A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


The 2016 Finalists for Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Every year, MNN honors the dedication, passion, and impact of nonprofit organizations and leaders through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

This year, our panel of judges reviewed over
200 nominations that highlighted the incredible impact of nonprofits from every sub sector and corner of the state. The finalists range from large youth organizations to small environmental agencies. These 30 nonprofits and their dedicated staff are improving communities across the Commonwealth, from The Berkshires to the Cape & Islands. They may differ in mission, size, and location but the following individuals and organizations represent the best-of-the-best in the sector. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists:

Advocacy: Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance; Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation; Massachusetts Public Health Association; and Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
Collaboration: ArtWeek (Citi Performing Arts Center); BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life); Children's Vision Massachusetts; and Food For Free.
Communication: Bay State Performing Arts, Inc. dba Boston Gay Men's Chorus; IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion; Inversant; and Lextended Day.
Innovation: Boys & Girls Club of Boston (BGCB), Youth Connect; Compass Working Capital; Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll); and The Treehouse Foundation, Inc. 
Leadership: Marisol Amaya-Aluigi, La Alianza Hsipana;  Deborah Kincade Rambo, LICSW -Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston;  David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts;  Katrina Shaw, Freedom House; and Lauren Solotar, May Institute. 
Small Nonprofit: Boston Area Gleaners (BAG); Multicultural BRIDGE; Rise Above Foundation; and WAM Theater.
Young Professional:  Nicole Eigbrett, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity;  Jack Patrick Lewis, OUT MetroWest;  Jonathan Lunde, UTEC, Inc.;  Nichole Morgan, Citizen Schools; and  Mickey Northcutt, North Shore Community Development Coalition.

We hope you'll join us on June 27 for Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by  Citizens Bank , when we'll celebrate these amazing finalists and announce the winners in each category.  Register here

In the coming weeks, MNN will highlight the breadth and depth of these nonprofits and their professionals.  Stay tuned!

PMRTPolicymaker Roundtable Series Continues 
Hear from Secretary Marylou Sudders on May 18.

Last week, in the second of MNN's Policymaker Roundtables, Assistant Attorney General Mary Beckman joined 30 MNN members for a candid conversation about nonprofits in the Commonwealth. Ms. Beckman, Chief of the Health Care and Fair Competition Bureau, provided a fascinating overview of the work of her department and led a frank conversation with attendees on topics including data transparency, evaluating charities, and cutting down on duplicative nonprofits.

MNN Members-- Don't miss the next roundtable on  Wednesday, May 18, with  Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services.

Why you won't want to miss this roundtable: As Secretary of Health & Human Services, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch almost one in six residents of the Commonwealth.  Click here to learn more and register.
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MNN's celebration of  Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank, brings together nonprofit and business leaders, as well as elected officials, to celebrate the the outstanding contributions of the nonprofit sector through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. MNN's  annual conference in November is one of the largest local gatherings of nonprofit professionals and convenes 650+ nonprofit and business leaders to learn, share, and network.

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That starts with the organization's Board of Directors.  Boards of directors (or boards of trustees) hold a great deal of responsibility in advancing non-profit organizations' missions and leading the organizations toward successful futures. Some responsibilities of a non-profit board include...

Grant & Award Opportunities
Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
NESAE Presents Organizational Excellence, CAE, Burlington, April 29
Way of Council Training , Brattleboro (VT), May 7 & 21
* Collaborative & Classy Awards, Boston, June 14-16 ( MNN Members use discount code CLASSYNPO when registering)

Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership (INML) is now accepting applications! Looking to develop your skills, confidence, and knowledge to manage and lead? INML is now accepting applications for programs in Greater Boston, Merrimack  Valley  and Rhode Island. For 10 years INML's award-winning programs have provided the most promising leaders with an opportunity to hone management skills, network with the area's top nonprofit talent, find their leadership voice, and advance their careers through rigorous year-long programs. Applications due by June 13. Learn more and apply.

Invest in your company by investing in your employees' health and well-being! Working on Wellness provides financial support to offset the cost of launching a wellness program and offers expert training, technical assistance and an online learning community. The program is recruiting new organizations through May 6th.  Check out the brief application and learn more . If you have been considering launching a wellness program, take advantage of this opportunity! 

The Harvard Business School Community Action Partners (CAP) program is now seeking nonprofit clients for its fall 2016 projects. CAP is a volunteer organization of alumni from Harvard's Business and Kennedy schools that helps Boston-area nonprofits apply management skills to business challenges through pro bono consulting in a variety of areas. Visit the CAP website to learn more, including nonprofit criteria and application materials. 

The  Collaborative  - presented by the UN Foundation, Southwest Airlines and the Stanford Social Innovation Review - is a biennial, three-day experience that convenes top leadership from across the social sector and showcases the most innovative solutions to today's global problems. The event culminates with the Classy Awards, the most prestigious award ceremony of its kind recognizing excellence in social innovation. Learn more

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