When the New England Nonprofit Quarterly, now the Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), moved to TSNE MissionWorks in 1997, we envisioned the magazine becoming a high-quality regional resource for information on nonprofit trends, cutting-edge issues and best practices. The Nonprofit Quarterly has indeed exceeded the goals we set for it.
NPQ has become a “must-read,” knowledge-building tool nationally for nonprofit leaders, capacity builders, policy-makers and, increasingly, on university campuses for the study of our sector. The NPQ staff, led by Editor-in-Chief Ruth McCambridge, deserves much of the credit for this evolution.
As you know, TSNE’s programs and services are focused on supporting nonprofits primarily in New England. As the Nonprofit Quarterly began to grow in scope and national reputation, the TSNE board, Ruth McCambridge and I began discussions about new opportunities for sharing the magazine’s information with the nonprofit community. Ultimately, we agreed that the best solution for NPQ and our readers would be to have the magazine spin off, either to a new institution with a similar but national mission and stature, or as an independent 501(c)3 organization.
With advice as well as organizational and fundraising assistance from a blue-chip advisory group, we have decided that the Nonprofit Quarterly will become an independent nonprofit organization, the Nonprofit Information Networking Association, or NINA. This is an opportune time for the transition, as the magazine has developed a solid readership and advertising base, foundation support and well-respected editorial contributors.
As an independent organization, NPQ can continue to grow and develop as the staff and readers envision. At the same time, TSNE will have renewed opportunity to investigate new ways to provide management and other capacity-building support for the New England nonprofit community.
TSNE has nurtured the Nonprofit Quarterly programmatically and financially, providing more than three million dollars in support during the past several years. I believe that the nonprofit sector will now be well served by the continuous innovation of the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine - and the addition of new vehicles that allow TSNE to preserve its original vision to provide high-quality information for New England nonprofits. We are proud of what we have produced.
Over the next several months, TSNE will explore new ways to continue our mission to share best practices and strategies for effective nonprofit management and capacity building. Please share with us your ideas on the ways that we can best fulfill your needs for information. What form of knowledge dissemination will benefit you, especially those of you in New England, most? I look forward to your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.