A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

johnsonToday: Take Action to Preserve the Johnson Amendment and Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

Above: logos of organizations that have officially opposed any effort to harm the Johnson Amendment.
The Johnson Amendment prohibits nonprofits from endorsing political candidates and is an essential part of the federal tax code. The threat that anti-Johnson Amendment language will be attached to an omnibus spending bill currently being drafted in Congress is still very real. 

Thank you to everyone who responded to Monday's action alert. If you haven't yet, there's still time: below are two things you can do today to defend nonprofit nonpartisanship.
  1. Visit our Advocacy Action Center to write an email, Tweet, or write a Facebook post aimed at your Senators and Representatives, urging them to oppose anti-Johnson Amendment language in the omnibus spending bill.
  2. The lawmakers in the middle of the decision represent districts in California, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Reach out to colleagues in those states and urge them to contact their Representatives and Senators similarly.
policycallMembers-Only Public Policy Call Rescheduled to April 3

Due to inclement weather, yesterday's members-only public policy call has been rescheduled to  Tuesday, April 3 from 11:00-11:30 am. All MNN members are encouraged to join us for the newest addition to our member benefit lineup. On this call, we'll be discussing updates on state and federal public policy issues impacting the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.  Register here.  Public policy calls are open to MNN members only. To learn more about nonprofit and affiliate membership, click here .

PMRTMNN is Moving!

On April 1, MNN will relocate its offices from The NonProfit Center in Boston to 2 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA, 02110. Please be sure to update your address book! We are grateful to the staff and owners of the NonProfit Center for their years of support. While we'll miss them, we're excited for this exciting next step in MNN history.

The e-newsletter lineup and look are getting a makeover! Starting in April, MNN is launching a freshly redesigned look and new schedule to its newsletter communications to both clearly articulate the valuable information they contain as well as maximize their utility to members. SectorNews, our free newsletter with news, job openings, and resources, will shift from biweekly to monthly and will run the second Tuesday of every month. MemberNews, the monthly members-only update that contains grant information, member offers, and more information will be moved to the first Tuesday of every month. Our Community Events and Training Calendar will run as a separate monthly communication to all SectorNews subscribers on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Any questions can be directed to MNN's Marketing and Communications Manager Fernando Martinez.


A new opportunity for small nonprofit organizations to help their employees save for retirement is now available. In October, the Office of State Treasurer Deb Goldberg launched a new 401(k) plan, called the Massachusetts CORE Plan, aimed at nonprofits with 20 or fewer employees. The Commonwealth assumes responsibility for maintaining and administering the plan, freeing up time for nonprofits to spend on their core missions.

As the advocate for and voice of the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts, MNN was a key player in the genesis of the CORE Plan and is collaborating with the Office of the State Treasurer to promote enrollment among eligible nonprofits.

Learn more about the CORE Plan at one of the below information sessions being held across the state. For the Boston meeting,  RSVP to CORE Plan representative Lisa Cardinal at lisa.cardinal@empower-retirement.com or 617-510-4036. For the Berkshires meetings, RSVP to elizabeth@npcberkshires.com.
  • Berkshires- Tuesday, March 27: Mason Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA (9:00-10:00 am); Berkshire United Way, 200 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (11:30 am-12:30 pm); MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street, North Adams, MA (3:00-4:00 pm).
  • Webinar- Wednesday, April 11. Stay tuned for details!
  • Boston- Wednesday, May 23: Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, Suite 103, 15 Channel Center Street.
nonprofit411Nonprofit 411: Online Fundraising: Navigating the Legal Requirements
Ellen Lubell, Esq.,  Tennant Lubell, LLC

For nonprofits seeking to broaden their donor base, online fundraising is a must. While the technology grows ever more sophisticated, the legal requirements are difficult to navigate. Compliance is critical to maintain an organization's tax exemption and the trust of the donors. Here's a guide to help plot your course.  Read more.
webinarsFree Webinar
How Nonprofits Can Participate in Massachusetts Ballot Initiatives
Increasingly in Massachusetts, hot button policy issues are being decided on the ballot, rather than on Beacon Hill. The 2018 ballot promises to be even crowded. Voters will be asked to approve an increase in the minimum wage, a rollback in the state sales tax, and a paid family medical leave insurance program and potentially a millionaires tax. How can nonprofits participate in these policy decisions? In this webinar,  Hemenway & Barnes' attorneys Brad Bedingfield and Pat Moore will provide an overview of federal tax law and state campaign finance law and provide a road map for nonprofits to follow when navigating ballot initiatives. Register here .

