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April 29, 2020
In accordance with Massachusetts Governor Baker's stay-at-home advisory, TSNE, the NonProfit Center, and The Link are currently closed. TSNE’s staff are working remotely to continue to provide needed services to the organizations we serve.

During this challenging time, we will be sending our monthly newsletters every other week to share resources, knowledge, and support to the nonprofit community.

At this time, our May Better Nonprofit Management Training Series workshops have been postponed.
Paycheck Protection Program: Round 2
On Thursday, April 23, Congress passed a bill providing an additional $310 billion in funding to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created to keep workers at small businesses and nonprofits employed amid the economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic. Banks began accepting applications for the second round of funding on Monday, April 27. Read about urgent information about the application process for nonprofits.
Our Journey to Becoming a Learning Organization During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a series of unprecedented forces that will continue to impact our communities. Despite our changing and uncertain reality, it is essential that we remain committed to deepening our learning capacities.
  • The Power of Learning in a Time of Crisis
    TSNE’s Learning and Evaluation team completes their three-part series on our journey to becoming a learning organization with a blog post focusing on how using your core values as a guide can inform organizational learning and responsiveness during times of crisis. This post also includes an extensive list of learning and evaluation resources. Click here to read.
  • [Watch] 3 Creative Design-Thinking Tips for Responding to Crisis
    Did you know that design-thinking techniques are particularly successful during times of uncertainty? Learning Lab Project Manager Lilo Altali has created a video and companion worksheet to demonstrate three tips on how to implement design-thinking practices during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to watch the video and download the worksheet.
  • New Reports from the Learning Lab
    The Learning Lab, in partnership with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University, has released two unique reports assessing the capacity building needs, challenges, and best practices for movements, coalitions, and other nonprofit groups.

    The Field Scan identifies the findings of of 11 organizations that provide capacity building and/or fiscal sponsorship for traditionally structured and alternatively structured nonprofit organizations.

    The Literature Review synthesizes literature from academic journals, reports commissioned by foundations and philanthropic organizations, and news articles to identify the needs of alternatively structured nonprofits.
What Are Your Nonprofit's Most Urgent Needs Right Now?
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of the nonprofit sector. From crafting emergency communications to projecting cash flow, there are any numbers of concerns facing nonprofit leaders across Massachusetts and the nation. Complete this short survey by Friday, May 1 to let TSNE know what your biggest challenges are so we can help provide resources and guidance on the issues that are impacting you the most. Click here to take the survey.
News from Our Partners in the Sector
Raise Up Massachusetts’ Virtual Town Hall – TONIGHT
Join Raise Up Massachusetts on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:00-7:30pm for a virtual town hall around the topic of emergency paid sick leave. This event will feature front line workers and policy experts as they discuss how the federal government’s COVID-19 response has left out protections for millions of working people. Click here to register.
Governor Baker Signs Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium into Law
On April 20, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, halting landlords from filing eviction cases for the next four months or until 45 days after the coronavirus state of emergency is lifted. The law also protects homeowners and small businesses. Many nonprofit organizations from across the Commonwealth were behind the push for this law including our partners at the Massachusetts Public Health Association’s Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus and Equity and City Life/Vida Urbana.
Lenny Zakim Fund Announces COVID-19 Emergency Response and Recovery Fund
The Lenny Zakim Fund has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Recovery Fund to provide both immediate and long-term relief to nonprofits advancing social, racial, and economic justice in their communities. Click here to learn more.
[Op-Ed] The Crises Our Families Face Every Day
Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of Parenting Journey, and Julia Mejia, city councilor at-large for the city of Boston, wrote an opinion piece that highlights the health and economic inequities felt by poor and working class communities in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. In the piece, they urge local and state leaders to do more to close the wealth gap. Read the article here.
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
TSNE is gathering a list of resources for nonprofits that may be able to provide relief or assistance during this challenging time. This is not a complete list and we will continue to make updates here as more resources become available.

TSNE’s resource list includes:
  • Financial Support
  • Federal Relief Programs
  • Information for Nonprofit Response
  • Technology Resources
  • Communications Best Practices
  • Advocacy Opportunities
  • Legal Assistance
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