A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

IRSNonprofits Were Heard: IRS Withdraws Proposal to Collect More Donor Information!
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week that is has withdrawn its November 2015 proposal to collect increased donor information. As you might remember, this proposal encouraged charitable organizations to ask donors to give out their Social Security Numbers and report them along with the amount donated to the IRS.  A big thanks to everyone who shared their feedback and concerns with the IRS. Together, our collective voice can have a real impact on policies at the national and local level.

MNN submitted a comment to the IRS, sharing our belief that the proposal created confusion and potential danger for donors, would negatively impact nonprofit fundraising efforts, and could place unnecessary reporting and cost burdens on nonprofits. We also heard from MNN members across the state that they too had let the IRS know they were against the proposal.

According to The Nonprofit Times, the IRS received roughly 38,000 comments on the amendment, the majority of which expressed concerns over the amendment.

MNN's NEW Nonprofit Trainings & Events Calendar
Make sure you check out MNN's new and improved Nonprofit Training and Events Calendar! Here you'll find trainings and events across the state to help you network, learn & give back.  You can browse the full calendar by date or use the categories and tags to filter by region or event type.

We're just getting started! Help us increase awareness of great opportunities for nonprofit professionals from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands by filling up the calendar. The training and event listings can be viewed by everyone, although you must be an MNN nonprofit or affiliate member to submit a training or event. Click here to view the calendar and/ or submit a training or event.

January FREE Wednesday Webinar- 
Back By Popular Demand!
Wednesday, January 2010-11am

Start 2016 in high gear and build long-term habits by joining us for an encore of this hit presentation from MNN's 2015 conference. You will not want to miss this webinar, which one conference attendee exclaimed was "The best hour of my week!"

This webinar will help you identify ways to automate and/or shorten the time it takes to complete daily tasks that consume valuable time you could be spending furthering your organization's mission and increasing your impact. 

NONPROFIT 411:  Sink, Swim or Soar- The Choice in Yours
By Sharon J. Danosky, Danosky & Associates

It has never been easy to run an effective, impactful non-profit organization. There are always budget cuts, economic challenges, staffing shortages, apathy, lack of awareness and more. Yet, amid these perennial challenges there are those organizations that do soar and scale new heights. While others, unfortunately end up closing their doors, leaving many without the protection or vital services they need. Why do some soar and others sink? In our experience we have found three key characteristics that trigger a high or low performing organization.

1) Revenue generation
2) Board engagement
3) A strategy aligned with organizational impact.

QuickLinksJob Opportunities
Operations Manager, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Chief Executive Officer, Building Impact
Director of Communications and MarketingNortheast Sustainable Energy Association
VP for Organizational AdvancementJobs for the Future
Executive Director, The Desai Foundation
Senior Director of External AffairsMENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Major Gifts Manager, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Program Planning Associate, Father Bill's & MainSpring
Executive DirectorThe New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Deputy Regional Political Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Senior Development Manager, FOUR Paws International
Program Manager, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Collegiate & Community Partnership Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Grant & Award Opportunities
The Big Read, Due January 27
Safe Places to Play Grants, LOI due January 29, Application due February 5
Healthy Campus Award, Due January 31
Steelcase Foundation, Due February 12
Third Wave Fund, Due the 15th of each month
Working on Wellness, Due March 4

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
CHNA 15 & SCI Social Media Training 201, Burlington, January 21
* HSF Legislative Reception, Chicopee, January 22
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, January 28
* The Power of Preparation, Boston, February 9
Email Etiquette (event number 6674732880, webinar, February 11
Make Special Events More Special, Wellesley, February 11
CHNA 15 & SCI Social Media Training, Burlington, March 10
* Reflective Leadership, Boston, March 10
Institute for Trustees, South Hamilton, March 19
Grants Management Essentials (Scholarships available), Brattleboro, March 23-24
The Trustee Institute, Lowell, March 25


How to Create a Fundraising Plan. This template from Network for Good walks you through the steps, formulas, and exercises you need to meet fundraising goals. Click here to download the template.

The School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College is accepting applications for the 2016 - 2017 Master of Education in Community Engagement Fellowship program.  This unique, 36-credit graduate program prepares students with skills for careers in outreach and partnership in schools, colleges, and community organizations. Fellowships include a full-tuition scholarship! Deadline for applications is February 1. Learn more.

Office couch and 5 round tables available for free to a nonprofit. Contact  katiewscott@gmail.com to learn more.

Get and Share Feedback on Funders at Grantadvisors.com.  The website allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to anonymously share their first-hand experiences working with funders. Once they collect 10 reviews of a funder, the data is be shared publicly.

New & Returning Affiliate Members
*Special discount for MNN members

Accounting and financial services for nonprofits, they provide support on everything from monthly reconciliations to strategic budgeting and planning. With over 25 years of financial, accounting, and human resource nonprofit experience, they have worked with organizations of all sizes on long- and short- term projects. *Free two hour question, answer and planning session and 10% off hourly rate for first 3 months.

New & Returning Nonprofit Members
-Iron Work Farm in Acton