A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

HEADLINES

Public Policy Alert: Seeking Your Input
For all nonprofits who work with state government-or want to in the future-here is an opportunity to provide some important input.
 
The Baker Administration is doing a comprehensive review of the regulations that govern each state agency.  Officials are interested in ideas for modernizing regulations, making it easier to work with state government, or improving the delivery of state services.  Changes to state regulations will be finalized in the first few months of 2016. 
 
We encourage you to provide input within the next few months! You can provide feedback and ideas through MNN by emailing  policy@massnonprofitnet.org.

Next Week's FREE Wednesday Webinar: 
Major Gift Fundraising Techniques
Join Diane Remin, President of MajorDonors.com as she explores how to: s et-up the visit with a donor; m ake the "ask"; and r espond to a donor who says, "let me think about it."  This webinar is designed for board members, executive leadership and/or development team members.  Register for this free webinar now.

Collaborating for Success: Advice from Stanford and the Packard Foundation
The David Lucile Packard Foundation, in association with the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), recently published an article on the Five Guidelines for Successful Funder Collaborations. The article points out that while collaboration is necessary to resolve complex social and economic issues, excessive collaboration efforts can waste your organization's time and resources, fatigue your staff, and discredit your funders and the collaborative cause itself. So how should you manage your relationships without over-collaborating? The SSIR distills their advice into five succinct guidelines: 
1. Pick the right collaborative structure to align with your foundation's goals. 
2. Weigh the cost-benefit carefully when the collaboration is not central to your strategy. 
3. Even when you and your partners are aligned on goals, you may still want to preserve decision-making flexibility. 
4. Get clear about time requirements and the roles various collaborating partners will play. 
5. Set the exit strategy up front to reduce friction later. 

When is a Donation Big Enough to Change Everything?
Recently, an attempted donation at Paul Smith's College in the New York Adirondacks incited critical responses from media sources across the nation. Earlier this summer, Joan Weill, wife of Wall-Street billionaire Sanford Weill and noted donor and trustee at Paul Smith's college, pledged $20 million to the school with one string attached - the school must be renamed Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College. As reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and CNBC, while Cathy S. Dove, President of Paul Smith's college, approved the name change and E. Phillip Saunders, chairman of the board of trustees, respected the merits of the proposal, Justice John T. Ellis of the State Supreme Court in Franklin County ruled the college could not violate its founder's will, which mandated the college be named "Paul Smith's College" in perpetuity. In response, Mrs. Weill rescinded her donation and the institution accepted the court ruling (Paul Smith's College News).

Representatives from the college claimed in court that the institution faced a recent financing crisis, suffering from budgetary restrictions and insufficient funds (the college has an endowment of $27 million and operated at a $2 million loss in 2013). Consequently, the college argued, the school has a dire need for increased funding. 

NONPROFIT 411: Advancing Your Team and Organization with Financial Information
By Steve Gallucci and Karen Hegarty, Insource Services

Why should you add sharing your organization's financial information with your team to your already long to-do list?  What is the value to you and your organization?

Research has shown that feeling valued and relevant at work is a major motivator for employees.  Everyone wants to have a purpose and contribute to an organization's mission and success.  Sharing financial information with staff can help engage and motivate your team, creating involved stakeholders and organizational ambassadors.  And it has been proven that engagement leads to greater employee loyalty and a more successful organization.

Sharing financial information with your staff can also help build your management team and enable succession planning.  As you progress from sharing financial information to involving your team in creating financial information, such as program budgets, you allow team members to stretch their skills and broaden their view to the overall workings of the organization.  It can also engage your team in problem solving so that they become part of the solution.  For all of these reasons, we generally recommend that our clients bring program management into the budget/P&L process.  Keep reading...
 
