A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


Honor a Legacy and Nominate an Outstanding Nonprofit Employee 

Community leaders and the family of youth coach Dawnn Jaffier, an innocent victim of gun violence, will be honoring Dawnn's legacy by celebrating people dedicated to building stronger communities for a better future.


To honor Dawnn, the Light of Dawnn Awards will celebrate 2-5 individuals working on the front lines of Boston's nonprofit sector who demonstrate the spirit that is Dawnn's legacy - a compassion and unwavering commitment to serve those in need. Award recipients will be recognized at a public event and receive a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. All nominations are due by December 31. Click here to submit a nomination.


#GivingTuesday Numbers Surge While Black Friday Sales Struggle

Last Tuesday, December 2, was the third annual #GivingTuesday - when thousands of nonprofits hoped to boost donations as part of the holiday spending season.  It worked. Millions of individuals, and corporations, took the opportunity to kick-off the holiday season charitably and give back to their community and in doing so raised more than $45 million.


Started in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday has observed tremendous growth with each year. This year, the Case Foundation reports that a preliminary estimate of donations tallied from fundraising platforms Blackbaud, DonorPerfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good and Razoo shows that $45.7 million was raised on this day of giving. This means that donations are up nearly 63% from last year, proving to many that #GivingTuesday is a holiday mainstay from here on out. This jump in growth is especially impressive considering that Black Friday spending was down this year.



GivingTuesday.org focused on several #GivingTuesday movements happening around the country, including one in Somerville. Fifteen nonprofits banded together to host Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local, a joint fundraising effort that featured a telethon on SCATV, as well as live entertainment, expert panel discussions, and  public service announcements. There were tons of other great Massachusetts-based campaigns from the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere in between.  

Aside from the significant boost in monetary giving this year, there was also a notable increase in volunteer efforts. Community projects ranging from mitten and clothing drives to tutoring sessions took place in the spirit of this day of giving.

Now that the campaign has really taken off, the next step is harnessing its powerful data... Read more.


Getting to Know Outcomes Management

This morning wrapped up a series of workshops hosted by MNN, along with various partners throughout the region, to help tackle the challenging topic of outcomes management. Outcomes Management: An Introduction, featured Ellen Bass, Director of the Capacity Institute, and introduced nonprofit professionals to the practice of defining, tracking, and managing expectations around their organization's outcomes. Participants came from all types or organizations, with varying missions, budget size, and reach, all eager to better measure how their organization is meeting its mission.

During the workshops, Ellen walked participants through the various stages related to setting an organization on the path to being outcomes driven, urging participants to ask important questions of themselves, like "what is my organization's commitment?", "is our mission statement effective?" and "what steps would my organization need to take to start becoming more performance driven?" A series of activities encouraged valuable reflection, including one that revealed the importance of having a mission statement that isn't overly complicated or vague. Read more...

Participants in Pioneer Valley discuss outcomes management in their organizations.
Start 2015 Off Right
In addition to strengthening MNN's voice on behalf of the sector, membership to the network brings immediate and long-term benefits to your organization:
  • Exclusive invites and discounts to MNN trainings and events plus discounts on MNN partner trainings
  • An immediate network of 600+ other nonprofits, and the for-profits that support them, from across the state and in every subsector
  • Discounts on HR, IT, financial services, insurance, office supplies and select business publications
  • An experienced advocate working on behalf of MNN members at the state and national level
Click here to learn more and to join. And if you're already a member- make sure your entire staff take advantage of all the great benefits
Pay for Success to Combat Homelessness in MA
As reported in the Globe recently, Governor Patrick has a new Pay for Success plan to help the 2,000- 3,000 chronically homelessness individuals in the Commonwealth find permanent housing. Funders of the project have yet to be identified, although as the article is quick to point out, this initiative could make or break the Pay for Success model.

Congress to Consider New Bill to Make Permanent Charitable Giving Incentives
This week, the House is expected to vote on a new measure that would make three important giving incentives  (IRA charitable rollover, deduction for food inventory donations, and deductions for land conservation easements) permanent provisions in the law. Independent Sector has a fantastic overview of the provisions and how you can help make them permanent. We're asking you to help spread the word of this vote and share the resources with your constituents to help them play a role.

MA AG's Office Releases Report on Charitable Solicitations in 2013
On December 2, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley released a report that found charities received 47% of the proceeds from charitable campaigns run by professional solicitors. As Coakley stresses, we encourage nonprofits and donors alike to do their research before executing a campaign or donating to a cause.
Nonprofit 411: 
The Importance of the Fiduciary Role on an Endowment and Foundation Board 
By Dierdre Collins, Harbor Strategies Group

What you need to know to avoid personal liability for fiduciary negligence:
You are a committed supporter of your local nonprofit organization, volunteering your time at fundraisers and making monetary donations for years. And now you have been asked to contribute your business experience and expertise as a member of the nonprofit's board. Congratulations!

