A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

2015 Excellence Awards: And the Finalists Are...
Each year, MNN honors the passion and impact of organizations and leaders in the local nonprofit sector through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

This year, we received almost 200 nominations and our committee of judges pored over each inspiring story and amazing statistic. We learned about an innovative jacket that comforts cancer patients and a local collaboration that connects young girls in public housing developments to mentors. We were wowed by the amazing leaders who have shaped the sector with their decades of experience, and a couple of 27 year olds who are making their own waves. We were touched by the tireless advocacy that reframed the conversation on college sexual assault. And we were impressed with the small nonprofits using brain over brawn to prove you don't need to be big to make a big change.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating these amazing finalists on June 8th at Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank. Winners will be announced at the event. Register now.

The following organizations and individuals represent the best-of-the-best of the sector, truly embodying the vibrancy, spirit of innovation, and passion that characterize the nonprofit sector. 

Congratulations to the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award finalists:

Advocacy:  Citizens for Juvenile Justice;  Massachusetts Communities Action Network; and  Victim Rights Law Center.
Board Governance:  Actor's Shakespeare Project;  The Theater Offensive; and t he Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Collaboration:  Big Sister Association of Greater Boston;  Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation;  Mystic Valley Elder Services;  One City, One Library; and  United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.

Communication: Fenway Health; Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program; and Urban Edge Housing Corporation.

Innovation:  A Little Easier Recovery;  Fitch burg Art Museum;  Lovin' Spoonfuls;  Sociedad Latina; and  uAspire.
Leadership:  Jessica Brayden, RESPOND; Catherine D'Amato, The Greater Boston Food Bank;  Barry Dym, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership;  Paulo Pinto, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers; and  Jean Ford Webb, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center .
Small Nonprofit:  Easthampton Community Center;  Extras for Creative Reuse;  Provincetown Arts Press; and  Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts.
Young Professional: Scott Bailey, MassChallenge; Sara Bartolino, Transforming Education;  Robbie Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers; and  Vanessa Aguirreche Snow, Hyde Square Task Force.

Register today to attend this great event and recognize the dedicated organizations and individuals committed to improving the Commonwealth. 

See and Be Seen: Sponsor an MNN Event
Sponsorship with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is a great way to showcase your company's offerings to the nonprofit community. You'll gain local and statewide visibility and have the opportunity to highlight your commitment to the nonprofit sector through MNN's two signature events.
MNN's celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank, brings together nonprofit and business leaders, as well as elected officials, to celebrate the the outstanding contributions of the nonprofit sector through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. MNN's annual conference in October is one of the largest local gatherings of nonprofit professionals and convenes 650+ nonprofit and business leaders to learn, share, and network.


Executive Order Looks at State Regulations  

An executive order from Governor Baker (Executive Order 562, "To Reduce Unnecessary Regulatory Burden") is requiring a review of almost all state regulations, and mandating that none should exceed federal requirements. As reported in the Boston Globe, federal regulations don't tend to be as tough as the ones here in the Commonwealth, and this may impact nonprofits, especially environmental organizations.


House Panel Weighs in on MA Budget

Last month, Gov. Charlie Baker filed his $38 billion state budget proposal, calling for a 3% overall increase in spending. The plan would close a $1.8 billion gap between projected revenues and spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to make its recommendations to the full House on Wednesday. You can read the full story on Telegram.com.

NONPROFIT 411:  Lessons for Long-Tenured Nonprofit Executives and Founders
By Tom La Salvia,  Raffa

As a seasoned nonprofit leader, your life has been dedicated to creating an organization that the community relies on and often treasures. You have committed your time and talent and want your investment to continue to do good after you leave. But too often, that good work is interrupted and even comes to an end if the transition is not well planned or if an unplanned leadership transition occurs.


6 Proven Actions to Preserve and Advance Your Organization Mission:


1. Start Now
Don't wait to the last year or two to prepare. Reframe the conversation with your Board from being about you and your plans to being about the organization's sustainability and growth and how to ensure leadership continuity in all key positions...Read more.

Executive Director, The James Library & Center for the Arts

Chief Operating Officer, Ceres

Executive Director, Wellspring House

Director of Development, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Manager of Marketing and Communications, El Hogar Ministries, Inc.

