Now in its second year, the Light of Dawnn Awards honor nonprofit professionals working in Boston who demonstrate a compassion and unwavering commitment to serve those in need. All nominations are due
Click here to submit a nomination.
On August 23, 2014, our city lost one of its brightest rising stars. An innocent victim of gun violence, Dawnn Ashley Jaffier was tragically killed on her way to a neighborhood celebration. To honor Dawnn, and all victims of senseless acts of violence, the Highland Street Foundation, community leaders, and Dawnn's colleagues, peers and family, created the Light of Dawnn Awards. These awards celebrate individuals working in Boston's nonprofit sector who demonstrate the spirit that is Dawnn's legacy - a compassion and unwavering commitment to serve those in need. You can learn more about Dawnn's remarkable impact here.
Please take this opportunity to
nominate a professional
in Boston who works on the front lines and demonstrates what it means to expand opportunities for others. A selection committee made up of Dawnn's colleagues, peers and family will make the annual selection of three individuals to receive a Light of Dawnn Award. Those selected will be recognized at a public event and receive a monetary award for their outstanding efforts.
This webinar is designed for executives and prospective and current board members to consider their responsibilities, expectations, resources, and more as they fulfill on the promise of the organization's mission. Michelle Hatch, CPA/Partner and Beth Muse, Senior Consultant, both of BlumShapiro, will discuss:
- Onboarding new members
- Engaging existing members
- Understanding how to interpret financial statements as well as the financial health of the organization
Whether you are the Chief Executive, a Board member, or considering to step into being a Board member, we invite you to join us on December 9, 10-11am.
Click here to register.
Check out MNN's Revamped Resources Page!
From starting a nonprofit to managing your staff or your finances, there's a wealth of resources and tools available on the
Nonprofit Resource Page
We know the information in the pages just scratches the surface of all the amazing information out there. So feel free to submit links and suggestions for consideration
as we continue to expand on the resources.
Call to Action: IRS Proposes Expanded Gift Reporting for Charities
MNN believes this proposal creates confusion and potential danger for donors, would negatively impact nonprofit fundraising efforts, and could place unnecessary reporting and cost burdens on nonprofits.
We encourage you to share your comments with the IRS by December 16.
to learn more and view sample language. Make your voice heard!
NONPROFIT 411: Finding & Keeping Volunteers To Meet Your Mission
For most nonprofits, finding and retaining volunteers takes constant effort. We hope that this short list of tips will help you engage with current and potential volunteers!
1. State your needs. Most individuals are willing to make a commitment to help if there is a specific task or opportunity. Open-ended tasks can seem daunting, so garner interest by asking for detailed, low commitment needs. If you are hosting an event, break down the tasks into things like "set-up", "clean-up", and "registration", so the volunteer knows exactly what they are volunteering to do. The fulfillment of these small needs will build a relationship with the volunteers, so you have devoted volunteers of whom to ask the big needs. Also be sure to list all of the pieces of each task the volunteer needs to complete, such as training requirements, CORI checks, or other time commitments so that the volunteer does not feel blind sided and can make an informed decision about their volunteer efforts.
Grant & Award Opportunities
Trainings & Events
*Discounts for MNN members
is December 1. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season by connecting diverse groups around the nation to celebrate and encourage giving, mediated through social media. Any official 501(c)3 with a specific #GivingTuesday initiative or for-profit business, school, religious or community group committed to spearhead a project benefiting at least one 501(c)3 in the U.S. is encouraged to participate!
Click here to join.
The Education Cooperative
(TEC) is seeking mentors for their summer 2016 program. TEC internship programs provide career opportunities for high school junior and senior students and help them hone their career interests before applying for college. Students are placed in internships where they gain experience, learn skills, and receive guidance from a mentor.
To learn more, please contact
, TEC Internship Program Coordinator.
Free office furniture is available from
in Quincy, MA. The offer consists of approximately 30 metal desks, 10-15 chairs and file cabinets. For more information, please contact Donna Coppenrath by phone (617-471-7200 Ext. 224) or by email (
Free office supplies, including file trays, desktop accessories and organizers, land line phones, and assorted computer supplies are being offered by the Law Office of Adam Nussenbaum. These supplies are available for any organization that is interested. For more information, please contact
New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members
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Drawing from their own substantial experience in the nonprofit world, they understand the challenges you may be facing, and will provide you with flexible, personalized service to address those challenges head-on with targeted fund development services designed to strengthen your operations and programs.
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They offer individual coaching and customized workshops to help your organization tell your story. They can assist you with everything including presentations, grant-writing, contacting donors, policy work, management, mobilization, and teambuilding.
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New & Returning Nonprofit Members
-LGBT Coalition of Western Massachusetts
-New England Outreach Program
-Pentecostal Baptist Church, The 'CENTER' for C. H. E. M.
-Sierra Leone Cultural Organization
-Walden Chamber Players