A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


A Look at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Sector

Our detailed infographic and interactive map bring the diversity of the state's nonprofit sector to life



The nonprofit sector in Massachusetts is as vast, diverse and impressive as the causes and communities it serves. And with $227 billion in total revenue and more than 16% of the state's workforce, the sector is an economic powerhouse.


We've created this infographic to help illustrate the sector's impact. We encourage you to view the infographic and share it with your colleagues, constituents and community. You can also explore our interactive map, which provides a visual frame of reference for the size and diversity of the nonprofit sector and allows users to learn about organizations making a difference in their own communities.


Want to learn even more about the Commonwealth's nonprofit sector? You can search a directory of MNN nonprofit members by name, region or subsector. You can also view a full listing of the state's tax exempt nonprofits in the IRS Business Master File.


It's That Time of Year Again...

One week from today, on December 2, nonprofits, businesses, and communities will come together to support causes across the globe, and right here in Massachusetts, through #GivingTuesday. Last year, more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations raised over $19 million in online donations thanks to the social media movement (you can read our recap of last year's #GivingTuesday).

Whether or not you'll be formally participating in the movement, or just using the hashtag to increases your organization's visibility, there are many valuable resources. 

Read how one nonprofit is finding a new way to engage in #GivingTuesday.


Rethinking Donors: Giving trends among young women

Young, non-religious women give more than their religious, female and male counterparts, according to the Women Give 2014 study produced by Indiana University's Women's Philanthropy Institute. As reported by the Nonprofit Times: single women 44 years of age or younger that do not identify with a religious affiliation give 40 percent more than single women under 45 who frequently attend religious services, and 136 percent more than younger women who sometimes attend religious services.

The study shows that overall, younger women with no religious affiliation give two and a half times more than older women with no religious affiliation, twice as much as younger women who sometimes attend religious services, and twice as much as younger men with no religious affiliation. 

"Gender and age clearly matter and have a substantial influence on giving choices," Debra Mesch, Ph.D., director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute told the Nonprofit Times, "This study shows that different patterns in charitable giving exist between young men and young women. Nonprofit leaders and fundraisers may need to develop new strategies to engage them more effectively."

We Give Thanks For Our Members
MNN would like to thank all of our members. Big and small, in every subsector, and from every city and town in the Commonwealth, you are at the heart of what we do. 

We see you in the communities each and every day, working on the front lines to make life better for all residents. And this Thanksgiving we want to thank you for helping to unite and strengthen the state's vast nonprofit sector. If you're not already a member, we hope you'll consider joining the network.

Happy Thanksgiving,

The team at MNN
Baker Builds His Team
With just a little over a month until inauguration, Governor-Elect Charlie Baker is readying himself for office, putting together his transition team and cabinet.

Baker's Cabinet: 
  • Jay Ash, Chelsea City Manager, will serve as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. 
  • Steven Kadish, Northeastern University COO, will serve as Chief of Staff. 
  • Matthew Beaton, State Rep from Worcester 11th District and green building business owner, will serve as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 
  • Kristen Lepore, a top lobbyist at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, will serve as Secretary of Administration and Finance. 
  • Marylou Sudders, an associate professor of health and mental health at Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work, as well as an appointee to the state's Health Policy Commission, will lead Health and Human Services.
The transition team: 
Jim Peyser, managing director of New Schools City Funds, will lead the transition team. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, a former Democratic U.S. representative, along with Beth Anderson, CEO of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network, will co-chair the transition team's advisory committee on schools. Jay Ash, Chelsea's city manager (and soon to be Secretary of Housing and Economic Development), Karen Kaplan, the chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday, and Roger Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company will co-chair the committee on jobs and the economy. Linda Carlisle, who served as commissioner of the Department of Social Services and Michael O'Brien, executive vice president at Winn Companies and a former city manager of Worcester will co-chair Baker's state of the state transition committee. Nonprofit leaders Robert Lewis Jr., founder of Home BASE, and Chrystal Kornegay, president and CEO of Urban Edge in Roxbury, will co-chair the community transition committee. Deb Hicks, a senior vice president and chief human resources officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Danroy Henry, chief of human resources and corporate social responsibility at Bright Horizons, will co-chair the human resources committee. Deb Enos, Neighborhood Health Plan's departing CEO and Keith Hovan, CEO and President of Southcoast Health System are chairing the healthcare committee.

Mid-year Budget Cuts
Last week, in order to balance the state's budget, Governor Patrick proposed more than $300 million in cuts. This includes $198 million in mid-year 9C cuts; such as $2.4 million in cuts to elderly support programs and $5 million from mental health services for children and adolescents. Additional cuts (not 9C) include $25.5 million to local aid and according to the Globe, local lawmakers aren't happy. MassBudget has a great explanation of 9C cuts.
Nonprofit 411: Structuring Non-Compete Agreements in the Face of Uncertainty
By Paul Holtzman, Krokidas & Bluestein

Non-compete agreements in Massachusetts have long been a source of confusion and discord in the business community. Not only can they be difficult to enforce, but recently several prominent Massachusetts commentators and lawmakers have suggested that they may stifle growth and innovation by limiting options available to talented professionals.

Reading the tea leaves on Beacon Hill regarding the future of non-compete agreements is not for the faint of heart, but recent developments suggest that the legislature may well adopt limitations (if not an outright ban) on such "restrictive covenants." The question for employers is how best to design non-compete clauses now in anticipation of possible legislative action. Read more...