Senior Innovation Manager, Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund

President and Chief Executive Officer, Easter Seals Massachusetts

Director of Finance and Operations, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Communications Manager, Hyams Foundation

Senior Director of Development, MENTOR

Executive Director, Upham's Corner Health Center

Manager of Foundation Relations, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Executive Director, LIFT Boston

Development Director, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)

Social Innovation Fund Manager, Third Sector Capital Partners

Grant & Award Opportunities

ESA Foundation Grant, Due May 15
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, accepting LOIs

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

Introduction to Community Economic Development, Boston, April 15

Massachusetts Service Alliance Conference Call, April 15

The Power of Measurement: How to Achieve Real-World Results with the Data You Already Have, Webinar, April 15

* Creating Highly Functional Teams, Boston April 16

Women's Forum: Getting Healthy Staying Healthy, Boston, April 16

The Feast Boston: Celebrating Youth Ingenuity, Boston, April 16

The Power of Measurement: How to Achieve Real-World Results with the Data You Already HaveWebinar, April 21

*Coaching to Excellence: Learn to Work with People in a New Way, Boston, April 21-22

HSF Administrative Professionals Event, Holyoke, April 22

Intro to Programmatic Outcomes Management, Boston, April 22

Financial Management: Best Practices, Boston, April 23

Cultivating Community Leaders, Boston, April 28

Getting Started with Strategic Alliances, Boston, April 28

For-Profit Subsidiaries of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Boston, April 28

Finding your Middle Class Millionaires, Hyannis, April 29

Moving Beyond Icebreakers Level 1: Understanding the Power of an Interactive Model, Boston, April 20

Moving Beyond Icebreakers Level 1: Understanding the Power of an Interactive Model, Boston, April 30

*Succession Planning: More Than Assessing Bench Strength, Boston, April 30

*Get on Board! One-Day Board Service Bootcamp, Boston, May 1

Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, early application deadline, May 1

*Fearless Presenting, Boston, May 7

Results-Based Accountability: 4-Part Series, Brattleboro, VT, May 5

Social Capital & Health Forum, Boston, May 8

Next Steps Workshop for Nonprofit CEOs, Hartford, CT, May 11-12

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, May 12

Using Community Preservation Act Funding for Affordable Housing, Worcester, May 12

The New Massachusetts Sick Time Law and How it Affects Nonprofits, Boston, May 13

*Effective Supervision: Creating a Culture of Mutual Respect, Boston, May 14

 Building Evaluation Capacity, Boston, May 15

"The Bottom Line: We Gain By Giving" Service & Giving Report Launch, Boston, May 18

Landlord Strategies for Dealing with Non-Complying Commercial Tenant, Boston, May 19

The Paulsen Perspective: Update on the economy(contact Joseph Crowley to register: 617.210.3901 or Joseph.crowley@wellscap.com), Boston, May 19

Fundraising 101, Hyannis, May 20

Exploring the World of Corporate Sponsorship, Boston, May 28

How to Maintain Not-for-Profit Status, Boston, June 4

Where is the Line? The Board Duties and the Management Responsibilities, Lawrence, June 25



The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership is recruiting new students for its award-winning programs in nonprofit management and leadership. INML targets the entire spectrum of nonprofit leaders: executives, middle managers and a new generation of young leaders, all to ensure that superior leadership skills are available to all levels of leadership with organizations. To learn more, visit www.inml.org, or contact Yolanda Coentro at ycoentro@inml.org.

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

New & Returning Affiliates
*Discount for MNN members


BlumShapiro is the largest regional accounting, tax, and business consulting firm based in New England, with a non-profit group including over 80 professionals serving over 300 non-profit organizations. Expect to see the firm's dedicated professionals working side-by-side with your staff members, volunteers and clients year-round.

Kevin P. Martin & Associates, PC

This CPA and consulting firm offers a full spectrum of tax, audit, business, IT, risk and compliance services. Whether advising on raising funds in turbulent times  or helping clients better allocated dollars, KPM is a trusted partner of hundreds of not-for-profit clients across the United States.


Wells Fargo Asset Management

This leading institutional investment management firm utilizes the strength and resources of their parent company, Wells Fargo Bank. Their mission is to deliver superior investment service to clients, including nonprofits, foundations & endowments.