A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

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. Since 2001, FNG has helped over 1,400 nonprofit organizations across the country save over $68 million in unemployment taxes. We know that nonprofits are frequently asked to do more with less; as such, we want to ensure our members have ample opportunities to save money in smart ways such as these. Participation in FNG programs provides a fixed annual cost, claims representation in unemployment hearings, no pooling or shared risk, and more benefits. Click the times below to register for one of two informational webinars FNG and MNN are hosting on Thursday, October 12: one at 10:30am and one at 2:30pm. More information on the webinars can be found below.

To learn more about becoming a member of MNN and gaining access to these and other benefits to strengthen your organization, click here.
MNN has signed on to  The Boston 100% Talent Compact, a first-in-the-nation effort created by the Mayor of Boston, the Boston Women's Workforce Council, and Boston University created to level the playing field for working women. By signing, MNN joins over 200 Boston area businesses in pledging to take concrete and measurable steps to eliminate the wage gap. We hope that by signing on, we encourage others to ensure that wage equity becomes a reality across the Commonwealth. Read more about on  The Boston 100% Talent Compact  here .
Dan Cardinali of Independent Sector to Deliver Keynote at Annual Conference
At this year's Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 1, MNN is thrilled to welcome the President and CEO of Independent Sector Dan Cardinali  as keynote speaker.  As a thought leader in the field of public education, Mr. Cardinali was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. At Independent Sector, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Before coming to Independent Sector, he is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations. 

MNN members can save up to 30% on registration. Register here today!

voterregToday is National Voter Registration Day
Today is National Voter Registration Day, an annual one-day nonpartisan event created to register all eligible voters and to make sure no one misses the opportunity to vote due to a registration problem. MNN believes that an engaged, informed, and active citizenry strengthens communities and that it is vital that the people served by nonprofits have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. We encourage you to share with your network the National Voter Registration Day 2017 tool to find free statewide voter registration events taking place across the country. If you're already registered, make sure to get out and vote!

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By Ryan Ecclestone, Director of IT Consulting, Insource Services, Inc.

Nonprofit organizations are faced with the challenge of managing their costs and spending and implementing technology to leverage their resources and support achievement of their missions. As every dollar counts, many nonprofits utilize Cloud solutions because they are often the most cost-effective and sustainable technology solution. Two of the most popular cloud vendors, Microsoft Azure Cloud and Amazon Web Services Cloud, offer secure Cloud services that provide nonprofits with many advantages. Both offer thousands of dollars in discounts to nonprofits.  Read more .
webinarsFree Webinars

The Next Generation of Employee Healthcare: Partial Self-Insurance for Nonprofits with 50+ Employees on Benefits
Join Rachel Johnson from  Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services  for an informative discussion on how the Nonstop Wellness program helps nonprofits with more than 50 employees on benefits reduce their health insurance premium spending. We will also hear from Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of the New England- based nonprofit Tech Impact, about his experience with Nonstop Wellness, including how the program has positively affected change for his organization and its employees. Register here.

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 .
MNN connects nonprofits to resources, and one great way to do that is by sharing knowledge and experiences within the sector. This section of SectorNews provides a space for nonprofit professionals seeking advice from, or collaborations with, their peers. Tap into the collective wisdom of over 10,700 subscribers- reach out to membership@massnonprofitnet.org and get conversations started or questions answered by posting to this section!

Graphic Design and Website Assistant, Mass Nonprofit Network
Fall Intern, Mass Nonprofit Network
Special Events Manager, Community Servings
Program Manager, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
Conversion Specialist, Girl Scouts of MA
Program Advocate, MASSCreative
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Silver Lining Mentoring
Grant Writer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Senior Manager of Operations, Catholic Charities of Boston
Family Services Assistant, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Regions 
Health Economist, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Grant Writer / Development Associate, Acre Family Child Care 
Annual Fund & Stewardship Officer, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance
Membership Director, WICN Public Radio, Inc.
Member Services Coordinator, Krempels Center
Financial Reporting Manager, Homes for Our Troops
Salasin Project Program Director, Salasin Project- Western MA Training Consortium
Executive Director, Wediko Children's Services
State Advocacy Manager, Community Catalyst

Managing Conflict Workshop, Boston, October 2
Three Pillars of Sustainability, Gardner, October 3
Negotiating Your Way to Success, East Longmeadow, October 5-6
Introduction to Grants Research, Boston, October 17

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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 Northeast Arc and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation want your ideas to identify innovative concepts to help positively disrupt the system to improve the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and their families. They are looking for out-of-the-box ideas and people who can imagine possibilities, be creative, and who want to change the status quo. The Northeast Arc is awarding up to a total of $200,000 through the Changing Lives Fund, to one or multiple innovative ideas, during the inaugural The Arc Tank competition. Quincy Miller of Eastern Bank has been chosen as a member of the expert panel for this year's competition. All applications are due no later than September 29. For more on application requirements and overall details about the competition, 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 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 
*Special discount for MNN members

Offers all the products and services of a big bank with the personalized services of a community one.

Offers accounting & auditing services to a diverse group of organizations.

Provides high-quality consulting services to discerning nonprofits facing change, transitions, or new opportunities.

Provides health screenings and linkage to care and supportive services to non-traditional venues statewide.

Law firm offering a broad range of services to a diverse set of nonprofit institutions.

Part-time accounting and financial management firm.

Offers seamless payroll, tax filings, HR support, and access to high-quality, affordable benefits.

Provides legal advice relating to taxes, regulatory requirements, and general business issues for nonprofit organizations.

Provides an effective and innovative approach to fundraising through issuing low-cost life insurance products.

Consultants that help nonprofits identify and leverage opportunities, anticipate and respond to challenges, and grow their impact.
*5-10% discount off of regular fees.

Helps organizations and their leaders make better plans for today and tomorrow through strategic planning, advisory services for leaders, and more.
*Free introductory consultation.

Human resources and business consulting firm helping organizations become more effective, efficient, and compliant in their HR responsibilities.
*Free initial phone consultation.

TSNE MissionWorks
Provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities.
*MNN members receive a discount to Better Nonprofit Management Series workshops.

Yozell Associates
Second-generation employee benefits, health, and welfare insurance firm.

New & Returning 
Nonprofit Members

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.