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The New England Nonprofit Consultant Directory is complete and the new site has been launched! The directory is a free resource for nonprofits in New England and site has a new design and improved search capabilities, the upgraded directory allows nonprofits to find consultants in a variety of fields, and access useful resources for hiring and managing consultants. The directory is a tool to help nonprofits searching for consultants, and is not a vetted list. Be sure to check out the Resources section which includes sample RFP guidelines, a sample consultant contract, consultant interview questions and more.
Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce is a regional survey of nonprofit compensation and benefits from organizations in Southern New England, Westchester County, NY and adjoining communities.
2017 Compensation Report
From November 2016 to February 2017, TSNE MissionWorks, in partnership with regional sponsors and supporters, reached out to nonprofits across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Southeastern New York State and adjoining communities to learn about their organizations’ compensation and benefits practices. This interactive 2017 database details salaries paid to employees in hundreds of positions in different types of nonprofits.
Here’s what the leaders said smaller nonprofits in Massachusetts will face in 2017:
Advances in health care that, for example, enable people with autism and those with brain injuries to live longer than has been historically the case, will increase demands on social service nonprofits, which also tend to be more dependent on government funding, Weekes said.
The leadership transition among nonprofits, due to an expected wave of retirements among Baby Boomers, likely tamped down by the recession, "may now come more into the fore" according to Lisi. "I'm excited by new leaders, but there is a training and cultivation issue. Twenty- and 30-year-olds have some seriously talented people."
In addition to changes in government funding, potential changes in foundation giving and other forms of private philanthropy could pose challenges for a broad range of nonprofits, said Klocke.
"Smaller nonprofits need to take advantage of their ability to connect closely with their communities and funders and to be as facile and nimble as possible in response to need" and facilitate local dialogue, suggested Vasconcellos.
Pradhan said the pressures cited by her and others will like shift resources toward larger, more established nonprofits.
Edwards said arts and culture nonprofits "are in for a big bath" due to probable budgets cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Center (NSC) is holding its fall series of classes that offer training and resources to help local nonprofits do their jobs better. The NSC focuses on practical programs, believes in the power of peers learning together, and engages high-quality presenters in order to foster a strong network of nonprofits in the region.
The upcoming Fall 2017 Workshop programs are listed below:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Getting Started
Tuesday - September 26, 2017
12:00 - 2:00PM
Are you interested in taking the next step toward equity in your organization and your work, but not sure how to move forward? This session will help. Organized as a clinic and led by two senior managers who are leading their agencies on the journey, you can expect practical advice and consultation in a supportive, non-judging and confidential setting. You will also have ample opportunity to share your experience and learn from others in the group. Follow-up peer support may be available.
Presenters: Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, & Valerie Zolezzi—Wyndham, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid
Audience: Executive directors and other senior nonprofit managers
Location: YWCA of Central Massachusetts Conference Room- 1 Salem Square, Worcester.
Fee: Free. Lunch included
Register: here by September 19
Successful Media Strategies for Nonprofits
Thursday - October 12, 2017
What can a communications plan really do for your organization? More than you think! Powerful, coordinated communications will sharpen your focus, engage all of your stakeholders, enhance your reputation in the community and make fund raising simpler and easier. Learn how an external communications plan can help streamline your work and amplify your message. The focus will be on creating positioning statements, defining your external personality, press release writing, connecting with all your audiences and measuring the ROI of a public relations campaign. Free follow-up consultation available.
Presenter: Jake Messier, COO, Mungo Creative Group
Audience: Executive directors and communications staff
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, 6th Floor
Fee: Free. Lunch Included
Register: here by October 5
Leading and Governing: Achieving Success on a Nonprofit Board
Tuesday - October 24, 2017
4:00PM - 6:30PM
Is this your first experience serving on a nonprofit board of directors? Are you thinking about board service for the first time? Are you a veteran board member taking on a new role or looking to re-ground yourself in best practices? This engaging crash course in trusteeship will help you contribute from day one. Board service should be truly rewarding - working for a good cause surrounded by caring and interesting people. But you need the tools to make it so. Discover how to contribute your special talents to the board and organization you are serving. Explore how nonprofits are similar to, and also very different from, for-profit businesses. Learn what should you pay attention to and how to focus on the right questions. Take control of your own learning plan. Join our expert guide for a lively investigation of trusteeship. Safely ask those questions you’ve been holding back.
Presenter: Gayle Gifford, President, Cause & Effect Inc.
Audience: Newer nonprofit board members (3 yrs or less experience), community members interested in serving on boards and veteran board members
Fee: Free. Light snacks included.
Register: here by October 17
Interactive Media and You: How Digital Games Can Drive Nonprofit Success
Thursday - November 2, 2017
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Learn how interactive media can help your organization advance its mission by connecting, engaging, activating and supporting your constituents. The pace of technological change in today’s digital world presents unique challenges - and opportunities - for nonprofits of all sizes. This event, co-hosted by Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi) at Becker College, is designed to help leaders gain a better understanding of interactive media and its potential. Assistance on specific projects may be available.
