A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

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Excellence Awards Spotlight: Collaboration, Board Governance and Small Nonprofit Finalists

Each week leading up to Nonprofit Awareness Day we'll be highlighting Nonprofit Excellence Award finalists across the eight categories (If you didn't have the chance to read about the Advocacy and Young Professional finalists click here). The finalists below are an impressive group; differing in size, mission and location, they're all making waves in the sector.


Collaboration:Collective Impact

While an organization on its own can undoubtedly bring about significant change, when organizations come together, their reach and influence grow tremendously. This is seen through the work of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, which has developed a unique collaboration that leverages the Boston Housing Authority's community relationships to match girls in the city's housing developments with mentors, as well as engages Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers during their annual community service day to improve the housing developments where the girls served by Big Sister live. Also driven by a passion for serving youth, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation applies a team mentality when collaborating with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston to decrease drowning among inner city youth by teaching the young members how to swim. Serving an entirely different population, the Mystic Valley Elder Services assists more than 15,000 elderly individuals through its Senior Nutrition Outreach Program, in a collaboration with community food pantries to provide free groceries to older adults and adults living with disabilities.


Click here to continue learning about this year's finalists for the Board Governance:Setting the Course Award who illustrate how effective board leadership can transform an organization and the Small Nonprofit: Doing More with Less Award whose small budgets and staff don't hold the following organizations back but serve as badge of honor. 

Don't forget to register for Nonprofit Awareness Day on June 8 at the State House, presented by Citizens Bank, when we'll celebrate all 32 finalists and announce the winners in each category. 

Threads Boston: Weaving a Stronger Future

To ensure the nonprofit sector thrives for decades to come, we must come together and assess the challenges and incredible opportunities that face us. Join MNN, Independent Sector, and various other community partners for Threads Boston, a rare opportunity for a vibrant group of leaders and practitioners to meet face-to-face, taking place on June 3, at City Year (287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA). 

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your network, elevate the issues that define nonprofits in the state, and lend your voice to a conversation that can change the way we work as a sector. Learn more and register now.


Join the social media movement to let everyone know why #nonprofitsmakesense
Join us for our annual #nonprofitsmakesense social media movement leading up to Nonprofit Awareness Day to increase awareness of the impact and diversity of the thousands of nonprofits across the state in a fun and easy to share way.  Use the hashtag #nonprofitsmakesense on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share photos, stories and stats that highlight your efforts. Learn more here.

MNN Free Wednesday Webinars

Each month, MNN partners with our affiliate members to present free webinars on timely and relevant topics for the nonprofit sector. 

Visit our website to read more about what to expect during this exciting session, and to read about other upcoming webinars. 


Nonprofits Slow to Add Women to Leadership

According to The Boston Club's 2015 Census, the Commonwealth has made little progress in adding women to board and chief executive positions of major nonprofits over the last two years. The analysis of the state's top 150 nonprofits, determined by revenue, showed only a 1 percent increase in women board members in two years. Read more

2015 MNN Conference Workshop RFP

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is now

 accepting proposals for our 2015 annual conference: Advance, taking place on October 21 in Framingham. This conference, which will bring together more than 600 nonprofit professionals and for-profit affiliates from across the state, will focus on advancing the sector's workforce for a deeper impact and a stronger Commonwealth. 


We are seeking proposals for 20 workshops that will make our 2015 conference the best yet. If you have information or best practices to share, whether cutting edge trends or timeless advice, this conference will be the perfect opportunity to highlight your organization, business or educational institution. Before submitting a proposal, please read the 2015 Conference Workshop Request for Proposal. You can learn more about the conference and submit your proposal here. We also urge you to forward this RFP to any colleagues or connections who you think might be interested in proposing a workshop for the conference. The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 29.


Senate Leaders Proposal $38 Billion Budget
A $38 billion budget was released by Senate leaders today.  The plan is
mostly in line with Governor Baker's plan and the $38 billion budget approved by the House of Representatives last month. As reported by the Boston Globe, taxes stay the same with an slight increase in spending on early education, worker training, and innovation. There's also an emphasis on training for long-term unemployed residents.

REMINDER: Disaster Relief for MA Nonprofits
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that certain nonprofits located in the MA counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester may be eligible to apply for low interest disaster loans. Organizations may borrow up to $2 million  to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. Click here for more information.  The filing deadline for physical property damage is June 12.  
NONPROFIT 411:  How To Get The Photos You Need
By Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography

When it comes time to update the website or make some new marketing materials, the question about photos inevitably comes up.  Photos and videos are the kings and queens of the internet, so you definitely need both on your website.  But you're probably thinking, "I know that I need photos, b ut WHAT photos do I need?" The right photos will communicate your message, tell the organization's story, and be authentic. What follows are some tips to help you know what KINDS of photos are right for you and what CONTENT each photo should contain.


First you need to ask, what KIND of photo do I need?  There are four basic kinds of photos and once you know what kind you need, you can begin to plan the content. Read more.

Communications Manager, Hyams Foundation, Inc.

Executive Director, Waltham Fields Community Farm

Executive Director, Kids4Peace Boston

Executive Director, Institute for Energy and Sustainability

Chief Financial Officer, Community Connections Inc.

