A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

Many Nonprofits Would Be Subject to Health Care Assessment
Do some of your employees receive health insurance from their spouse's plan? Or their parents' plan? If so, and less than 80% of your employees are on your organization's health care plan, you would be subject to a new assessment proposed by the Baker Administration. The assessment is intended to penalize employers whose employees are on MassHealth, but it would in fact penalize many more.

MNN believes that nonprofits should not be penalized for having employees on health plans provided by spouses or parents.

The assessment would be $2000 annually for each employee that would have to switch to your coverage to achieve an 80% utilization rate (the percent of employees taking your coverage). To calculate your total cost, subtract your current utilization rate from 80%, multiply the result by your total number of employees, and multiply that number by $2000. The result is your total annual assessment.

We are committed to working with state leaders for an approach that addresses the Administration's concerns without unfairly penalizing employers. This proposal is now before the Massachusetts House and Senate.  P lease let us know if your organization would be affected by this assessment. For additional information or assistance, please contact Tonja Mettlach at tmettlach@massnonprofitnet.org.

Nominations are due by March 10, 2017
Each year, MNN honors the passion and impact of leaders in the state's nonprofit sector with the  Excellence Awards . Winners come from every subsector and corner of the state, but they all share a commitment to improving communities across the Commonwealth. The Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize this commitment.  Click here to submit a nomination for a 2017 Excellence Award in the following:

Join us and  hundreds of nonprofit organizations, business leaders, and elected officials on Monday, June 5th at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Day , presented by  Citizens Bank . During the celebration, MNN will present the winners of this year's  Excellence Awards  to nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative and effective nonprofit work being done across the state. Please note: You may have seen a different date for this event in earlier communications. Please update your calendars for June 5th!

Knowing when and how to perform legally compliant applicant background checks can pose challenges for most employers. Join Colleen Doherty of  Eastern Benefits Group and attorney Catherine Ruben of Hirsch Roberts Weinsteinfor an interactive webinar where you will learn about the practical and legal issues surrounding the vetting of potential employees, the legal requirements of the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act), and the Massachusetts CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) system. The webinar will also cover employer liability issues with respect to negligent hiring practices and related issues. Register here.

This past November, Massachusetts voters approved the Regulation and Taxation of 
Marijuana Initiative, making  marijuana legal for recreational purposes under state law. Join Colleen Doherty of Eastern Benefits Group and  attorney David Wilson of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein to learn about the current legal landscape for marijuana usage, recreational and medical marijuana's impact on drug-free workplace policies, disability accommodations for additcion, whether and how to accommodate medical marijuana users, and practical measures for dealing with impairment in the workplace. Register here.
Chief Operating Officer, Community Servings
University Comptroller, Fitchburg State University
Manager, Disclosure, Capital Market Systems
Business Manager, United Personnel
Residential Services Manager, Community Teamwork
Mediation Case Coordination Specialist, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Region
Communications Director, Political Research Associates
Annual Giving Manager, Joe Andruzzi Foundation
Development Director, Empowerment Through Integration
Executive Director, Improbable Players
Managing Director, The Theater Offensive
Manager of Annual Fund, AIDS Action Committee
Executive Director, Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc.
Director of Child Care Services, Catholic Charities of Boston
Program Specialist , Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

*Discounts for MNN members
Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop, Easton, February 16
Professional Development Day, Wakefield, March 24

Citizens Bank is accepting applications for the 2017 Champions in Action program. The Champions in Action program recognizes a deserving nonprofit that makes a substantial impact in the community. Citizens Bank and NECN provide financial, volunteer and promotional support.  The category for this round is violence prevention - targeting nonprofit organizations or programs that address underlying conditions that contribute to violence in our communities. The application is due February 24, 2017

Could your nonprofit organization benefit from a new website? This June 7th-9th, 48in48 will be partnering with local web designers and agencies to build 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in the area for FREE. For your nonprofit to be considered, apply by March 31, 2017. Apply here .

Collective Impact Forum, a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute, is hosting its annual field-wide  Collective Impact Convening on May 23-25 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. This national conference will attract more than 400 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact partners. Nonprofits who are currently involved in cross-sector partnerships - or interested in learning more about best practices in collective impact - are invited to attend. Use promo code MA100 to take $100 off the individual three-day nonprofit rate of $945. 

Are you looking to develop the skills, confidence, and network to propel your career? The
Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) is now accepting applications for its award-winning programs in Greater Boston, Merrimack Valley and Rhode Island! In partnership with the
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, INP provides year-long certificate programs in nonprofit management and leadership for executive, mid-career, and emerging leaders. Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is proud to support INP's efforts to strengthen and diversify leadership in the nonprofit sector.  INP is hosting information sessions where you can learn more about what their programs can offer. Sign up here . For questions, referrals, or nominations, contact Presceia Cooper, INP's Director of Community Engagement at  pcooper@nonprofitpractice.org

Did you know that your nonprofit may need to register in other states if it is asking for contributions from residents of those states? Or that something as simple as having a "donate now" link on your nonprofit's e-newsletters that go beyond your state's borders may equate to "fundraising solicitation" that triggers a registration obligation in some states? Charitable solicitation laws vary widely from state to state and compliance can be confusing, costly, and time-consuming.  Charitable Solicitation Compliance: An explanation of state charitable registration requirements, a new guide from Harbor Compliance and the National Council of Nonprofits, can help your nonprofit navigate the existing maze of state laws that regulate fundraising registration requirements.

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is looking for partners. LEO is a research center in the Economics Department at Notre Dame, which aims to identify the effective, innovative, and scalable programs and policies that reduce poverty and improve lives in the U.S. LEO works in a number of program areas, including education, criminal justice, health, housing, and economic self-sufficiency to support a culture of continuous evaluation and improvement. LEO offers organizations impact evaluations to provide objective information about the impact of a program or policy on one or more measurable outcomes of interest.

LEO evaluation findings also inform decision-making among practitioners and policymakers more broadly. For qualified projects, LEO does not charge a fee for the evaluation. To learn more about partnering with LEO to develop top tier evidence about your program's impact on key outcomes of interest, visit https://leo.nd.edu/.

New & Returning Affiliate Members 
*Special discount for MNN members

Provides outsourced human resources consulting services to businesses who have human resources needs but do not have the resources to hire on additional staff for HR projects. *20% discount of hourly and monthly rates.
Ninestone Corporation
Woman-owned and managed firm providing business and IT consulting services to organizations since 2003. 

Offers accounting and financial services for nonprofits from monthly reconciliations to strategic budgeting and planning. *Free two-hour Q & A and planning session.

A full-service construction and renovation firm that specializes in occupied space renovation. Works in a design/build capacity or with the client's design team.

Saves resources, time and stress for people and organizations by helping them resolve tough conflicts with a caring, interdisciplinary approach.

Connects more than 1,000 people with great jobs throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond.

An online marketplace for waste and recycling removal services. *Use the promo code MNN2017 and receive $10 off your first junk removal or dumpster rental request. 

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