This past Monday in Massachusetts was the state-wide Nonprofit Day. The event was hosted by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and held in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston. Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo were keynote speakers and it was a pleasure to meet Representative Liz Malia, who is part of the MA Bi-Partisan Nonprofit Caucus. I had a delightful conversation with Amherst Representative Ellen Story, talking about our work… in a nutshell, she’s excited to be invited to a dance, she was thrilled hear about CDSS. Before she ran off to a meeting she said “wouldn’t the world be a better place if had made time for more music and dance?” I spoke to MNN Executive Director, Rick Jackious, and Esther Hanig, Deputy Director, about CDSS and our upcoming Centennial celebration. And I had a nice conversation with Jonathan Spack, Executive Director of Third Sector New England, who helped CDSS through its executive transition. I thanked Jonathan for their assistance and gave them feedback on the process CDSS went through.
I had high hopes that Governor Deval Patrick would be there, as I had told the staff I’d get my picture taken with him. But alas, he couldn’t make it. Many of our other representatives were in district on Monday, so I was unable to meet with them. But it was a great day to meet nonprofits from around the Commonwealth and talk to some elected leaders about the importance for funding for the arts and our grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.