• POLICY UPDATES: Johnson Amendment Threat and EMAC Supplement Assessment Hardship Waiver
  • Workshop Proposals Due Wednesday, June 13
  • Thank You for Celebrating Nonprofit Excellence With Us
  • MNN Goes to Washington: Advocacy and Learning in D.C. at the 2018 Confab
  • Nonprofit 411: Supporting or Opposing Ballot Questions: Beware Campaign Finance Rules
  • Free Wednesday Webinars
  • Jobs and Resources
POLICY UPDATES: Johnson Amendment Threat and EMAC Supplement Assessment Hardship Waiver
FEDERAL POLICY: Anti Johnson-Amendment Language Returns

Buried in a House  appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019  is an extraneous provision (rider) that would impose significant barriers to enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against “churches” that commit even the most egregious violations of law by, among other things, diverting charitable donations to candidate coffers and endorsing candidates for public office. The bill was approved by a subcommittee and now moves to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration. 

While this particular rider only applies to churches, we along with national colleagues believe that weakening the protections enshrined in the Johnson Amendment for any type of nonprofit weakens it for the entire sector.

On  Wednesday, June 13 , the  House Appropriations Committee  will take up a bill with this harmful anti-Johnson Amendment rider. Nonprofits of all types–not just houses of worship–in states with Committee members should stand united in strong opposition to politicizing our sector. Email, write, and/or call Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) (202) 225-2836 and @RepKClark and say:

“Partisanship has NO place in charitable organizations– whether houses of worship, charitable nonprofits, or private foundati ons. We ask that you please vote to remove Section 112 from the FSGG bill. Thank you for your support of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector .”

Find your Representatives  on the House Appropriations Committee by clicking here . Visit  for more information and additional resources.
STATE POLICY: EMAC Supplement Assessment Hardship Waiver

During the Senate Budget debate in May, an EMAC related amendment filed by Senator Cyr was adopted unanimously in the Senate budget. In summary, the amendment tasks the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and the Secretary of Administration & Finance with creating a hardship waiver for employers facing a financial burden due to the new EMAC health care assessment. The scope of the amendment is quite broad and could potentially apply to a number of small employers, employers' with seasonal and temporary employees, and those employers serving the "public interest." In addition, it would require DUA and the Secretary of Administration and Finance to examine potential ways to provide employers with additional notice and extend the payment due date. 

For those who have been severely impacted by this new assessment, this is a step forward. The final Senate and House budgets will now move to a conference committee. MNN will continue to work in partnership with other associations to push for the amendment's inclusion in the final FY2019 budget.
All members are encouraged to join our next Members-Only Public Policy Call TODAY at 11:00 am ! Click here to register for the call. Note that this open only to members ; to learn about joining MNN, click here .
Workshop Proposals Due Wednesday, June 13
Strengthen the sector and reach hundreds of nonprofit professionals by submitting your proposal for a workshop to be presented at MNN's Annual Conference. MNN is looking for a strong lineup of workshops that provide relevant, cutting-edge, and actionable information in an engaging and instructive format. There are approximately 23 workshop slots available to address the needs of our diverse audience. Click the button below to submit your proposal by the deadline: Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Thank You for Celebrating Nonprofit Excellence With Us
Thank you to everyone who raised awareness of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector by joining us and presenting sponsor Citizens Bank on Monday, June 4 at Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence at the State House. In an event emceed by Katelyn Flint of NBC10 Boston and NECN, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta joined hundreds of nonprofits and business leaders and celebrated the contributions of 33,000 nonprofits across the state, 27 Nonprofit Excellence Award finalists, and six Excellence Award recipients.

The 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Award winners are:

To see more photos from Nonprofit Awareness Day, visit MNN's Facebook page.
MNN Goes to Washington: Advocacy and Learning in D.C. at the 2018 Confab

MNN took to Capitol Hill this past week, joining its counterparts from across the country at the National Council of Nonprofits ' 2018 Network Learning Confab. In addition to attending insightful keynote and workshop sessions on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector, MNN met with the staff of 8 members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to discuss topics such as protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship, effects of the new tax law, a proposed universal charitable deduction, and the 2020 Census.
MNN's Annual Conference:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
at the Sheraton Framingham
New and Returning Affiliate Members
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You can see a full listing of affiliates in our online Business Directory. Many affiliates offer discounts to our members!

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Nonprofit 411: Supporting or Opposing Ballot Questions: Beware Campaign Finance Rules
by M. Patrick Moore and Brad Bedingfield, Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Increasingly in Massachusetts, policy issues are being put directly to voters on the ballot, rather than being resolved by their representatives on Beacon Hill. In 2018, voters may be asked to address transgender rights, tax rates, minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and even hospital staffing. What role may nonprofits play in this active arena?
Brad Bedingfield (left) and M. Patrick Moore (right).
MNN and First Nonprofit Group present a webinar for our members on unemployment programs. Attend this free webinar and learn what over 2,000 nonprofits have learned: how to reduce unemployment costs by 36%; the benefits of being in an unemployment programs vs. paying state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxes; and helpful tips and information on winning your unemployment claims. Register here .
Every quarter, MNN hosts quarterly webinars ideal for both members looking to take full advantage of all the benefits of their membership and nonprofits considering membership with MNN. During the next webinar on July 11, 2018, we will cover the wide range of benefits available to nonprofit members including advocacy, events, programming, and cost-savings resources. We will also take time during each to answer questions about MNN and membership. Register here .
Job Opportunities
Full-Time Literacy Tutor, The Literacy Lab
Team Assistant, Martin Richard Foundation
Site Manager, Parenting Journey
Executive Director, Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development
Data Manager, Community Action Agency of Somerville
Finance Director, Brookline Community Foundation
Program Manager, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Communications and Events Manager, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association
Chief Financial Officer, Commonwealth Corporation
Interim Director of Development and Marketing, Providence Ministries for the Needy
Director of Residential and Community Supports, Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Grants and Foundations Specialists, The Carroll Center for the Blind
Customer Support Specialist, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Manager of Site-Based Mentoring, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Development Manager, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Special Events Coordinator, International Institute of New England
Research Director, Corporate Accountability
Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
Gift Processor & Data Entry Coordinator, Neurofibromatosis Northeast
Director of Strategic Partnerships Projects, The Full Frame Initiative
EDG is a small nonprofit located at  434 Mass Ave in the South End neighborhood of Boston. They need to move to a suite in their building that is ADA accessible. However, they cannot afford the rent by themselves. They are looking for a Boston-based nonprofit to share the space.  Classes will be held in the space on weekday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  If interested, please contact Frances Laroche at 617-357-5717 .

The Association for Commuter Transportation wants to hear your input on the changes to the transportation fringe benefit that may impact nonprofits. Included in the new tax law is a provision that effectively provides that the unrelated business taxable income of an organization be increased by the amount of the benefit (pre-tax and subsidy), which could mean a UBIT charge equal to 21% of the value of the transportation and parking benefits provided to employees. Please take a few minutes to fill out the short survey here.
New and Returning MNN Nonprofit Members
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