A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        



Census Bureau Announces Findings for 2013 Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States, the Census Bureau's annual fall reports, were released today. The poverty report features 2013 data and a very encouraging headline: for the first time since 2006, the overall poverty rate has fallen in the United States. Even more encouraging, for the first time since 2000, the overall poverty for children under 18 has gone down.

These annual reports are an invaluable resource for nonprofits looking to share up-to-date data on the economic realities faced by children, seniors, and adults across the country. Each of the full reports are long and rather dry- this is Census data after all- but the tables contained in the report can provide insight to nonprofits looking to educate funders and stakeholders. While the headlines are positive, the reality is that there are still more than 45 million Americans living in poverty. 


You can view the official press release here. These findings are contained in two reports: Income and Poverty in the United States 2013 and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States 2013.


Encore Fellows Program Matches Experienced Talent With Nonprofits

As nonprofits continually strive to meet a growing demand for services, an innovative solution successfully employed across the US has come to greater Boston: the Encore Fellowship Program. Comprised of experienced professionals pursuing their "encore careers," this source of highly skilled and experienced talent is available to take on high impact work assignments at an affordable cost.


ESC of New England (ESCNE), a nonprofit organization providing management consulting and capacity building services to other nonprofits, has been selected as the regional operator for the national Encore Fellows Program.  The program is designed to deliver a new source of talent to nonprofits by matching organizations with skilled, experienced professionals who are generally transitioning from a primary career. The fellows help meet the unique challenges of nonprofits in areas such as strategy development, marketing, fundraising, human resources, business development, program development and technology.


Fellowship assignments are typically 1000+ hours over either 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time. The cost to sponsor a Fellow is $25,000. Nonprofits hosting a fellow gain affordable, low-risk access to experienced, skilled talent carefully matched to the specific assignment.  Fellows earn a stipend of $20,000, increase their knowledge of social-purpose work, and develop a network of contacts and resources for a possible "encore career" in the nonprofit sector.


If you are interested in hosting, sponsoring, or becoming a fellow visit www.escne.org or contact Donna Morelle, Director, Boston Encore Fellows Program at dmorelle@escne.org.


Not Your Typical Opening Session

New to MNN's conference this year: Stories of Innovation and Change, an inspiring opening to the day during which prominent leaders in the nonprofit and business sectors will share brief and impactful narratives. These vignettes will spur your creativity and help you think more broadly about your impact; setting the stage for a day full of learning and sharing.



Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, award-winning business leader, and author, will kick-off the session and address the need to incorporate innovative leadership strategies into your organization in order to thrive in the future.  You will then explore new ideas with accomplished leaders Tiffany Cooper Gueye, Ph. D., CEO, BELL; George Overholser, CEO & Co-Founder, Third Sector Capital Partners; and John Werner, Head of Innovation & New Ventures, MIT Media Lab. They'll share their experiences and insights through stories that highlight evolving practices and innovative ways to better meet your mission through infrastructure, resources, and strategy.


Click here to learn more about the storytellers and other conference workshops, presenters, and resources.


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.

Find out what your nonprofit needs to succeed today and thrive in the future.

MNN's annual conference is one of the largest and most affordable gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state and provides you with the information, skills, and tools needed to bring new tactics and energy to your organization.

We Need to Hear From You: How Does Your Nonprofit Engage in Public Policy?

Take the MA Nonprofit Advocacy Survey to make sure your voice is heard


MNN, in partnership with the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston, is conducting a survey of nonprofit leaders across the state and your feedback is essential to gaining a better understanding of nonprofit public policy involvement in Massachusetts. Even if your organization is not currently involved in advocacy- we want to hear from you! Take the confidential survey now.


With questions related to staff roles and responsibilities, your board's interest and
understanding of advocacy, and your overall feelings towards lobbying, the insight collected will be particularly helpful to us as we craft a public policy agenda for the state's nonprofit sector. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a $250 American Express gift card. Take the survey.

Using Form 990 for Organizational Improvements 
By Michael Hickey, BlumShapiro

While many non-profit organizations may be exempt from income taxes, they are not exempt from the federal government's record keeping requirements. Among those requirements are tracking revenues and expenses and reporting those items to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by way of Form 990. The requirement applies to organizations as small as the local Little League affiliate or as large as a major hospital. 

