A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


Wage Increases: What's The Impact To Your Organization?

The past few weeks have seen considerable movement on wage issues at the state and federal level, which could impact millions of employees and employers alike.


In the Bay State, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo called for an increase to the minimum wage starting in July of this year, a proposal that would raise the hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 by 2016.


And in Washington, President Obama ordered the Labor Department to revise federal rules on overtime pay, which would make millions more workers eligible for extra pay if they work more than 40 hours a week.  According to the New York Times, the White House said that as many as 88 percent of salaried workers are not guaranteed "time and a half" overtime pay because they earn more than the cap of $455 a week (roughly $24,000 per year). This comes on the heels of the President's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour in stages by the end of 2015. Read more and share the impact on your organization.

There's Still Time to Attend MNN's Nonprofit Public Policy Roundtable Meetings
MNN's series of free roundtable meetings across the state have been filled with lively conversations, creative brainstorming, and rich and insightful ideas that MNN will use to craft a public policy agenda to address the current needs of MA nonprofits. 
There are four more meetings taking place across the state. Don't miss out on this chance to share your thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector. To learn more and register for a meeting near you click here.

45% of Nonprofits Plan to Add Jobs in 2014

A study conducted by Nonprofit HR and the Improve Group indicates a positive hiring outlook for nonprofits, including plans to create new positions.


According to a comprehensive summary of the report in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, public-policy groups, followed by health, social-services, and community-development organizations and arts and cultural groups were most likely to hire.


Among various other data, the report found that while the hiring numbers look good, nonprofits still report a lack of planning and budgeting for recruitment needs. Succession planning and employee retention continues to be a challenge.


You can download the report for free.

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State Dropping Health Exchange Website Firm

Massachusetts is dropping the contractor that developed the state's online health insurance marketplace, ending a troubled partnership that has left many consumers frustrated.


Legislature Authorizes $20 Million in Heating Aid

A supplemental spending bill that includes $20 million in additional heating aid was signed into law on Monday, March 17.  According to the Boston Globe, advocates for low-income residents believe that the funds will result in an additional $100 per eligible household.


Rocky Start for Nonprofit Marijuana Dispensary Licensing

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation, which lost out on a marijuana dispensary license in Lowell,  sued the state yesterday, claiming that its application was incorrectly scored. This is only the latest development in a turbulent launch of the licensing process that has seen many other applicants threatening lawsuits, community leaders criticizing the process, and the Governor defending it.

NONPROFIT 411: What you should know about copyright and fair use


Ellen Lubell, Esq., Tennant Lubell, LLC

Nonprofits, like any business, may create, sell, and otherwise use copyrighted works, but they should be attentive to any uses that may impact their funding or tax-exempt status. 


As two quick examples: A nonprofit that creates materials using foundation funding should note any requirements of the foundation to attribute or disclaim the materials or to use revenues derived from their sale. A nonprofit that develops software and wishes to permit others to use it may need to grant permission only at fair market value, so as not to run afoul of "private benefit" restrictions that impact tax exempt status. 


Here's what you should know about copyright and fair use... Read more.

Arts Commissioner, City of Boston

Executive Director, Montachusett Opportunity Council

Office Manager, RAW Artworks

Executive Director, Timothy Smith Network

Chief Development Office, ROCA

Director of Major Gifts, Anti-Defamation League

Chief Financial Officer, HomeStart, Inc.

Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Massachusetts

H.R. Manager, Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Community Arts & Events Coordinator, Zumix

Director of Development, The Center for Women & Enterprise

Chief Development Officer, The Carroll Center for the Blind

Senior Manager of Community Engagement, Cradles to Crayons


Grant & Award Opportunities

Art Works- Due July 24


Trainings & Events 

Chronic Disease Partnership Community Training, Multiple Locations, March 19-April 10

Exploring the World of Corporate Sponsorship, Boston, March 20

Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits, Webinar, March 20

Economic Outlook Breakfast, Boston, March 20

Financial Reports that Bring in the Money, Sudbury, March 20

*Risk Management - ADAAA, OSHA, MCAD, Holyoke, March 20

The Institute for Trustees Conference, South Hamilton, March 22

Organizational Excellence, Dedham, April 4

Certificate in Supervision Series, Boston, Begins April 10

*Administrative Professionals Event, Holyoke, April 16

Annual Board Connection, Boston, May 13

*Discount for MNN Members


UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program- Applications Due April 9


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


Check out the Natick VNA raffle for a chance to win a trip to Carmel, CA


Promote internship and job opportunities at the Bentley University Non-Profit Job Fair on April 15. Email Colleen for more details or to participate.  




Provides accounting, financial management, search, and consulting services to nonprofits of all sizes including human service agencies, educational institutions, foundations, health care organizations, and arts and cultural organizations.



ADVIZA helps organizations to achieve their missions and focus on results by building a better management team, coaching senior leaders, addressing board governance challenges, or developing a strategic plan. They provide services to executives, senior managers and boards who want to navigate the challenges associated with organizational growth, leadership changes, and new directions.



A consulting organization that helps non-profits and social enterprises manage their operations and technology. They use open source software to implement solutions that improve their client's internal workflows and increase their efficiency.  *Offer a discounted hourly rate to non-profits.



Funding Change can help you raise more money from individual donors by building relationships and communicating with supporters. Their services, include increasing the involvement of your board in fundraising, designing a major gifts campaign, optimizing your online giving, writing your direct mail package, and improving your newsletter. 



They provide assurance and business advisory services across industry sectors including: human services, education, healthcare, foundations, membership and various religious organizations.



Tech Networks of Boston collaborates with your organization to support IT needs while reducing costs. They have groundbreaking programs such as Help Desk on Demand and Collaborative Technology Management that have put Tech Networks of Boston at the cutting edge of IT services delivery. 

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 .