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New health insurance benefits and opportunities available through the Massachusetts Health Connector
By Audrey Morse Gasteier, Deputy Director of Policy & Research, Director of Employer Policy, Massachusetts Health Connector

Board Governance

Recruiting Your Board: Four Leadership Roles to Consider
By Gayle L. Gifford, ACFRE, President, Cause & Effect, Inc.

How to Foster an Effective Board of Directors
By Shannon Crowley, Audit Supervisor, BlumShapiro


How To Get The Photos You Need
by Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography

A Practical, No-Nonsense Guide to Building a Movement
by the City Awake Team

Are you telling a good Story?
By Mechthild von Knobelsdorff, Story Connect

Communication Between the Business Office and The Board
By Jeanne Pagnozzi, BlumShapiro

How to Use Reddit as a Nonprofit Communicator
By Jenn Maffeo, Maketing Director at Crowdster

Written Acknowledgements for Donors
By Jeanne Pagnozzi,CPA, manager at BlumShapiro

How to Use Social Media to Gain Exposure for your Nonprofit
By Jenn Maffeo, Marketing Director, Crowdster

How to Make Social Media Work For Your Nonprofit
By Theodora Higginson, Director of Strategic Projects, Tech Goes Home

Your Campaign in Pictures- Tips for Great Storytelling Photos
By Leise Jones, Leise Jones Photography


New health insurance benefits and opportunities available through the Massachusetts Health Connector
By Audrey Morse Gasteier, Deputy Director of Policy & Research, Director of Employer Policy, Massachusetts Health Connector


Creating a For-profit Subsidiary of a Tax-exempt Organization
by Elka Sachs, Partner at Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Using Form 990 to Improve Non-Profit Board Governance
By Michael Hickey, CPA, MBA, Manager at BlumShapiro

What to expect when you’re expecting to be recognized as an exempt organization
By Charles Fayerweather, Partner, Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Using Your Form 990 for Organizational Improvements
By Michael Hickey, CPA, MBA, Manager, BlumShapiro

What A Nonprofit Should Look For In A Bank
By Bruce Figueroa, Head of Not-For-Profit Banking, RBS Citizens

Best Practices for Developing Compensation for Non-Profit Organizations
By Michelle Y. Hatch, CPA, Principal at BlumShapiro

Tax Update: Understand the Recent Changes to Form 990 to Avoid Common Mistakes
By Jeanne Pagnozzi, CPA, Manager at BlumShapiro

Computer and Software Services Now Subject to Sales and Use Tax
By Jeff Warfield and Rich Weiner, Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co.

The What, Why and How of Fiscal Sponsorship
By Jonathan Spack, Executive Director, Third Sector New England


How Nonprofits Can Use ‘Shiny Objects’ to Raise More Money
by Joe Waters

New Year’s Resolution for 2015: Enhance Storytelling for Fundraising
Mechthild von Knobelsdorff, Founder of Story Connect

5 Ways to Raise Funds & Awareness For Your Nonprofit
By Matt Reason, Director of Partnerships, Booster, LLC

6 Tips for Spring Fundraising Success


Beacon Hill and Voters Expand Leave Laws for Massachusetts Employees
by Daniel F. McCabe, Jr. and Eliza Minsch, Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, P.C.

Earned Sick Time- Tips for Nonprofits
By Paul Holtzman, Krokidas and Bluestein LLP

The Importance of the Fiduciary Role on an Endowment and Foundation Board – What you need to know to avoid personal liability for fiduciary negligence
By Dierdre Collins, Harbor Strategies Group

Structuring Non-Compete Agreements in the Face of Uncertainty – Best Practices for Nonprofit Leaders
By Paul Holtzman, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

The Power and Benefits of Being a Voter
By Nonprofit VOTE

The Importance of Defunding Clauses in Leases
By Samuel Nagler, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

When Owning Property Isn’t the Best Option
By Maria Krokidas, Managing Partner, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Is your use fair use?
By Ellen Lubell, Esq., Tennant Lubell, LLC

Recognizing and Avoiding Employment Law Pitfalls
By Eliza Minsch and Daniel McCabe, Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, P.C.

Five Important Features of the MA Data Security Law and Regulations
By Samuel Nagler, Partner, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Avoid These Three Common Legal Pitfalls
By Lawyers Clearinghouse staff

Sector Development

Help raise awareness about the impact of the sector
By Julia Campbell, J Campbell Social Marketing

Positive Nonprofit News Can Change the World
By Jackie Herskovitz Russell, President and Founder of Teak Media + Communication

Health Connector Offers Nonprofits Choices and Savings
By David Kerrigan, Director of Business Development, Health Connector

Untapped: Talented Boomers Ready for Encores at Nonprofits
By Bruce Frankel, Communications Chair of the Life Planning Network and author of What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Organizational Development

Ready, Fire, Aim: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Organizational Development
by Barry Dym, Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Lessons for Long-Tenured Nonprofit Executives and Founders
by Tom La Salvia, Senior Consultant at Raffa

5 Policies That Could Protect Your Organization
By Sheryl Howard, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

The Social Sector Generational Shift
By Irwin Nesoff, Associate Professor and Chair of Nonprofit Leadership & Policy, Wheelock College

Engaging Young Volunteers
By Molly Yuska, Founder, Project Giving Kids

Energy Efficiency Resources for Your Organization
By Larry Chretien, Executive Director, Energy Consumers Alliance of New England

Joint Ventures With For-Profits- Four Things You Need To Know
By Elka Sachs, Partner, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Should Your Non-Profit Consider an Affiliation or Merger?
By Sheryl Howard, Associate, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

What Is a Nonprofit Performance Management System?
By Ellen G. Bass, Director of the Boston Capacity Tank, Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

By Paul Holtzman, Partner, and Anjali Waikar, Associate, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Skills-Based Volunteering: Effectively Engage Volunteers to Build Organizational Capacity
By Danielle Holly, Executive Director, Common Impact

Energy Buying 101: Securing Beneficial Electricity Supply Arrangements
By Liam Sullivan, Director of Marketing & Communications, PowerOptions

You Have to Know Where You’re Going in Order to Get There
By Stephen M. Pratt, Director of Financial Sustainability, Root Cause