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Feb. 7th, 2012

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TSNe-Bulletin: January/February 2012

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.


In This Issue

  • Demystifying Evaluation
  • Making the Most of LinkedIn: Best Practices for Connections
  • Starting an Effective Media Advocacy Campaign: Plan Well
  • Software Corner: Supporting Program Evaluation
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs


Why Evaluation Is Important

There is a big emphasis on return on investment by foundations right now. It has many nonprofits scrambling to develop methodology and tools for collecting data. But why is evaluation important beyond keeping funders happy?

Adding LinkedIn Connections

In this next installment of a multipart series, marketing professional Myrna Greenfield shares best practices for adding connections on LinkedIn, including protecting your brand.

Planning an Effective Media Campaign

Effective media advocacy campaigns start with a solid advocacy plan. Planning for a campaign is as important as the campaign itself.

From the Blog

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been shelved for the moment. But the threat to free speech on the Web remains. We gathered some resources together so your organization can educate itself onhow this legislation could impact nonprofits if it passes.

Software Corner

There is currently no single software package that covers all aspects of program evaluation. However, different systems can help you with specific components of the evaluation process. Visit Idealware to learn more as your organization thinks about its evaluation process.

Previously On...

Prepare for this week's financial management workshop with Meave O'Mara: Re-read her article on using key financial indicators.

Upcoming Workshops

Happenings and Opportunities In the Nonprofit Sector

TSNE is pleased to announce upcoming activities and events from across the sector, as well as new resources available to nonprofit professionals.

This month we've included information on employment opportunities, as well as training and events.

Have a job opening, grant opportunity, publication or event to announce? Send us your sectorwide announcements -- including a relevant URL -- with subject line News Submission. SEND TO: info@tsne.org

Dec. 20th, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin: December 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.


In This Issue

  • Getting Started with Evaluation
  • Making the Most of LinkedIn: Best Practices for Profiles
  • ED Forum: Update to Our Constituents
  • Software Corner: e-Advocacy
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

New e-Bulletin Schedule

Starting in 2012, the TSNe-Bulletin will move to a bimonthly schedule.

What Do You Need to Consider When Starting an Evaluation?

It is important to be very clear about what you are evaluating, why you are evaluating, and for whom you are evaluating. Paying attention to these questions will help you shape your evaluation into a more useful tool.

Create a Compelling LinkedIn Profile

In this next installment of a multipart series, marketing professional Myrna Greenfield shares best practices for setting up and building individual profiles on LinkedIn.

Programs in the Limelight

TSNE's grantees, clients, tenants and fiscally-sponsored projects frequently receive awards and recognition for the inspiring, community-changing work they do.

Introducing The Giving Common

The Giving Common, an initiative of The Boston Foundation, is a database of nonprofit profiles that funders, donors and the general public can search by issue area, geography and other variables with the option to "donate now." Sign up to develop your organization's profile.

Letter to Our Friends

TSNE Executive Director Jonathan Spack shares an update about TSNE programs after restructuring.

Software Corner

Advocacy organizations often encourage their grassroots supporters to influence politicians and corporations using different methods, from promoting a cause or opposing legislation to challenging ad campaigns or policies. Idealware looks at some of the e-advocacy tools available for nonprofits.

Upcoming Workshops

Happenings and Opportunities In the Nonprofit Sector

TSNE is pleased to announce upcoming activities and events from across the sector, as well as new resources available to nonprofit professionals.

This month we've included information on employment opportunities, as well as training and events.

Have a job opening, grant opportunity, publication or event to announce? Send us your sectorwide announcements -- including a relevant URL -- with subject line News Submission. SEND TO: info@tsne.org

Nov. 30th, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin: November 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.


In This Issue

  • Strategies for Growing Your Email List
  • How Your Nonprofit Can Make the Most of LinkedIn
  • Supercommittee Super Impact
  • ED Forum: Let's Ease Up on the Occupy Movement
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

New e-Bulletin Schedule

Starting in 2012, the TSNe-Bulletin will move to a bimonthly schedule.

