Insights

What we’re thinking and learning about right now, news that matters to nonprofits, and events and happenings in and around TSNE MissionWorks and the NonProfit Center.

Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Executive Director Third Sector New England
After a hiatus of several years, I recently attended the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), a 1,300-member group of researchers affiliated with university-based non-profit management... → More
Categories: Evaluation
Feb 13 2014 | By Alyssa Sternick
Boston Family Boat Building provides underserved students in Boston-area public schools with the resources necessary to get out of the classroom and approach learning from a fresh, experiential angle. Specifically, the program offers both students and their... → More
Categories: Fiscal Sponsorship
Feb 13 2014
On March 12, more than 40 non-profit leaders, funders, real estate professionals and government officials gathered in Boston for Innovative Strategies for Nonprofit Workspace,* a day-long briefing on multi-tenant nonprofit centers. Organized by the... → More
Categories: Human Resources
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Chief Executive Officer, TSNE MissionWorks
Before getting serious about developing a multi-tenant facility, it’s important to determine if your group or organization has the internal capacity to take on such a complex and time-consuming project. The first question to ask, though, should be: Will this... → More
Categories: Social Justice
Feb 13 2014 | By Ryan Allis and Denise Moorehead
Email marketing has gotten a bad rap because of the dozens of unsolicited emails we all receive daily (hundreds weekly) from spammers. According to a 2003 Michigan State study by Susan Chang and Mariko Morimoto, most people would rather receive junk mail,... → More
Feb 13 2014 | By Jennetta Hyatt
Like many of you, this time of the year can get me a bit “bummed out.” For me, it signifies the end of the summer and all of the accompanying fair weather activities - not to mention delicious summer food. → More
Categories: Human Resources
Feb 13 2014 | By Andrea Berry, Fund-raising Consultant
Email is an effective way to communicate with donors, and to raise money without substantially raising your overhead. While it isn’t likely to replace direct mail fundraising in your communications mix, emails allow you to inexpensively provide reasons and... → More
Categories: Fund Development
Feb 13 2014 | By Bob Greene, Senior Consultant
Try this simple trick. Often it is the simple work of art that we find the most beautiful. Skilled non-profit group and team leaders use (apparently) simple techniques to promote high levels of engagement. → More
Categories: Human Resources
Feb 13 2014 | By Jonathan Spack, Executive Director Third Sector New England
All the talk in the presidential campaign about “spreading the wealth” and allegedly socialist tax policies got me thinking about the dramatic erosion of the American social compact over the past 30 years, and the impact of that attitudinal shift. The basic... → More
Feb 13 2014 | by Deborah Elizabeth Finn, IT Consultant to Nonprofits
I do a lot of research on the effectiveness of online marketing to donors and others through relationship building for non-profit organizations – mostly by sitting around thinking about my own experiences as a reader of email. → More

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