News, Reflections and Resources for Powering Change

Jan 12 2017 | Josh Sattely, Esq., Third Sector New England
Josh Sattely, Esq., Third Sector New EnglandHow can the philanthropic sector best identify and support promising new initiatives? → More
Jul 12 2016 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer
The persistent complaint from the philanthropic community that there are "too many nonprofits" has become so commonplace in recent months that it’s become something of a cliché within our sector. And like many clichés, this one has a deceptively... → More
May 05 2015 | By Roberta Rosenberg, M.Ed.
Forty years of experience have given me lots to think about the challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. During my career, I worked for five nonprofits in the fields of developmental disabilities, aging, and domestic violence; negotiated service delivery... → More
Mar 03 2014 | By TSNE
There are many reasons why a non-profit organization might consider a merger. The most important factor that you should consider when contemplating a merger is whether or not your nonprofit’s mission will be better accomplished through this change. Throughout... → More
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 Deborah Linnell, former Director of Programs, Third Sector New England
One of the many insights gleaned from Third Sector New England’s Capacity Building Fund (CBF) is just how vital building relationships and developing trust are to successful cross-organizational work within and across nonprofits. Begun in 2004, CBF provides... → More
Feb 13 2014
From the Nonprofit Quarterly to the Foundation Center to Third Sector New England’s Organizational Transitions Program, well-executed non-profit collaboration has been shown to maximize resources, enhance visibility and even increase revenue for the... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer Third Sector New England
One result of the current economic situation is that many non-profit organizations, especially smaller ones or those dependent on public funding and/or a small number of private donors, are in difficult financial straits. Some of these groups are beginning to... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Executive Director Third Sector New England
A recently-published study by the high-profile Bridgespan Group has been getting a great deal of attention lately. The report, “Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions: More Than a Tool for Tough Times” promotes the idea that nonprofits – and their funders -... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Executive Director Third Sector New England
Several months ago, John Kania and Mark Kramer published an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “Collective Impact”, which they define as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving... → More