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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.
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.
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.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
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.
How To Get The Photos You Need
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org), Boston, May 19
Greater Worcester Community Foundation Annual Meeting (RSVP at 508-755-0980 or at email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com 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.
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.