A bi-weekly update from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.                                        

BudgetHouse Proposes Delaying, Reworking Health Care Assessment
Yesterday, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its  FY2018 budget proposal. Included in the budget was a directive to the Baker administration to delay and modify its proposed employer health care assessment (outside sections 49 and 72). The House estimates that any assessment should generate $180 million as opposed to the $300 million put forth initially by the administration. We are still analyzing the proposal but recognize that allowing additional time to review the issue and engage stakeholders is a step forward. 
Under the House's proposal, the administration would need to conduct at least one public hearing, produce a small business impact statement, and exclude seasonal and temporary employees from the assessment. The administration would also be instructed to consider many factors when developing the assessment, including: (1) what an "appropriate" health insurance utilization rate might be; (2) whether employees receive health insurance from a spouse, parent, or veterans plan; and (3) what an "appropriate" employer contribution rate should be. If the assessment is implemented, it would be in January 2018 instead of July 2017.    
Since the Governor's budget was released in late January, we have heard from nonprofits across the state about the impact and unfairness of the employer assessment proposal. MNN has been engaged with the administration and  Legislature since this proposal was introduced and will continue to stay engaged and update you as new details emerge.  
Have specific questions about the budget or this proposal? Reach out to Tonja Mettlach, Director of Government Affairs, at  tmettlach@massnonprofitnet.org.

JohnsonUpdate on the Johnson Amendment
For the past several weeks, MNN joined the  National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), 
our nationwide network, and nearly 4,500 nonprofits and foundations across the country in signing on to a special  Community Letter of Nonpartisanship Last week, NCN and the Council on Foundations delivered this letter electronically to every congressional office. This week, MNN will deliver the state-specific letter signed by over 150 Massachusetts nonprofits to the Massachusetts congressional delegation. We thank our MNN members who signed on to this letter and shared our campaign on social media. To learn more about the issue and the national campaign, click here.  For additional questions, please reach out to Tonja Mettlach, Director of Government Affairs, at  tmettlach@massnonprofitnet.org .
Finalist The 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists!
2016 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists
Each year, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network honors the 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 state . The finalists range from large human rights coalitions to small arts organizations. These 26 nonprofits and individuals are improving communities across the Commonwealth, from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands. They may differ in mission, size, and location, but the following individuals and organizations represent the best-of-the-best in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector. In the coming weeks, MNN will be highlighting the breadth and depth of these nonprofits and their talented staff. Stay tuned! 

Congratulations to the 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists:

Advocacy: Equal Justice Coalition; Jane Doe, Inc.;  Teens Leading The Way; and  WATCH CDC.
Collaboration: ACT Lawrence; Falmouth Service Center; Language Opportunity Coalition; and Open Table.
Innovation:  Calmer Choice; Enchanted Circle Theater; Latin American Health Alliance; and  Daily Table .
Leadership: Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; Eileen Davis, Call2Talk; David Waters, Community Servings; Andre John, Massachusetts Youth Committed to Winning; and Vincent Strully, Jr. , The New England Center for Children.
Small Nonprofit: Aaron's Presents; All Dorchester Sports League; Berkshire Baby Box; and Boston Dance Alliance.
Young Professional:  Portia Abernathy, Boston Ballet; Olu Ibrahim, Kids in Tech, Inc.Courtney Bridges, Small Friends on Nantucket; Allie Hunter McDade, The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative; and Matt McArthur,  The Record Company .

RFPMNN Annual Conference Workshop RFP
MNN is now accepting proposals for our 2017 conference on November 1 in Framingham.  Join us in celebrating MNN's 10 year anniversary at our annual conference, where more than 600 nonprofit professionals and for-profit affiliates will gather together from across the state. Our conference will celebrate this milestone by taking stock of the nonprofit sector's position in 2017 and looking at the opportunities and challenges that have arisen in the past decade.

We are seeking proposals for 30 workshops that will make our 2017 conference the best yet. If you have information or best practices to share, whether cutting edge trends or timeless advice, this conference will be the perfect opportunity to highlight your organization, business, or educational  institution. Before submitting a proposal, please read the  2017 Conference Workshop Request for Proposal . 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 who you think might be interested in proposing a workshop for the conference. The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 2.

For questions, please contact Marta Hodgkins-Sumner at  mhodgkins-sumner@massnonprofitnet.org  or call  617-330-1188 x281.  Refer to the  Conference Workshop FAQ  page for more information about the MNN annual conference and the workshop selection process.

Join us today for a webinar presented by Insource Services, Inc. to go over DOL overtime eligibility regulations, including a review of current and pending regulations, look at I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) requirements and outline practical next steps to address these HR matters in the current political environment. Participants will receive a Compliance Checklist and, equally important, a Messaging Checklist, valuable aids to put into practice the practical steps outlined in the webinar. Register here.

With all of the great work your nonprofit does, how do you track and show results? How do you quickly and clearly validate, quantify, and report on the outcomes of your activities? Leading nonprofits are utilizing key metrics and outcome measures to demonstrate success to donors and stakeholders. Join us on Wednesday, April 26th for a webinar presented by BlumShapiro to learn what is driving forward-thinking nonprofits to place a strong emphasis on success metrics-and the next steps you can take to put them into practice in your organization.  Register here .
Director of ECB , GWArc, Inc.
Executive Director, New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) 
Executive Director, The Power of Flowers Project
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Animal Rescue League of Boston
CEO, Mental Health Association, Inc.
CFO, Ceres
Research and Editorial Director, Political Research Associates
Vice President of Advancement, Catholic Charities of Boston
Development Director, Parenting Journey

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The National Council of Nonprofits  is hosting a  special nationwide webinar  
with Beth Kanter, co-author of The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, on  April 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Beth will share her personal and professional journey towards a happy, healthy culture of well-being and pass along lots of tips that you will not want to miss. This program offers a terrific way to share the wisdom of a happy, healthy nonprofit with your team and board members. Register   here  and enter the promo code sacomp  to waive the registration fee.

New England GiveCamp , an annual 48-hour event that brings together technical professionals and small nonprofit organizations, is taking place from    April 28-April 30  in  Watertown, MA . Typical projects include creating or refreshing a website presence, providing a mobile-friendly site, integrating new functionality (like social media, online donations, etc.), and even design services for rebranding, newsletters, and other campaigns. In the past seven years, more than 500 volunteers have assisted over 100 New England charities. Find out more about this year's event  here .

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice is now accepting applications for its Core Certificate and Community Fellows Programs. The Core Certificate Program is designed to equip nonprofit and public sector managers and executives with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to make strategic, mission-driven decisions. The application deadline for Round 1 is May 15. The Community Fellows Program is a fully funded fellowship that aims to ground emerging nonprofit and community leaders in the systemic context of social change work, provide key nonprofit management and leadership skills, and embed students in a robust professional network to propel their careers. The application deadline is May 1

The Blue Campaign , as the voice of the Department of Homeland Security, works year-round to develop new tools and resources that help communities across the country combat human trafficking. The Blue Campaign released a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) in March called "Second Look" The "Second Look" PSA encourages people to learn how to recognize and report suspected human trafficking in our communities and to take a second look if something doesn't seem right. Click here to access t his new human trafficking awareness resource and many more available on the website

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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.