Building an Effective Email List

An effective list can maximize your reach, help foster closer relationships with constituents and improve fundraising. But how do you expand your list sufficiently to meet your goals? Idealware shares tips and strategies for expanding your reach in a sustainable manner.

Setting Up a Company Profile

In a previous article, marketing professional Myrna Greenfield shared the why of LinkedIn for nonprofits. In this next installment of a multipart series, she delves into the how, starting with company pages.

Time to Choose: Well-Being or War?

What does the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (more commonly known as the "supercommittee") mean for nonprofit organizations -- and the nation?

Fitting Leadership to Goals

TSNE Executive Director Jonathan Spack had a shift in perspective on the Occupy movement, and argues that critics should ease up on the leaderless model of the Occupiers

Upcoming Training

Happenings and Opportunities In the Nonprofit Sector

TSNE is pleased to announce upcoming activities and events from across the sector, as well as new resources available to nonprofit professionals.

This month we've included information on employment opportunities, as well as training and events.

Featured event, co-hosted by TSNE:

Leading the Business of Global Nonprofits
Sponsored by the Institute for Executive Education of Suffolk University
Thursday, December 8, 2011, 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Have a job opening, grant opportunity, publication or event to announce? Send us your sectorwide announcements -- including a relevant URL -- with subject line News Submission. SEND TO: info@tsne.org

Oct. 31st, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin: October 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.


In This Issue

  • Community-Engagement Governance
  • A "Twittionary" for Nonprofits
  • Jumpstart Your Job Search
  • Restructuring of TSNE Programs
  • ETP Evaluation Results
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs


Systems-Wide Governance in Action

The Engagement Governance Project has launched a national participatory action research project with pilot organizations from around the country. Transition Consultant Judy Freiwirth shares some of the core lessons learned from this project in a recent article.

What You Need to Know To Navigate Twitter

Ever wonder what is a "retweet?" And what, exactly, is a hashtag? This quick guide will introduce you to the lingo and shorthand you need to navigate the "Twitterverse."

Tips for Getting Your Job Search Together

Learn more about the variety of ways job seekers can find their perfect match, based on a workshop presented by the Boston chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, "Getting Your Search Together."

Letter to Our Constituents

Just after Labor Day, TSNE received news that has caused us to announce a restructuring of our programming. However, by focusing on our core values and program strengths, TSNE will be able to continue to deliver high quality capacity building services to our constituents.

Executive Transitions Program Evaluation Results

Download the new brochure highlighting the results from the recent program evaluation.

Upcoming Training

Happenings and Opportunities In the Nonprofit Sector

TSNE is pleased to announce upcoming activities and events from across the sector, as well as new resources available to nonprofit professionals.

This month we've included information on employment opportunities, as well as training and events.

Have a job opening, grant opportunity, publication or event to announce? Send us your sectorwide announcements -- including a relevant URL -- with subject line News Submission. SEND TO: info@tsne.org

Sep. 30th, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin: September 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.


Special Social Media Issue

  • Social Media: Why?
  • Building a Fan Base
  • LinkedIn for Nonprofits
  • Social Media Webinar Series
  • Free Energy Assessment
  • Green Tip: America Recycles
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs


Why Bother With Social Media?

Why should your organization be using social media, and what are the considerations you should build into a workplan?

Eight Steps for Building Your Social Media Fan Base

How do you attract people to "like" your Facebook page, follow your Twitter feed or subscribe to your blog? Idealware walks you through through the key steps one-by-one.

Ten Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Be Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with over 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Is your organization represented?

Learn to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy, Step by Step

The hardest part of getting started with social media is figuring out what tools your organization should use. How do you work through all the possibilities, hype and data to decide which channels actually make sense for your organization? This six-part webinar series guides you in crafting your own social media strategy.

Drowning in Jargon?

Don't forget to share some of your favorite - and least favorite! - examples of jargon encountered in the nonprofit workplace. TSNe-Bulletin readers will vote for the best/worst NPOJargon.

