A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


Workshops Tailored to You

From finances and fundraising to managing your board and your brand, the 21 leading-edge workshops at MNN's annual conference on October 29 will be led by experts who are at the forefront of nonprofit strategy and authorities on the most effective tools, practices, and resources for mission-based organizations. You'll gain everything you need to be more effective and efficient. 


Registration closes next week- register now.



If you're looking to bolster your leadership, coaching, and management abilities choose from: Coaching Early Career Professionals: A Tool for Staff Performance and RetentionDeveloping 21st Century Leaders: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities; and Preparing Your Organization for the Future: Executive Succession Planning.


Expand your marketing skills in Video Storytelling and Social Media: A Match Made in Heaven or The Brand IDEA: A New Framework for Managing Nonprofit Brands.


If governance and/ or strategy is more your thing don't miss Maintaining Continuity, Inspiring Change: Best Practices for Board Recruitment.


The Spectrum of Collaboration-to-Merger Options and Collaborative IT for Small Budgets will both show you what all the buzz is about.


Head in the Clouds: Choice and Lessons in Moving Nonprofit Data and Technology to the Cloud will help find the techie in all of us.


If you want (or need) to learn more about development check out Donor Cultivation Events that Engage and Attract or Show and Tell: Using Data and Language to Write Powerful Grant Proposals.


View the entire list of workshops, along with presenters, and see which ones are right for you.


How We Give: MA and the U.S.  

A special report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy "How America Gives," highlights who in America is giving and just how much. Along with state-by-state data, the report points out that in the wake of the Great Recession, the wealthiest Americans are giving smaller portions of their income to charities, while those with smaller incomes are giving bigger shares. 


Some highlights from the report:

  • Americans donated $180 billion in 2012
  • Massachusetts residents donated $4,344,977,000- that's an average $2,000 contribution/ 2.19% of their income (the nationwide average was $3,176/ 3% of income)
  • Massachusetts ranked 46 out of all 50 states, plus DC; Boston also ranked 46 when compared to the nation's 50 largest cities (Utah and Salt Lake City were #1 on both lists)

You can explore the data by state, county, metropolitan area, and ZIP code with the Chronicle's interactive tool, which also lets you view religion, politics and age of residents.


"We know that Massachusetts residents are generous, but we cannot continue ignore the fact that we are consistently near the bottom when it comes to charitable giving as a percentage of our annual income," said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. "The state's large and vibrant nonprofit sector has long led the way in innovative thinking and practices. Hopefully this data will encourage nonprofits and funders to apply some of that creativity to growning citizen philanthropy."


(Read what the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests leads to low rankings in New England.)


One of the report's biggest findings is that Americans who made more money in 2012 actually donated less to charities. In Vox.com's reaction to the Chronicle of Philanthropy findings, the site notes that this data is particularly striking when held up to the fact that while recovering from the recession, the rich got richer, while the earnings of the lower- and middle-income brackets stagnated or declined. Read more...
New Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership in New England Launches Today
Are you a nonprofit executive or board member? You are invited to participate in Leadership New England, a survey of executive leadership in our region from Third Sector New England. Take the survey now.

The survey is designed for executive directors and board members to help investigate their current challenges, discover where they are headed, and document what organizations need to move forward. Take the survey.
Registration for MNN's annual conference closes October 22 and workshops are filling up fast!

Don't miss MNN's annual conference on October 29 in Framingham. One of the largest and most affordable gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, this year's conference features opportunities for you to learn, debate, share, and connect with your peers, and hear from some of the biggest names in the sector.

Candidates for Governor Respond to Nonprofit Questionnaire

With the 2014 gubernatorial election approaching, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network distributed a questionnaire for the candidates that captures important opportunities and challenges impacting the state's nonprofit sector. 

Read their responses to learn about the candidate's plans to encourage citizen philanthropy and volunteerism, their thoughts on creating a high level government position responsible for ensuring the nonprofit sector has a voice at the table, and more. Plus, read about their experience working with local nonprofits.


Nonprofits are essential to Massachusetts residents and vital to the state's economy, and we encourage you to help inform the election by sharing the candidates' views on important nonprofit issues that impact all Massachusetts residents. View the questionnaire and candidate responses here.

