A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        


EventsHighlights from MNN's December 2016 Events
MNN had two fantastic events this month to close out 2016. 

On December 5th,  Congressman Seth Moulton joined 150 nonprofit, community, and  business  leaders at the New England Center and Home for Veterans to reflect on his first term in Congress, the historic Presidential election, and his vision for the next term. This was the first of a four-part speaker series being presented by the Highland Street Foundation and MNN. Read the State House News Service story on the event here ( Photo courtesy of the New England Center and Home for Veterans.)
Support for the Policymaker Roundtable Series is provided by the Hyams Foundation.
On December 12th, 2016 Massachusetts   Secretary of Labor & Workforce  Development , Ron Walker, joined MNN members for the fourth and final 2016 Policymaker Roundtable, which brings together MNN members and government leaders to have candid conversations about issues impacting the nonprofit sector. Stay tuned for information on next year's series. Secretary Walker highlighted that the Commonwealth Corporation, in partnership with his department, has released an RFQ seeking qualified partnerships with organizations to design or re-design an occupationally-specific training and placement program to support targeted populations in making a successful transition to employment.

Nominations are being accepted for the  Light of Dawnn Awards To be considered, nominees should be  nonprofit professionals working in Boston who demonstrate marked compassion and unwavering commitment to serving those in need.

If you know of any unsung heroes from the nonprofit field who have made a unique difference in the lives of the people they serve, we urge you to nominate them by  filling out this form.

The deadline for nominations is January 6th!

Now in its third year, the Light of Dawnn Awards were created to honor the life of Dawnn Ashley Jaffier. On August 23, 2014, Boston lost one of its brightest rising stars.  Dawnn, an innocent victim of gun violence, was tragically killed on her way to a neighborhood celebration. To honor Dawnn, and all victims of senseless acts of violence, the Highland Street Foundation, community leaders, and Dawnn's colleagues, peers and family, created the Light of Dawnn Awards . These awards celebrate individuals working in Boston's nonprofit sector who demonstrate 
the spirit that is Dawnn's legacy.  You can learn more about Dawnn's remarkable impact here.

NewsMNN in the News
MNN has been busy this past month with CEO Jim Klocke sitting down with the Boston Globe, NECN, and WNPR to discuss the latest edition of Commonwealth Insights, the results of the 2016 presidential election, and individual giving trends in New England. Check out the recent news stories below:

Each month, MNN partners with one of our affiliate members - experts in their field - to present a free webinar on timely and relevant topics for the nonprofit sector. Tomorrow, attorney Ellen Lubell will provide a framework to assess how assets can be used in new ways to generate additional revenue and/or extend the reach of ideas or programs.  Register now to reserve your spot!
By Ellen Lubells, Esq., Attorney-at-Law,  Tennant Lubell, LLC.

Cause marketing campaigns - also referred to as "charitable sales promotions" and "commercial co-venturer campaigns" - are mutually beneficial collaborations between a for-profit business and a nonprofit charity to increase recognition of the nonprofit's name and cause, and to generate goodwill for the business because of its association with the nonprofit. It may also generate revenues for the nonprofit and profits for the business.

Cause marketing has been around since the mid-1970s. For example, the "Buy One Give One" campaigns involving businesses such as Toms Shoes guarantee that social or environmental good will be done through their charitable partners each time a shopper purchases their products.  Read more.
Manager of Annual Fund & Communications, Foundation for MetroWest
Division Director of Housing & Homeless Services,  Community Teamwork
D eputy Director , Catholic Charities of Boston
Marketing and Communications Officer,  Cape Cod Foundation
Capital Campaign Coordinator,  Gould Farm
Managing Director,  Grow Native Massachusetts
Vice President, Disability Services,  Jewish Family & Children's Service
Development Associate, Mustard Seed Communities
Finance Director, Mass Insight Education
Director of Development, Breakthrough Greater Boston
Outreach and Development Manager, MetroWest Visitors Bureau
Executive Director, Horizons at Dedham Country Day School
Executive Director, OUT MetroWest
Development Manager, HILL for Literacy 

Trainings & Events 
*Discounts for MNN members
2017 Annual Management Conference, Waltham, January 26
Great Causes Great People, January 31, Brattleboro, VT, January 31
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, January 31

Citizens Bank is currently accepting applications from nonprofits for financial literacy programs that teach good financial practices. Applications for the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money Initiative are due by January 20th, 2017. Learn more and apply here.

The Barr Foundation is currently seeking proposals from innovative schools and programs with the goal of  supporting the development of exemplary schools and programs across the region. Applicants can begin preparing their proposals for one-year planning grants of up to $150,000 each to support the development of their school or program. Barr will accept proposals via an online form, which will go live on December 12 following a Barr-led webinar for prospective applicants (subscribe here to receive the webinar invitation). All proposals for planning grants are due by February 15, 2017. For more information, click here
Human trafficking is the coercion of individuals to participate in forced labor, domestic servitude or the sex trade against their will. The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign works to combat the heinous crime of human trafficking by raising awareness around the country. The Blue Campaign provides free resources to educate and train professionals and the general public to recognize and report human trafficking.

Princeton Alumni Corps' Project 55   works closely with their partners to place passionate, energetic and highly capable recent Princeton graduates in one-year, paid fellowships in six cities, including Boston. AlumniCorps' staff recruit, evaluate and refer candidates to partner organizations based on their position description and the qualities they seek in a fellow. Partner organizations are required to pay a minimum stipend to fellows, as well as provide health insurance. Y ou can read more about the program and its requirements here.

Rosie's Place in Boston is spearheading an Access to Justice project to build a website called MassLegalLink through which Social and Human Service workers can get answers to the legal questions that their clients frequently ask them. Rosie's Place is currently seeking lawyers, and other knowledgeable individuals as "experts," and people willing to act as beta testers to help them refine the site. If you are interested in being an expert and/or a beta tester for the site, please contact Lee Glickenhaus at leeg@tlex.com or 617-731-2930.

The Collective Impact Forum , a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute, is hosting its annual field-wide  Collective Impact Convening  on May 23-25 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. This national conference will attract more than 400 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact partners. Nonprofits who are currently involved in cross-sector partnerships - or interested in learning more about best practices in collective impact - are invited to attend.  Use promo code MA100 to take $100 off the individual three-day nonprofit rate of $945

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