QUICK LINKS 
Job Opportunities
Chief Program Officer, Citizen Schools
Finance Assistant, The Boston Foundation
Customer Engagement Specialist, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Vice President of Finance, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Executive Director, Cambridge Family and Children's Service
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Executive Director, National Priorities Project
Evaluation Coordinator, St. Francis House
Executive Director, A Far Cry
Executive Director, Funders Together to End Homelessness
Executive Director, Forbes House Museum
Executive Director, Team IMPACT
VP of Research and Evaluation, Crittenton Women's Union
President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Grant & Award Opportunities
Mentor Up Grants, Due November 13
Continuum of Care NOFA, Due November 20
2016 Sports 4 Life Grant, Due November 23
2016 Youth Garden Grant, Due December 1
Museums for America, Due December 1
NobleCause Grants, Due December 6
The Big Read, Due January 27
Third Wave Fund, Due the 15th of each month

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
Building a Board that Works, Framingham, November 12 OR November 13
Grant Writing Workshop, Boston, November 12-13
Elevate Everything, Westfield, November 16
Medway Business Council: Workforce Training Fund Info, Medway, Nov. 18 (register by Nov. 11)
* Grant Writing and Research, Boston, November 19 (use the discount code "MNN2016" for 20% off)
* Annual Appeals Bootcamp, Boston, November 19 (MNN members receive a discount with code "501friend")
Meet + Match Boston, Boston, November 19
* Salesforce Bootcamp 201, Boston, November 20 (MNN members receive a discount with code "MNN")


Resources

Would you like to have MIT students contribute to your nonprofit?  The MIT media lab is looking for nonprofits that provide goods or services to local communities. They want to collaborate with social entrepreneurs who want to increase efficiency, effectiveness and cost-reduction in their nonprofit. Interested? Please  click here  to fill out the form.

The Education Cooperative (TEC) is seeking mentors for their summer 2016 program. TEC internship programs provide career opportunities for high school junior and senior students and help them hone their career interests before applying for college. Students are placed in internships where they gain experience, learn skills, and receive guidance from a mentor.  To learn more, please contact Telma Sullivan , TEC Internship Program Coordinator.

Free office furniture is available from Anodyne in Quincy, MA. The offer consists of approximately 30 metal desks, 10-15 seretary chairs and about as many file cabinets. For more information, please contact Donna Coppenrath by phone (617-471-7200 Ext. 224) or by email ( dcoppenrath.anodyne@gmail.com).

Free office supplies, including file trays, desktop accessories and organizers, land line phones, and assorted computer supplies are being offered by the Law Office of Adam Nussenbaum. These supplies are available for any organization that is interested. For more information, please contact  Adam Nussenbaum .


 


New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members

They exclusively serve nonprofits for their Salesforce needs - from implementation to custom consulting, and even programming and training.  *25% off Boot Camp Training 101, 201, Annual Appeal Best Practices with Salesforce as well as a Salesforce for Nonprofits Audit that assesses your current usage of Salesforce.

A trustworthy financial partner for over 25 years, they are dedicated to serving their community. They are an employee-owned firm, truly invested in the strength of their clientele relationships and the investment objectives of their clients. 

Builds and strengthens relationships with community partners to make a difference, improve neighborhoods and create lasting results. Since 2001, Comcast has provided more than $2.5 billion in cash and in-kind support to national and local nonprofit organizations across the country.

Provides technology assessment, strategy and planning, with focus on CRM data systems, analytics, and performance management of programs and services.
*No charge for initial consultation, based on fit and need.

A strategic consulting firm with creativity and expertise, focusing on public affairs, political campaigns, strategic communications, and fundraising. They will help you maximize your existing resources and build new relationships, telling your story to the people you need to reach.

Creative endowment through simplified and affordable life insurance with broad based donor appeal.

Offers more than 20 years of experience to help nonprofits raise financial resources to meet vital needs in the community. Specialties include: strategic planning, proposal writing and funding research, and direct mail appeals.

A fundraising, strategy and search firm whose mission is to empower nonprofits to create positive change in the world. They provide a wide array of advancement services including fundraising consulting, campaign consulting, annual giving program development, and market research. *Free 90 minute consultation

New & Returning Nonprofit Members
-African Children Fund Inc
-Fourah Bay Community Foundation Inc