A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Stories of Innovation and Change

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and award-winning business leader and author, will kick-off this year's conference with a powerful session that will spark your creativity and leave you inspired. 


A leadership expert, Ms. Kanter's experience spans both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. During the conference's opening session, she'll share her experience and insight about new and emerging ways to better meet your mission by investing in your organization's human capital.


Ms. Kanter is the Chair and Director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative; regularly advises CEOs of large and small companies; has served on numerous business and non-profit boards; and has been repeatedly named to lists of the "50 most powerful women in the world" (Times of London) and the "50 most influential business thinkers in the world" (Thinkers 50). Read more about Rosabeth Moss Kanter and the conference's opening session Stories of innovation and Change...


Can You Hear Us Now?

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

MNN, in partnership with the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is conducting a survey of nonprofit leaders across the state to gain 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. If you are a member of MNN this survey may look familiar -you probably received it earlier this month- and we once again encourage you to complete the survey if you have not already done so.


Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a $250 American Express gift card. Take the survey.


Why the #IceBucketChallenge Worked, the Takeaways & More

It's not surprising that the #IceBucketChallenge became popular, given its lighthearted nature and a dose of healthy competition. But the omnipresent viral campaign's staying power and tangible impact has surpassed many online sensations and is proving the naysayers wrong. To date, the #IceBucketChallenge has raised millions of dollars and generated awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease for which there is currently no cure. 


Read MNN's overview of the #IceBucketChallenge here.


If you're like most nonprofit professionals, you're probably thinking "why didn't WE think of that?!" (Although let's be honest, if your development director asked you to pour ice water over your head and video tape it in the name of fundraising you would have thought they were crazy.) Luckily, we can learn from the success of this hash-tagged wonder. As Julia Campbell explains in What the Social Media Success of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge Can Teach Nonprofits, there are four reasons the campaign caught on so quickly (view the full article):

1)     Old-fashioned peer pressure.

2)     It's very shareable (and makes you look good).

3)     It's easy to do.

4)     It specifically requires word of mouth.


As MarketingProfs.com points out: the trick isn't to copy or mimic a great campaign; it's to learn from it and incorporate the lessons into future ideas. While many nonprofits will unfortunately never have campaigns as successful as the #IceBucketChallenge, the takeaway is that creativity, and thinking outside the box, is key to successful fundraising and building awareness. 

We hope next time someone your staff has a seemingly over-the-top idea, you stop to think hey, that just might work

Take advantage of early bird registration rates before 9/12 to save BIG on MNN's annual conference 
(MNN members save more than 35% in addition to early bird savings).

Deadline to Register to Vote in Primaries is Tomorrow

If you are not yet registered to vote in your district and would like to vote in the upcoming state primary tomorrow, August 20, is the last day to register. This is an important reminder to share with your staff and constituents. NonprofitVOTE and Rock the Vote have great resources to register, check the status of a registration, and learn how and where to vote. If you're interested in learning how you can engage voters read this week's Nonprofit 411: How Nonprofits Can Increase Voter Engagement.

How nonprofits can increase voter engagement

Nonprofits are trusted and respected in their communities. Because of the populations nonprofits reach, our voter engagement efforts have the potential to significantly contribute to the diversity of the electorate, particularly among groups that historically participate at lower rates.

Learn about the wide range of nonpartisan voter engagement activities nonprofits can conduct to educate the public and help voters participate in elections, and why it's a good idea to use August and September to focus on voter registration efforts before Massachusetts' voter registration deadline on October 15. Read more...

Director of Marketing and Public Awareness, Mass Mentoring Partnership

CEO, United South End Settlements

Associate Director of Development, Anti-Defamation League

Case Management Coordinator, Just a Start YouthBuild

Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts

Network Opportunities Coordinator, Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc. 

