A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

A Stronger Nonprofit Workforce
Let's figure out what nonprofit employees need and how to get it.
MNN's 2015 series of regional meetings will focus on building a strong and stable nonprofit workforce. We hope you'll add your voice to this important conversation and join MNN to learn about ways that your organization can support and develop  its employees. Click here to register.

These interactive and informative meetings provide an overview of the features and benefits of each of the Workforce Training Fund Grant programs (easy-to-get money for training your employees) followed by a facilitated conversation to identify and address professional development needs across the nonprofit sector.

The Results Are In:  Survey Finds Nonprofit Sector Poised to Grow More than Private Sector in 2015

The Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, which provides a glimpse of the current employment practices and economic trends of the sector, found that nonprofits are projecting growth in 2015 that could potentially outpace the corporate sector: 50% of nonprofits anticipated creating new jobs this year, compared to only 36% of private companies. 


Here are several other findings from the survey that highlight a thriving sector: 

  • 49% of nonprofits reported increasing staff over the past year
  • All positions in the sector are growing: direct service and program management are positioned to grow the most, with fundraising and community outreach also high on the list
  • Nonprofits are using their social media savy to recruit employees; use of LinkedIn to find employees has increased by 10%, Facebook is up 11%, and Twitter is up 5%

While the projected growth is exciting news for the sector, it also shines a light on challenges related to recruitment and retention. While the rate of nonprofit turnover has increased to 19%, over 50% of nonprofits do not have a formal recruitment strategy, and the majority of organizations do not have a formal recruitment budget. 


In order to maintain growth and retain the employees who are the driving force behind the essential work that nonprofits do, organizations must take a proactive approach to address these challenges. Supporting, developing and investing in nonprofit employees will be important over the next few years, especially as we see a generational shift in leadership. 


Make sure to check out the 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey's fantastic infographic and read the full survey report. And if you're interested in tackling the topic of workforce development, attend one of MNN's regional meetings mentioned above.)

The 2015 SONI Survey is Open!
Are your nonprofit's investment policies and management practices measuring up? Get the answer to this critical question by participating in the 2015 Study on Nonprofit Investing (SONI) survey. Last year, SONI provided more than 300 nonprofits with peer  bench-marking  data about how their  investments were performing, key policy guidelines and best practices, and much more. All survey participants will receive the full report.

MNN Kicks-Off Free, Monthly Webinar Series

Tomorrow is the first in a series of free, monthly webinars presented by MNN and various partners who are experts in their respective fields. 


Join us for Strategic Planning Simplified: The Why, What & How with EssentialWorth. You'll learn why strategic planning is important for nonprofits, the critical components of a strategic planning process, and the key elements of a strategic plan. You will also learn how to assess your readiness for strategic planning and important steps to get you started. The webinar is free and will take place from 10-11am. Click here to register.


If you are interested in presenting a webinar, contact membership@massnonprofitnet.org.

See and Be Seen: Sponsor an MNN Event
Sponsorship with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is a great way to showcase your company's offerings to the nonprofit community. You'll gain local and statewide visibility and have the opportunity to highlight your commitment to the nonprofit sector through MNN's two signature events.
MNN's celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank, brings together nonprofit and business leaders, as well as elected officials, to celebrate the the outstanding contributions of the nonprofit sector through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. MNN's annual conference in October is one of the largest local gatherings of nonprofit professionals and convenes 650+ nonprofit and business leaders to learn, share, and network.

New Effort to Seek Input on Tax Reform

Last week, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced a bipartisan effort to solicit ideas for overhauling the nation's tax code to make it "simpler, fairer, and more efficient." Stakeholders and interested members of the public can submit ideas related to Community Development and Infrastructure; Individual Income Tax; Business Income Tax; Savings and Investment; and International Tax. Submissions will be reviewed by the members of the five working groups and may be incorporated into the working group's final recommendations. Click here to learn more and submit feedback.

NONPROFIT 411:  Are you telling a good story?
By Mechthild von Knobelsdorff,  Story Connect

Are you telling a good story?

Everybody does storytelling these days. One person proclaims she does Storytelling when in fact she only holds an interview. Another person's storytelling is a dry elevator speech. Yet another person actually tries to tell their story, but ends up with a list of facts. So what makes a good story?


Don't be discouraged, everybody can learn how to tell a good story. To become a good storyteller, follow the Secret Story Set... Read more.