Operations and Membership Coordinator, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Program Associate, Catholic Charities of Boston
Campus Organizer, PIRG Campus Action
Staff Coordinator, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Director of Operations- CCP LLC, Bay Cove Human Services
Executive Director, Latino STEM Alliance
Development Director, The College Diabetes Network
Volunteer Engagement Manager, Birthday Wishes, Inc.
Development Director, The Lenny Zakim Fund
Development Manager, Work the World
Executive Coordinator, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Executive Assistant, The College Diabetes Network
Program Manager, Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Research and Policy Fellow, Work for Progress
Project Director, Wonderfund
Director of Adult Services, Brookview House, Inc.
Data and Planning Assistant, Community Action Pioneer Valley
Senior Development Manager, Two Ten Footwear Foundation

Social Media Hacks Workshops, Great Barrington, March 21

Applications are open for  Institute for  Nonprofit  Practice (INP) award-winning certificate programs in Boston, Lowell, Providence, and Hyannis! In partnership with the Tisch College at Tufts University, INP offers certificate programs for  nonprofit and public sector executives, managers, and emerging leaders. Become a part of an expansive, diverse, multi-city network of talented social impact professionals. The Core Certificate Program provides leaders with comprehensive tools, networks, and strategies they need to ensure organizational excellence and drive social change. INP also offers the Community Fellows Program, a highly competitive, fully-funded fellowship for emerging leaders committed to building their personal and organizational leadership skills. A 2017 Social Innovation Forum Innovator, INP was also recently highlighted in the Boston Globe and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Join our community and see why! Learn more at  http://www.nonprofitpractice.org.

The Boston Facilitators Roundtable is hosting a program, " Collaborative Coaching," for seven to eight executive directors of small nonprofit organizations. This program is geared to smaller nonprofits who couldn't otherwise afford to pay for consulting services. The program will run  May 10, 2018, from  9:00 am- 12:30 pm. One participant had this to say about Collaborativ  Coaching: " It was fabulous. I appreciated the process and the questioning of the consultants. It helped me start thinking strategically and helped me get back in touch with my creativity." They  are currently selecting proposals from executive directors. The program is free. See more information at  this link .

Board Connections is a forum hosted by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Nonprofits can connect with local professionals seeking board-level volunteer positions. This event has a proven track record for connecting qualified individuals to local nonprofit agencies. This year, the United Way is particularly focused on bringing together organizations that have a focus on Emerging Leaders and Young Professionals Boards. A  United  Way Board Connection certificate training program held weeks prior to the event is available to individuals interested in joining nonprofit boards. This year's sponsor is John Hancock. If your agency is seeking new or additional board members and is interested in participating,  please click here to register.

Office space is available in the South End of Boston! At 880 square feet for $1750/month, it's perfect for a nonprofit organization. Contact southendofficespace@gmail.com or 508-498-6057 to inquire. Visit   https://south-end-office-for-lease.squarespace.com/ for more information.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

Annkissam provides innovative, affordable technology solutions for nonprofit, mission-driven organizations that improves their internal workflows and increases their efficiency.
Fundraising Focus helps nonprofits find their fundraising focus, become more strategic, and raise more money.

The Hanover provides a wide range of property and casualty products and services to individuals, families, and businesses. 

NextStep Nonprofit
NextStep Nonprofit helps nonprofits of all sizes build their development and marketing capacity or better align their development systems. *15% discount on services.

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston strategically plan and collaborate between technology and leadership to help nonprofits meet their mission. *Free 1-hour strategic planning consultation. Invitations to Roundtable events a day before event registration is opened.

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.