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What we’re thinking and learning about right now and the news and issues that matter to nonprofits.

Feb 12 2020 | TSNE
Innovation is hard! In this video, Learning Lab Program Manager Lilo Altali explains why thinking differently can be hard and walks you through how to use the creative process to kickstart innovation in your nonprofit. → More
Jan 30 2020 | Lori Manzelli
TSNE MissionWorks is formally announcing the transfer of the property located at 260 Washington Street to the Urban Guild. → More
Categories: Social Justice
Jan 21 2020 | Nwando Obele
© Can Stock Photo / lembergvectorRecent political, social, and economic shifts have created tremendous waves of uncertainty that threaten to engulf some nonprofits. During these precarious times, nonprofits must continue to develop and strengthen their organizational learning capacities. → More
Dec 16 2019 | Lilo Altali
Learning BoardIn November of 2018, TSNE launched the Learning Lab, a two-year strategic initiative that will inform our social impact investment strategies. The Lab is exploring how we can better understand the capacity-building needs of under-resourced nonprofits... → More
Nov 15 2019 | TSNE
Panelists (left to right): Katie Campbell-Simons, Massachusetts Census Equity Fund; Beth Huang, Massachusetts Voter Table; Vatsady Sivongxay, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy CoalitionWith fewer than six months to “Census Day,” April 1, 2020, it’s time for nonprofits to mobilize to make sure our communities get their fair share of resources and representation. Learn more about how the 2020 Census works and will impact your community and... → More
Tags: Census
Nov 15 2019 | TSNE
Dr. Karilyn Crockett, author of "People before Highways"Karilyn Crockett, PhD, a Lecturer of Public Policy and Urban Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses themes from her new book People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making, a fascinating... → More
Nov 15 2019 | TSNE
Panelists at the annual conferenceEmbedding equity and inclusion in organizations is increasingly a priority for many nonprofits. Still, with a host of new research and learning on how to structure our policies and practices to support this work, many leaders struggle to maintain momentum... → More
Oct 23 2019 | Lori Manzelli
Elaine Ng and Jackie Cefola at the MNN ConferenceAnyone who has worked in the nonprofit field has been asked, “How can we do more with less?” It’s a frustrating question with an impossible answer. Wouldn’t the better question be, “How can we do more with what we already have?” This was the focus of the... → More
Sep 20 2019 | Jenn Hayslett and Anne Peyton, CPF CFRE
"You had me at hello," a classic line from the movie Jerry Maguire, was in response to an extensive courting process. This wonderful one-liner is ironic for fundraisers — our donors say "HELLO" with their first gift, and yet by the 5th... → More
Sep 09 2019 | Ning Jun Yuan and Jessica Sáenz
Millennials Nonprofit Leaders of Color SpeakingOn Friday, September 6, 2019, TSNE hosted a panel of millennial leaders of color who shared their experiences in rising to the top of their organizations and the lessons we can learn to lift up others to create a stronger and more diverse sector. Millennials... → More

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