A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Registration Closes Friday!
Don't miss this chance to strengthen yourself
, your staff 
your organization

This year's conference, ADVANCE, on October 21 in Framingham is designed to help nonprofits invest in their most valuable asset: their   staff. Whether you are an experienced executive, seasoned practitioner, or emerging leader, this conference will provide you with the skills and tools needed to succeed at every stage of your career. But hurry- conference registration closes Friday! Click here to register now.

Here's what you can look forward to this at this year's conference...

Be inspired by Lessons from Leaders. The conference will kick-off with a panel featuring prominent leaders in the sector who will discuss emerging trends, tried and true best practices, and creative methods to support your organization's human capital to better meet your mission.

Connect with peers in the Breakthrough Sessions, roundtables designed to bring together professionals in specific roles or points in their career. During these sessions, experts in the field will guide you and your peers as you discover, examine, and apply solutions to the career and organizational opportunities you're currently facing.

Gain new skills in the 21 leading edge workshops that cover everything from finances to fundraising and managing your board and your brand.

Help us celebrate the best in the sector  as we present Tim Garvin, CEO of the United Way of Central MA, with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. See more information on Tim below.

Network with 600 of your peers from across the state and in every subsector and connect, share ideas, and collaborate.

Find services and resources to make your work more effective and efficient from the 45+ local business who will be exhibiting at the conference.

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 
Tim Garvin celebrated for his impact across Massachusetts

MNN is proud to announce that  Tim   Garvin , CEO of the  United Way of Central MA , is the recipient of the organization's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at MNN's annual conference on October 21.

A respected and beloved leader in the nonprofit sector for over two decades,  Tim is being honored for his thoughtful approach to philanthropy. This approach is reflected in his many accomplishments, including his track record of creating partnerships between nonprofits, government, and communities to make a measurable impact on the lives of residents in and around Worcester and across the state.

" Tim's passion, commitment, and energy epitomizes the service and leadership that make nonprofits such an innovative engine for a strong Commonwealth," said David Shapiro, Chair of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's Board of Directors. "We're privileged to honor  Tim and recognize his achievements and unique ability to bring people, nonprofits, and sectors together in order to strengthen communities." Read more about Tim.

We hope you'll join us in congratulating Tim at MNN's annual conference on October 21 in Framingham. Click here to learn more and register.

Are ongoing and unresolved HR issues affecting you and your staff's performance and morale? Do you take a cookie-cutter approach to employment matters, when a slightly more tailored and perhaps risky solution would benefit all parties? With employees of all ages, experience and background, it's important to create a tailored approach for each member of your staff.

Join MNN and the pros from InSource Services on Wednesday, October 28, 10-11am, as we present creative solutions to traditional employee challenges, including: onboarding, terminations, and flexibility in approaching employee performance issues and benefits.  Register for this free webinar now.
NONPROFIT 411: Unlocking the Potential of Performance Management
By Stephen M. Pratt,  Root Cause

Performance measurement is about making our missions possible. But it's not how we typically use measurement systems and the reams of data they produce. I've seen firsthand the return on unlocking this potential, and it's powerful.

Nonprofits spend millions of dollars each year on performance reporting and evaluation.  We hire evaluation firms. We buy software products like Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) and Salesforce. This money is largely spent to prove to funders that our programs have an impact worthy of their investment and to current funders that we're spending their money wisely.

This gets us stuck: we're using data to prove the value of what is, not to uncover the potential of what could be. Keep reading... 
Job Opportunities
Executive Director, Team IMPACT
VP of Research and Evaluation, Crittenton Women's Union
Executive Director, Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Media Relations Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
Regional Director of Cape Cod Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of MA Bay
Executive Director, Somerville Community Access Television
Outreach & Events Manager, Groundwork Lawrence
Executive Director, The Gifford School
Director of Development, Mustard Seed Communities
Executive Director, The Genesis Foundation for Children
Executive Director, Community Works
Executive Director, Sojourner House
President/CEO, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Executive Director, ESC of New England
Program Officer, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Grant & Award Opportunities
Richard L. Blinder Award, Due October 15
Small Capital Grants, Due October 15
YoungArts Program, Application due October 16
Foley Hoag Foundation, Due October 22

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
* ADVANCE: MNN's Annual Conference, Framingham, October 21
* Employment Law 101 Workshop , Holyoke, October 22
Community Leadership Breakfast, Newton, October 23
* Power of Dialogue, Boston, October 22-24
Making the Internet Work for Your Organization, Great Barrington, October 28
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, October 29
Meet-the-Donors: Corporate Giving, Boston, October 30
Grant Writing Workshop, Boston, November 12-13


2015 Young Nonprofit Professionals Survey  helps them identify needs in the nonprofit community in order to allocate resources and provide professional connections. The survey will only be open until October 16, 2015, so take it today!

Access to Justice Fellows Program is a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and Lawyers Clearinghouse which enables lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofits, legal services organizations, and the courts to provide legal assistance to underserved populations. Each Fellow devotes 10-20 hours a week to their projects and meets as a group on a monthly basis, sharing their experiences, discussing issues with community leaders, and brainstorming strategies for refining and expanding the program. For more information on the program contact Program Director  Mia Friedman at the Lawyers Clearinghouse.

Upcoming NFF Webinar Series: The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing OptionsMNN is excited to once again partner with the Nonprofit Finance Fund on their Fall 2015 webinar series. This series will provide nonprofit leaders with a deep understanding of what kinds of resources are available to nonprofit organizations now, and how they should prepare to access the next wave of resources in the field. Participants will come away from this series with a deeper understanding of the broad range of funding tools available. Click here to register!  *MNN members save 10%! Email llynch@massnonprofitnet.org for your discount code.

New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members

Exclusively serves nonprofits for their Salesforce needs - from implementation to custom consulting, programming and training. *25% off Boot Camp Training 101, 201, Annual Appeal Best Practices with Salesforce, and Salesforce for Nonprofits Audit that assesses your current usage.

Creative endowment through simplified and affordable life insurance with broad based donor appeal. The company develops customized funding solutions using a low cost, easy to apply life insurance plan to address the long term funding needs of nonprofits.

A privately held, family owned company with over 50 years in the industry. They offer vehicle leasing, funding, and a full slate of Fleet Management Services, as well as a robust report of instant fleet information and trends to customers via a custom platform. *MNN members receive custom discount programs based on volume discounts and cost effective vehicle services.

Nicole Gakidis has a successful track record of identifying and selecting highly qualified candidates for healthcare, human services, social justice, education, and arts and cultural nonprofits. 

A commercial and retail bank with nearly 400 retail locations, more than 140 of which offer seven-day banking. They specialize in lending to nonprofit organizations and improve neighborhoods through the People's United Community Foundation.

The company has more than twenty years of experience helping nonprofits raise financial resources to attain their funding goals and meet vital needs of the community. Specialties include: strategic planning, proposal writing and funding research, and direct mail appeals.

Extensive experience in all forms of communications for nonprofit organizations including grant-writing, website content, annual reports, and more. Their client list ranges from grassroots community organizations to Boston's major academic medical centers.

Provides expert, practical advice to nonprofits on governance, tax status, regulatory compliance, and dissolution. They also assist boards in developing bylaws and internal policies and counsel clients on strategic development and risk management. *15% discount for MNN members

A major regional firm in CT and Western MA with a focus on service to nonprofits. Their team of trusted advisors provide a comprehensive array of accounting, auditing, tax, and advisory services to nonprofit and tax exempt organization benefitting various sectors. They also provide IT consulting services.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members
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