A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Grow Your Network and Your Impact
MNN's annual conference on October 21 has a lot to offer: an inspirational opening session, dozens of opportunities to learn, and 50+ local businesses with services and products to help you save money and be more effective. And don't forget about the people you'll meet!

As one of the largest local gatherings of nonprofit professionals, an essential component of MNN's annual conference are the connections you'll make with hundreds of colleagues from across the state and from a variety of nonprofits and businesses. 

We have structured the conference so there's plenty of time to engage in conversation, share best practices, and discuss highlights from conference sessions. There will certainly be a lot to discuss! Register now to save with early bird pricing.

The Debate About College Endowments
Over the past couple of weeks, college professor Victor Fleischer's op-ed " Stop Universities From Hoarding Money" re-ignited a debate among nonprofit professionals, reporters, and online commenters. In case you missed it, here's what all the commotion was about:

In the op-ed, published in the New York Times, Victor Fleischer, professor of law at the University of San Diego, opens with the question: "Who do you think received more cash from Yale's endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the university's money?"  Fleischer goes on to reveal the difference between the amount of money Yale paid to fund managers (about $480 million), as compared to the amount given to students in need of tuition assistance ($170 million). Fleischer's skewering of Yale and similar institutions' endowment spending habits sparked an at times heated debate...  Click here to read more.

A Can't Miss FREE Training: IT Risks All Nonprofits Need to Know About 
On September 15, MNN's long-time partner, Insource Services, will present an important training on the IT risks many nonprofits face. Russell Greenwald, VP and Director of Technology Consulting Practice at Insource Services, will outline areas of possible risk in relation to databases, files, and email, and will also cover how to address any issues.

Register now to attend this event on September 15, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in Boston.

Upcoming NFF Webinar Series:
The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options
MNN 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.
NONPROFIT 411: Best Practices to Keeping Your Board of Directors Engaged
by Jessie Kanter, CPA, BlumShapiro

A strong, engaged board of directors is crucial to the success of any non-profit organization, no matter the size, mission or vision of that organization. Ensuring the board is engaged should be a focal point for the leadership of the organization and the board itself. It is not enough to have a full slate of board members. Each of those board members should have a clear role within the organization's board of directors. Following are best practices in order to keep the board engaged and facilitate the fulfillment of the organization's mission. Read more... 
Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Executive Director, ESC of New England
Director of Operations, Worcester County Food Bank
Director of Finance and Operations, Institute of Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Executive Director, Arsenal Center for the Arts
Director of Western Massachusetts Programs, Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Director of External Engagement, Boston Debate League
Program Director, Servicenet
Chief Financial Officer, New England Village
Executive Director, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools
Program Officer, Massachusetts Service Alliance
Executive Director, MassEquality
State Director, ServiceNation
Chief Financial Officer, Sunshine Village

Grant & Award Opportunities
Healthy Living Grant Program, Due September 11
b. good Family Foundation, Due September 14
Legacy Fund Grants, Due September 15
Safe Place to Play Grants, Due September 24
The Philanthropy Connection Grant, LOI due September 25
GRAMMY Foundation Grants, LOI due October 1
Richard L. Blinder Award, Due October 15
YoungArts Program, Application due October 16

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
Introduction to Grant Writing, Boston, September 15
Storytelling for Advocacy, Boston, September 15
Alignment Advantage Workshop, Burlington, September 17
* Be a Better Communicator, Holyoke, September 17
Tech Gives Back Day of Service, city-wide, September 17
Plan your Intergenerational Programs, East Longmeadow, September 22
Introduction to Data Visualization, Boston, September 23
Quickbooks Made Easy: Love Seminar, Boston, September 24
How to Hold a Successful Giving Day, Webinar, September 24
Courage in Leaving Retreat, Essex, September 29-30, December 7-8
* Fearless Presenting, Boston, October 15
Social Media for Nonprofits, Cambridge, October 19
* ADVANCE: MNN's Annual Conference, Framingham, October 21
* Power of Dialogue, Boston, October 22-24


Partner with the AG's office to promote services in your community. The  Attorney General's Community Engagement Division is working to implement Community Action Hours, a new program that brings the resources of the Office directly to communities. If you are interested in partnering with the Community Engagement Division for a Community Action Hours event, please click here.

Looking to increase your organization's online reach? Engage with Small FrySmall Fry is a nonprofit that creates economic opportunity in underserved urban communities by employing the digital skills of youth to drive small business growth online. They are offering 10 discounted online marketing projects for Boston nonprofits and small businesses. To learn more: www.wearesmallfry.com or cecilia@wearesmallfry.com.

Jumbocoders, a group of undergraduate students studying computer science, would like to volunteer their skills to help your nonprofit create an app, design a website, or build software (cost-free!).  Visit their website to learn more, or contact the group  directly TuftsJumboCode@gmail.com  or (516)316-5795.

Human Resources in Action is excited to share the opportunity for Massachusetts businesses to engage in Working on Wellness, a comprehensive statewide worksite wellness initiative. The initiative provides financial support to offset the cost of launching a wellness program, as well as expert training, technical assistance, and an online learning community. Click here to learn more.

New & Returning Affiliate Members

The studio provides the full spectrum of graphic design services for nonprofits looking to boost their fundraising efforts, increase volunteerism and raise awareness for their mission. Offering professional and affordable print, web and branding design services, Atomik Design will work within your budget and time-frame to develop creative solutions.

A full service consulting firm offering individually-tailored and reasonably priced services to non-profit organizations, businesses, and community and membership-based organizations. CGC provides it's clients with unparalleled access to state government and guidance towards successful outcomes for their legislative agendas.

Offers temporary executives for nonprofit organizations in transition. Additional short term special services include: Strategic Planning, Fundraising and Development Planning, Software Review, Assessment and Recommendations, and Human Resources Guidelines Review.

This independent accounting and advisory firm provides a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting. 

Provides specialized media training for leaders of non- and for-profit organizations, who must interact with the press. Jordan Weinstein helps thought leaders craft their messages, identify how their mission or project connects to current news trends, enhance their performance and delivery skills and avoid common pitfalls.

Provides premier information management solutions enabling nonprofits develop high touch relationships with donors, volunteers and other constituents. Their affordable, easy-to-use information management solutions are built from the ground up specifically for nonprofit organizations.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members
-Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund