Insights

What we’re thinking and learning about right now, news that matters to nonprofits, and events and happenings in and around TSNE MissionWorks and the NonProfit Center.

Jul 12 2016 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer
The persistent complaint from the philanthropic community that there are "too many nonprofits" has become so commonplace in recent months that it’s become something of a cliché within our sector. And like many clichés, this one has a deceptively... → More
May 03 2016 | By Active Living By Design
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Apr 29 2014 | By Jonathan Spack
A potentially revolutionary change in the way the Internal Revenue Service grants public charity status is in the works. Yet despite its far-reaching implications, this dramatic development has to date escaped the notice of most in the sector.  → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer, TSNE MissionWorks
In Great Britain there has long existed an active Cabinet-level Office for Civil Society (OCS). By contrast, most members of Congress are scandalously ignorant about the nonprofit sector. This is despite the sector’s broad presence in every district, its 10% ... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By TSNE MissionWorks
The Commonwealth Seminar is opening the doors of the Massachusetts State House to diverse leaders: community leaders of color and those from immigrant and other underrepresented communities. The TSNE fiscally sponsorship client is preparing the next... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By TSNE MissionWorks
Teach Our Children (TOC) was fiscally sponsored by TSNE MissionWorks, and sought to ensure that parents are truly involved with education policy and decision-making and rightfully acknowledged as critical participants in the success of their school system.... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer, TSNE MissionWorks
All the talk in the presidential campaign about “spreading the wealth” and allegedly socialist tax policies got me thinking about the dramatic erosion of the American social compact over the past 30 years, and the impact of that attitudinal shift. The basic... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer, TSNE MissionWorks
A recent article in a Boston-area weekly newspaper was right on target in stating that operational expertise is critical in running a nonprofit. Operational expertise ensures that board members – and senior staff members – develop strategic direction for the... → More
May 13 2010 | By Karen Jeffreys, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
The strength of the 1070 Main Street affordable housing and homeless prevention collaboration is best exemplified in its recent joint efforts to save the Neighborhood Opportunities Program, or NOP. NOP is Rhode Island's most critical program for ending... → More
Jan 01 2005 | By Jonathan Spack
A few weeks before the 2005 Nonprofit Workout conference, I was contacted by a representative of the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE, asking that we move our conference from the Hyatt Regency Cambridge to another venue. It was then that I first learned about... → More

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