Recycling Beyond Paper

Did you know that America Recycles Day is Tuesday, November 15? Learn more about programs to prevent litter and reduce waste.

Free Home Energy Assessment

Third Sector New England’s NonProfit Center is partnering with Renew Boston to help Boston residents save energy and money. Boston homeowners earning 60-120% of the area median income (see eligibility requirements) qualify for a free home energy assessment and up to $3,500 in energy upgrades.

Upcoming Training

Happenings and Opportunities In the Nonprofit Sector

TSNE is pleased to announce upcoming activities and events from across the sector, as well as new resources available to nonprofit professionals.

This month we've included information on employment opportunities, as well as training and events.

MNN and AGM are again teaming up to bring you Leading the Way, to be held on Thursday, October 20.

Have a job opening, grant opportunity, publication or event to announce? Send us your sectorwide announcements -- including a relevant URL -- with subject line News Submission. SEND TO: info@tsne.org

Jul. 26th, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin Summer 2011.

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.

 


 

In This Issue

  • Latest in Shared Services
  • Why Choose Fiscal Sponsorship? 
  • Free Energy Assessment
  • Consultants Corner: Do You Really Need a Strategic Plan?
  • Green Tip: Minimizing Barbecue Impact
  • Annual Report

 


Can Your Organization Share Services?

Collaboration is helping nonprofits nationwide survive and thrive. The NonProfit Center's Jackie Cefola reports on the newest ideas and findings on shared space and services from the Building Opportunities conference. Learn how to better serve constituents and improve the bottom line.

When Is Fiscal Sponsorship the Right Choice?

While fiscal sponsorship is not always the simplest concept to explain, it can make operating much simpler for nonprofit groups focused on high quality programming. So what types of groups are choosing fiscal sponsorship, and why?

Interested in learning more? TSNE has recently reissued the White Paper on Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship, with updated links, resources and
information.

Free Home Energy Assessment

Third Sector New England’s NonProfit Center is partnering with Renew Boston to help Boston residents save energy and money. Boston homeowners earning 60-120% of the area median income (see eligibility requirements) qualify for a free home energy assessment and up to $3,500 in energy upgrades. Those eligible can call 617.635.SAVE (please mention TSNE; $50 goes to support social justice organizations), or sign up online.

Sign up online: Programs in the Limelight

TSNE's grantees, clients, tenants and fiscally-sponsored projects frequently receive awards and recognition for the inspiring, community-changing work they do.

  • Ann Marie Hunter, of Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, was recognized as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

What Strategic Planning Can – and Can't – Do

When does strategic planning actually get in the way of addressing priority organizational issues? TSNE Senior Consultant Bob Greene discusses the strengths and pitfalls of a strategic plan.

Drowning in Jargon?

Share some of your favorite - and least favorite! - examples of jargon encountered in the non-profit workplace. TSNe-Bulletin readers will vote for the best/worst NPOJargon.

Summer Grillin'

Find strategies that spare any added pollution and waste in a brief guide, based on one staff member’s first try at a more environmental neighborhood BBQ.

Better Nonprofit Management

Registration for this year's training series is now open. Sign up for perennial favorite Effective Supervision; check out the new succession planning workshop; and much more.

2010 Year in Review

TSNE's 2010 Annual Report, Positioning Nonprofit Organizations for the New Economy, is now available via PDF on the TSNE website.

Save the Date

  • Sept. 13 - Reducing Workplace Stress
  • Oct. 28 - Consulting Power Hour
  • Nov. 30 - Be the Media

May. 31st, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin May 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.

 


 

In This Issue

  • The Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Announces New Name
  • Exploring "Collective Impact"
  • Affordable and Fun Summer Outings
  • Taking Back "Personal Responsibility"
  • Software Corner: Seven Ways to Train Staff Online
  • Video: What is the Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion?
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

 


Working Towards an Inclusive Sector

Organizations can be transformed to be more reflective of the populations being served racially and ethnically. They can develop a greater respect for and appreciation of cultural, gender, ability, class, religious and orientation differences.

The Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, which for 21 years has worked with nonprofits to reach achieve these transformations, is itself undergoing a change and becoming the Inclusion Initiative.

Restructuring the Way We Attack Broad Social Problems

In this month's ED Forum, TSNE Executive Director Jonathan Spack talks about "collective impact" and its potential to help effect systemic social change.

Mr. Spack asks, Is collective impact a passing fad or the next Big Thing?

Plan a Great, Affordable Staff Outing

Providing outlets for recreation and entertainment breaks the continuous cycle of daily office life that can so often lead to burn-outs. But what's the right fit for your organization?

TSNE staff share tips and ideas gathered over the years on how to put together a fun and affordable day outing.

Programs in the Limelight

TSNE's grantees, clients, tenants and fiscally-sponsored projects frequently receive awards and recognition for the inspiring, community-changing work they do.

From the Blog: Personal Responsibility

TSNE's director of education and outreach tackles the oft-heard phrase "personal responsibility" and the co-option of language in the TSNE Just Communications blog.

Software Corner

Traveling to offsite trainings and conferences can be expensive, and the nature of today's geographically-diverse staffs can make onsite training a challenge. A number of viable methods for professional development online make it likely your organization can find one that works. Visit Idealware to learn more.

Staff Pick

Deb Linnell, director of programs at TSNE, recommends Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, designed to help you sustain financial health and mission impact over time.

What's the Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion?

Inclusion Initiative Director Tyra Sidberry explains the difference in this short video.

Apr. 30th, 2011

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TSNe-Bulletin April 2011

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing non-profit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.

 


 

In This Issue

  • Nonprofit Pay Findings and Implications 
  • Podcast: Testing Assumptions
  • Program Awards
  • The Evolution of Blogging Platforms
  • Video: What is an M.O.U.?
  • Software Corner: Case Management Tools
  • Spring Clothing Drive
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

 


Taking A Closer Look at Compensation Data

Lyn Freundlich, TSNE's director of administration and human resources, has closely examined the findings from Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce, the salary survey conducted by TSNE and nonprofit and foundation partners across Massachusetts. And she has released A Closer Look, a deep analysis of findings and an analysis of its implications for nonprofit organizations, their staff, and the foundations and donors that support them.

How Asking Questions About Purpose Can Produce Change

In a recent podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, TSNE Executive Director Jonathan Spack discusses the assumptions that guide the work of advocacy and social services organizations -- and how groups can make sure those assumptions are correct.

Programs in the Limelight

TSNE's grantees, clients, tenants and fiscally-sponsored projects frequently receive awards and recognition for the inspiring, community-changing work they do.

  • Teen Voices, former Diversity & Inclusion Initiative grantee, was named as one of the top 10 best nonprofits for an internship in 2011.
  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council has honored Voices From Inside with a Gold Star Award for excellence in community arts and culture.

Looking for a Low-key Website Platform?

TSNE's online communications specialist recently put together a microsite for a volunteer project, and discovered how advanced blogging platforms have become as website management systems. Could a blog platform solve your small nonprofit's website needs?

What is a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.)?

Kay Snowden, TSNE's fiscal sponsorship program director, lays out the basics of an M.O.U. in this short video.

Software Corner

If thoughts of detailed client histories and reports to funders make you break out in a cold sweat, it may be time to consider the many good case management tools that will help you track demographics, interactions, scheduling, billing information and more.

Spring Clothing Drive

April 18 - May 6

Please consider donating your gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories to a great local cause. Second Chances will collect your donations for redistribution from the NonProfit Center to those in need in our community.

Mar. 30th, 2011

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March 2011 TSNe-Bulletin

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing nonprofit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.

 


 

In This Issue

  • Consultants Corner: Coaching for Greater Impact
  • Advantages of an Online Grant Management System
  • Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Announces Latest Grantees
  • TSNE Project Receives Prestigious Challenge Grant
  • ED Forum: Strength of the U.K. Nonprofit Sector
  • Green Tip: Go Fish
  • Software Corner: Field Guide
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

 


How Can Coaching Help Your Organization?

