State Policy Update: Final Employer Health Care Assessment
The employer assessment issue- a major concern of MNN's in recent months- has been resolved. Governor Baker signed into law an assessment that is targeted, smaller than the original proposal, and does not unfairly penalize nonprofits whose employees receive health insurance from other non-public sources. It is coupled with unemployment insurance rate relief in 2018 and 2019.
The details of the assessment include:
- A January 1, 2018 effective date with a sunset 2 years after implementation.
- For employers with 6 or more employees, an increase to a fee they already pay, the employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC), of $26 per employee annually.
- For employers with 6 or more employees who have employees on MassHealth or ConnectorCare, an additional charge of up to $750 for each employee receiving those benefits (the assessment is calculated at 5% of the first $15,000 of annual pay).
- Two years of unemployment insurance relief, estimated to save employers a total of $344 million in 2018 and 2019.
The assessment represents a substantial improvement from the original health care penalty proposed by the Baker Administration in January that would have cost many employers as much as $2,000 per employee on spousal, parental, veterans or Medicare coverage.
In the months that followed, MNN worked with members, other employer associations, and state officials to identify better options. MNN ensured
that the perspectives of Massachusetts nonprofits were front and center, cognizant that nonprofits operate on thin margins and are frequently being asked to do more with less. For more information on the assessment, click here. Please direct your questions to Director of Government Affairs Tonja Mettlach.
Registration OPEN for 2017 Conference: 10 Years of Strengthening Nonprofits
Early-bird registration is now OPEN
2017 Annual Conference
on November 1, 2017 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center. Each year, the Conference draws over 600 people from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors from across the Commonwealth to learn, share, and network.
This year's Conference, themed "10 Years of Strengthening Nonprofits," marks MNN's tenth anniversary and will tap into the collective expertise of attendees, presenters, and the sector at large to take stock of the sector's position in 2017. In addition to
a business expo
, this year will feature Independent Sector's President and CEO
as the keynote speaker. Whether you're looking to enhance your fundraising acumen, rebrand your organization, diversify your staff and board, or network with hundreds of peers, this event will provide you with everything you need to set yourself and your organization up for success for the next 10 years and beyond.
- early bird registrants save on their admittance fees. Learn more about becoming an MNN member here.
Something has gone wrong at your nonprofit organization. It could be a crisis. You need to manage the crisis, contain the damage and emerge to continue your mission's work. Interim Executive Solutions Partner Chris Dame brings over 25 years of managing nonprofits and handling crises, both large and small. Here, condensed for you, is his "Top 10 Crisis Response Steps" list.
August's Free Wednesday Webinar
Learn How Fiscal Sponsorship Helps Promising and Growing Nonprofits
Building the infrastructure required to operate a new nonprofit can be challenging and sometimes risky. Intense and complex compliance requirements that accompany running a public charity could feel overwhelming even for established organizations. In addition, foundations and other donors have specific requirements and expectations that are sometimes difficult to meet. To help address these issues, fiscal sponsorship can be an effective partnership in supporting your nonprofit's operations with experience in
financial management and oversight, legal compliance, risk management, human resources and benefits administration
and more. Join Asta Petkeviciute, Director of Fiscal Sponsorship at
TSNE MissionWorks on
to learn more about how
have helped thousands of nonprofits get a great start through their comprehensive fiscal sponsorship services.
MNN connects nonprofits to resources, and one great way to do that is by sharing knowledge and experiences within the sector. This section of SectorNews provides a space for nonprofit professionals seeking advice from, or collaborations with, their peers. Reach out to
to get the conversations started with questions or posts!
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston is now renting out its private conference room. Located in downtown Boston's Park Plaza Building, it is just steps from transportation, Boston Public Garden, and numerous restaurants and shops. It includes separate access and several amenities, and can accommodate up to 50 people seated in rows, or 25 people seated around six lightweight, retractable tables. Nonprofit rates are available! Contact their Administrative Specialist at
617-236-8060 to schedule. Rental fees will support Big Sister Association's critical, gender-sensitive mentoring programs for Greater Boston's girls.
If you are a female leader of a nonprofit seeking advice from experts and support from peers, or skill development in areas such as board management, fundraising and visionary leadership skills, then The Commonwealth Institute's Nonprofit
Forums are the perfect fit. Spend a year or longer with a close-knit group of peers and deepen your impact as a leader. Scholarships are available. Contact Pat Cooper at 781-631-4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 8-9 organizations every 6 months, and Bridgespan is currently enrolling for the cohort that will start in December of 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
to learn more.
New & Returning Affiliate Members
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*Initial consultation up to 2 hours at no charge.
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*MNN Members receive 15% discount on all workshops and 10% discount on all other services.
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An IT outsourcing and consulting firm that works with nonprofits on all technology needs.
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