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.

Feb 13 2014 | By Bob Greene
Strategic planning has been in vogue for several years in the nonprofit sector. In part because many funders are requiring – and funding – it, and because, in many cases, strategic planning can be so valuable, it is now seen as vital for every nonprofit. At... → More
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Feb 13 2014 | By Kristen Saulnier
How do you frame your nonprofit’s message to the media in a way that will get your organization coverage that focuses on the heart of an issue – not on “side” topics that stir unwarranted controversy? → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Gena Bean
A holistic yoga practice is not just an exercise or a stretching routine: it is a mindset. → More
Categories: Human Resources
Feb 13 2014 | By Jackie Cefola, former Program Manager The NonProfit Center
While the first day of spring officially “sprung” nearly a month ago, those of us in arctic climates such as Boston have only recently started to awaken from our winter hibernation. My many months spent primarily inside led to several distinct physical and... → More
Categories: Workplace Culture
Feb 13 2014
What kind of person does it take to bring together nonprofits, funders, government and legislators to focus resources and time on a solution to chronic homelessness? → More
Feb 13 2014 | By TSNE MissionWorks
On a bitter cold morning in 1981, a priest at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hartford found a homeless man frozen to death near the church steps. Vowing that such a tragedy would never happen again, parish priests opened the basement of the church to... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Kristen Saulnier, Communications Assistant, Third Sector New England
Effective media advocacy campaigns start with an advocacy plan. A roadmap for creating this plan was provided by the Progressive Communicators Network’s Tom Louie to attendees at the Be the Media! mini-conference on November 30, 2011. According to Louie,... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Tyra Sidberry, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Director, TSNE MissionWorks
There seems to be much consternation, replete with hand-wringing and soul searching, about the research findings from the study “Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century,” authored by Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam. → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Lori Tsuruda, PresidentDirectors of Volunteer Administration and Founder & Executive Director of People Making a Difference
Assessing volunteer needs and developing position descriptions are a necessity, not a luxury. In my workshops on volunteer recruitment, I often hear nonprofit leaders say, It was nice to dedicate time to think about our volunteer needs strategically. Although... → More
Categories: Human Resources
Feb 13 2014
The NonProfit Center encourages staff and board members to look at ways to improve the nonprofit workplace and the processes used there with the environment in mind. Here are a few strategies to start with: → More
Categories: Human Resources

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