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Massachusetts is home to an incredibly robust and diverse nonprofit sector. While there are almost 40,000 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth, we know that approximately 14,000 of these are doing active programming within Greater Boston.
The work of the Nonprofit Effectiveness cross-cutting strategy is focused on these organizations and leaders. We believe that an organizational focus on advancing the 5 Elements of Nonprofit Effectiveness outlined below is a key part of achieving sustained social impact.
The Nonprofit Effectiveness (NPE) cross-cutting strategy strives to accelerate social change by strengthening Greater Boston nonprofit organizations and leaders via two core strategies: building infrastructure and providing resources.
To support and seed intermediary organizations, tools, networks, and promising practices that support and enable Greater Boston nonprofits, leaders, and staff to advance the 5 Elements of Nonprofit Effectiveness.
To provide direct capacity-building support (Including, but not limited to consultant projects, skilled-volunteer support, and cohort programs) to Greater Boston nonprofit organizations, leaders, and staff to advance the 5 Elements of Nonprofit Effectiveness within their organizations.
TBF’s 5 Elements were developed with input from our core Nonprofit Effectiveness partners: College for Social Innovation, Institute for Nonprofit Practice, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Social Innovation Forum, Trinity Boston Connect’s Racial Equity Leaders Learning Circle, and TSNE-MissionWorks.
1. INTERMEDIARY ORGANIZATON – technical assistance providers or providers of other key assets to the field such as talent, marketing, or financial support that build capacity for and support the development of other nonprofit organizations (from Building Social Enterprise Intermediaries: A Guide for Governments and Donors)
2. RACE EQUITY - The condition where one’s race identity has no influence on how one fares in society. Working towards a race equity culture involved the ongoing elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race inside and outside of an organization (from Equity in the Center’s Awake to Woke to Work Framework)
3. OPERATIONS – Internal systems and processes that support organizations to better deliver on their missions, including but not limited to communications, fundraising, human resources, and technology.