit your schedule. 

  

Nonprofit Tech for Good recently posted an article on the 10 must-have skills for nonprofit new media manager.

  

The New England Center for Arts & Technology is a career-directed educational nonprofit that also happens to host events and offer catering at their beautiful facility.

  

Check out MNN's online Professional Directory for companies throughout MA 



New & Returning Affiliates

*Discounts for MNN members

 

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MNN's work is made possible by The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & State Street Foundation.
If you'd like to share a story or have a job, grant or other information that is important to Massachusetts nonprofits, contact llynch@massnonprofitnet.org .