The work of the nonprofit sector impacts every resident of Massachusetts. The state’s more than 33,000 nonprofits educate us, keep us healthy, support our most vulnerable populations, and care for our cultural, historical, and environmental treasures. They are a critical economic engine generating more than 500,000 jobs and employing 17% of the state’s workforce.
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network – The Voice of the Nonprofit Sector
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the nonprofit sector and the only statewide organization that brings together all parts of the nonprofit ecosystem—nonprofits, funders, community and business leaders, and elected officials—to strengthen nonprofits and raise the sector’s voice on critical issues. MNN understands that strong nonprofits build strong communities. It is MNN’s mission to strengthen the nonprofit community through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building.
MNN has more than 650 nonprofit members from every region of the Commonwealth. MNN is made up of nonprofits from eight sub-sectors: Arts and Culture; Education and Youth; Environment; Health; Housing and Community Development; Human Rights; Human Services; and Philanthropy. MNN’s members have budgets ranging from under $250,000 to over $100 million, and the range of causes and constituents served is just as wide.
MNN’s over 100 for-profit affiliate members provide goods and services that support nonprofits and assist them in meeting their organizational missions in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Advocating, Raising Awareness, Building Capacity, Making a Difference
- MNN’s advocacy efforts focus on public policy issues that affect nonprofits across the state. MNN’s Policymaker Roundtable brings government leaders and MNN members together for candid conversations about issues impacting the nonprofit sector. MNN’s ongoing advocacy work seeks to strengthen nonprofit and government partnerships, ensure fair tax policy and accountability, support innovation and talent, and increase philanthropy, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
- MNN works to increase public awareness of the nonprofit sector through timely publications and proactive media outreach. In June 2008, MNN created a statewide Nonprofit Awareness Day, the first of its kind to be signed into law in the United States. Most recently, MNN introduced Commonwealth Insights, a regular publication highlighting policy issues and trends pertinent to the nonprofit sector.
- MNN supports nonprofit capacity building by hosting networking, professional development, and speaker events throughout the year, including an annual conference that brings together over 600 Massachusetts nonprofit leaders to network, share best practices, develop new skills, and discover new resources. Additionally, MNN partners with organizations to provide workshops, trainings, meetings, and other opportunities for members to share and disseminate best practices.
The sub-sectors we serve:
- Arts & Culture
- Education and Youth
- Housing/Community Development
- Human rights
- Human services
The regions we work in:
- Cape Cod and The Islands
- Pioneer Valley