A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

This Year at Conference: High-Quality Workshops on Fundraising, Tech, & More
Every year, MNN's Annual Conference provides attendees with more than 30 high-quality workshops to boost their skills and strengthen their organizations' missions. This year is no exception. On November 1, join MNN and our workshop presenters in digging into the nonprofit sector's most pressing topics, including:
  • Ready, Aim, Fire: Building Your Development Plan. Join Chuck Gordon of the New Kensington Group as he shows you how to build a comprehensive, multi-year development plan to set a course to maximize your organization's revenue.
  • Controversy: Communicating About Taboo Topics. Participants will be guided by Sarah Beaulieu of The Uncomfortable Conversation, Inc. on how nonprofit leaders and organizations can be more visible when talking about uncomfortable or taboo topics.
  • People and Processes: Preparing for a Technology Implementation. Nick Strutt of Vera Solutions and David Nero of Perkins School for the Blind will give attendees the tools to plan for a small-to-large scale technology implementation. 
Seats are going quickly! Be sure to save yours before Wednesday, November 1! Click here to register.
Brief Policy Update: Tax Reform
Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) has introduced the  Universal Charitable Giving Act of 2017 (H.R. 3 988) which would allow, for the first time, non-itemizers to claim a charitable tax deduction.  Under this legislation non-itemizers who choose to take the standard deduction would be able to also deduct charitable contributions up to an amount equal to one-third of the standard deduction.  This concept is similar to the non-itemizer, or universal charitable deduction, that MNN  and others have been advocating be included in the tax reform bill. 

This legislation comes just weeks after the Trump Administration and Republican Congressional leaders unveiled their "United Framework for Fixing our Tax Code." The  nine-page framework lays out their plan for tax reform, notably keeping tax deductions for charitable donations and mortgage interest, but doubling the standard deduction while repealing the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax, and most itemized deductions. As MNN found in its second edition of  Commonwealth Insights earlier this year, cutting tax rates and doubling the standard deduction will have the unintended consequence of reducing charitable giving - with  $513 million at risk annually in Massachusetts.

The introduction of a  non-itemizer, or universal charitable deduction, similar to Rep. Walker's legislation, is a step in the right direction. This type of proposal can ensure that incentives exist for all taxpayers, regardless of income, to support their communities through donations to nonprofits. MNN is continuing to analyze this proposal and will provide updates as this process continues.
Free Webinars this Thursday: Save on Unemployment Insurance Costs with First Nonprofit Group
MNN has recently partnered with  First Nonprofit Group  (FNG) to provide our members with the  opportunity to save up to 60% on unemployment insurance costs . Participation in FNG programs provides a fixed annual cost, claims representation in unemployment hearings, no pooling or shared risk, and more benefits. We encourage nonprofit leaders and executives of organizations with four or more employees to attend one of two free webinars this Thursday, October 12 to learn more about this opportunity. One webinar will be at at 10:30am and the other at 2:30pm. More information on the webinars can be found below.

voterregNew MNN Member Benefit: Commonwealth Stats
Last week, we were excited to unveil a new benefit for our members: Commonwealth Stats, an online data tool that provides members with access to demographic data for all Massachusetts counties related to income, age, and education levels. It also allows users to compare demographic data between counties and against statewide data. Through Commonwealth Stats, users will be able to download data sets and create charts to use for grant proposals, advocacy, and more. Commonwealth Stats was developed by MIT Code for Good.

With new benefits like Commonwealth Stats, now is an exciting time to join MNN as a member. Learn more about becoming a member here.
A Q+A with Pattrick Callihan, Executive Director, Tech Impact - by Nonstop Wellness

Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact, has made significant changes to his employees' health insurance in an effort to reduce costs and improve benefits. Taking cues from the self-funding world, Tech Impact now uses a partially self-funded insurance approach that has stabilized premium costs and eliminated out-of-pocket for his staff of 55. Nonstop Wellness caught up with him to learn more.  Read more .
webinarsFree Thursday Webinars

Unemployment: A New Savings Opportunity for Nonprofits
As described above, please join new MNN partner  First Nonprofit Group  (FNG) for an informative webinar on an opportunity to lower unemployment insurance costs. Nonprofit executives from charitable nonprofit organizations with four or more employees are encouraged to attend. There will be two webinars available; interested parties only have to attend one.  Register here  for the webinar on  Thursday, October 12 at 10:30am Register here  for the webinar on Thursday,  October 12 at 2:30pm .

Chief Development Officer , International Institute of New England
Executive Director, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
Survivor Services Manager, The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.
Program Officer, Youth in Philanthropy, Foundation for MetroWest
Job Coach/Job Developer , United South End Settlements
Executive Director , Costal Humane Society
Education Director, Groundwork Lawrence
Development Director, Abby's House
Chief Executive Officer, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
President and CEO, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers
Executive Director, WE CAN (Women's Empowerment through Cape Area Networking)
Senior Health Economist, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Empowerment Through Integration
Director of Philanthropy, The Option Institute
Manager of Community Engagement, Mass Mentoring Partnership
Special Events Manager, Community Servings
Program Manager, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
Program Advocate, MASSCreative
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Silver Lining Mentoring

Introduction to Grants Research, Boston, October 17

Join NonprofitVOTE for a free tutorial with candidate engagement veterans on getting your nonprofit's issues in front of candidates next year. Learn more about hosting a candidate forum, inviting candidates to an open house or event, or sending a candidate questionnaire that educates about your mission and your community. Learn more on Thursday, October 12 at 2pm. Register here.

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. 

Presented by  Bank of America Charitable Foundation  and  Associated Grant Makers , the  Nonprofit Learning Institute  each year brings 20 organizations from a broad cross-section of the nonprofit sector together to participate in a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions. Each organization sends two attendees to sessions led by experts from leading service organizations and/or consultants in different topic areas. In addition to the sessions, there are a number of supplementary opportunities to meaningfully engage, network, and share experiences with your peer participants. The program was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Over the last six years, this program has increased the effectiveness of 100 organizations from throughout Massachusetts. Applications for admission are due  October 15 at 11pm .  The program will run from January through March 2018. Full application guidelines can be found here . Apply 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.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
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New & Returning 

MNN's work is made possible by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation & the Highland Street Foundation.
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