A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Rep. Sánchez, who has a little over a week on the job, said that his first strategy as Chairman was to listen to Massachusetts residents and the concerns they voice. He recognized that in the current climate, many people are uncertain and in need of services, with members of the nonprofit sector often serving on the front lines. "I'm here to work with all of you," he said. "You see and hear a lot, and you're in front of people who feel like they don't have anything."
"You are going to have to talk to us for real," Rep. Sánchez added. "Help us understand so we can address the immediate challenges."
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ACTION ITEM: Sign On to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship
We invite all nonprofit leaders to join over 5,000 charitable nonprofits, religious institutions, foundations, and for-profits  and  add their organizations to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship  ( click here to sign ).  These signatories join 72 percent of American voters in supporting the Johnson Amendment, a law that keeps these organizations nonpartisan by prohibiting their participation in partisan politics. But earlier this month, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that would give churches and religious organizations a "free pass" to openly support politicians and political causes.  This bill is critically flawed .  It would invite partisan politics into the sector, preventing nonprofits from achieving their missions and harming their credibility.

Join the rest of the sector in sending a message to Congress: keep nonprofits independent to keep communities strong. If you haven't yet, see  our one-pager on the  Johnson Amendment  and our  Commonwealth Insights report  to understand what's at stake should the Amendment be weakened.
Support the Nonprofit Sector by Sponsoring MNN's Annual Conference
Put your organization's name in front of over 600 nonprofit and business leaders at  MNN's 2017 Annual Conference on November 1, 2017, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel . This event is geared towards bolstering the nonprofit sector and the people who power it by offering networking, workshops, and other resources. This year, we'll celebrate MNN's tenth anniversary by taking stock of the position of the nonprofit sector in 2017. We'll also look at how to overcome today's challenges and continue to build upon our successes in the decades ahead.

More than half of our exhibitor tables are already booked, so be sure to reserve yours soon! Find out more about sponsorship packages by c licking here to access our sponsorship sign-up form.
State Policy Update on the Employer Health Care Assessment
On Monday, July 17th, Governor Baker vetoed the employer health care assessment and the two-year rate adjustment for unemployment insurance included in the FY2018 conference report and sent it back to the Legislature with an  amendment. In the amendment, the Administration requested that the Legislature include various MassHealth and health care reforms with the proposed employer health care assessment and unemployment insurance relief. In addition, the Governor filed a separate piece of legislation  H3829 - An Act Promoting Affordable Healthcare Options, also relating to health care reforms. In his amendment back to the Legislature, the Governor requested swift action, including a public hearing within 30 days and Legislative action within 60 days.

On Tuesday, July 25th, the House and Senate Ways and Means committees and the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing convened hearings on the amendment and bill H3829. MNN was one of the stakeholders that testified at the hearing and you can read our testimony here Acting quickly, yesterday, both the House and Senate in their formal sessions sent the employer health care assessment and the two-year rate adjustment for unemployment insurance back to the Governor, with both branches indicating they needed additional time to engage stakeholders and consider the remaining MassHealth and other health care reforms. 

For more information, contact Tonja Mettlach.
Nonprofit 411: Email Marketing is Always a Good Investment
By Patricia Roundtree, CEO,  Dundee Internet Services

Rhetorical question: is email marketing a good investment for nonprofits? Consider this case: The County Rescue Shelter has a fair amount of community supporters. People are always donating blankets and food, but the shelter also needs money to help pay for upkeep, vet bills, medicine, items blankets and food can't buy. The Shelter operates on a tight budget, and needs to get funding from other sources.   Read more .
webinarsAugust's Free Wednesday Webinar

Effective Board Governance
Join us on August 2 from 10-11am for this webinar on effective board governance. Karen Kent and James Matzdorff, CPAs of Kevin P. Martin & Associates, will discuss what the true roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board should include, along with the most common barriers to effective governance. You'll learn tips and techniques to ensure that your board is operating efficiently and in the best interest of your organization's mission. Register here.
MNN connects nonprofits to resources, and one great way to do that is by sharing knowledge and experiences within the sector. Starting this month, MNN is adding this section to SectorNews to provide a space for nonprofit professionals seeking advice from, or collaborations with, their peers. Reach out to membership@massnonprofitnet.org to get the conversations started with questions or posts!

African Bridge Network's ED is looking for another experienced ED willing to meet twice a year and offer some guidance and light mentoring for a growing nonprofit. Contact E mmanuel Owusu at  matefice@gmail.com.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is hoping to connect with nonprofits about suggestions for program evaluation software, specifically experiences with CiviCore. Contact Carmen Chan at Carmen.Chan@bcnc.net.

Land's Sake
wants to speak with nonprofits who have had successful fundraising auctions recently. They are hoping to change their format and want some advice/tips. Contact Margaret LeLacheur at  margaret@landssake.org.

Executive Director, La Vida Scholars
Deputy Director of Programs, New Art Center in Newton, Inc.
College Success Coordinator, Hyde Square Task Force
Development Manager, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Development Director, Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Executive Director, Brookline Community Foundation
Director of Finance & Administration, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Operations Manager and Digital Organizer, MASSCreative
Senior Residential Manager, Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Director of Development and Communications, Catholic Charities of Boston
Grants and Foundations Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA Metrowest
Veteran Support Specialist, Homes For Our Troops
Director of Communications, The Children's Trust
Manager, Community Partnerships, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Client Assessment Specialist, Community Teamwork
Executive Director , Girls on the Run Greater Boston

Salesforce with Form Assembly , Boston, July 28
Nonprofit Summer Camp, Brattleboro (VT) , August 18
Introduction to Grants Research, Boston, September 6

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 leade. Scholarships are available. Contact Pat Cooper at 781-631-4517 or pcooper@commonwealthinstitute.org for more information.

The New Frontier Awards are presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University's Institute of Politics to exceptional public leaders under the age of 40 whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy serve as a model for modern public service in the spirit of President Kennedy. Every year, in addition to an elected official, the  New Frontier Award is given to a non-elected individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have had a positive impact on a broad public policy issue or challenge. This year, given the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy's birthday the awards take on a new meaning. Past awardees include Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America, and Charles Best, Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org.

America's demographics are changing quickly; it's important for nonprofits to understand the donors of tomorrow and their giving preferences. Join The Chronicle of Philanthropy and nonprofit experts  on September 14  in Washington, D.C. and get the insights and strategies you need to create long-lasting ties with donors of diverse backgrounds. MNN has partnered with  The Chronicle  on this years' live event, Philanthropy NEXT: America's Emerging Donors, to extend the early-bird rate to all members! Visit  PhilNEXT.com  to learn more and use promo code  MNN2017  to save $80 on your registration.

In collaboration with the National Council of Nonprofits, MNN and Associated Grant Makers invite nonprofits and funders to a half-day of facilitated programming dedicated to building better working relationships and increasing the impact of the sector. The Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships event will be on  September 12 in Boston. For more information or to register click 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 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  here to learn more.

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