A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        



32 Finalists Named for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards

MNN is proud to announce the organizations and nonprofit professionals from across Massachusetts that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. We believe the organizations and individuals nominated truly exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.

Advocacy - Changing the Game: Homes for Families, Neurofibromatosis Northeast, Strategies for Children, Inc., Transportation for Massachusetts


Board Governance - Setting the Course: House of Hope/House of Hope Housing, Junior Achievement of Northern New England, Inc., Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Worcester Community Action Council


Collaboration - Collective Impact: Berkshire Youth Development Project, Nonotuck Resource Associates & Horace Mann Educational Associates, Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness, Worcester Natural History Society dba EcoTarium 


Communications - Telling Your Story: Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Boston, Mass Mentoring Partnership, Seven Hills Partnership, The Theater Offensive


Innovation - Finding New Ways: Beacon Acadamy, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Bottom Line, Roca, Inc.


Leadership - Guiding the Ship: Kevin Howard - Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Deb Samuels - Crossroads for Kids, Jay Breines - Holyoke Health Center, Frederica Williams - Whittier Street Health Center


Small Nonprofit - Doing More with Less: Community Dispute Settlement Center, Falmouth Artists Guild, In Control Crash Prevention, Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands


Young Nonprofit Professional - Forging the Future: Justin Yiu - Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, Adrienne Klein - Cambridge Community Services, Pavel Payano - Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, Donovan Arthen - PeaceJam New England


You can see descriptions of the finalists here.


Excellence Award finalists are nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received a record 209 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations. Finalists will be recognized and winners will be announced at the Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 9, presented by MNN and Citizens Bank. 


Celebrate with us at the State House on June 9 and show your impact through our #nonprofitsmakesense social media campaign.


MNN Members: Nominations Needed for MNN Board of Directors 
If you, or someone you know, is a dynamic and engaged member of the nonprofit community, we encourage you to submit a nomination for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's Board of Directors. We are currently seeking nominations to represent the following regions:
  • Berkshires
  • Cape Cod and Islands
  • Central MA 
Each year, MNN's nonprofit members elect new board members to represent the sector as part of the Annual Meeting, which will be held during Nonprofit Awareness Day. 
Email nominate@massnonprofitnet.org with the name of your
recommendation by May 7.
Reviewing the State of the Sector

The Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2014 State of the Sector survey elicited more than 5,000 responses from nonprofit leaders across the country. This annual survey culls information on a range of topics related to and impacting nonprofits, and sheds light on where nonprofits stand in terms of programs, financial health, and management strategies while interpreting the challenges facing the nonprofit sector as a whole. Read more.

Celebrate the holiday and tell everyone why #nonprofitsmakesense!
Click here to register for the June 9 celebration at the State House.
Click here to add your organization to the list of Nonprofit Awareness Day social media partners.

Unemployment Insurance Rate Frozen

On April 15, Governor Patrick signed an Unemployment Insurance rate freeze for 2014. This freeze eliminates the $500 million UI tax increase on employers that took effect in the beginning of the year. AIM has a great overview of what this means for your organization.


Debate Begins On House Budget 

The House begins debate this week on the House Ways and Means Budget and the 1,175 corresponding budget amendments.  You can view all 1,175 budget amendments here.


How to Make Social Media Work For Your Nonprofit

By Theodora Higginson, Director of Strategic Projects, Tech Goes Home 
By now you've probably heard how important social media is for nonprofits. It's a relatively 'free' and easy way to tell your story - a tremendous value-add for organizations like ours with larger impact goals than financial reserves. I say relatively because it's not actually free; it requires (wo)man-hours, creativity, and patience. But it pays off. Through social media, we're strengthening our support network and connecting with prospective volunteers, partners, and donors for Tech Goes Home.


Each platform has its advantages and drawbacks, so before diving in, it's a good idea to determine which sites align with your nonprofit's marketing strategy and have the greatest probable impact given the resources you can allocate to it. Read more to learn 5 strategy tips for nonprofits...

President/ Executive Director, Cape Abilities

Executive Director, Strong Women Strong Girls 

Director of Estate and Gift Planning, The Boston Foundation

Digital Marketing Specialist, Year Up

Director of Institutional Advancement, Foundation for MetroWest

Outreach Worker, Bridge over Troubled Waters

Client Manager, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Director of Development, Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. 

Development and Communications Manager, MENTOR 

Grants Manager, Partners in Health


Grant & Award Opportunities

Art Works- Due July 24


Trainings & Events 
*Discount for MNN Members


Regis College is offering a new Master of Arts in Professional Writing for New Media and the first course will be on "Grant Writing, Fundraising and Appeals Writing." You can take the course as part of the program or a stand-alone. If you are interested in the course, email Stephanie_schorow@regiscollege.edu.
The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership (INML) Program at Boston University is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 year. INML offers two certificate programs, the Core Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the Community Fellows Program! Both are one-year programs and combine practical and classroom learning designed for executive/mid-career (the Core Certificate) and young/emerging leaders (the Community Fellows Program) in the nonprofit sector. 

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


New & Returning Affiliates

*Special Discount for MNN members



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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 .