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Two seasoned Boston-area nonprofit leaders, Sylvia Saavedra-Keber and Elaine Ng, join the staff of TSNE MissionWorks this month. Our programs continue to expand regionally and across the country, the experience that Sylvia and Elaine bring to TSNE will enhance our capacity to serve our constituents.
TSNE MissionWorks (TSNE) today announced that the nonprofit organization’s long-time Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Spack, is retiring at the end of 2016, starting a leadership transition process over the next six months. Jonathan’s decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of 34 years of service to TSNE MissionWorks.
One of the great voices in nonprofit advocacy and philanthropy, Rick Cohen, has died after collapsing suddenly this week. Cohen was a national correspondent for Nonprofit Quarterly and a widely admired advocate for low-income communities and philanthropic accountability. 
Nearly 100 nonprofits convened at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's presentation of the Leadership New England report. "64% of nonprofit executives say they plan to leave in the next five years." This was the finding from our Leadership New England report.
TSNE recently released the results of the Hartford-area Leadership New England report, prepared for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG). Based on data gathered from nonprofit leaders in the larger New England region, the Hartford-area brief focuses on the 172 survey responses from the HFPG grantmaking area. The area includes mostly cities and towns in Hartford County.
William Brah of the Venture Development Center at UMASS Boston interviewed Jhana Senxian about the 260 Washington Street Project: Jhana Senxian is the Founder and CEO of the Sustainability Guild, a direct action network of urban residents who re-imagine and redevelop their communities. Jhana is a social anthropologist and entrepreneur who hails from Boston’s Grove Hall community. She’s actively changing the systems which lead to social problems in the urban core.
TSNE MissionWorks’s new report on leadership in the region, Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector, based on responses from more than 1,200 executive directors, CEO’s and board members in the six New England states, is a wakeup call for our sector. We’ve been asleep at the switch for far too long, accepting as the norm a woefully inadequate leadership support infrastructure. And we’ve been slow to recognize the implications of the generational transition that’s already well underway.
New report profiles nonprofit leaders in New England, points to challenges with many seasoned leaders planning to leave in the next five years. Two-thirds of the nonprofit leaders surveyed plan to leave their jobs within five years. Points to challenges in raising capital, board governance and need for investment in staff professional development.
The Boston Globe profiled TSNE MissionWorks's Courage in Leading program participants this week. All of them are longtime leaders of local nonprofits, members of a generation who came of age in the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s, channeled their idealism and political activism into socially conscious careers, and are now stepping down.
Nonprofits have long been some of the most innovative organizations in both achieving their mission and running their day-to-day operations. The new book Cases in Innovative Nonprofits, edited by Ram A. Cnaan and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, features 18 case studies of this creative social entrepreneurship.

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