For small volunteer organizations, record keeping and form filing can be burdensome and frustrating. However, these tasks are necessary and can be useful... The Form 990 not only serves public purposes, it can serve organizational purposes as well, allowing board members, donors and others access to information about an organization's financial management, operations and governance. It is a tool-a research document-for understanding your organization, its strengths and its weaknesses. Read more about the benefits of your Form 990.

Director of Public Relations and Social Media, The Boston Foundation

Director of Finance and Operations, Tourism Cares, Inc.

Adult Education Director, Jackson Mann Community School & Council

Director of Marketing, United Way of Central MA

Director of Leadership Giving, Girl Scouts of Eastern MA

Search Consultant, Commongood Careers

Chief Financial Officer, Facing History and Ourselves

Deputy Director of Operations, The Children's Trust

Director of Marketing and Public Awareness, Mass Mentoring Partnership

Executive Director, Science Club for Girls

Director of HIV Services, Whittier Street Health Center

Executive Director, The Salem Partnership

Development Director, Bethany Hill School

Treasurer, Green Schools

Chief Financial Officer, Roca Inc.


Grant & Award Opportunities

Mass Humanities, LOI Due Sept 22
Impact Entrepreneurs, Due October 1

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

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

Boston Major Gifts Fundraising Summit, Boston, Sept 18

*Breakfast with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Rose, Holyoke, Sept 24

*Opiate Addiction: With Crisis Comes Opportunity, Holyoke, Sept. 24

Meet-the-Donors: Human Services, Boston, Sept. 24

Digital Transformation: A Leadership Roadmap, Boston, Sept. 25

Elevate Everything, Westfield, September 29

Telling Your Story, Wenham, September 30

*Supervisory Skills Certificate Series, Holyoke, October 2 - November 20
*Outcomes Management: An Introduction, West Yarmouth, October 7
Annual Fund By Any Other Name, Hamilton, October 14
Fearless Presenting, Boston, October 16

Program Evaluations, Boston, October 16 

Creating Highly Functional Teams, Boston, October 23

Leading Today, Transforming Tomorrow, Framingham, October 29

*Employment Law 101, Holyoke, October 30

Fall 2014 Mediation Training, East Cambridge, October 30 - November 7

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)

*Outcomes Management: An Introduction, Metrowest, November 18

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 of 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.

- Attention Non-Profit Women Leaders: The Commonwealth Institute is launching a new forum for Executive Directors and CEOs running small-medium size nonprofits. This is a terrific opportunity for leaders looking to gain expertise and support to grow their organization. Scholarship funds are available. Contact Pat Cooper for more details: 781-631-4517 / pcooperbiz@yahoo.com.


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


New & Returning Affiliates
*Discounts for MNN members
Specializes in strategic nonprofit financial, governance, and project management as well as facilitation, bylaw writing, retreats, and strategic and business planning. Certified in grants management and long-term expertise in fund raising.

Independent consultant providing strategic restructuring, organizational development, executive search, and interim executive leadership to small and medium sized nonprofits.

Prepares data for direct mail including CASS and NCOA processing and provides data consulting and services for donor, prospect and acquisition files; converts and transforms data to move between software platforms; and provides donor analysis reports plus data quality assessments and repair. *A free initial consultation to MNN members as well as a reduced hourly rate.
A consultative employee benefits brokerage firm specializing in strategic and innovative solutions that result in consistently lowering costs for their non-profit clients.

Board and leadership development and strategic planning consulting.

Helps nonprofit organizations achieve their full potential by supporting their leaders, building social relevance and impact, and improving overall effectiveness. Services include organizational assessment, planning, and restructuring; management and leadership consultation; board development; strategic planning; and human resources management.

Provide a cash cushion for employees in crisis. Aflac financial products are designed to protect your mission from unforeseen and unavoidable events that endanger it when personal crises jeopardize staff productivity.

Consulting, training, facilitation, and coaching services with a focus on leadership development, strategic planning, teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. They work with individuals, teams, and organizations to facilitate the development of human capacity and organizational systems needed to fulfill their missions.

As an award winning media consultant that creates fund development, networking and branding opportunities through media relations and multimedia production consulting services.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members
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 .