Executive Director, Osterville Village Library

Operations Project Manager, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate

Chief Financial Officer, Facing History and Ourselves

Director of Policy and Communications, Boston After School and Beyond

Development Director, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

Executive Vice President, PowerOptions

Vice President of Development, Catholic Charities of Boston

Director of Finance and Administration, Center for Effective Philanthropy


Grant & Award Opportunities

Impact Entrepreneurs, Due October 1


Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members

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

How to be an Awesome Nonprofit Board Member, Webinar, Aug 20

How to Establish and Maintain Excellent Grant Funder Relationships, Webinar, Aug 21

Recruitment and Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, Boston, Aug 21

Ten Social Media Best Practices for NGOs, Webinar, Aug 21

Surviving & Thriving During the Nonprofit Data Revolution, Boston, Aug29

Boston Major Gifts Fundraising Summit, Boston, Sept 18

Social Good Summit 2014, New York City, Sept 21-22
Effective Supervision, Boston, Sept 23

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

*Support Staff and Strengthen Your Small Nonprofit, Framingham, Sept. 24

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

Program Evaluations, Boston, October 16 

Creating Highly Functional Teams, Boston, October 23

Leading Today, Transforming Tomorrow, Framingham, October 29

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

*Effective Supervision, Boston, November 6

*Quickbooks Made Easy Seminar, Boston, November 6 (email membership@massnonprofitnet.org for MNN member discount code)


ESCNE has been selected as a regional operator of the national Encore Fellows Program, which matches skilled, experienced professionals with nonprofits. Learn more about becoming or hosting a fellow.


For the remainder of August, Fields Corner Business Labs is offering a $50 referral fee when you send them a potential member who signs up for a membership.


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



New & Returning Affiliates

*Discounts for MNN members


A full service consulting firm offering individually-tailored and reasonably priced services to nonprofit organizations, businesses, and community and membership-based organizations including access to state government and guidance on legislative agendas.



Provides unique, sophisticated software solutions for Salesforce and other CRM and web strategies, software selection, training and support.



Telecommunications consulting services including: Telecom Expense Management, Infrastructure Optimization, Technology Refresh, Strategic Telecom Planning, and Contact Center Technology Planning.



An independent public accounting and advisory firm with professionals experienced in assurance, tax, and advisory services who understand the specific needs and concerns of their charitable and institutional clientele.


Provides payroll, timekeeping, and HR services customized to help nonprofit organizations accomplish their missions by providing better reporting, timekeeping, general ledger imports, and other services. 

*15% discount to members of MNN off regular nonprofit pricing.



QuickBooks� Made Easy offers a series of industry-specific trainings live or on DVD-ROM specializing in solutions for nonprofits. The product is uniquely designed to teach you how to set up and enter transactions common for your industry. *$20 off Live Training; $50-$100 off DVD+Manual Training; and $99 off Tech Support.



A specialized consultancy geared to the hands-on needs of social enterprise and the budget constraints of nonprofits. They work with organizations to advocate for their issues, engage their constituencies, and optimize their development programs. *Initial consultation and specific recommendations at no cost.



A boutique creative services agency that focuses on the non-profit and publishing industries. They write and design DM packages and EM communications and specialize in donor retention.

*10% discount on standard Creative Service fees.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members 

Abby's House

Associates of the Boston Public Library

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Boston After School & Beyond

Boston Natural Areas Network

Briarcliff Lodge Adult Day Program

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Cambridge Public Access Corp


Community Boating Center

Community Teamwork

Community Voices in Medical Ethics, Inc.

Company One

Dress for Success Boston

Earthwatch Institute


Employment Options

Esperanza Academy

Falmouth Service Center

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

Father BIll's & MainSpring

Food For Free

Franklin Park Coalition

Friends of the Homeless

Generations Incorporated


Healing Abuse, Working for Change, Inc.

Hearth, Inc.

Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion

Italian Home for Children

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

Lawrence CommunityWorks

MAB Community Services

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

Mattapan Community Health Center

Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, Inc.

Parenting Journey

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.

Plymouth 400

Quest Adventures

Raw Art Works

Sneakers to Beakers

The Bostonian Society

The Community Family

The DREAM Program

The Family Pantry

The Open Door


United South End Settlements

United Teen Equality Center

United Way of Greater New Bedford

United Way of Tri-County

Wellspring House

Women of Means

Women's Lunch Place

Worcester County Food Bank

Young Entrepreneurs Alliance

Youth Enrichment Services


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 .