A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

What You Should Know About Our 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is proud to honor Beth Smith, Executive Director of the Hyams Foundation for more than 20 years, with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at MNN's annual conference on October 29. Click here to attend the conference and award presentation.
A respected leader in the nonprofit sector and in philanthropy, Beth is known for her commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as her innovative approaches and willingness to take risks; her peers credit her with the growth and success of many local nonprofits and communities. It's also been noted that her intelligence and intuition is matched only by her compassion.

"Our relationship with Hyams and their staff has been about a true partnership based on trust and mutual respect for each other's commitment to social change and justice in the communities we represent. Beth is that special individual who you are not afraid to call ...She will listen to you ...and lead you through those hard times in the most simple and powerful way. In Chelsea Collaborative's toughest times she has led us to the top and I and the residents of Chelsea will forever be grateful to Hyams..." - Gladys Vega, Executive Director, Chelsea Collaborative.

Each year, as part of its annual conference, MNN honors a nonprofit leader for decades of innovation and spirit. Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Charles Rucks, Bill Walczak, Rev. Ray A. Hammond and Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, and Kip Tiernan.

New Report Highlights Benefits of Civic Engagement & Volunteering 
Report links civic engagement and volunteerism to positive outcomes for at-risk and low income youth and the economic health of states
Yesterday, Opportunity Nation released its latest report "Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities: The Data Behind Civic Engagement and Economic Opportunity," which includes data from all 50 states and Washington D.C. linking volunteerism to lower rates of disconnected youth and also lower rates of income inequality.

"This groundbreaking research showing the link between civic engagement and economic opportunity strongly affirms the power of Massachusetts Nonprofits," said Paul Kendrick, Director of Coalition and Grassroots Engagement, Opportunity Nation. "Youth who volunteer are less likely to be disconnected from work and school. Communities with more volunteerism tend to have lower income inequality and higher economic mobility. This is evidence that volunteering is more than a feel good activity, it impacts the individual and society."

Key findings from the report include:
  • The chance that a young adult is disconnected from work or school drops in half, from 11.1 percent to 5.7 percent, if he or she volunteers.
  • Civic engagement is a significant predictor of economic opportunity across states.
  • In places with higher rates of volunteerism, income inequality tends to be lower.
  • Youth who participate in service projects and join groups are significantly more likely to become adults who vote and engage in service to their community.
While those of us in the sector have long touted the numerous benefits of being civically engaged, research never hurts when proving the point. We urge you to share this report and its key takeaways.  Opportunity Nation will be hosting two webinars (October 7 & 14 from 1:30-2:30) to learn more about this data. You can register for the webinar and/ or download the report here.
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.


Just 1 Week Left: Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard 

We need your input!

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.

5 Policies That Could Protect Your Organization
By Sheryl Howard, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Tax exempt non-profit organizations should periodically review their existing policies, and should consider what other policies make sense based on their size, staffing, and operations. The following is a list of some key policies for Massachusetts non-profit organizations to consider:


1)  Conflict of Interest -   A conflict of interest policy should define what constitutes a conflict, identify who is covered (typically directors, officers and senior staff), and include a process for monitoring and enforcing the policy.  In particular, the policy must require that these parties disclose any conflict and recuse themselves from all voting and discussion of the matter.  Some organizations may want to have a conflict of interest policy for rank and file staff, as well. Learn about more policies to consider including whitleblower, data privacy, and more...

Senior Philanthropic Relationship Manager, Bank of America

Executive Director, The Massachusetts Psychological Association 

Institutional Giving Manager, Huntington Theatre Company

Director of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Grants Manager, Year Up

Vice President of Emergency Services, Pine Street Inn

Outreach Worker, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager, More Than Words 

Director of Fundraising & Communications, B'nai B'rith Housing N.E.

Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Brockton

Real Estate Development Director, Worcester Common Ground

Community Outreach Coordinator, Youth Enrichment Services

Email Marketing Specialist, Booster

Senior Development Officer, Easter Seals Massachusetts

Executive Director, Communities for Restorative Justice

Service Coordinator, Bay Cove Human Services

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 Leadership Giving, Girl Scouts of Eastern MA


Grant & Award Opportunities

Impact Entrepreneurs, Due October 1

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

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

*Supervisory Skills Certificate Series, Holyoke, October 2 - November 20
Moving Beyond Icebreakers, Boston, October 3
Fearless Presenting, Boston, October 16

Program Evaluations, Boston, October 16 

Creating Highly Functional Teams, Boston, October 23

Leading Today, Transforming Tomorrow, Framingham, October 29

Health Literacy: Engaging Patients, Reducing Costs & Changing Lives, 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)

Boston Facilitators Roundatable for Nonprofit Executives, Boston, November 7 (Email jen.stine@saroga.org for more info)

Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, Hyannis, November 12

*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 or 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

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A social fundraising platform that empowers you to make a difference through sales of custom;; t-shirts and other merchandise and/ or online donations. *A $25 donation to the organizer of any successful (tipped) campaign.

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Helps nonprofits grow and prosper through powerful PR, better branding, killer copy, and strategic social media campaigns. *Complimentary marketing strategy assessment and recommendations.
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 .