A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

HeadlinesMNN Joins Hundreds in D.C. to Preserve Charitable Giving
Last Thursday, as a member of the Charitable Giving C oalition , MNN joined hundreds of  nonprofit leaders from around the country for a fly-in lobby day on Capitol Hill. The Massachusetts team, which included MNN, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Boston University, Williams College Museum of Art, The American Red Cross, and the Faith and Giving Coalition, met with members of the Massachusetts delegation and urged them to preserve and expand charitable giving. We shared statistics about the breadth and depth of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and the importance of individual donations. We will continue to stay engaged as Congress considers comprehensive tax reform to ensure any proposal does not affect the operations and resources of Massachusetts nonprofits. 

Click here to see pictures from the lobby day and click here to see a copy of the letter that we sent to the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation.

Between the months of March and May, MNN will be holding eight regional meetings across the state. These meetings are an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to come together to discuss topics pertinent to the sector. This year's theme is, "Nonprofit Advocacy in 2017: Opportunities and Challenges." During the meetings, MNN's Director of Government Affairs, Tonja Mettlach, will provide an overview of federal and state policy issues that will have an effect on nonprofits of all regions, sizes, and missions. The meetings will also be an opportunity to learn about new and expanded membership benefits for both current MNN members and for nonprofits thinking of joining the network. Find your region's meeting below. We hope to see you there!
2016 Regional Meeting

Register for your region's meeting today!
2017 Regional Meetings are made possible thanks to Eastern Insurance Group

Each year, MNN honors the passion and impact of leaders in the state's nonprofit sector with the  Excellence Awards . There are three weeks remaining to nominate individuals and nonprofit organizations for this year's awards. Winners come from every subsector and corner of the state, but they all share a commitment to improving communities across the Commonwealth. The Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize this commitment.  Click here to submit a nomination for a 2017 Excellence Award in the following:

Nominations are due March 10th!
By Tyler Butler, BerryDunn

Benchmarking doesn't need to be time and resource consuming. Read on for four simple steps you can take to improve efficiency and maximize resources.
Tyler Butler, BerryDunn

Stop us if you've heard this one before (from your Board of Trustees or Finance Committee): "I wish there was a way we could benchmark ourselves against our competitors."

Have you ever wrestled with how to benchmark? Or struggled to identify what  the Board wants to measure? Organizations can fall short on implementing effective methods to benchmark accurately. The good news? With a planned approach, you can overcome traditional obstacles and create tools to increase efficiency, improve operations and reporting, and  maintain and monitor a comfortable risk level. All of this creates competitive advantage - and isn't as hard as you might think. Read more.

Knowing when and how to perform legally compliant applicant background checks can pose challenges for most employers. Join Colleen Doherty of  Eastern Benefits Group and attorney Catherine Ruben of Hirsch Roberts Weinsteinfor an interactive webinar where you will learn about the practical and legal issues surrounding the vetting of potential employees, the legal requirements of the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act), and the Massachusetts CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) system. The webinar will also cover employer liability issues with respect to negligent hiring practices and related issues. Register here.

This past November, Massachusetts voters approved the Regulation and Taxation of 
Marijuana Initiative, making  marijuana legal for recreational purposes under state law. Join Colleen Doherty of  Eastern Benefits Group and  attorney David Wilson of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein to learn about the current legal landscape for marijuana usage, recreational and medical marijuana's impact on drug-free workplace policies, disability accommodations for addiction, whether and how to accommodate medical marijuana users, and practical measures for dealing with impairment in the workplace. Register here.
Director of Institutional Advancement, IBA-Inquillinos Boricuas en Accion
Stabilization Housing Case Manager , Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc.
Camp Administration Clerk, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Deputy Director , Found in Translation
Director of Development & Communications, American Camp Association
Director of Development , Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc
Development Manager , Tech Goes Home
Office and IT Coordinator, Hyde Square Task Force
Development Director, Gould Farm
Chief Operating Officer, Community Servings
University Comptroller, Fitchburg State University
Manager, Disclosure, Capital Market Systems
Business Manager, United Personnel
Residential Services Manager, Community Teamwork
Mediation Case Coordination Specialist, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Region
Communications Director, Political Research Associates

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Citizens Bank is accepting applications for the 2017 Champions in Action program. The Champions in Action program recognizes a deserving nonprofit that makes a substantial impact in the community. Citizens Bank and NECN provide financial, volunteer and promotional support.  The category for this round is violence prevention - targeting nonprofit organizations or programs that address underlying conditions that contribute to violence in our communities. The application is due February 24, 2017

Could your nonprofit organization benefit from a new website? This  June 7th-9th ,
48in48 will be partnering with local web designers and agencies to build 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in the area for FREE. For your nonprofit to be considered, apply by March 31, 2017. Apply here .

Are you looking to develop the skills, confidence, and network to propel your career? The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) is now accepting applications for its award-winning programs in Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley and Rhode Island! In partnership with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, INP provides year-long certificate programs in nonprofit management and leadership for executive, mid-career, and emerging leaders. INP is hosting information sessions where you can learn more about what their programs can offer. Sign up here. For questions, referrals, or nominations, contact Presceia Cooper, INP's Director of Community Engagement at pcooper@nonprofitpractice.org.
Middlesex Community College is offering a new 3-hour seminar, Navigating the Tax Code for the Non-Profit Organization being taught by Steve Hoffman, The Tax Translator, EA, CFP, MT. This session will clarify the tax withholding, tax reporting and required tax disclosure obligations of nonprofits. Learn more here .

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