But along with the profound satisfaction of knowing you will be putting your talent to work for an organization you care deeply about comes a critical responsibility: that of fiduciary for the foundation's assets. That means you will be accountable for acting in the best interest of the foundation's beneficiaries and are required to follow a stringent set of rules. 

Executive Director, Massachusetts, Citizen Schools

Development Director, Brookline Community Foundation

Development Associate, Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps

Graphic Designer, Boston Architectural College

Massachusetts State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Elder Services Project Coordinator and Advocate, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Executive Director, Hospitality Homes

Membership & Events Associate, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Director of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County

Controller, National Braille Press

Customer Relations Supervisor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of MA Bay

Accountant, Animal Rescue League of Boston

Part time Program Director, Sibling Connections

Program Management Coordinator - E2A, Pathfinder International

FQHC Financial Specialist, HR Synergy, LLC

Publications Manager, Corporate Accountability International

Corporate Development Manager, Special Olympics Massachusetts

Chief Operating Officer, Greater Waltham ARC

Executive Director, Hospitality Homes

Senior Coordinator of Youth Development, Berkshire United Way

Executive Director, Cape Mediation

College Access Coordinator, Crossroads for Kids

Senior Vice President/ COO, Crittenton Women's Union


Grant & Award Opportunities

Women's Sports Foundation, Due December 17
Boston Women's Fund, LOI Due December 19
Light of Dawnn Awards, Due December 31
The Mockingbird Foundation, rolling application, next cycle opens January 1
Kurt Weill Foundation, Due January 5
CEC Arts Link, Due January 15
Russell Sage Foundation, Due January 16
Department of Education, Due January 20
Fields Pond Foundation, rolling application
The Vision Fund
, rolling application
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, rolling application 
ASPCA, rolling application

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

City Awake Social Innovation Festival, Boston, December 4-13 

*Coping with Challenging People with Style and Grace, Holyoke, December 10

Storytelling for change with Story Connect, Boston, December 10

Executive Leadership Institute Application, December 12 

Boston's Future Leaders Application, December 12

Saroga 360 Webinar for Nonprofit Coaches, December 15

Engaging Design: A Ground-Up Approach to Building Community, Boston, December 16

Marketing and Recruitment on a Shoestring Budget, Holyoke, Dec. 17

Cause Marketing: Building Profitable Relationships with Corporate Partners, Boston, December 18

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, December 18

Introduction to Grants Research, Worcester, December 18

Building Evaluation Capacity, Boston, January 9 & 23, March 20, May 15

Parenting Journey Facilitator Training, Somerville, January 26-30

*Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations, Boston, February 5

*Courage in Leaving: An Act of Leadership for the Transitions Ahead, May 21-22 (registration deadline is January 30)


The Nonprofit Ready course library contains over 200 courses to support the most common job families in the sector, such as Accounting and Finance, Volunteer Engagement, and Program Management.


Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits


Contact Robert Leger and ask how you can get Pro-bono professional photography/videography for your next nonprofit event. 


Download the ebook: The Essential Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits

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

New & Returning Affiliates
*Discounts for MNN members


Provides outsourced HR consulting services with a primary focus on labor law compliance and employee communication tools. Services include policy development, handbooks, and strategic planning.

*20% discount on hourly and monthly rates

Provides employment law services to businesses, from risk management and compliance to litigation.
*20% discount on services

Provides employee benefit and risk management consulting, assisting nonprofits with controlling healthcare costs and serving employees. Also conducts retirement plan advising and property and casualty consulting and brokerage.

Helps nonprofits tell their story in a way that inspires donors to give and raises needed resources to enable them to reach their goals.

Provides consulting and training for nonprofits, including board development, strategic planning, human resources, and more.

Provides fundraising and organizational development support through strategic planning, board development and executive coaching to help organizations create a culture of philanthropy.
*15% discount on consulting services

Provides full accounting services including payroll, bookkeeping, and CFO services, as well as independent services including audits and reviews.

*$200 off services



Facilitates professional growth through small group retreats, virtual workshops and roundtables, and one-on-one coaching.

*15% discount on Spirit with a Mission retreats and Rights of Being workshops



Provide coaching and workshops to improve presentation and storytelling.

*Free initial consultation & 20% off all services



Provides coaching to strengthen organizations via strategic planning, conflict resolution, effective staff/volunteer placement, and more.

*Pro-bono for nonprofits


MNN's work is made possible by The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & State Street Foundation.
If you'd like to share a story or have a job, grant or other information that is important to Massachusetts nonprofits, contact llynch@massnonprofitnet.org .