A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

There's Just 2 Weeks Left To Nominate
Highlight the work of your favorite nonprofit, or your own, with a 2014 Excellence Award 

Each year, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honors the impact of exemplary organizations and professionals in the nonprofit sector with the Excellence Awards. Winners come from every subsector and each corner of the state, but they all share a commitment to improving communities across the Commonwealth. The awards will be presented at the State House on Nonprofit Awareness Day.

Honor the work of am organization you admire, or your own, in one of the following categories: 
  • Advocacy: Changing the Game
    MNN CEO Rick Jakious with 2013 Excellence Award Winners
  • Board Governance: Setting the Course
  • Collaboration: Collective Impact
  • Communications: Telling Your Story
  • Innovation: Finding New Ways
  • Leadership: Guiding the Ship
  • Small Nonprofit: Doing More with Less
  • Young Nonprofit Professional: Forging the Future

"Winning the MNN Advocacy Award was a tremendous morale boost for our staff and board. It validated years of hard work and helped us convey to funders the importance of advocacy and the impact it can have when done well." -Joseph Kriesberg, President of MACDC
Click here to learn more about the Nonprofit Excellence Awards and submit a nomination. Nominations are due March 4.

But What If You Get Hit By That Bus?
What you should know about succession planning
Geoffrey Canada, who is leaving the Harlem Children's Zone, spent 2+ years preparing his successor.
We've all heard the morbid expression about the sinister bus inclined to run you over unexpectedly - meant to elicit fear in professionals and inspire them to create a comprehensive succession plan. And while many of us underestimate the importance of our role, or are hard-pressed to find time to document our day-to-day responsibilities, planning for a change in leadership is just as important and valuable as any other planning your organization does.  

So check out some recent articles, quotes, trainings, and resources related to succession planning to help motivate you ...  Read more.
NFF 'State of the Sector' Survey Closes Tomorrow

Every year, the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) captures the challenges facing nonprofits nationwide through their State of the Sector survey. They share the results with policy makers, advocates, funders, nonprofits, and media to put data to use to create social change. You can view results from last year's survey here.


NFF's nonprofit survey asks about your organization's financial and management challenges and opportunities in 2013 and 2014. It takes only 10-15 minutes to fill out, and all responses remain anonymous. Take the survey now.


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network wants to make sure your voice is heard. Join us for a candid discussion during which we will solicit your ideas for initiatives that strengthen and protect the entire sector.

These free events start next week and will take place throughout the state. They are open to anyone interested in learning more about, or helping to form, a state nonprofit public policy agenda that strengthens our sector.

Learn more and register for a meeting near you here.

Independent Sector Seeks Support on New IRS Regulations

Independent Sector has drafted comments on proposed regulations from the IRS, which put forth guidance for tax-exempt organizations on political activity and invited public comment.  Independent Sector is encouraging nonprofits to read its comments and sign on with their support by February 26.  Organizations with questions about either the IRS proposed regulations or the comments may contact publicpolicy@independentsector.org.

NONPROFIT 411: Telling Your Story With Photos

Your campaign in pictures.

By Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography


You know that "a picture is worth a thousand words," but if you haven't yet put this clich´┐Ż to work for your organization, you're missing out on a big opportunity.  Through sharing images that support and communicate your campaign, you can get noticed by more donors, media outlets, members, and volunteers.


First, though, you need a solid understanding of your campaign, its mission, and audience.  Answer these five questions, and you're on your way to communicating your campaign in pictures. 



President and CEO, The Cape and Islands United Way

Managing Director, Urban Edge

Development Assistant, Essex National Heritage Commision

Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Acre

Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund

Program Manager, Gaining Ground

Executive Director, Project HIP-HOP

Program Associate, The Boston Foundation

Research Manager, Center for Effective Philanthropy

VP of Finance and Administration, St. Mary's Center for Women and Children

Executive Director, Speak Out Boston


Grant & Award Opportunities

Trainings & Events 
*Discount for MNN Members


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



New & Returning Affiliates



Baird Associates develop fully integrated organizational solutions using information technology in the context of mission driven management. For more than 25 years Baird Associates has provided management and information technology advice, services and support. Clients span the non-profit community from the Arts to Youth Services.



Ballinger Consulting provides a wide array of development services--including advancement planning, prospect identification, grant writing, and board development and training--to a diverse group of non-profit clients.



A national payroll company that offers nonprofits the ability to lower their payroll costs by at least 25%. They also offer a unique program called "Checks for Charities" that works with the sponsors of nonprofits and allows them to donate a portion of their payroll processing costs to their favorite charity every time they process their company's payroll. *EAG Payroll will guarantee that a nonprofit organization's payroll costs will be 25% less expensive than their current payroll rates.



Serves tax-exempt organizations, foundations, and charitable donors throughout the U.S. and abroad. They deliver comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of nonprofit law, governance, regulation, and charitable giving and provide practical strategies and structures for sound nonprofit governance and critical legal documents attuned to the unique nonprofit needs of each client.



An Executive with 29 years experience in the private sector with a desire to "give back" to the non-profit community. Able to provide guidance, leadership, and time to non-profits in the Boston area that may have a need for his expertise to scale or adapt the business the business.


*MNN Member Savings

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 .