How can we unlock the potential of our most audacious vision of a just and thriving society?

By working together to dismantle systems of oppression and build resilience. By cultivating deep relationships and powerful learning communities. NEW connects leaders and organizations with essential tools and services that free up focus for mission-related work. There is space for you here, whether you’re a grassroots activist, an emerging or established nonprofit, a business, or an institution invested in social change.

At NEW, you’ll find partners, approaches and conversations that uplift, improve and amplify your work.


NEW convenes dialogue that centers justice, inspires deep listening and uplifts social change leaders. Leadership DELI, Champions for Change and other programs guide and connect emerging and established nonprofits.


NEW connects emerging and established nonprofits with crucial operational and organizational support—from server and software updates bookkeeping and financial consulting to anti-racism coaching and strategic planning.


NEW provides meeting space that any registered nonprofit can rent, as well as customizable private office space for lease, in our 11,000-square-foot building. We’re also home to a growing list of affiliates who share our space and resources.


A full list of events are available here.


In Centering Justice’s monthly virtual gatherings, you’ll hear a variety of perspectives, not only from nonprofit leaders, but also artists, activists, faith leaders and others. Join us to hear their invitations and calls to action.

Centering Justice is on summer break and will return on September 20, 2023


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For the Rest of us

For the Rest of us

For years, I’ve felt like I’m swimming, doggy paddling, in a giant ocean. I get a gasping breath and then am swept under the surf, rolling with the current under the mirror-like surface. I’m below for far too long. My lungs are pushed to their limits each time, as I flail, wholly at the mercy of the waves. Until randomly, I’m jettisoned into fresh air, able to grab on to a piece of driftwood and stay afloat for a short while. Just long enough to stop panting and catch my breath. And then a sneaker wave comes, and I’m towed back into the suffocating depths once again.

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The Beautiful Mess

The Beautiful Mess

My instinctive approach to any clean up, discovery, or big decision making moment is to make a big, gigantic mess. It’s cringe (as the youth say), because messiness can be seen as a sign of inadequacy. And that leads to vulnerability. But without vulnerability there would be no growth or influence. Without making a mess and cleaning it up, what have you learned? Without driving around and getting a little lost, would you have discovered the gorgeous wildflower patch by the stream? You get my drift?  

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Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting

In late June, 2023, NEW’s leadership got together to discuss participatory budgeting and what it’s like at NEW. Here’s a recording of their conversation. Featuring Yodit Mesfin Johnson, president & CEO; Carrie Hammerman, chief strategy & programs officer; and Linda Tam, chief finance & operations officer.

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