• Policy Updates: MNN Advocates for Unemployment Insurance Relief, New Federal Rule on Employee Benefit Programs, Grants Available for Nonprofits in Gateway Cities
  • Upcoming Webinars on how Nonprofit Leaders are Responding to COVID-19 and Board Engagement
  • Our Shared Sector: 7 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Make Virtual Meetings More Inclusive
  • Meet the Leadership Excellence Award Finalists, and See Who Will Win at Nonprofit Awareness Day
  • Does Your Team Receive this Newsletter?
  • Nonprofit 411: Strategic Planning...Now?
  • Jobs and Resources
Policy Updates

MNN Advocates for Unemployment Insurance Relief
As the U.S. House of Representatives drafted phase four of the federal coronavirus response, on Friday, May 8, MNN and the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers sent a letter to House leadership calling for full forgiveness of COVID-19 related unemployment claims owed by self-insured nonprofit organizations. The outreach was part of a coordinated effort involving a broad coalition of Massachusetts nonprofits calling for additional federal relief to avoid further disruptions to nonprofits' programs and services.

New Federal Rule on Employee Benefit Programs
On April 29, the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury released a new Final Rule that delays COBRA, HIPAA special enrollment, and benefit claims filing deadlines. This rule changes how plan sponsors manage their employee benefit plans by requiring that employers ignore participant payment, election, and notification due dates that occur between March 1, 2020, and a to-be-determined future date. For more information on this new rule and its impacts on employers, attend a free webinar from Eastern Benefits Group on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 pm and/or read this document .

Grants Available to Nonprofits in Gateway Cities
The State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) is now accepting applications for the Empowerment Grants for Small Businesses program. Grants of up to $2,500 are being offered to small businesses–including eligible nonprofits–serving Massachusetts  Gateway Cities . The OEE encourages minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and/or immigrant-owned small businesses located in Gateway communities to apply.  Applications are due by Friday, May 29.  Click  here  for a program summary and  here  to submit an application.
Upcoming Webinars on how Nonprofit Leaders are Responding to COVID-19 and Board Engagement
MNN is offering free webinars on topics pertinent to nonprofits that are impacted by COVID-19. See below to learn more and to register for the webinars.

In addition, MNN is curating a public Google doc of all MNN-hosted webinars, other free webinars, and recordings of previously-hosted webinars: click here .
On Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00-3:00 pm , MNN and State House News Service will present a moderated panel discussion with Bob Gittens of Cambridge Children’s and Families Service , Priscilla Kane Hellweg of Enchanted Circle Theater , and Celina Miranda of Hyde Square Task Force on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organizations. The panel will be moderated by Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN.
On Tuesday, May 26 from 10:00-11:00 am , MNN and Philanthropy Massachusetts will present a webinar panel featuring Anne Bader-Martin of One Can Help , Anita Moelle r of UTEC , Catherine Petersen of ArtsBoston , and Jerry Rubin of JVS Boston on how they are shifting programming in light of COVID-19. The panel will be moderated by Jim Barrows, Associate Director of Community Affairs and Economic Development of the Harvard Ed Portal.
On Wednesday, June 3 from 10:00-11:00 am , fundraising expert Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, FAFP will host a webinar discussing strategies that board members can use to be more proactive for their organizations as ambassadors, advocates, and askers. This webinar is designed for board members and nonprofit professionals that work closely with boards.
" Our Shared Sector ," a partnership between MNN and YW Boston, explores the intersection of nonprofit work and efforts across the sector to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reach out here with any feedback or suggestions for Our Shared Sector.
7 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Make Virtual Meetings More Inclusive
In the midst of this crisis, fostering an inclusive workplace is as important as ever. Nonprofits know that COVID-19 is impacting communities in different ways. As some organizations continue to work remotely, leaders and managers must ensure that they support staff of all identities. This edition of Our Shared Sector features best practices for supporting staff and practicing inclusivity in a virtual landscape.
Meet the Leadership Excellence Award Finalists, and See Who Will Win at Nonprofit Awareness Day
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence   on  June 24, 2020  presented by Citizens Bank will virtually bring together hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders to celebrate excellence in the nonprofit sector through the presentation of  Nonprofit Excellence Awards . Read more below on this year's finalists for the Leadership Excellence Award. Click the buttons to register for Nonprofit Awareness Day and to sign up to share stories of nonprofits' impact through the  #MAkingadifference  social media campaign.
Denella Clark  is President of the  Boston Arts Academy Foundation  in Boston, MA, and is being recognized for her visionary leadership in building the Foundation's staff capacity and doubling the Foundation's fiscal capacity to support the Boston Arts Academy.
Jay Linnehan  is President and CEO of the  Greater Lowell Community Foundation  in Lowell, MA, and is being recognized for increasing the Foundation's endowment and developing partnerships to address key social issues in the region, including the opioid epidemic and homelessness.
Lynn Margherio  is Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons  in Newtonville, MA, and is being recognized for successfully leading the organization through three capital campaigns and expanding the organization's footprint to provide more than 300,000 children with essential items every year.
Mary Beth McMahon  is President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts  in Marlborough, MA, and is being recognized for significantly expanding the organization's budget and programs, and for developing Unified Sports for students with special needs in public schools statewide.
Vincent Strully  is Founder, President, and CEO of the New England Center for Children  in Southborough, MA, and is being recognized for growing his organization's footprint globally, and for his work as a thought leader in the provision of educational services for underserved children with autism.
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Strategic Planning...Now?
by Alison Glastein Gray, Pear Associates