Presenter: Panel, moderated by Tim Loew, Executive Director, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute
Audience: Nonprofit staff with interest in the subject
Location: Becker College
Fee: Free. Meal included
Register: here by October 26
Unmasking fundraising! Knowledge, not opinion. Roles, not desires. Donors, not you.
Monday - November 6, 2017
8:30AM - 12:30PM
No one will try to convince you to love (or even like) fundraising! But you will learn what you should (actually must) do. Find out the facts…whether you’re the executive director or a board member or a development officer. Who does what…why and how. Learn why the donor is the hero, not your organization. Figure out why organizational culture matters, and outline how to build a donor-centered organization. And always remember… Do it wrong and you for sure won’t raise more money. Do it right and you’ll surprise even yourselves.
Presenter: Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, Joyaux Associates
Audience: Teams only - Executive directors, senior development officer and 2, board members
Why the required team: Because you create a shared understanding and ownership in this workshop. Then you go back and build that understanding and ownership within your organization.
Location: College of The Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center Suite B 4th floor
Fee: $75 per team (3 or 4 individuals). Coffee and snacks provided
Register: here by October 39
To sign up for a program or for more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at email@example.com or 508-755-0980 with questions.
If Worcester’s residents are searching for a glimmer of hope for the city’s future in the wake of recent international terrorist attacks, and the city’s own battle with opioid abuse, major crimes and racial tension, they won’t have to look any further than a small group of area teenagers ready to tackle social issues as community leaders.
For the past 16 years, members of Youth for Community Improvement (http://www.greaterworcester.org/AboutUs/YouthforCommunityImprovement) (YCI) have been making a difference in Worcester and have been responsible for the distribution of much needed funding to nonprofit organizations throughout Worcester and the surrounding areas.
This year is an important year for the YCI program because the majority of the 18 teens involved in the program were born in 1999 — the year the program was founded.
These teens will be responsible for deciding which nonprofits will be awarded a maximum of $4,000 each from $24,000 in available funds.
Twenty-one nonprofits have applied for funding, and those that best represent a “youth voice” will benefit from the generous funding of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (http://www.greaterworcester.org/) . “There’s 18 members, so there’s 17 members other than myself, who feel that we have the ability to make an impact,” said Laura Giordano of Shrewsbury, a junior at Shrewsbury High School. “We might be in high school, but we have so many opportunities and different perspectives that we can give on what we think should be funded.”
Since YCI began, 70 nonprofits in Worcester County have been awarded $285,000 from nearly 200 teenagers involved in the program.
YCI, Worcester County’s only non-school youth philanthropy program, is an advisory committee of the GWCF and is entirely composed of area teenagers. The program is based on the idea that youth philanthropy and youth grantmaking experience is effective in youth development and this experience needs to be expanded to contribute to economic development.
Each nonprofit that applies for the funding has to have a total project budget of less than $25,000.
Recruiting and interviewing teenagers for the program is nearly a yearlong process. The program coordinator, Amy Mosher Berry, spends much of the spring recruiting students from local high schools and sending an email campaign to youth centers. Each student is interviewed in June before the school year ends and is alerted of their acceptance into the program before the following school year begins.
“They [the students] have a lot of self-awareness. It’s that kind of awareness that kicks them into action as leaders. So many people, particularly adults, don’t view young people as leaders. And I honestly think that some of these young people have the best ideas to solve big, complex problems in our community.” — Amy Mosher Berry, YCI program coordinator
YCI is a two-year program for high school students. This year half the students are from Worcester while other students come from Marlborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Grafton, Princeton, Sutton and Auburn.
Over the past few months, Mosher, who has been running the program for eight years, has noticed that the students involved in YCI are “genuinely interested in each other’s perspectives.” “They’re actively leading the discussion and they take it very seriously,” said Mosher, who said members of this group actively govern each other and make sure they’re each fulfilling their end of the responsibilities.
Mosher told a story of a particularly difficult meeting this fall when the students weren’t all on the same page, weren’t focused and came to a realization at the end of the meeting that they needed to do better in order for this program to work. One of the students really impressed Mosher when the student called her and took full responsibility for the entire group’s behavior immediately following the meeting.
“They [the students] have a lot of self-awareness. It’s that kind of awareness that kicks them into action as leaders. So many people, particularly adults, don’t view young people as leaders. And I honestly think that some of these young people have the best ideas to solve big, complex problems in our community,” Mosher said.
As part of keeping each other in check, the group created the “Just A Reminder” Jar — a poster of a jar that they all agreed to sign with words representing what the group not only wanted to get out of the program, but even more important, what they wanted to put into it. Phrases in the jar include “Respect,” “Safe Zone” and “Listen to Each Other.” “It’s almost like a social contract of how they want to run their meetings,” Mosher said. “We have that visually and I find that they’re really taking it pretty seriously. I find that it’s a testament to their own words. They’ve created the thing, so they want to hold each other accountable.”
For the teens selected this year, the areas of interest that will be funded include nonprofits with a focus on diversity and cultural awareness, substance abuse, domestic abuse, and depression and suicide prevention. Nonprofits that promote access to greater economic opportunity — including better education, housing and nutrition — will also be considered for funding.