5 Ways to Raise Funds & Awareness
By Matt Reason, Booster LLC (Booster will be exhibiting at MNN's conference on October 29. Stop by their table to learn how to raise money for your nonprofit)

Massachusetts is home to more than 33,000 nonprofit organizations and sometimes it's tough to stand out in a crowd. Here are five creative ways you can raise funds and awareness for your organization:


Awareness Months, Weeks & Days
Throughout the year there's a never-ending stream of national "awareness" months, weeks, or days going on to focus public attention on worthy causes. Do some research, find out if and when there is a national or local time of awareness related to your cause and plan your outreach and fundraising efforts with the awareness dates in mind.  



Everyone loves t-shirts! T-shirt fundraisers go beyond just raising money, by also boosting awareness and spirits. The TeamSAM Fund (Boston-based nonprofit supporting cancer survivors) designed and sold a #cancerisntfree t-shirt to launch its annual campaign. Wearing shirts you design with your organization's brand in mind, supporters become walking billboards for your cause, and proceeds from shirt purchases and additional donations go directly to you. Read about how to raise funds and awareness...

Marketing Manager, The Boston Foundation

Administrative Coordinator, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Associate Vice President, Health Resources in Action, Inc.

Director of Leadership Gifts and Gifts Planning, United Way of Massachusetts Bay

Community Organizer, Boston Cyclists Union

Program Assistant, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Executive Director, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation

Chief Operating Officer, Center for Human Development

Manager of Foundation Relations, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Volunteer Manager, Massachusetts Service Alliance

Executive Director, Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Director of Strategic Development and External Relations, Main Street Partners
Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Brockton

Director of National Development, Jumpstart for Young Children
Executive Director, Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Senior Philanthropic Relationship Manager, Bank of America

Institutional Giving Manager, Huntington Theatre Company

Director of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Grants Manager, Year Up


Grant & Award Opportunities

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

Check out the MNN Community Trainings & Events page for more events!

Fearless Presenting, Boston, October 16

Program Evaluations, Boston, October 16 

American Egyptian Youth Network Launch, Boston, October 16

Federal & State Fundraising Rules & Regulations, Boston, October 23

Creating Highly Functional Teams, Boston, October 23

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, October 28

Leading Today, Transforming Tomorrow, Framingham, October 29

Health Literacy: Engaging Patients, Reducing Costs & Changing Lives, Framingham, October. 29

*Employment Law 101, Holyoke, October 30

Fall 2014 Mediation Training, East Cambridge, October 30 - November 7
*2014 Election Analysis, October 31, Holyoke

Support Staff and Strengthen You Small Nonprofit, Southeast MA, Nov. 6

*Effective Supervision, Boston, November 6

*Quickbooks Made Easy Seminar, Boston, November 6 (email membership@massnonprofitnet.org for MNN member discount code)

Northeast Conference on Public Administration, Portsmouth, NH, Nov. 6

Boston Facilitators Roundtable for Nonprofit Executives, Boston, November 7 (Email jen.stine@saroga.org for more info)

Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, Hyannis, November 12

*Outcomes Management: An Introduction, Metrowest, November 18

Board Duties and Management Responsibilities, Boston, November 19

Outcomes Management: An Introduction, Northampton, November 20

Outcomes Management: An Introduction, Boston, December 9


NFF'S Fall Webinar Series: The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options
The series starts September 30th for six consecutive Tuesdays at 3:00 pm. The sessions can be taken as a course or selected a la carte:
  • An Introduction to Debt and Financing for Nonprofits
  • The How and Why of PRIs: A Guide to Program- and Mission-Related Investments
  • Philanthropic Equity: Bringing Programs to Scale
  • Understanding New Markets Tax Credits
  • The Emergence of Pay for Success Funding
  • Impact Investing: From Conventional to Cutting Edge
You can find more information and register here. Save 10% on the webinar series just for being a MNN newsletter subscriber. Use discount code "SAVE10" when registering.


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

New & Returning Affiliates
*Discounts for MNN members
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One of Boston's oldest independently owned brokerage firms focusing on employee benefits and health and welfare.
New & Returning Nonprofit Members
MNN's work is made possible by The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & State Street Foundation.
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