A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

sanchezState Policy Update: Final Employer Health Care Assessment
The employer assessment issue- a major concern of MNN's in recent months- has been resolved. Governor Baker signed into law an assessment that is targeted, smaller than the original proposal, and does not unfairly penalize nonprofits whose employees receive health insurance from other non-public sources. It is coupled with unemployment insurance rate relief in 2018 and 2019. 

The details of the assessment include:
  • A January 1, 2018 effective date with a sunset 2 years after implementation.
  • For employers with 6 or more employees, an increase to a fee they already pay, the employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC), of $26 per employee annually.
  • For employers with 6 or more employees who have employees on MassHealth or ConnectorCare, an additional charge of up to $750 for each employee receiving those benefits (the assessment is calculated at 5% of the first $15,000 of annual pay).
  • Two years of unemployment insurance relief, estimated to save employers a total of $344 million in 2018 and 2019.
The assessment represents a substantial improvement from the original health care penalty proposed by the Baker Administration in January that would have cost many employers as much as $2,000 per employee on spousal, parental, veterans or Medicare coverage.  

In the months that followed, MNN worked with members, other employer associations, and state officials to identify better options. MNN ensured  that the perspectives of Massachusetts nonprofits were front and center, cognizant that nonprofits operate on thin margins and are frequently being asked to do more with less. For more information on the assessment, click here. Please direct your questions to Director of Government Affairs Tonja Mettlach.
Registration OPEN for 2017 Conference: 10 Years of Strengthening Nonprofits
Early-bird registration is now OPEN  for our  2017 Annual Conference  on November 1, 2017 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center. Each year, the Conference draws over 600 people from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors from across the Commonwealth to learn, share, and network.

This year's Conference, themed "10 Years of Strengthening Nonprofits," marks MNN's tenth anniversary and will tap into the collective expertise of attendees, presenters, and the sector at large to take stock of the sector's position in 2017. In addition to  32 workshops and  a business expo, this year will feature Independent Sector's President and CEO  Dan Cardinali as the keynote speaker. Whether you're looking to enhance your fundraising acumen, rebrand your organization, diversify your staff and board, or network with hundreds of peers, this event will provide you with everything you need to set yourself and your organization up for success for the next 10 years and beyond.

Register today - early bird registrants save on their admittance fees. Learn more about becoming an MNN member here.

Take advantage of one of the state's largest gathering of nonprofit professionals by sponsoring  MNN's 2017 Annual Conference. Last year, over 50 businesses joined 600 nonprofit professionals from across the state and exhibited their services designed strengthen to strengthen the capacity of individuals, nonprofits organizations, and the sector at large. Sponsorship benefits start at an exhibitor table and text recognition in the program book.  Tables are selling out quickly, so be sure to reserve yours soon!   Click here  to become a sponsor and get your brand or services in front of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.
By Chris Dame,  Interim Executive Solutions

Uh oh.  Something has gone wrong at your nonprofit organization.  It could be a crisis.  You need to manage the crisis, contain the damage and emerge to continue your mission's work.  Interim Executive Solutions Partner Chris Dame brings over 25 years of managing nonprofits and handling crises, both large and small.  Here, condensed for you, is his "Top 10 Crisis Response Steps" list.  Read more .
webinarsAugust's Free Wednesday Webinar

Learn How Fiscal Sponsorship Helps Promising and Growing Nonprofits
Building the infrastructure required to operate a new nonprofit can be challenging and sometimes risky. Intense and complex compliance requirements that accompany running a public charity could feel overwhelming even for established organizations. In addition, foundations and other donors have specific requirements and expectations that are sometimes difficult to meet. To help address these issues, fiscal sponsorship can be an effective partnership in supporting your nonprofit's operations with experience in  financial management and oversight, legal compliance, risk management, human resources and benefits administration  and more. Join Asta Petkeviciute, Director of Fiscal Sponsorship at  TSNE MissionWorks on  August 23  to learn more about how  they  have helped thousands of nonprofits get a great start through their comprehensive fiscal sponsorship services.  Register here.

MNN connects nonprofits to resources, and one great way to do that is by sharing knowledge and experiences within the sector. This section of SectorNews provides a space for nonprofit professionals seeking advice from, or collaborations with, their peers. Reach out to membership@massnonprofitnet.org to get the conversations started with questions or posts!

Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation  wants to hear how other non profits are successful in receiving local or national press coverage. Contact Erin Presutti to get in touch and share:   erin@melanomaprevention.org .  