Giordano, along with Lillian Cain of Worcester, a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, and Rayaan Yunus of Westborough, a sophomore at Westborough High, agree that proper nutrition is one of the most important issues Worcester residents are facing right now.
Yunus, who was born in Massachusetts but spent the early years of his childhood in Pakistan, said his experiences have shown him just how important proper, and affordable, nutrition is for not only people in Worcester, but everyone around the world. “For me, one main focus on our RFP (request for proposal) was nutrition, because that was a big problem in Pakistan,” Yunus said. “And it’s an issue in Worcester.”
Giordano agreed with Yunus, saying “I’m a big advocate for nutrition. That’s one of the biggest things. Access to food and access to healthy food is huge, especially in a city as big as Worcester. Some people can’t afford to buy healthy food. Buying a bag of chips is sometimes less expensive than buying an apple.”
“If you make nutritional food less expensive, people are more encouraged to buy it,” Cain added. The students of YCI went on a one-day retreat to the Community Harvest Project (http://www.communityharvest.org/) on Sept. 19 to get to know each other, spend time with one another, and learn about the importance of growing fresh fruits and vegetables as a way to fight hunger.
On Oct. 28, YCI students joined students from South High’s youth philanthropy project and went on a bus tour to visit two Worcester nonprofits — the Worcester Housing Resource Alliance and Pernet Family Health Service — to observe how funding from the South High kids was spent and how the funding impacted those organizations and programs.
For YCI students, it was a good experience to see how nonprofits utilized funding and listen to leaders of nonprofit organizations. On Tuesday night, Nov. 16, Giordano, Cain and Yunus presented to the GWCF board of directors (http://www.greaterworcester.org/AboutUs/OurPeople) their group’s choices for the organizations they would like to see receive funding. The nonprofits that will be awarded funds from the YCI will be announced in mid-December. “I was really proud of all of them up there. You could really tell that they wanted to be up there and that they wanted to share their experience in the program,” Mosher said. “They received some really positive feedback.”
Jake Messier, a public relations and outsourced marketing director for the program, said, “Those people on the board are really rooting for them. That is a room full of cheerleaders. They’re people that want them [YCI students] to do well. They’ve been in their position as junior leaders a long time ago, and they’re impressed that kids nowadays are actually doing something like this instead of being in front of an Xbox.
Nonprofits that have previously received funding from YCI include Rachel’s Table, Southeast Asian Coalition and the Regional Environmental Council.
Foundation’s Nonprofit Support Center provides nonprofit organizations in Worcester County the training, tools and support to successfully carry out their missions. The programs being offered this spring are:
Digital Civil Society: How is your work changing?
Tuesday, March 1 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
How are digital tools changing your organization, your profession, and the needs nonprofits work to meet? Join us for a wide ranging discussion of real world challenges and questions that our digital world has set in motion.
Presenter: Ellen Dunlap, President of the American Antiquarian Society
Audience: Executive Directors, Senior Staff
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Worcester, 6th Floor
Register here by February 23.
Organizational Sustainability: Where are you on the continuum?
Tuesday, March 15 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Attend this session to discover tools and resources for readying your organization for shifts in staff and board leadership, while minimizing unsatisfactory transitions.
Presenter: Nancy Jackson, MSW
Audience: Executive Directors, Senior Staff, Board Members
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Worcester, 6th Floor
Register here by March 1.
Board Members: Building a strong partnership with your Executive Director
Presented with support from The Kirby Foundation and Bowditch & Dewey
Thursday, April 7 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This interactive workshop will give you new strategies for building the critical partnership between the board and CEO. Discover ways to align goals, assure good decision making, and maintain high energy. Those who complete this session will be eligible to submit a grant proposal to GWCF for continued work on board development or coaching with Gayle Gifford.
Presenter: Gayle L. Gifford, ACFRE
Audience: Board members (teams encouraged). For organizations with three or more paid staff, including the executive director
Location: Bowditch & Dewey, 311 Main Street, Worcester
Fee: $50 reserves seats for two board members from one organization. Individual board member, $35.
Register here by March 18.
Fundraising isn’t about money....neither is giving
Co-sponsored by Women in Development of Central Massachusetts
Thursday, May 5 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Simone Joyaux for a highly interactive session, based on her 2015 online series for The Nonprofit Quarterly. You’re sure to increase your organization’s sustainability and enhance mission success.
Presenter: Simone Joyaux, ACFRE
Audience: Executive Directors, Development Staff, Board Members, and others eager to increase their skill in fundraising
Location: College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Center, Suites B/C
Register here by April 18.
Neil Nicoll: Leadership in the 21st century
Wednesday, May 18 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sector leader Neil Nicoll, will offer his perspective on what is needed to lead nonprofits in the 21st century. Then join the discussion as Neil responds to your questions and facilitates a conversation that will expand upon his remarks and your interests.
Presenter: Neil Nicoll, President Emeritus of YMCA of the USA (Y-USA)
Audience: Executive Directors, Senior Staff, and those on a leadership path in the nonprofit sector
Location: Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main Street, Worcester
Register here by April 29.
To learn more about the Nonprofit Support Center or to register, visit www.greaterworcester.org or call (508)755-0980.
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