When COVID-19 entered our lives, many of us reacted with panic and uncertainty. Immediately, nonprofit organizations were faced with some big questions. I would suggest this is also the time to consider some new questions: what can we learn about how we develop and deliver services? How can this situation make us more efficient and more effective? Can we be more strategic about the ways we meet our greatest community needs?
Job Opportunities

MA COVID-19 Long-Term Care Staffing , Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center
Farm Sales Associate , Cape Abilities, Inc.
Facilities Assistant , Making Opportunity Count
Database Manager , Samaritans Inc.
Executive Director , Journal of Emerging Investigators
Policy Associate , Frontier Group
Executive Director , Brookline Community Foundation
Director of Marketing and Communications , Jewish Family & Children's Service
Director of Communications , Unitarian Universalist Association
Director of Philanthropy , United Personnel
Family Service Specialist , Making Opportunity Council
Accounting Manager , Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Training and Events Coordinator , Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Community Director , Boston-Area Jewish Education Program
Director of Resource Development , Just-A-Start Corporation
Housing Specialist and Mediator , Just-A-Start Corporation
Executive Director , Bottom Line
Executive Director , Natick Service Council
Senior Grants Writer , Raw Arts Works
Complex Care Nurse Manager , Community Care Cooperative
Director, Quality Program , Community Care Cooperative
Chief Human Resources Officer , Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Program Manager , The Phoenix - Sober Active Community
Executive Director , Old Colony Habitat for Humanity
Director of Development , The Lenny Zakim Fund
Business Development Associate , The GroundTruth Project, Inc.
Director of Finance , MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator , Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Chief Financial & Operations Officer , Jewish Family & Children's Service
Executive Director, Journal of Emerging Investigators , JEI: A STEM Education Nonprofit
Nonprofit Accountant , GMA Foundations
Financial Empowerment Coordinator , Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Program Manager - LGBTQ Education , Greater Boston PFLAG
Controller , Massachusetts Service Alliance
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships , Grassroots International
Foundation Relations Manager , Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Self Esteem Boston recently launched an Online Learning Center to provide online access to a series of interactive self-esteem online courses to support women in transition or recovery, nonprofits that serve them, and the broader public during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Click here to access the online learning center.

Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders provides an affordable, cohort-based leadership development program for rising nonprofit managers. Focusing on strength based leadership, the program builds resilience, confidence, and adaptivity with a like minded community. The online, facilitated program fosters a space for authentic and experiential learning and transformation. Please email Soraia Francisco at with questions. Applications are due by May 22, 2020. Apply here.

The Safe Harbors Program , a partnership between the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Nonprofit Finance Fund , seeks to provide broad assistance to Massachusetts arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in the form of webinars and online tools, empowering leaders to assess their organization’s current financial situation, create an actionable roadmap for the future, and determine their eligibility and the appropriateness for accessing resources through various COVID-19 funds. Click here to learn more.

MIT’s  PKG Center for Public Service  is seeking hosts for Social Impact Internships for Summer 2020 and beyond with focus areas in health, climate change, and tech for the social good. Internships are paid and costs are subsidized by MIT. You can  learn more here  and contact Julie Uva from the PKG Center at   with questions or ideas.
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