A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

HEADLINES
Spotlight: Lessons from Leaders
The nonprofit sector is built on its human capital. Employees in the sector are smart and innovative, and their passion is matched only by their ability to find creative solutions to tackle historically persistent challenges and new ones that emerge every day. By increasing the ability of nonprofits to recruit, retain, and develop a strong and stable workforce, organizations are better positioned to carry out their mission.

This year's conference,  ADVANCE,   will kick-off with an inspiring panel 
featuring leaders in the nonprofit sector who will share their insights and experience.  Moderated Tammy Dowley-Blackman , VP of CFLeads and Principal of tdb group, p anelists John Bradley , COO of Year Up (named a 2014 & '15 Best Place to Work by the Nonprofit Times), Nonprofit HR CEO Lisa Brown Morton , and Stewart Lanier , Director of Consulting & Executive Transitions at Third Sector New England, will discuss emerging trends, tried and true best practices, and creative methods to support your organization's human capital to better meet your mission. Click here to learn more about this year's conference.

Whether you are an experienced executive or emerging leader, ADVANCE will provide you with the skills and tools needed to propel your career, your nonprofit, and the sector. A great fit for professionals at organizations of all staff and budget sizes, this year's conference is packed with inspiration, ideas, and resources. 


Get To Know Our CEO
As you've no doubt heard by now, Jim Klocke will join MNN as CEO in mid-October, just in time for our annual conference ( if you missed the announcement you can read more about Jim here).
 
We're thrilled to have Jim lead the team and can't wait for you to meet him ( learn about the special MNN member reception to welcome Jim)! In the meantime, MNN's staff asked Jim a few questions to get to know him a little better...

So Jim, can you tell us what a perfect day is for you?
A perfect day is one that includes time with my family, learning something new, and having fun!
 
What's your favorite thing about Massachusetts?
That's a hard question!  My three favorite things are Massachusetts's history, culture and commitment to opportunity for everyone.  Fall leaves are a close fourth.
 
You're passionate about improving communities across the Commonwealth- what drives this passion?
Probably my family-the example of service set by my parents. Growing up, my father was a doctor and my mother was a teacher and pastoral minister. My siblings and I learned the value and importance of improving communities by observing and experiencing my parents' work. 
 
You've spent more than two decades with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce- how do you think your experience will translate to this role?
I think it will translate well. The Chamber and MNN have more things in common than people might realize.  Both have broad and diverse memberships, both focus on building stronger communities, and both engage leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.   
 
Any plans for your first few days on the job? How about months?
In the first few days and months I'll focus on meeting with as many members and partners as possible.  The range of our members' work and expertise is amazing.  It will be great to hear about what they do, what their greatest opportunities and challenges are, and how MNN can support them.

Plus, right off the bat I'll be able to take part in our annual conference. I'm eager to meet all the attendees, hear from the speakers, and experience the workshops.
 
What do you wish more people knew about the local nonprofit sector?
I wish more people knew how much innovation there is in the state's nonprofit sector.  There are so many innovations, large and small, within MNN member organizations that are transforming the sector.  Those innovations aren't just about working faster; they are making a real difference in the lives of the residents across the Commonwealth. 

Click here to continue reading and find out why Jim thinks advocacy is essential to nonprofits, what his greatest accomplishments are, and how he thinks the Patriots will do this year.


Your CSR Efforts Are Working
Millennials are often stereotyped by their dependence or social media and a penchant for using the word "literally" in, literally, every possible scenario. But it turns out, they're also big supporters of companies with CSR programs. Recent studies show that Millennials want to associate and participate with organizations that have corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, either as employees, volunteers or consumers. And sometimes, they just need a little nudge.

A study by Achieve, a research company from Indianapolis, and software company Forte Interactive titled The Millenial Impact discovered that Millennials were much more likely to donate to a cause if externally prompted; in particular, approximately half of the respondents would donate if prompted by a coworker, at least a quarter would donate if prompted by a supervisor, and roughly 20 percent would donate if their CEO did as well. Nonprofit Times has a great summary here. Another study by Boston-based Cone Communications found that 93 percent of Millennials felt better about a company after learning about its CSR efforts, feelings which are characterized by a higher likelihood to contribute to causes supported by that company and a greater preference for that company's products.

