A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


CICommonwealth Insights: With 529,000+ Employees the MA Nonprofit Sector is Strong, Resilient & One of the Largest in the Nation
MNN's inaugural issue of Commonwealth Insights, which was released last week, utilized unprecedented data from the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics to show that with more than half a million employees, the Massachusetts nonprofit sector is strong, resilient, and one of the largest in the nation. A few highlights from the report:
  • In 2015 the state's 529,538 nonprofit jobs produced well over $30 billion in wages for employees.
  • Nonprofit jobs account for 17% of the state's workforce, making the Commonwealth's nonprofit sector the 6th largest in the nation.
  • The nonprofit sector added jobs even during the Great Recession, proving that it is more resilient than its for-profit counterpart.
Yesterday, the Boston Herald's editorial "Squeezing Nonprofits," used information from Commonwealth Insights to showcase the size of the nonprofit workforce and urge government officials not to tax nonprofit properties. You can read the full editorial here.

finalistsMeet the Finalists in Advocacy and Innovation 
Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance
Every year, MNN honors the dedication, passion, and impact of nonprofit organizations and leaders through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.  Help celebrate these amazing nonprofits and be there when the winners are announced! Register now for  Nonprofit Awareness Day, June 27 at the State House, presented by  Citizens Bank . In the meantime, get to know some of the finalists...
The Excellence Award in Advocacy recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work has recently  affected significant public policy change through the education and  mobilization of constituents, the general public, or public policy decision makers. The finalists for the Excellence Award in Advocacy are: Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's AllianceChildren's Melanoma Prevention FoundationMassachusetts Public Health Association; and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

Click here  to learn more about the organizations, and their impactful advocacy campaigns.
Compass Working Capital

The Excellence Award in Innovation recognizes a nonprofit organization that has utilized new  models, solutions or strategies to adapt to a changing environment or to find new ways of  solving problems faced by the organization or the populations it serves. The finalists for the Excellence Award in Innovation  are:  the  Boys & Girls Club of Boston, Youth Connect Compass Working Capital Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll); and  The Treehouse Foundation.

To learn why each of these organizations was chosen as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Innovation, click here

In the coming weeks, MNN will continue to highlight each of the finalists. Stay tuned! 

surveyA Survey for Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts
Policy changes in the coming months could potentially affect the costs and operations of nonprofits that have grants and contracts with local, state, and federal governments. In order to find ways to support nonprofits with these grants and contracts, the National Council of Nonprofits has developed a survey related to proposed overtime regulations and procurement requirements.

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nonprofit411Nonprofit 411: How to Tell a Good Story
By Mechthild von Knobelsdorff, Story Connect

Everybody does Storytelling these days. One person proclaims she does Storytelling when in fact she only holds an interview. Another person's Storytelling is a dry elevator speech. Yet another person actually tries to tell their Story, but ends up with a list of facts. So what makes a good Story?

Don't be discouraged, everybody can learn how to tell a good Story. To become a good Storyteller, follow the Secret Story Set...

QuickLinksJob Opportunities
Director of Government Affairs, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Executive Director, CASA Worcester County 
Director of Development, Cristo Rey Boston
Executive Director, Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership
Legacy Gifts Administrator, Unitarian Universalist Association
Program Director, Veterans Inc.
Director of Annual Giving, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
Senior Communications Manager, Corporate Accountability International 
Curator- Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees of Reservations
Controller, Boston Ballet
Head of Development, FOUR PAWS International
Executive VP of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Training and Capacity Building Manager, The Full Frame Initiative
Deputy Executive Director, Worcester Art Museum
Development Manager, Corporations and Foundations
Executive Director, LearningWorks
Chief Financial Officer, Middlesex Human Service Agency
Director of ProgramsJewish Community Housing for the Elderly
Development Director, Groundwork Lawrence

Grant & Award Opportunities
New Earth Foundation, Due July 1

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
AGM Meet-the-donors in Cape Cod, location tbd, June 6 
* Collaborative & Classy Awards, Boston, June 14-16 ( MNN Members use discount code CLASSYNPO when registering)
* Nonprofit Awareness Day, Boston, June 27

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is looking to partner with a MA nonprofit! Mass Solar Connect increases the adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems for members of participating Massachusetts-based non-profit groups through an outreach and education campaign coupled with competitive pricing. Learn more.

The Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey  - the first of its kind - focuses on respondents' training/development, views of leadership, experiences at work and perspectives on nonprofits and race. 

Nonprofit Tech for Good: 16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media

New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members
Serving the nonprofit community for 20 years, they'll help you create your own private discussion email group to exchange ideas, share information, keep in contact with your supporters, or form virtual communities. Their software is up-to-date with the latest list technology available. 
*Free 30 day trial (no obligation) No setup fees for any services. 

Engaging Video Solutions help nonprofits tell their story by producing custom videos that can be used on websites, social media, and more. In addition, they feature their client's videos on their own platform, which is promoted to over 2,000 foundations.  *$50 discount

As a provider of technology and services, Harbor Compliance helps nonprofits of all sizes stay compliant, from establishing 501(c) organizations to managing multi-state and nationwide compliance. The company also helps organizations meet charitable solicitation registration and more.  *Save $25 per state on charitable solicitation registration filings.

The direct manufacturer for copiers and printers for Kyocera, they provide special pricing to nonprofits of all sizes throughout New England. This includes state of the art hardware, full service, and supplies.  *45% discount on hardware and service. 

They help organizations tell their story in unique ways so that it sticks- using emotionally charged stories to encourage others to act for the common good and help your organization grow. Storytelling is how we share our experiences and our beliefs. And those beliefs that we share are what bonds us. *Deep discount for MNN members, contact them to learn more.