A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

MNN is pleased to announce that Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D., President and CEO of  The Home for Little Wanderers, and Michael Weekes, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers (Providers' Council), are the recipients of the organization's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards will be presented at MNN's annual conference on November 1st.
"We are honored to recognize Joan and Michael with Lifetime Achievement Awards at our 10th annual conference," said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. "Their idealism, their commitment, and their service have made a big difference for people across the Commonwealth."

A dedicated nonprofit professional who committed her life to serving the people of the Commonwealth, Joan is being honored for her work empowering and inspiring countless organizations to fulfill varied and important missions of service, research, and advocacy. As the leader of the Providers' Council, the largest community-based human service membership organization in Massachusetts, Michael Weekes is being honored for his dedication to serving nonprofits statewide and nationally, working in all capacities.

You won't want to miss Joan and Michael speak on their years of experience working on behalf of residents of the Commonwealth. We'll also be welcoming keynote speaker  President and CEO of Independent Sector Dan Cardinali and special guest  Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg Click here to register.

MNN Meets with Congressman Neal to Discuss Tax Reform
On Friday, October 20, Jim Ayres, President and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley and Chair of MNN's board, Jim Klocke and Tonja Mettlach of MNN, and Katie Allan Zobel, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, held a timely and informative meeting with Congressman Richard Neal. 

As the ranking Democrat of the House Ways and Means Committee and the dean of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, Congressman Neal is right in the middle of tax reform efforts, and his insight and advice were invaluable. We were able to discuss the potential impacts of tax reform on charitable nonprofits, including advocating for expanding charitable giving incentives through a universal charitable deduction and continued efforts to preserve the Johnson Amendment. In addition, meeting with the Congressman in his district during a brief House recess allowed us to hear about local projects and priorities for the 1st Congressional District. 

On 11/16, Free Training with Insource Services: Maximizing the Power of Dropbox
How do you boost collaboration and data access while simplifying your IT infrastructure? The solution is simple:  Dropbox . Please join MNN Affiliate Member Insource Services, Inc. f or an informative session on how to eliminate your file server and  have better control over organizational information by implementing  Dropbox . On Thursday, November 16 from 8:30-10:00am at The NonProfit Center (89 South St., Boston, MA). Insource will discuss the key features of and models for  Dropbox  use as well as highlight a client case study. A special  Dropbox  promotion will be given to MNN members who attend the event and sign up through  Insource . Register here for what's sure to be an insightful training.

Insource is a Platinum Sponsor of our conference on November 1. Register for our conference here and stop by their exhibitor's table to say hello and learn more about this and other resources available to your organization.

Our next Policymaker Roundtable is on the books! On Monday, November 20 from 9:00-10:00am at the NonProfit Center in Boston, we'll welcome Governor Baker's Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan for a candid discussion with MNN members on issues impacting the nonprofit sector. In his role, Secretary Heffernan oversees the Governor's budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing state government's operating and capital budgets. He also manages the state's administrative agencies, including revenue collection, information technology, human resources, procurement, and state facilities. Previous to his appointment in July 2017, Heffernan served as the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Click here to register for this event. Please note that our Policymaker Roundtables are only open to MNN members. To learn more about joining MNN,  click here.

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Creating a comprehensive road map for your fundraising efforts clearly plays off. And since 41 states require nonprofits to register before fundraising, and 25 states require special disclosure statements, it's important to include state fundraising requirements in your plans. Unfortunately, the requirements are not always well understood. The National Council of Nonprofits and Harbor Compliance created a Best Practices Partnership and published a white paper to help nonprofits understand charitable solicitation requirements.  Read more .
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Protecting Your Nonprofit's IT Security
IT security has been making national headlines for a while now, and it's not hard to see why. Organizations face data security risk exposures from internal and external sources every day with rapidly evolving ransomware and malware threats. Attendees of the webinar run by our members Tech Networks of Boston will learn how to recognize various types of cybercrime, best practices for information security, and how to make smart decisions regarding their organization's information security.  Register here.

Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Early Intervention Program Director, Thom Child and Family Services
Office and Grants Administrator, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Communications Director, Corporate Accountability 
Chief Operations Officer, The Option Institute 
Education Site Supervisor (Westfield), Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions
Resident Theatre Teaching Artist, Hyde Square Task Force
Frontier Group Policy Associate, Work for Progress
Human Resources Director, TSNE MissionWorks
Director of Development, New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Events Coordinator, Union United Methodist Church
Executive Director, Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Community Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, Western MA Training Consortium
Program Coordinator, Social Innovations Forum
Administrative Assistant, Community Mobility Services
Data and Program Coordinator, YouthBuild, Just a Start 
Director of Institutional Advancement, IBA- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Stewardship Officer, Homes for Our Troops

MNN 2017 Annual Conference, Framingham, November 1
Bridges Program Training, Sudbury, October 25
Disrupting the Disruptor, Longmeadow, October 26
Quality Improvement Training, Worcester, October 26
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, November 2
Foolproof Fundraising, Salem, NH, November 7
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Easton, November 8

Due to an office closing in Dedham, MA, there are a variety of miscellaneous office supplies available free of charge to nonprofits. Available supplies include:  several hundred Pentaflex hanging file folders in a variety of colors; variety of computer keyboards and monitors and miscellaneous computer wires; 9x12 and 10x13 mailing envelopes with adhesive strip closures; miscellaneous desk organizers/letter trays; 3-ring binder notebooks in various sizes and colors. Pickup of supplies is preferred but local delivery is available. If you're interested, we encourage you to reach out soon! For more information, email Patti here.

The Bridgespan Group is working with six local funders to provide  Leading for Impact®, an innovative capacity building program, to nonprofits in the Boston area. Leading for Impact® is a city-based consulting program designed to help ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to both improve their performance over time and achieve greater, local impact. Through Leading for Impact®, Bridgespan will help accelerate the impact of 50 high-potential nonprofit organizations in the Boston area through 2021. They will be launching cohorts of eight to nine organizations every six months, and  Bridgespan is currently enrolling for the cohort that will start in December 2017. This program is best suited for organizations that are working to increase social mobility in the greater Boston area, and that have executive teams of four to six individuals. Please see the  list of organizations that have participated in the program. Click here to learn more.

Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, is offering a new Integrated Marketing Communication Master's Degree program that leverages the College's legacy of in-depth, rigorous, high-contact learning to equip students to thrive in today's digital environment and to advance in a nonprofit organization or start their own business. The program emphasizes creativity and benefits from a culture of interdisciplinary study, which gives students the opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives. The on-campus evening program launches this spring with a rolling enrollment. Visit here to learn more. 

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

MassPay is a cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solution, iSolved, that helps nonprofits utilize cloud-based technology to automate HR & Payroll processes, maintain in-depth employee data, administer benefits, provide a smooth, electronic onboarding process for new hires, capture work hours via Time & Attendance and provide performance management capabilities.

FMP manages foundations and nonprofit organizations to help them raise money and plan their exceptional, memorable, and fun events. With a proven track record, FMP can also help grow and build a budding foundation or take an already successful foundation to the next level.

East Boston Saving Bank's philosophy is to take a relationship-oriented approach by collaborating with the management teams of non-profits with whom they do business with. Their experienced lending team understands the value of being responsive and flexible and are experts in tax-exempt bond financing for non-profits.

The Junior League of Boston is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

New & Returning 

MNN's work is made possible by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & the Highland 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  info@massnonprofitnet.org.