A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

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

Help us tell the story of the important work being done in every subsector and corner of the Commonwealth by submitting a nomination for the 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. From organizations distributing 51 million pounds of food a year to those in need, to a young professional helping connect troops and veterans with loved ones.

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 27 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. 
Early on Saturday, February 13, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79 from natural causes. He was the longest-serving Supreme Court Justice in history. That same day the debate about the vacant seat began, with politicos, pundits and people everywhere wondering out loud how his death will affect the Supreme Court's rulings.  What, though, does all of this mean for issues affecting nonprofits? 

Those issues range from immigrant rights to mapping election districts . While Scalia's death won't change finalized cases, it may hold up future decisions by the court. You can read more about these issues in the Nonprofit Quarterly and The Nonprofit Times.
NP411Nonprofit 411: Making the Most of Charity Evaluators
By Jeff Ciccolini, Partner, AAFCPAs

Charity evaluation tools are a lightning rod for debate over whether the ratings  fairly assess nonprofits.  But as that conversation continues, donors are already  using the tools more frequently as a guide for their contributions.  Nonprofits  competing  for contributions in a crowded space must understand the  criteria that  define the evaluations, or risk losing opportunities for funding to mor e highly-rated organizations.

As the most visible platform, Charity Navigator plays a significant role in  these decisions - even though its ratings are still a work in progress. Charity Navigator is evolving its system to better capture a blend of finance, governance, and impact ratings, while also evaluating charities below the $1M revenue mark. The movement towards impact ratings will reflect the acknowledgement that charitable work often shows traction well beyond the initial output.

QuickLinksJob Opportunities
Individual Giving Manager, Mass Insight Education
Executive Director, Cambridge Center for Adult Education
President, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
Development and Events Assistant, Foundation for MetroWest
Director of Development, Lowell Association for the Blind
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
Third Wave Fund, Due the 15th of each month
Working on Wellness, Due March 4
Social Venture Partners BostonLOI due March 7

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
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
MNN Regional Meeting, Framingham, April 7

The Commonwealth Institute will be launching another Non-Profit Forum for Executive Directors and will be recruiting through mid-March.  The Forum, comprised of up to 12 women, meets once a month for half a day with a group leader, culminating in a year-long commitment.  If you are an ED seeking advice from experts and mentoring from peers, this might be a perfect fit. For more information contact Pat Cooper (pcooperbiz@yahoo.com).

Join The Philanthropy Connection, for Boston's first conference designed to bring together young women interested in giving back to their community through philanthropy. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with local nonprofit leaders, develop their own skills as leaders, and more! Learn more and register.

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

Cleary Insurance has been assisting nonprofit organizations with their insurance needs for over 
40 years. At Cleary Insurance, they are committed to their clients and educate, guide and support them through all of their risk management decisions, with honest and educated advice. 

BraveShift provides change management and leadership development programs based on human-centered management practices. They safeguard specific missions and maximize the return on investments by facilitating strategic change and developing change-abled leadership and culture. * one-time complimentary staff brown-bag talk, "Braveshifting 101" 

Hurwit & Associates serves tax-exempt organizations, foundations, and charitable donors throughout the U.S. and abroad. They deliver comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of nonprofit law, governance, regulation, and charitable giving. 

Kevin P Martin & Associates PC is a CPA and consulting firm, offering a full spectrum of tax, audit, business, IT, risk and compliance services. Whether advising on raising funds in turbulent times, helping clients better allocate dollars, or compiling required government financial reports, KPM is a trusted partner of hundreds of not-for-profit clients.

Will help fill any internal control gaps and ensure your organization is in full GAAP compliant Accounting Systems Implementation as well as help you analyze your current accounting needs, identify the appropriate systems that are available, and guide you through the implementation process. 

The Alliance for Nonprofit Growth & Opportunity (TANGO) is a community of nearly 1000 nonprofit organizations in CT, MA, and RI. Their vetted partners provide services that range from employee benefits and retirement planning to marketing, IT, employment law, accounting, and banking. 

New & Returning Nonprofit Members