Community Program Facilitator- Lawrence , Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Advocate Supervisor, CASA Project
Program Coordinator, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Region
Executive Assistant, Empowerment Through Integration
Director of Grants & Foundation Relations, Catholic Charities of Boston
Director of Education and Professional Development, American Camp Association New England
Executive Director, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
Program Specialist, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Executive Director, Weymouth Food Pantry
Executive Director, Parent Talk
Executive Director, La Vida Scholars
Executive Coordinator, Brookline Community Foundation

Nonprofit Summer Camp, Brattleboro (VT) , August 18
Introduction to Grants Research, Boston, September 6

In collaboration with the National Council of Nonprofits, MNN and Associated Grant Makers invite nonprofits and funders to a half-day of facilitated programming dedicated to building better working relationships and increasing the impact of the sector. The Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships event will be on September 12 in Boston. For more information or to register click  here .

Citizens Bank is now accepting applications for its 2018 Champions in Action Program, a unique initiative designed to provide significant financial, promotional, and volunteer support for nonprofit organizations that are addressing the needs and concerns of the diverse neighborhoods Citizens works in. Each Champion in Action receives a six-month package that includes $35,000 in unrestricted funds, public relations support including television profiles with partner necn, volunteer support from Citizens Bank colleagues, and much more. Applications for the first 2018 Champion are being accepted from organizations or partnerships working to solve a social need through community-based artistic activity. To start your application ( due August 18) or for information, click here.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston is now renting out its private conference room. Located in downtown Boston's Park Plaza Building, it is just steps from transportation, Boston Public Garden, and numerous restaurants and shops. It includes separate access and several amenities, and can accommodate up to 50 people seated in rows, or 25 people seated around six lightweight, retractable tables. Nonprofit rates are available! Contact their Administrative Specialist at 617-236-8060 to schedule. Rental fees will support Big Sister Association's critical, gender-sensitive mentoring programs for Greater Boston's girls.

America's demographics are changing quickly; it's important for nonprofits to understand the donors of tomorrow and their giving preferences. Join  The Chronicle of Philanthropy  and nonprofit experts 
on September 14 
in Washington, D.C. and get the insights and strategies you need to create long-lasting ties with donors of diverse backgrounds.  MNN has partnered with  The Chronicle  on this years' live event, Philanthropy NEXT: America's Emerging Donors, to extend the early-bird rate to all members! Visit  PhilNEXT.com  to learn more and use promo code  MNN2017  to save $80 on your registration.

Jon Buzby, a professional voice-over artist, is offering nonprofit clients professionally-produced Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help spread word of their missions on the airwaves. He provides organizations with an affordable alternative to PSA voice over and production, which in turn can enhance an organization's public profile. For more information, contact him here.

If you are a female leader of a nonprofit seeking advice from experts and support from peers, or skill development in areas such as board management, fundraising and visionary leadership skills, then The Commonwealth Institute's Nonprofit  Forums are the perfect fit. Spend a year or longer with a close-knit group of peers and deepen your impact as a leader. Scholarships are available. Contact Pat Cooper at 781-631-4517 or pcooper@commonwealthinstitute.org for more information.

The Bridgespan Group is working with six local funders to provide Leading for Impact®, an innovative capacity building program, to nonprofits in the Boston area. Leading for Impact® is a city-based consulting program designed to help ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to both improve their performance over time and achieve greater, local impact. Through Leading for Impact®, Bridgespan will help accelerate the impact of 50 high-potential nonprofit organizations in the Boston area through 2021. They will be launching cohorts of 8-9 organizations every 6 months, and Bridgespan is currently enrolling for the cohort that will start in December of 2017. This program is best suited for organizations that are working to increase social mobility in the greater Boston area, and that have executive teams of four to six individuals. Please see the  list of organizations that have participated in the program. Click  here to learn more.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

Full-service consulting firm offering reasonably priced services to nonprofit organizations, providing its clients with unparalleled access to state government and guidance towards successful legislative agendas.

Offers full array of services to nonprofits, including Commercial Credit Card services, Cash Management, HSA Administration and more.
*All members receive a comprehensive commercial card solution with no annual fees

Works exclusively with nonprofits to build websites that can be used by everyone. Specializes in WordPress, Drupal, website support, Admin interface audits and on-call expertise.
*Free website audit and recommendations to improve website performance and accessibility. Discounted rates for MNN members.

Fundraising support and consulting practice that proves hands-on services to help nonprofits and fundraising professionals meet or exceed their goals.
*Initial consultation up to 2 hours at no charge.

A dedicated provider of strategic planning and development for nonprofit organizations. 
*MNN Members receive 15% discount on all workshops and 10% discount on all other services.

A partially self-insured healthcare program for nonprofits that reduces premium costs and eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for employees.

Strategis is a full-service marketing and communications firm offering a complete range of capabilities.   

An IT outsourcing and consulting firm that works with nonprofits on all technology needs.

New & Returning 
Nonprofit Members

- Refugees Services and Individuals Assistance Corp.

MNN's work is made possible by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & the Highland 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  info@massnonprofitnet.org.