A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

HEADLINES
Now Open: 2014 Excellence Award Nominations
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network wants to honor the best nonprofits, and the dedicated professionals who work wonders with modest resources and budgets, by highlighting the exemplary work they do in every subsector and corner of the state.

Honor the work of your organization, or one you admire, in one of the following categories: 
  • Advocacy: Changing the Game
  • Board Governance: Setting the Course
  • Collaboration: Collective Impact
  • Communications: Telling Your Story
  • Innovation: Finding New Ways
  • Leadership: Guiding the Ship
  • Small Nonprofit: Doing More with Less
  • Young Nonprofit Professional: Forging the Future
"As a winner of the 2013 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Young Nonprofit Professional Award, I have received a tremendous amount of support... The MNN Excellence Award has led to an uptick in traction and potential donors... my organization's reputation has been boasted tenfold. It is a great honor to represent MNN!" - Marquis Cabrera, Founder and Chairman of Foster Skills, Inc. 
 
Click here to learn more about the Nonprofit Excellence Awards and submit a nomination. Nominations are due March 4.

Governor Releases 2015 Budget Recommendation

Governor Deval Patrick has released the final state budget plan for 2015. The proposed $36.374 billion budget is a 4.9 percent increase from FY14. The budget (which you can view here) focuses on increasing funding for transportation and education, though local aid funding remains the same.


This is a proposed draft, which will likely undergo several iterations. We want to insert the nonprofit sector into the process and plan to provide the Governor with valuable feedback on behalf of the state's nonprofit sector, and would like your input. Are there significant changes in spending that will affect your organization? Send us your thoughts at feedback@massnonprofitnet.org.

 

And learn how to better understand the budget in our Nonprofit 411  from MassBudget.  

 

MA Launches Electronic Procurement System

A message from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to inform all non-profit organizations that in just a few short months, the Operational Services Division (OSD) will be launching a new Electronic Procurement system known as COMMBUYS.  As organizations are increasingly challenged to do more with less, the new COMMBUYS solution will help purchasers across the Commonwealth save valuable time, money and resources while enabling better, smarter purchasing power.

 

If you're a non-profit operating in Massachusetts, you will be able to utilize the COMMBUYS system for your procurement activities. Read more...

 

What We Learned: Real World Examples of Outcomes Measurement

On January 23, more than 50 nonprofit professionals - including CEOs, program staff, and independent consultants - came together to discuss outcomes measurement and how the process could make a difference in their mission. The interactive workshop, hosted by both the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Associated Grant Makers, aimed to answer questions about how to effectively and successfully integrate performance management into the future of an organization.

 

Though it became clear that this largely customized process is dependent on individual organization's goals, attendees were able to learn from the panelists, as they shared stories of their experiences - both the mishaps and successes - with performance measurement (or as Maria Mossaides so eloquently termed it: "Continuous Quality Improvement") integration into their organizational structure. Read more...

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network wants to make sure your voice is heard. Join us for a candid discussion during which we will solicit your ideas for initiatives that strengthen and protect the entire sector.

These free events will take place throughout the state from February-April and are open to anyone interested in learning more about, or helping to form, a state nonprofit public policy agenda that strengthens our sector.

Learn more and register for a meeting near you here.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE

New Charitable Giving Statistics Suggest Tax Deduction as a Motivator

According to recently released IRS statistics, taxpayers made $122 billion in tax-free gifts in 2012.  This is more than four times the amount reported in both 2010 and 2011.  According to Independent Sector, "some practitioners attribute this increased giving to the changed incentive in the tax code, which would lend support to arguments for similar enhancements in the tax provisions governing charitable donations." The threshold for taxing such gifts increased temporarily in 2010 from $1 million to $5 million, a level then renewed and tied permanently to inflation in 2013 as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act.

 

State Senate Poised to Address Unemployment Insurance Rates

The State Senate is planning to take up an unemployment insurance reform bill on Thursday.  The legislation freezes rates in the years 2015-2017 at a new rate schedule and adjusts the rates paid by businesses based on the volatility in their workforce.  The Senate bill does not tie unemployment insurance reform to a prior bill that would raise the state's minimum wage.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo has suggested that the House would address the minimum wage and unemployment insurance issue concurrently; however, there have been no formal proposals from the House.

NONPROFIT 411

Become Informed About the State's Budget 

Our State Budget: Building a Better Future Together

Information from MassBudget

 

Our budget is about choices-the choices we make together to strengthen our communities and ensure the continuing vibrancy of the Commonwealth. For instance: How can we best support the education of all of our students from early childhood through college and beyond? What do we need to do to keep our economy vibrant? How can we invest in a good quality of life for everyone in Massachusetts, including our most vulnerable?

 

These are just a few of the vital questions that are addressed through the state budget. MassBudget has outlined a variety of resources designed to help you become a more knowledgeable participant in debates about public investments, tax policy, and the work we do together through our state government. Read more here.

Donor Relations, Year Up

Chief Program Officer, Roca

Development Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Acre 

Site Coordinator, Father Bill's and MainSpring

Program Manager, Massachusetts Shelter and Housing Alliance

Program Associate, The Boston Foundation

CEO, Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Research Manager, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Director of Finance and Administration, CollegeBound Dorchester 

VP of Finance and Administration, St. Mary's Center for Women and Children

  

Grant & Award Opportunities

Trainings & Events 
*Discount for MNN Members

Resources 

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

 

The Nonprofit Finance Fund is seeking input for its annual State of the Sector Survey. This anonymous survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and asks about your organization's recent financial and management challenges. 
 

Learn how you can save and raise money for your organization through Checks for Charities.

 

Free conference space available in downtown Boston. Learn more.


        
 
  
 

New & Returning Affiliates

  

AADMI CONSULTING

A full-cycle human resources consulting firm that provides talent acquisition for all levels including executive, payroll and benefits determination, compensation strategy and development, audit preparation, and more. *MNN members are eligible for an additional 10% off of consulting service.

 

ARTCO INC

For more than 40 years, ARTCO has served as one of New England's full-service, high quality printing and mailing operations. Specialties include the production of brochures, rack cards, postcards, annual reports and distribute direct and personalized mail and packages. *Authors Alteration discount program for nonprofits found on website.

 

CLEARY INSURANCE INC 

A full service insurance agency that has been offering strong customized insurance programs to best suit organizational needs for over 40 years. Provides educated and experienced advice to find the best coverage and pricing for specific insurance requirements.

 

KAHN, LITWIN, RENZA & CO, LTD

As one of the largest regional firms and with over 190 experienced professionals, KLR has been working to provide the highest quality accounting, tax, and advisory services to both individuals and businesses for more than 30 years. They have extensive experience in assurance tax, business consulting, and wealth management. 

 

KJR CONSULTING 

A Human and Organizational Development firm committed to delivering customized consulting and training to achieve high performance. Works with individuals and organizations to identify workplace challenges and support them with facilitation and training, management consulting, and coaching solutions. * 10% off facilitation fees for all MNN member first time clients.

 

NEW KENSINGTON GROUP

Provides consulting assistance in the topics of development, governance, and training to leadership in the nonprofit sector throughout Massachusetts and New England. 

 

PELLETIER CONSULTING 

Specialties including top quality, affordable consulting services in nonprofit development, management, strategic planning, fund development, grant writing, grant management, capacity building, board and staff development, project management, partnership development, and training facilitation. *One-hour of free consulting and a 15% discount on first time consulting services for all MNN members.

 
 
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 .