Chief Financial Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Director of National Development, Jumpstart

Chief Development Officer, Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled

Family Programming Manager, The Trustees of Reservations

Executive VP, Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

President & CEO, Foodshare

Executive Director, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development

Digital Media Strategist, National Center on Time and Learning

Coordinator,Membership & Development, American Textile History Museum

Senior Director of Development, MENTOR

Social Innovation Fund Manager, Third Sector Capital Partners

Executive Director, Grow Associates, Inc.

Major Gifts Officer, Horizons for Homeless Children

Executive Director, 2020 Women on Boards

Chief Financial Officer, The Guild for Human Services

Chief Financial Officer, Northeast Arc

Grant & Award Opportunities

ArtWeek Boston, Due March 20
Project LAUNCH, Due March 30
Second Chance Act grants, Due March 31

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

Strategic Planning Simplified: The Why, What & How, Webinar, March 18

Careers in the Nonprofits Sector, Brookline, March 18

Merging Generations Luncheon, Burlington, March 18

MNN Cape Cod Regional Meeting: Leveraging State Resources to Invest in Your Staff, Hyannis, March 19 

Social Media: Tips and Tools for Using Social Media to Build Support for your Mission, Boston, March 19

Raise More Money: Major Gift Fundraising for Smaller Nonprofits, Sudbury, March 19

*10 Easy Steps to Rock Your Online Communications, Boston, March 19

*HSF Supervisory Skills Certificate Series, Holyoke, March 19

*Courage in Leaving: An Act of Leadership for the Transitions Ahead, Ashland, May 21-22 (registration deadline is January 30)

MNN Pioneer Valley Regional Meeting: Leveraging State Resources to Invest in Your Staff, Northampton, March 24
*Boston Fiduciary Summit, Boston, March 25

Bentley University Nonprofit Fair, Waltham, March 26

How to Ask for Money, Worcester, March 31

Pro Bono Tech Consultations for Nonprofits, Cambridge, March 31

Fundamentals of Strategic Planning Workshop, Boston, April 2

Human Resource Directors Roundtable, Springfield, April 7

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, April 7

What Nonprofits Need to Know about Digital Security, Boston, April 10

Employment Law 101, Holyoke, April 14

Women's Forum: Getting Healthy Staying Healthy, Boston, April 16

Financial Management: Best Practices, Boston, April 23

*Succession Planning: More Than Assessing Bench Strength, Boston, April 30

*Get on Board! One-Day Board Service Bootcamp, Boston, May 1

Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, early application deadline, May 1

*Fearless Presenting, Boston, May 7

Next Steps Workshop for Nonprofit CEOs, Hartford, CT, May 11-12

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, May 12

Exploring the World of Corporate Sponsorship, Boston, May 28


Free nonprofit advertising in The Boston Globe: In 2014, the Boston Globe's GRANT (Globe Readers and Nonprofits Together) program,which allows Globe subscribers to gift advertising space to local nonprofits, provided over $1.6 million in ads. If you're interested in getting your nonprofit in The Globe, or to learn more about the GRANT program, click here!


Your Nonprofit Can Be Adopted! Next Jump, Inc., an innovative technology company, is now accepting applications for their "Adopt a Nonprofit" initiative. The program provides a nonprofit organization with world class office space in Cambridge, as well as access to Next Jump's state of the art cultural and personal development programs at no cost ($1 rent). Interested organizations apply here!


2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards: Nonprofits throughout New England are encouraged to nominate deserving volunteers for the 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards and an opportunity to receive grants of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in honor of Myra Kraft. For more information and to submit a nomination, please click here!


Office Space for Sub-lease: 21,906 square foot sublease available at 888 Commonwealth Ave in Boston, with a mix of open space and perimeter offices. Features include: located directly on the MBTA Green line, on-site restaurants, parking, and various retail amenities nearby. If interested, please contact Derek Losi at (617)758-6021.


The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership is now accepting applications. 


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

New & Returning Affiliates

Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Since it's inception, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP have maintained a strong commitment to working in the areas of public and nonprofit law. The firm provides legal services in areas including: public, nonprofit and for-profit general corporate law, health and education law, real estate development, social services law, labor and employment law, and more. 


Rowe Resources

Rowe Resources helps nonprofits maximize their resources in the areas of fundraising, special events, conference planning, legislative organizing, and board management and training. Rowe has over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors, and teaches courses in resource development, including planning nonprofit fundraising events, and creating annual fund and major gift programs.