A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is moving! As of Friday, March 30, our new address will be:
2 Atlantic Ave., 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
johnsonJohnson Amendment Left Unharmed in Omnibus Spending Bill

The Johnson Amendment, the part of the federal tax code that has for over 60 years protected charitable nonprofits from divisive partisan politics, was preserved in the recently-passed federal spending bill signed into law last Friday. The Amendment prohibits charitable nonprofits from engaging in "any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

Thank you to all who contacted their federal Representatives and Senators and voiced their support of this vital protection that keeps nonprofits focused on serving the community.  National Council of Nonprofits' President and CEO Tim Delaney stated in a press release that "keeping intact the Johnson Amendment is at least a short-term victory for the 501(c)(3) organizations and the American people." Despite this good news, the forces behind efforts to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment have not given up. MNN will keep working with its partners to ensure that the Johnson Amendment stays intact.

Stay tuned to MNN for policy updates on this and other important issues. If you haven't yet, sign your organization onto the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship .


Save the date  for MNN's annual public awareness event recognizing the impact and contributions of the nonprofit sector:  Monday, June 4 at the Massachusetts State House. During the day, Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented to organizations and professionals exemplifying the essential and effective work of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.  The Presenting Sponsor of  Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence  is Citizens Bank .

policycallMembers-Only Public Policy Call Next Tuesday, April 3

We welcome all nonprofit and affiliate members of MNN to join us for the latest addition to our member benefit lineup, our Public Policy Call on  Tuesday, April 3 from 11:00-11:30 am.  On this call, we'll be discussing updates on state and federal public policy issues impacting the Massachusetts nonprofit sector. This call will keep nonprofits and those who support them updated on the policy issues pertinent to nonprofit organizations.  Register here. 

Public policy calls are open to MNN members only. To learn more about nonprofit and affiliate membership, click here .

It turns out that April brings more than showers! 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.

PMRTMNN is Moving!

MNN is relocating its offices from The NonProfit Center in Boston to  2 Atlantic Ave., 1st Fl., 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.  Please note that the move will mean that electronic correspondence with MNN staff on Thursday (3/29) and Friday (3/30) may be slightly delayed. Thank you in advance for your patience.
nonprofit411Nonprofit 411: Nonprofits, 990's, and Audits: Be Proactive and Prevent Late Filings
Jeremy Cork, Manager of Tax Services,  Jitasa

Each year, thousands of nonprofits are required to file a Form 990 with the IRS. The filing deadline for tax years ending in December is May 15 every year. Several tasks come with managing this deadline each year: reconciling accounts, year-end adjustments, and closing the year. Once you have closed your books, you are ready to have your 990 prepared, right? Wrong!  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
Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association
VP of Finance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Executive Director, Transition House
Executive Director, Somerville Homeless Coalition
Senior Policy Analyst, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association
Executive Director, Schools on Wheels of Massachusetts
Volunteer Manager, Silver Lining Mentoring
Case Manager, Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc.
Volunteer Support Specialist, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Research Director, Corporate Accountability
Development Coordinator, Global Smile Foundation
Program Associate, Catholic Charities of Boston
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

Cyber Security Workshop, Great Barrington, April 18

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 their community and see why: learn more at  http://www.nonprofitpractice.org.

The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation are accepting nominations of volunteers of nonprofit organizations for the 2018 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards. The awards highlight the Patriots' ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative, while honoring Myra Kraft's lifetime commitment to volunteerism. 26 MVPs will be presented with grants for their respective nonprofit organizations. There will be one grand prize winning organization that will receive a $25,000 grant. There will also be 10 second prize winners of $10,000 and 15 third prize winners of $5,000. New England residents who are 13 years of age or older and provide volunteer services for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for nomination. Nonprofit organizations may nominate volunteers for the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards by completing the application found at  www.patriots.com/community . Completed applications must be received by March 30, 2018.

AAFCPAs is excited to announce the topics for their 10th Annual Nonprofit Educational Seminar & Networking Reception, scheduled for  Thursday, April 26 at the Newton Marriott. This 1-day, invitation-only event is complimentary to nonprofit CFOs, Executive Directors, and Finance Executives, and is considered by many to be the premier nonprofit finance educational event of the year.  Our Keynote will be Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) Secretary Marylou Sudders! Take a moment to review this year's Agenda:  aafedu.comAAFCPAs is happy to extend this invitation to MNN members to join 300 of their peers from sophisticated nonprofits in their region.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' vision for corporate citizenship has been led and informed by the community. They strive to provide partnership opportunities that reflect this community-driven approach and demonstrate our commitment to helping families across the Commonwealth lead healthy lives. B lue   Cross  seeks organizations working to help Massachusetts residents maintain healthy lifestyles by providing access and education to healthy food, physical fitness, and/or healthy environments. The Healthy Living Community Grant Program provides a  one-time $5,000-10,000 grant  to Massachusetts community-based organizations. Apply here. Applications are due by March 30.

The Nonprofit Center (NPC) of the Berkshires is launching an annual awards program to recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community. In partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, the NPC will present the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Nominations are being solicited from across the Berkshires in seven categories: Executive Leadership, Board Member, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. Finalists and winners will be selected by a committee of business leaders. The nomination form will be available online at npcberkshires.org . The deadline for submissions is March 31.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

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a strong commitment to working in the areas of public and non-profit law and in the provision of transactional and litigation services to public and nonprofit organizations and institutions.

Rackenmann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C. is a full service law firm providing corporate, tax, employment, real estate, litigation, and trusts and estates.

Schneider Associates is an integrated marketing and PR agency that helps organizations drive brand awareness, build membership, and increase donations. *Two hours of free consulting time.

The Smart Group is boutique executive search firm dedicated to working with nonprofits. 

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.