Director of Development and Communications, B'nai B'rith Housing New England

Strategic Financial Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Director, Product Sales, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Executive Director, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Vice President of Business Development, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Major Gifts Manager, The Greater Boston Food Bank

Communications Director, City Year

Executive Director, Hyde Square Task Force

Development Director, Design Museum Foundation

Senior Manager, Policy Program, Ceres

Director of Program Excellence, United Teen Equality Center

Education Program Assistant, Barr Foundation

Vice President of Programs, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Grant & Award Opportunities

ESA Foundation Grant, Due May 15
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, accepting LOIs

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

Mill Cities Leadership Institute Info Session, Lawrence, May 13 (RSVP to Todd Fry at TFry@lawrencecommunityworks.org)

The New Massachusetts Sick Time Law and How it Affects Nonprofits, Boston, May 13

*Effective Supervision: Creating a Culture of Mutual Respect, Boston, May 14 

Social Media for Nonprofits, Boston, May 14

 Building Evaluation Capacity, Boston, May 15

"The Bottom Line: We Gain By Giving" Service & Giving Report Launch, Boston, May 18

Landlord Strategies for Dealing with Non-Complying Commercial Tenant, Boston, May 19

The Paulsen Perspective: Update on the economy(contact Joseph Crowley to register: 617.210.3901 or Joseph.crowley@wellscap.com), Boston, May 19

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Annual Meeting (RSVP at 508-755-0980 or at events@greaterworcester.org), Worcester, May 20

Fundraising 101, Hyannis, May 20

Mining Data to Drive Community Change: Data Day 2015, Worcester, May 21

Exploring the World of Corporate Sponsorship, Boston, May 28

Moving Beyond Icebreakers Level 2: Designing and Facilitating Interactive Agendas, Boston, May 29

Program Evaluation 101, Webinar, May 29

2015 Massachusetts Conference on Service & Volunteering, Framingham, June 1

*Advanced Supervision: Decode, Identify and Practice, Boston, June 4

How to Maintain Not-for-Profit Status, Boston, June 4

Improving your Conflict Competency, Brookline, June 4

Quarterly Encore Boston Network meeting, Boston, June 5 (RSVP to encoreboston1@gmail.com)

Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace Volunteer Training, Brockton, June 6

Storytelling with Data Workshop Session 1, Boston, June 8-12

Careers in Community Development, Boston, June 9

No Boundaries: The Changing Face of Health Care, Boston, June 9

Creating Sustainable Funding for your Nonprofit, Boston, June 10

Storytelling with Data Workshop Session 2, Boston, June 15-19

How to Prepare a Multi-Channel Fundraising Plan, Hyannis, June 17

Program Evaluation 201, Webinar, June 19

Storytelling with Data Workshop Session 3, Boston, June 22-27

Where is the Line? The Board Duties and the Management Responsibilities, Lawrence, June 25

 *Public Conversations Workshops (contact Program Manager Katie Hyten at khyten@publicconversations.org to receive special MNN member discounts)


Are you interested in learning more about utilizing "encore" talent? Join Encore Boston Network to learn more about how to engage the talents of people in midlife and beyond as a way to strengthen your organization and tap into valuable human capital.

Your voice is needed! The state of Massachusetts contains a thriving community of mission-driven organizations. Social Enterprise Alliance is launching an effort to map this robust community of social enterprises across the state, and asks that you take a few minutes to complete a brief survey that will help them achieve this goal. Access the survey  !


The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) entitled Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.  The proposed ASU is intended to improve the financial reporting of nonprofits and to provide more information to donors, creditors, grantors and others institutions. Potential changes could impact reporting, disclosure and presentation of finances. You are encouraged to submit feedback on the plan by August 20, 2015. You can learn more on AAF CPA's blog.

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

New & Returning Affiliates
*Discount for MNN members

AMS provides accounting, financial management, search, and consulting services to nonprofits of all sizes including human service agencies, educational institutions, foundations, health care organizations, and arts and cultural organizations. * $500 off of accelerated financial assessment for MNN members.

The agency specializes in consulting to nonprofit organizations and associations on issues including fundraising, governance issues, and women's philanthropy. Additional services include board and staff training, board retreats, and leadership coaching. *Free 1 hour consultation either on the phone or in person.

The firm provides a variety of services, including fundraising guidance, grant writing, organizational development and mission fulfillment. 10% discount to for new clients.


Goloboy CPA LLC

The firm specializes in accounting for nonprofits. By outsourcing their accounting issues to Goloboy CPA, nonprofits free themselves up to focus on what really matters: serving their constituencies. *Free 1 hour consultation.


-Cambridge Community Services 

-Citizens' Housing and Planning Association

-Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions

-Community Dispute Settlement Center

-Community Education Project

-Community Works

-Dream Big!

-Easthampton Community Center

-Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at Emerson College

-Families First

-Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands

-Girl's LEAP Self-Defense

-Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

-Greater Waltham Arc

-Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence

-Junior Achievement of Northern New England

-Kids4Peace Boston

-Let's Get Ready

-Mattapan/Greater Boston Technology Learning Center

-North Shore Community Center

-Nubay Services

-Otis Library & Museum

-Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands

-Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA

-St. Francis House

-The Immigrant Learning Center
-The Independent Transportation Network of Greater Boston 

-The Theater Offensive

-The West End Museum

-United Way of Hampshire County

-Williamstown Community Chest

-Zoo New England