A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

NPADNonprofit Awareness Day is Only Two Weeks Away!
Join House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenb erg, and  Jay  A sh,  Secretary of Housin g and Economic Developmen t along with hundreds of nonprofit leaders  at the State House to celebrate the essential work of the nonprofit sector. This annual celebration is presented  by  Citizens Bank . Tickets are selling fast so register now before we sell out!

Share Why #nonprofitsmakesense
The 2017 #nonprofitsmakesense  social media movement has already reached a quarter million individuals and more people are participating each day! Let's build on the momentum by continuing the great posts, retweets, shares, and likes. Click here for more tips that might be useful for spreading  the #nonprofitsmakesense  hashtag.

finalistsNonprofit Excellence Awards Finalists
Each year, MNN honors the dedication, passion, and impact of leaders in the state's nonprofit sector with the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.  This year, our panel of judges reviewed over 120 nominations that highlighted the incredible work of nonprofits across the stateRead below to get  to know the finalists for the Nonprofit Young Professional and Leadership Excellence Awards.

Olu Ibrahim, Kids in Tech, Inc.
The Young Professional Excellence Award recognizes an emerging nonprofit professional who has made a significant contribution to their organization through their effectiveness, dedication, perseverance, innovative thinking, and interpersonal skills. This award is geared toward professionals 35 years of age or younger. The finalists for the Young Professional Excellence Award are: Portia Abernathy, Boston Ballet; Courtney Bridges, Small Friends on NantucketAllie Hunter McDade,  The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative; Olu Ibrahim, Kids in Tech, Inc.; and Matt McArthur, The Record Company.
David Waters,  Community Servings

The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit chief or senior executive whose strategic vision, passion, ethical integrity, innovation, perseverance, and collaborative style have led to a strong record of extraordinary organizational results. The finalists for the Leadership Excellence Award are: Eileen Davis, Call2Talk; Andre John, Massachusetts Youth Committed to Winning; Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; Vincent Strully, Jr., The New England Center for Children; and David Waters, Community Servings.

updatePublic Policy Update
Senate Proposed Employer Assessment, A Step Forward  
Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee released its FY18 budget proposal. Included in this proposal was authorization for the administration to pursue either the employer health care assessment or an increase in the existing employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC), a fund to subsidize health care to low-income residents of the Commonwealth.

The proposal put forward by the Senate Ways & Means Committee is a positive step forward and will allow continued opportunities for dialogue on this important issue. MNN has been meeting with leaders in the administration and legislature on this complicated issue and will continue to remain engaged as conversations around these two proposals go forward. Read more.

RFPTime is Running Out to Submit Conference Proposals!
We are seeking workshop proposals for our 2017 conference.  If you have information or best practices to share, this conference will be the perfect opportunity to highlight your expertise.  Before submitting a proposal, please read the   2017 Conference Workshop RFP You can learn more about the conference and submit your proposal   here We also urge you to forward this RFP to any colleagues or connections whom you think might be interested in submitting a workshop proposal for the conference. The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 2 .

Refer to the  Conference Workshop Proposal FAQ  page for more information about the MNN annual conference and the workshop selection process.  For questions, please contact Marta Hodgkins-Sumner at mhodgkins-sumner@massnonprofitnet.org  or 617-330-1188 x281.
nonprofitNonprofit 411: Tips for Designing or Re-Designing Your Non-Profit Website
By Ginger Kroll, Account Manager, Muse Intermedia

Over the years Muse Intermedia has designed, redesigned and maintained hundreds of websites. In the past year we've worked on a number of large scale non-profit website redesigns and in doing so, we've come up with a few tips and tricks from what we've learned throughout the varying processes. Whether you're starting from scratch or investing in a redesign, here is our list of things to consider when taking your non-profit into the digital age. 
Marketing and Communications Coordinator , Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Holyoke Community College
Senior Development Manager, Earthwatch Institute
Clinical Director, Parenting Journey
Director of Finance, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
Accounting Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Director of Development, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Director of Programs, Tutoring Plus of Cambridge
Operations Manager, Social Innovation Forum (SIF)
Senior Partnership Manager, Empower Schools
Dynamic CEO for Women's Fund, Women's Fund of Western MA

Massachusetts Service Alliance is hosting their 2017 Massachusetts Conference on Service and Volunteering on June 12 in Framingham. Register before 12 p.m. on Friday, May 26 for the early bird rate.  This conference will explore innovative ways to harness the power of service and volunteerism and turn the energy of volunteers and Corps members into efforts that directly impact the most pressing community needs.

The Community Engagement Division of the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is looking for a Director of Grants Management.  The Director will be responsible for  the overall management of multiple AGO's grant programs and for grant writing to support the strategic priorities of the AGO. The application deadline is May 29 . The application is available on the AGO's Employment and recruitment website.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the  Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Class of 2017 YCI is a youth led program focused on creating change through Worcester County through grant making in their communities. The committee is comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Worcester County. Committee members are in charge of facilitating conversations, researching community assets and challenges, developing a request for proposals and evaluating applications, and together reaching decisions on how to best utilize their $20,000 grant dollars. They encourage students of all skill and experience level to apply. They have limited spots available for this upcoming year and an application   and interview are required. Applications must be received by  June 2

Registration is open for Boston University's Storytelling with Data 2017 Workshops. Two workshops are available: June 5-9 and June 12-16. More seats are available for the week of June 12-16. Three digital badge skill levels are available: data storytelling, advanced data storytelling, and data storytelling with R.  A digital badge is an electronic token embedded with your name and achievements for signature lines, CVs, and social media. These online credentials are in high demand by today's employers because they succinctly display your accomplishments, skills, and levels of experience. Please note:  20% discount for groups of 5 or more.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
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Provides nonprofit organizations with their own web-based HR Platform that's modern and easy to use.   *Complimentary Consultation

Functional experts that know how to frame a complex strategy; build a financial model that's rooted in market research, not aspiration; and create a framework for monitoring your performance that allows you to act on data, not drown in it.

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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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