In a time when Millennials represent a force on social media and in the marketplace, understanding these motivations are critical for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations alike seeking to attract the time and money of this young, socially-minded cohort.

NONPROFIT 411: Zoning Basics for Nonprofit ED's
By Elizabeth Ross, Krokidas & Bluestein

As the executive director of a small nonprofit, you need to be a jack of all trades - social service provider, marketer, manager - to name a few. But zoning expert? If your organization wants to expand a facility or build a new one, a working knowledge of zoning is helpful. Here's a primer.

Zoning 101
All Massachusetts municipalities other than Boston are governed by the same overarching zoning law, M.G.L. Chapter 40A, though the particular requirements vary from municipality to municipality. Boston's zoning structure differs somewhat from other Massachusetts municipalities, but the basic components are similar.  Read more...
Executive Director, The Gifford School
Director of Development, Mustard Seed Communities
Executive Director, Community Works
President/CEO, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Chief Development Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
Executive Director, ESC of New England
Director of Western Massachusetts Programs, Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Director of External Engagement, Boston Debate League
Chief Financial Officer, New England Village
Executive Director, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools
Program Officer, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Grant & Award Opportunities
Bennett Family Foundation, Due October 1
GRAMMY Foundation Grants, LOI due October 1
Richard L. Blinder Award, Due October 15
Small Capital Grants, Due October 15
YoungArts Program, Application due October 16

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
Courage in Leaving Retreat, Essex, September 29-30, December 7-8
Panel: Hunger in MetroWest, Waltham, October 7
Nonprofit Learning Institute, Boston, Apply by October 8
* ADVANCE: MNN's Annual Conference, Framingham, October 21
* Employment Law 101 Workshop , Holyoke, October 22
Community Leadership Breakfast, Newton, October 23
* Power of Dialogue, Boston, October 22-24
Making the Internet Work for Your Organization, Great Barrington, October 28
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, October 29
Meet-the-Donors: Corporate Giving, Boston, October 30

Resources

2015 Young Nonprofit Professionals Survey  helps them identify needs in the nonprofit community in order to allocate resources and provide professional connections. The survey will only be open until October 16, 2015, so take it today!

Access to Justice Fellows Program is a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and Lawyers Clearinghouse which enables lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofits, legal services organizations, and the courts to provide legal assistance to underserved populations. Each Fellow devotes 10-20 hours a week to their projects and meets as a group on a monthly basis, sharing their experiences, discussing issues with community leaders, and brainstorming strategies for refining and expanding the program. For more information on the program contact Program Director  Mia Friedman at the Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Low-Cost Computers Available for Nonprofits.  InterConnection is a nonprofit computer refurbisher located in Seattle that offers computers and other hardware to nonprofits and low-income families through both low-cost sales and grants.

Upcoming NFF Webinar Series: The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing OptionsMNN is excited to once again partner with the Nonprofit Finance Fund on their Fall 2015 webinar series. This series will provide nonprofit leaders with a deep understanding of what kinds of resources are available to nonprofit organizations now, and how they should prepare to access the next wave of resources in the field. Participants will come away from this series with a deeper understanding of the broad range of funding tools available. Click here to register!  *MNN members save 10%! Email llynch@massnonprofitnet.org for your discount code.

Health Resources in Action is excited to share the opportunity for Massachusetts businesses to engage in Working on Wellness, a comprehensive statewide worksite wellness initiative. The initiative provides financial support to offset the cost of launching a wellness program, as well as expert training, technical assistance, and an online learning community. Click here to learn more.

 


New & Returning Affiliate Members

Belmont Savings Bank is a full-service community bank, offering products such as checking accounts, mortgages, lending products, and more through warm and personable service.


Clark & Lavey Benefits Solutions is an employee benefits brokerage firm, providing consultative services and specializing in strategic and innovative, low cost solutions for non-profits.


Dynamic Solution Associates offers a full array of fundraising and administrative services, ranging from vendor relations to managing social media presence, to planning and implementing a major donor dinner.


RAINMAKER Consulting helps organizations create a culture of philanthropy through strategic planning, board development, and executive coaching for the purposes of fundraising and organizational development.


New & Returning Nonprofit Members
- Norfolk Trout Club
- Young Entrepreneurs Alliance