Chief Operating Officer, Greater Waltham ARC

Executive Director, Hospitality Homes

Senior Coordinator of Youth Development, Berkshire United Way

Executive Director, Cape Mediation

College Access Coordinator, Crossroads for Kids

Senior Vice President/ COO, Crittenton Women's Union

Executive Director, Union Square Main Streets

Instructional Designer/Project Management, Ellevation Education

Manager of Nutrition Services, Community Servings

Development Operations Manager, Pathfinder International 

Director of Fundraising & Communications, B'nai B'rith Housing New England

Executive Director, East Somerville Main Streets

TechBoston Employer Account Manager, Boston Private Industry Council

Development Coordinator, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Volunteer Program Director, Science Club for Girls

Founding High School Dean of Curriculum & Instruction, Excel Academy Charter Schools

Volunteer Engagement Manager, Special Olympics Massachusetts 

Program Production Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston

Senior Scientist, Addgene


Grant & Award Opportunities

Women's Sports Foundation, Due December 17
Boston Women's Fund, LOI Due December 19
Light of Dawnn Awards, Due December 31
The Mockingbird Foundation, rolling application, next cycle opens January 1
Kurt Weill Foundation, Due January 5
CEC Arts Link, Due January 15
Russell Sage Foundation, Due January 16
Fields Pond Foundation, rolling application
Sumner Redstone Foundation, rolling application
The Vision Fund
, rolling application
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, rolling application 

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

New Leaders Council Institute Fellowship, Boston, application due November 25

*The Road to a Successful Grant, Boston, December 3

Introduction to Program Evaluation, Worcester, December 4

Executive/Senior Management Two-day Leadership Retreat, Lenox, December 4 & 5

*Salesforce Bootcamp for Nonprofits, Boston, December 5 (MNN members- use code 501friend)

Engaging Constituents for Community Impact, Lawrence, December 5

Scaling Volunteers in Public Schools, Cambridge, December 8

NDC Home Ownership Finance Course, Framingham, December 8-11 

*Outcomes Management: An Introduction, Boston, December 9

*Coping with Challenging People with Style and Grace, Holyoke, December 10

Executive Leadership Institute Application, December 12 

Boston's Future Leaders Application, December 12

Saroga 360 Webinar for Nonprofit Coaches, December 15

Engaging Design: A Ground-Up Approach to Building Community, Boston, December 16

Marketing and Recruitment on a Shoestring Budget, Holyoke, Dec. 17

Cause Marketing: Building Profitable Relationships with Corporate Partners, Boston, December 18

Building Evaluation Capacity, Boston, January 9 & 23, March 20, May 15

Parenting Journey Facilitator Training, Somerville, January 26-30

*Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations, Boston, February 5



Tomorrow is your last chance to take Third Sector New England's leadership survey. Take the survey to help compile the most comprehensive regional collection of data related to the needs and challenges facing the sector. Participants who complete the survey will be able to access comprehensive survey data from hundreds of nonprofits across New England. Take the survey now.


BU Link Day on February 7 is an opportunity for small- and medium-sized nonprofits to get free, cutting-edge consultation from talented MBA students. Applications are due December 6. Learn more and apply.


MBM's Free Management Library is a great resource for nonprofit managers, featuring discussions and explanations of a wide range of topics relevant to the nonprofit community.


Nonprofit HR's annual Nonprofit Employment Practice Survey is now open for submissions! This annual survey is the most widely-cited source of nonprofit employment data. Take the survey here. By participating, you'll get an advance copy of the 2015 report. 


Brookline Community Foundation has launched Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty, which discusses Brookline's 13% poverty rate, factors that cause financial stress, and Brookline agencies and resources already addressing poverty. 

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

New & Returning Affiliates
*Discounts for MNN members


Offers part time accounting and financial management.


Commercial Bank with a specialization in lending to nonprofit organizations.

A small, progressive, full-service law firm that offers legal advice, counsel, advocacy and full representation for non-profit corporations and small businesses on matters including nonprofit formation and incorporation, and contract drafting and negotiation. *20% discount


Helps non-profits and municipalities raise more money to provide important services to the community.


Works with nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations to make the most out of digital resources, providing services from website building, to development of new digital tools, to social media campaigns.

Experienced consultant bringing business approaches and discipline to non-profit organizations. Services include: Strategic Planning and Execution, Performance Assessment and Improvement, Process Redesign, and Organizational Alignment.


Provides nonprofits with complete IT support and cloud services with a proactive approach to IT issues. Solutions are suited for the growth and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.


New & Returning Nonprofit Members

Opportunity Services

Oxbow Schoolhouse

Parent Talk

Parents Helping Parents



Pioneer Valley Symphony

Plugged In Teen Band Program / Eeyore Productions


Plymouth Public Library Corp

Press Pass TV

Provincetown Arts Press

Puckihuddle Preschool

Royall House and Slave Quarters

Seeds of Solidarity Education Center

Self Esteem Boston

SERSG Service Corp.

Shelter Legal Services

Shelter Music Boston

Shirley-Eustis House

Shoulders of Support

Si, Se Puede, Inc.
Sierra Leone Cultural Org.
Sippican Historical Society
Small Army for a Cause
Somerville Haitian Coalition
Southeast Cyclones Youth Hockey Association
Southeastern MA Agricultural Partnership
SE MA Pine Barrens Alliance 

Speaking Out Safely
Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England 

Spiral Foundation at OTA Watertown
StandUp For Kids-Worcester
Student Immigrant Leadership Institute
Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum
Symphony Nova

The Art Connection
The Friendship Network for Children
The Gay & Lesbian Review
The Interchange Institute
The Performance Project
The Prison Birth Project

Timothy Smith Network
Toad Hall Bookstore
Tri-Town Council
Urban Edge
Vietnamese-American Civic Association 

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development

Vulvodynia Matters, Inc.
Walden Chamber Players
Watertown Community Foundation
Waypoint Adventure 

We Are Forever Free
Welcome Project
Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program
Winchendon Community Action Committee
Young Non-Profit Professional Network of Boston 

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 .