Preparing Executive Director Transitions for Organizational Success

It is an open secret in the nonprofit sector that organizations need to engage in succession planning, but few are doing it and fewer are doing it well. This is especially critical now when a tsunami of baby-boomer executive directors are retiring from longtime leadership. What’s the hold up? The truth is that leadership transitions present an overwhelming number of tricky issues, ranging from the personal needs of executive directors to the organizational requirements of the staff and the board.

More Data Must Equal More Commitment to Creating Racial Equity

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion promoting the release of a new report by The Hyams Foundation, Racial Inequities, Policy Solutions: Perceptions of Boston’s Communities of Color on Racism and Race Relations. The report assessed attitudes on race, policies, and quality of life among people of color in the City of Boston.

Building Movement to Bridge the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

After the release of its initial report, Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership which was co-authored with TSNE MissionWorks, the Boston Foundation's Nonprofit Effectiveness program hosted a forum with the Building Movement Project and a panel of local community leaders outlining the findings published in their new report Race to Lead.

“The Data Tells a Different Story.” It's Time for Nonprofits to Confront the Racial Leadership Gap.

There is nothing like a good set of data to help us confront what is real, versus what we assume. The Building Movement Project recently released its Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap report based on data from over 4,000 respondents. This study sought to understand the causes of this gap—between the racial composition of our society and that of senior nonprofit leadership.

Third Sector New England Gains a New Name, New Board Members, and New Plans for the Future after 60 Years of Supporting Nonprofits across the Country

Third Sector New England (, the 60 year-old, nonprofit management support and capacity building organization, announced that it is changing its name to TSNE MissionWorks. The new moniker is the product of a rebranding effort, launched to bring the organization’s visual and verbal brand in line with its current operations, including an upcoming program expansion and a national search for new executive leadership.


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