A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Let's celebrate the people and organizations that make the Commonwealth's nonprofit sector so strong!

Each year MNN honors the amazing nonprofi t organizations and employees whose commitment, diversity, and effectiveness are at the heart of the nonprofit sector. Help us tell the story of the important, innovative work being done in every subsector and corner of the Commonwealth by submitting a nomination for the 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. 

Honor the work of your organization, or a nonprofit you admire, with a Nonprofit Excellence Award nomination in the following categories:
The winners will be recognized on June 13 at MNN's 9th annual celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank. J oin hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, plus elected officials, to celebrate the work of the nonprofit sector and raise awareness of causes throughout the state.

This event sells out each year, so be sure to mark your calendar! Registration will open March 21. 

2016 is sure to be an exciting year for nonprofits- filled with innovations and creative solutions to meet the challenges we will face. And while nonprofits across the Commonwealth share a range of experiences, we know there are a great deal of differences determined not only by your size and mission, but also by where your organization operates. 

philanthropyReport Projects Changes, Growth in 
2016 and 2017 are looking good for nonprofits, according to The Philanthropy Outlook, produced by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and consulting firm Marts & Lundy, which projects a 4.1% and 4.3% increase in total giving in the two years, respectively. This would be a rise above both the historical 10-year and 25-year average rates of growth.

In addition to reporting on the probable upswing in giving, the report highlights four significant changes that are leading philanthropy: changing demographics, economic climate, political dynamics, and technological innovation. There are also suggestions for how nonprofits can use these opportunities to better prepare for success, such as creating board training programs, developing new partnerships and collaborations, investing more resources into planned giving programs, and embracing and incorporating new technologies and innovations. You can view the full report here.

pubpolicyMNN Testifies Against  First Right of Refusal Proposal
This afternoon, MNN CEO Jim Klocke testified at the State House on behalf of the nonprofit sector, in opposition to section 27 of House bill 3908, which would require that nonprofits selling property, or changing land use, give the local municipality a right of first refusal to buy the property.

We heard from many members who were worried about this proposal. A coalition of partners was created to address this concerns. In addition to MNN, these partners include MA Assn of Nonprofit Schools & Colleges, MA Hospital Association, Assn of Independent Colleges & Universities in MA, Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, NAIOP Massachusetts, Providers' Council, Greater Boston Real Estate Board, and Assn of Behavioral Healthcare.

The testimony outlined some of these concerns: 
  • Nonprofits' ownership and disposition of real property should be governed by the same laws that apply to for-profit organizations.
  • The proposal would make it considerably more difficult for nonprofits to sell property as well as to develop innovative new uses for property they currently own.  
  • Although a first-refusal "option" may sound innocuous to some, its implementation would inevitably be a complex, costly and delay-prone process.  That is especially true for this proposal.  
You can view the coalition's letter here. MNN also submitted its own testimony, which you can view here.

NP411Nonprofit 411: Using Form 990 to Improve Non-Profit Board Governance
By Michael Hickey, CPA, MBA, Manager at  Blum Shapiro

How the Board of Directors should look at data included in Form 990 and use  that as a guide to improve board governance. 

The changes made by the IRS to Form 990 approximately six y ears ago focus attention  on the role of the non-profit organization's board. These changes required organizations to provide details about board governance,  practices and policies. 
QuickLinksJob Opportunities
Operations Manager, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
President, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
Development Coordinator, The Food Bank of Western MA
Director of Budgets and Contracts, Health Resources in Action
Director of Development, Lowell Association for the Blind
Mentors Program Coordinator, Silver Lining Mentoring
Development Manager, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Director/ CEO, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
Program AssociateThird Sector New England
Chief Operating OfficerHousing Assistance Corporation, Inc.
Chief Advancement Officer, Jeremiah Program
PresidentThe Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts 
Vice President of Finance and Management, Conservation Law Foundation
Vice PresidentImpact Delivery
Senior Manager of Development, Mass Mentoring Partnership
Executive DirectorTeam IMPACT
Program Officer, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Grant & Award Opportunities
Art Week Boston, Early Bird Deadline due February 12, Final Deadline due March 4
Graham Foundation, Due February 25
Red Sox Scholars Program, Due February 29
Third Wave Fund, Due the 15th of each month
Working on Wellness, Due March 4
Social Venture Partners BostonLOI due March 7
MNN Nonprofit Excellence AwardsNominations due March 18

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
Microsoft Nonprofit Product Licensing, Webinar, February 16  
Data Management for Outcomes , Webinar, February 16
Social Media Manager Certificate, Mansfield, February 17
Monthly HR Advisory Roundtable , Hyannis, February  19
Data Visualization, Webinar, February 23
Introduction to Donor Cultivation, Webinar, February 23
MCLI Social Innovator Mixer, Lowell, February 24
Basics of Nonprofit Financial Management, Nonprofit Center, February 25
CHNA 15 & SCI Social Media Training, Burlington, March 10
* Reflective Leadership, Boston, March 10
Institute for Trustees, South Hamilton, March 19
Grants Management Essentials (Scholarships available), Brattleboro, March 23-24
* The Trustee Institute, Lowell, March 25

A Unique Opportunity for Executive Directors!   The Commonwealth Institute  is launching another Non-Profit Forum for Executive Directors in just a few weeks. Please let us know if you have a recommendation or are a non-profit leader interested in joining our forum. Learn more.

Nonprofit Tech for Good is offering free social media templates through the month of March. Learn more.

New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members

KAF is one of the leading CPA firms in the Boston area offering a full scope of accounting, tax, and business advisory services to a broad range of industries with a strong focus on nonprofit organizations. All of their nonprofit clients receive discounted pricing on services.

With a background in advocacy and community organizing, Leise specializes in photography for non-profit groups and mission-driven companies. Leise produces high-quality photographs that are unique, creative, technically sound, and tell a compelling story about your unique mission. She offers event coverage, editorial photos for fundraising materials and reports, headshots and staff profiles - all at affordable rates. *10% off event photography services for first time clients (two hour minimum event coverage.)

A full service construction and renovation firm that specializes in occupied space renovation. They work in a design and/ or build capacity or with the client's design team.

The Mediation Group

Helps people and organizations resolve current and future conflicts in constructive ways- saving them resources, time and stress. Their team of attorneys, retired judges, mental health professionals, researchers and experts in organizational development combine methods across disciplines.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members