A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        



PILOTs Debated in Brockton

Hotly contested among nonprofits, the topic of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) is back in the local headlines, courtesy of Brockton's Mayor Bill Carpenter. As outlined in a recent Boston Globe article (Brockton Mayor wants nonprofits to pay), Carpenter is asking 21 of the city's major nonprofits to forge PILOT agreements, in order to stick to an earlier campaign promise not to raise taxes for the city's residents.


Included in the Globe article is a response from Ward 2 City Councilor Tom Monahan, who said that despite their contributions to the community, nonprofits "drain public resources." Monahan cited Brockton's Fire Department, which he said answered 294 calls from the Father Bill's & MainSpring shelter last year. "At $1,000 a call, that's almost $300,000 right there,'' said Monahan.


"The real question is where would the City of Brockton be, and at what cost, if not for organizations like Father Bill's & MainSpring," said MNN CEO Rick Jakious. "Squeezing nonprofit organizations that dedicate 100% of their resources to critical social safety net and quality of life issues is a short-sighted solution that doesn't solve the underlying problem."


As early as the 19th century, organizations that serve the public good have been exempt from having to pay taxes (get a refresher on the history of the nonprofit sector's tax exempt status here). But with that privilege comes a responsibility to provide valuable services to the public, and address our society's most persistent challenges. Read more...


The Arts Factor 2014 Report: 

Arts and Culture's Impact on Greater Boston

By John Beck, ArtsBoston


We've always known that Greater Boston's arts are important for quality of life, economic development, workforce retention, education, and community development, but we haven't had the local data to back it up, until now. 


Do you know how many people attend non-profit arts and cultural events in a year?  The answer might surprise you: 18,275,799! That is more than four times the total attendance for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins combined. Or enough to sell out Fenway Park 488 times (six season's worth of home games)! Now that's a lot of people.


The Arts Factor 2014 Report, a new research initiative by ArtsBoston and sponsored by Bank of America, uses never-before-published data from 354 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that participate in the Massachusetts Cultural Data Project.  It details the Greater Boston region's cultural advantage in four main categories (Identity, Vitality, Innovation, Transformation), along with case studies that illuminate the cross-sector impact behind the data. Read more...


Giving USA Report Shows Giving by Individuals, Foundations Increased in 2013 

On June 17, the annual Giving USA report was published, showing an increase in giving on almost all fronts in 2013. Here are some of the highlights from the report:
  • Total estimated U.S. charitable giving in 2013 was $335.17 billion, an increase of 4.4% (increase of 4.2% by individuals, 5.7% by foundations, 8.7% by bequest) 
  • Giving by corporations declined by 1.9% 
  • 72% of all charitable giving was made by individuals 
  • Religious organizations received the greatest percentage of contributions (31%) although it continues to decrease each year 
  • Giving to education-related causes grew the most in 2014 (8.9%) 
An article by the Associated Press was quick to point out that since the recession, wealthy donors have redirected their giving to higher education and the arts, rather than social service groups.  
As reported by the AP: During and immediately after the recession, some wealthy donors shifted their giving to social service groups working to combat hunger and homelessness, according to Patrick Rooney, associate dean of the school of philanthropy (the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy). Now, many of those donors - including some making multimillion-dollar gifts - are refocusing their attention on higher education, the arts and other sectors long patronized by the affluent, he said.


Survey Backs Up "Doing Well by Doing Good" 

Proving what we all hoped to be true, Nielsen's recent survey Doing Well by Doing Good found that more than half of online consumers around the world (55%) will pay more for products and services from companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. Read more...


House Passes Minimum Wage Bill 

Just a day after the House signed off, the Massachusetts Senate gave final approval to a bill that raises the state's minimum wage to $11 per hour in three annual increments beginning Jan. 1, 2015, while also offering a raise to workers who receive tips, such as restaurant servers.  Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign the measure within days. President Obama has praised Massachusetts lawmakers for their efforts, which at $11 an hour, would mean Massachusetts would have the highest state minimum wage law in the country. You can learn more about the regional impact of an $11/hour minimum wage from MassBudget.

How to Use Social Media to Gain Exposure 

By Jenn Maffeo, Marketing Director, Crowdster  

Did you know that about 73% of online adults use multiple social networking sites*? Would you like to utilize social media as an effective way to spread awareness for your nonprofit?  Learn how you can engage your supporters and keep them invested in your cause with five simple social media tips below.


5 Ways Nonprofits Can Gain Exposure through Social Media: 

  1. Identify and Connect with Influencers Related to your Cause
  2. Employ the Use of Visual Storytelling
  3. Change Up Your Strategy
  4. Don't Forget to Ask (and Say Please)
  5. Promote the Use of #Hashtags... Read more.

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