Results-oriented coaching helps improve leadership insight and action -- critical as nonprofits adjust to changing realities. Learn how coaching can be a long-term investment that fosters organizational impact as TSNE Senior Consultant Bob Greene shares stories in this month's Consultants Corner.

The Need for Online Grant Management

When TSNE began the search for an online tool for accepting grant applications, the process led us to Foundant Technologies. Their Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) makes it easy to receive and evaluate online applications, record decisions and measure outcomes using a user friendly and affordable online grants management solution.

Recently, they featured TSNE in a case study about our transition to the online system.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Announces Grantees

Learn about the organizations that recently received grants from the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to facilitate implementation of a significant aspect that maximizes and/or leverages current work toward a stated objective or goal.

Communities for Restorative Justice Receives Prestigious Challenge Grant

The Cahn Funds for Social Change has announced a challenge grant to Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), a TSNE fiscal sponsorship project. C4RJ offers a complement to the criminal justice system to those affected by crime in the region. The program has been recognized internationally and is unique in its partnership between community and police.

ED Forum

This month's column from TSNE's Executive Director Jonathan Spack talks about Great Britain's Office for Civil Society and the impact a U.S. equivalent could have for nonprofits.

Software Corner

The 2011 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits

What types of software should your nonprofit be using?

It's hard to even know what exists, let alone what is best for you. The fully updated and expanded 2011 Field Guide from Idealware covers more than 20 new types of software, including entirely new sections on collaboration and back office software.

Is Eating Fish Sustainable?

Is it possible to eat fish while staying true to environmental and social commitments? The NonProfit Center's Jackie Cefola looks at some resources for evaluating your fish consumption.

Feb. 28th, 2011

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February 2011 TSNe-Bulletin

Welcome to the TSNe-Bulletin, providing nonprofit professionals, capacity builders, funders and partners with information you can use to strengthen individual nonprofits, the sector and the communities we serve.

 


 

In This Issue

  • New Year, New e-Newsletter
  • Convening on Collaboration and Shared Services
  • Help Us Plan Training Opportunities
  • TSNE Blog: When Do You Recharge Your Batteries?
  • Staff Pick: Help A Reporter Out
  • Software Corner: Online Surveys
  • Sectorwide Trainings and Jobs

 


 

New Design

We're working out final tweaks with the new TSNe-Bulletin. With the new website launch last year, it was time to update our e-newsletter templates to more closely match the new design. We had 3 main goals in mind: to make the e-newsletters warmer, friendlier and easier to navigate.

Please let us know how you think we did with this issue, the first using the new design.

Leadership in the New Normal: A Convening on Collaboration, Networks and Shared Services

Join TSNE and a variety of regional nonprofit leaders for a full-day convening in Boston on Thursday, April 14.

Learn from colleagues who are already structuring their work differently in order to deepen the impact they are able to provide for their communities. We'll focus on networks, shared work, staff and space alliances, and the need for authentic inclusion to create social justice.

Features include a keynote speech by renowned community development expert Bill Traynor, workshops, a luncheon panel and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the sector.

What Do You Want To Learn Next Year?

Take our very short survey, and tell us what future training you would like to see TSNE offer - and enter to win the 2011-2012 Better Nonprofit Management workshop of your choice.

Interested in opportunities for a 15% discount?

Contact Julia Carpenter-Conlin, training program manager, about becoming a nonprofit partner next year.

From the Blog

How do you incorporate simple reminders -- like a birthday or anniversary or Valentine's Day -- that remind you to slow down and treasure the successes of your organization?

Let us know your tactics for stopping to smell the roses in our latest blog post.

Software Corner

Online surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are, without breaking your budget.

Idealware spoke to 5 nonprofit staff members to understand how existing online survey tools compare.

Staff Pick

Denise Moorehead, director of communications, education and outreach, says "Help A Reporter Out, or HARO, is a godsend for cash-strapped nonprofits looking for media coverage."

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