Like you, all of us at ESC have been tuned in and on alert to how we can better serve our constituents as the New Year begins. We hope to be a landing point for struggles you face today and in the years to come. From strategic planning guidance to make sure your organization is on the right path to continued success to a matching service that can place an experienced professional in that CFO position you have been looking to fill at a cost you can afford, ESC can be your partner in problem-solving.
If the tasks that lie ahead at times look overwhelming, I invite you to the Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET), our monthly peer coaching program for nonprofit chief executive officers. I know from my twenty plus years in nonprofit leadership positions that it is often a lonely role and I am grateful to have learned much from my peers who lead other organizations.
For this third cohort of NET, I am proud to announce that Eastern Bank has joined us as a sponsor which enables us to continue to provide scholarships to anyone who needs financial assistance. ESC consultants, Julie Mairano and Marianne Mortara, will co- facilitate the new Nonprofit Executive RoundTable group which will meet the second Thursday of the month from March 9 through December 14. Click the following for  more information  and the  application .
And here's a money-saving tip we're happy to share: if you currently pay to use Microsoft Office 365, it's FREE to eligible nonprofits, so read up on that  below .
ESC staff, Consultants, and Encore Fellows look forward to hearing from you and working with you to build the community all our children deserve.

Julie Crockford, Executive Director
ESC of New England
Free Microsoft Services for Nonprofits
Nonprofits large and small use some sort of platform for their email needs. Google's Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft's Office 365 are all viable options. Whichever platform you chose, you and others at your organization will use it for daily communications with volunteers, Board members, and those who benefit from your services. But at what cost?
For some nonprofits, it's a large one. At ESC of New England, we found ourselves paying over $60 a month for our small staff to access Office 365's services. This fee adds up over a year, not to mention the 5+ years we have been Microsoft customers.
That is why we are happy to share with you something that was news to us. Eligible nonprofit organizations can obtain access to Office 365 with all the bells and whistles  - for free.
Each month we gather the best articles about the nonprofit sector. See what we enjoyed this month!

The New York Times
Nonprofits across the nation such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have had an incredible increase in monetary support following the November presidential election. Says Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, "All of this support will be put to good use protecting the rights of all Americans."

Making art is not only a way to keep yourself in a positive, creative spirit during tumultuous times but is also a way to protest. The images created by artist Shepard Fairey and the Amplifier Foundation are available for download and will be posted around the D.C. area on Friday. The Amplifier Foundation also curated a set of downloadable posters for Saturday's  Women's March on Washington.

Nonprofit Quarterly
Leaders of Planned Parenthood, including Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts president and CEO Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, outline the need for the services they provide and why alternative plans are of no use to the millions they serve.

Entertainment Weekly
Winter in New England means snow, snow, snow. If you need a book to read while the inches pile up outside, the ones on this list should do the trick.
Recent ESC Consulting Engagements

Cambridge Family & Children's Service | Cambridge, MA

Dedham Community House | Dedham, MA

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts | Worcester, MA

Ocean State Libraries | Warwick, RI
Recent ESC Encore Fellowships

ESC of New England | Boston, MA
Korinne Manders, Chief Financial Officer
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