A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

PMRTJoin State Auditor Suzanne Bump at our Members-Only Policymaker Roundtable

MNN will welcome  State Auditor Suzanne Bump to our members-only Policymaker Roundtable on Thursday, February 8 at 12:00 pm at the NonProfit Center in Boston.

The Office of the State Auditor conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better. Auditor Bump has championed the use of innovative technologies to improve government performance and recruited and trained a talented staff to bolster these efforts. Auditor Bump is the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, and the first woman to serve in this role in the state's history. She previously served as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development under Governor Deval Patrick and represented the Town of Braintree as a legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eight years. She has served as a member of the boards of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House.

Attendees will have the chance to speak with Auditor Bump directly and ask her any questions they may have.  Register hereNote that this event is open to MNN members only. To learn more about becoming a member, click  here

testifyMNN Testifies Before State Committee on Impact of Tax Reform on Nonprofits

Yesterday, MNN CEO Jim Klocke testified in front of the Joint Committee on Revenue at an invitation-only informational hearing on the recently passed federal tax reform law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In the testimony, Klocke discussed the pieces of the federal tax bill which will be harmful to the Massachusetts nonprofit sector, highlighting that the federal tax bill will make it harder for all nonprofits to operate - small, medium, and large alike.
"The federal tax bill will reduce charitable giving, impose new taxes on the sector, and will negatively impact the Commonwealth's nonprofit community and the people and causes they serve," said Klocke.
Klocke's testimony also outlined the future opportunities for state government and the nonprofit sector to work together to mitigate the impact of the federal tax bill on "communities and the people that rely on the programs and services provided by our government and nonprofit sectors."

regionalmetRegional Meetings on Tax Reform Now Scheduled in Every Region of Massachusetts

MNN Regional Meetings for every region of Massachusetts are now scheduled and open for registration. These meetings are free and open to all nonprofits. The meetings will focus on the new tax reform law and its effects on nonprofits. MNN will answer questions and touch upon ways Massachusetts nonprofits can prepare for the new challenges, as well as take advantage of new opportunities, posed by tax reform. We will also provide a membership update, discuss other policy updates, and provide time for informal networking. Re gister to attend a Regional Meeting by  clicking here .

Regional Meetings in the Boston, Metrowest, Southeast, and Cape & Islands regions are sponsored by Eastern Insurance. Regional Meetings in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, Central, and Northeast regions are sponsored by the Massachusetts CORE Plan.

memberspotSubmit a Member Spotlight and Promote Your Nonprofit's Impact

MNN is now accepting submissions for  Member Spotlights to promote awareness of the invaluable work undertaken by its nonprofit members. Each Member Spotlight will contain the member's mission and a story or anecdote that best illustrates the positive impact the organization has in its community. Member Spotlight submissions will be shared on MNN's communications channels including, but not limited to, our MemberNews bulletin, website, and social media pages, which collectively reach thousands of readers every month.

Click here to submit a Member Spotlight.  Please note that Member Spotlights are only open to MNN nonprofit members. Click here to learn about membership.

stephanieStephanie Mercandetti (1976-2018)

MNN was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of a former staff member and champion of the nonprofit sector,  Stephanie Mercandetti Stephanie joined MNN's small team less than a year after the organization launched and worked closely with its first CEO, David Magnani. Stephanie was instrumental in organizing MNN's first Nonprofit Lobby Day, now known as Nonprofit Awareness Day, where the sector joins together to make its voice heard on Beacon Hill. Stephanie had an impactful career in public service, serving as the Director of Community and Economic Development of Medway, MA, and as an elected member of the Planning Board of the Town of Framingham.

Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau and longtime MNN board member, remembers this about Stephanie:  " Everyone gravitated towards her authentic and optimistic attitude. The office was filled with lots of laughs because her attitude never wavered - even after she pulled an all-nighter to organize MNN's first Nonprofit Lobby Day. "

Read more about her life and work in MetroWest Daily News.
nonprofit411Nonprofit 411: Finding Opportunities in the New Tax Law
George Zoglio, Zoglio Financial Management Solutions

The ink on the landmark federal tax reform law is barely dry. Much of the initial analysis points to an unintended negative impact on individual charitable giving. While the new tax law will likely provide challenges for nonprofits, there may be opportunities- if an organization knows where to look. Read more.
webinarsFree Webinars

January 2018 Member Benefits Webinar
On Wednesday, January 31, MNN will hold its quarterly nonprofit member benefits webinar. This webinar is ideal for both members interested in taking advantage of all of the benefits of their membership and nonprofits considering membership with MNN. We will cover a range of benefits including advocacy, events, programming, and cost-saving resources. We will also have some time to answer questions about MNN and membership. The webinar will begin at 10:00 am and last 30 minutes. Register here.

This webinar will give a comprehensive overview of the tax reform legislation affecting nonprofit organizations and their donors. Get a behind the scenes look at the makings of the tax plan, its ramifications, and what you can expect in the future. Laura J. Kenney will speak on the implications of this tax bill for nonprofit organizations and their donors. This webinar is hosted by MNN  and presented by BlumShapiro.  Register here.

Director of Organizing, Boston Cyclists Union
Program and Training Manager, Scholars Strategy Network
Director of Operations- CCP LLC, Bay Cove Human Services
President, FamilyAid Boston
Veteran Relations Coordinator, Heidrea for Heroes, Inc.
Program and Services Manager, Associated Grant Makers
Marketing and Community Affairs Manager, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Practice Services Manager, Centering Healthcare Institute
Director of Development, Martha's Vineyard Museum
AFC Social Worker, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
Director of Facilities, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Region
Director of Development and Communications, The Gloucester Adventure, Inc.
Manager of Graphic Design, Mass Mentoring Partnership
Municipal Engagement Director, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association
Executive Director, Step by Step Supportive Services
Executive Director, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Gift Processing Specialist, Unitarian Universalist Association
Development Director, Krempels Center
Chief Operating Officer, Animal Rescue League of Boston
Business Operations Associate, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Peer to Peer Fundraising Workshop, Great Barrington, January 24
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Boston, January 31
Community Organizing, Worcester, February 7

On  Thursday, February 8 at 2:00 pm , join  Nonprofit VOTE  for a free, hour-long webinar on how to create a  voter engagement plan  for 2018 from scratch. Learn about what's at stake in 2018, the role of nonprofits and their clients, and, most importantly, what you will need to think about as you plan your activities. They will walk you through the six steps you'll need to take to ensure your voter engagement work is a success. This webinar is part of a series of three being held throughout February and March.  Register here .

The  Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit is an immersive event where nonprofit, association and philanthropic leaders discuss concepts and ideas for advancing their missions through their people. Attendees build new relationships with social sector leaders and walk away with actionable plans for leading, transforming, and inspiring their workforce. For more information on the event taking place on April 18-20 in Washington, D.C., visit  www.nonprofittalentsummit.com .

Are you a nonprofit ED or CEO looking to learn from other leaders in the field? Empower Success Corps (ESC), an organization that provides expertise to help nonprofits succeed, is offering a Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET). NET provides a confidential forum for nonprofit executives to share challenges and get constructive feedback from smart, connected leaders who understand the unique challenges of the job. The cost for the Nonprofit Executive RoundTable is $875 per participant and scholarships are available. The group is limited to ten participants so interested applicants should reserve their places now. For more information or to sign up for the session beginning in March, visit the ESC website or contact Julie Crockford, ESC's Executive Director, with questions.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

Complete Now Web Design offers web design services for nonprofits looking to boost fundraising efforts, spread awareness for their cause, and more.
*10% discount.
Mutual of America offers a wide variety of retirement plans for employers and organizations of all sizes.

Sharon Hogan offers accounting and financial services for nonprofits with over 25 years of experience working with organizations ranging from $1m to $70m in budget size.
* Free two hour question, answer, and planning session. 10% off hourly rate for first 3 months.

South Coast Improvement is a full-service construction and renovation firm specializing in occupied space renovation.

The Mediation Group saves resources, time, and stress for organizations by helping them resolve tough conflicts with a caring, interdisciplinary  approach.

New & Returning 

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.