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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 (www.tsne.org), 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.

"In our 60 year history, TSNE MissionWorks has changed our name a few times as our organization has advanced and evolved,” says Sandy St. Louis, Communications Director, TSNE MissionWorks. “But our commitment to being a trusted, strategic partner to our fellow nonprofits by helping to support their organizations so they can achieve their missions, has remained a constant. Our new brand reinforces that message and positions us to take on the exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Through their consulting, training and management support services to nonprofits, TSNE MissionWorks manages $36 million in financial assets for nonprofits who operate across the country. It provides nonprofits with consulting and training services and is the largest provider of Executive Transitions services in New England. TSNE MissionWorks is also the developer and owner of the NonProfit Center, a 110,000 s.f. building near South Station with office and meeting space for nonprofits. The organization’s activities also extend to grantmaking and community-based investments through its Inclusion Initiative fund for community organizing and investment in the 260 Washington Street Project in Dorchester, Mass., which is a collaborative real estate development effort with residents who will use the building to create a co-work and incubator space for community-based enterprises.

Changes ahead for the organization include a retooling of its highly-successful training and consulting services in addition to the expansion of its flagship fiscal sponsorship service, which provides financial, grants, and human resources management, as well as a corporate home for growing nonprofits.

It is also actively seeking new leadership to fill the Chief Executive Officer position vacated by Jonathan Spack when he retired six months ago after 34 years at the helm. Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Board President, now leads the organization alongside Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee Swislow.

"I feel privileged to be leading TSNE MissionWorks through the exciting changes that are happening in our organization,” says Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Board President. “We are embracing this transitional moment as one of great opportunity for us.”

Dowley-Blackman, who has been Board President for two years, is overseeing the executive search process with other members of the board transition committee. She has recently recruited two new board members, Alexie Torres-Fleming, Executive Director for Access Strategies Fund, and Jaye Smith, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations for Nurtury to fill positions vacated by departing long-time board members Arlene Fortunato, Chief Development Officer at the Kraft Center for Community Health at Partners HealthCare and Robert Wadsworth, retired Program Director and Senior Fellow at The Boston Foundation.

“We are recruiting new board members and a new executive who we believe can help us navigate the changing nonprofit landscape, as we chart our path for our future,” say Dowley-Blackman. “With a fresh brand identity, a new leader, and a strong financial position, the possibilities for our future are endless.”

About TSNE MissionWorks

TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) (www.tsne.org) is a nonprofit management support and capacity building organization that works with hundreds of nonprofits across the country. Our mission is to provide information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals, organizations and groups that engage people in community and public life. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society.

In addition to is robust mix of management and consulting services for nonprofits, the organization has published several groundbreaking original research projects have been widely reviewed and shared with the sector including: Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation studies (2017, 2014 and 2010), Opportunity in Change (2017, with The Boston Foundation), Leadership New England study (2015), Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact (2013), Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Diversity in the Workplace (2010), Creative Disruption a sabbatical study (2009), and the Executive Directors Guide (2002, 2010, new edition coming in 2018).