TRANSFORMING
THE FUTURE,
TOGETHER


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.

INSIGHT

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.

Resources

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.

Community

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.

FEATURED EVENTS

A full list of events are available here.

JOIN US AT THE NEXT CENTERING JUSTICE

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 will return on Wednesday, September 21st (09/21/22).

OUR BLOG

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YOUR VALUES OUGHTA COST YOU

YOUR VALUES OUGHTA COST YOU

As NEW always has, we’re placing our values directly at the center of this process of expansion. Our values were central as we reflected on our needs to thrive and grow. They were central in our community engagement and design processes, and now in the first architectural drawings. And they are central in our fundraising practice, too. We’re “walking the walk” as we enter into a fifteen million dollar ($15M) campaign to expand our programs and evolve our physical space. As we do, we invite you all into the process with us.

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WHAT’S ON OUR HORIZON

WHAT’S ON OUR HORIZON

Thirty (30) years ago, philanthropists in Washtenaw County envisioned an arts incubator in Ann Arbor. Their aim was to help drive economic stimulus in the downtown area. The building they landed on was in an old warehouse district heading out of town. They wanted to offer rent below market rate and spur the economic activity in the nearby community. And in the thirty (30) years of NEW’s practice, we’ve been successful in doing just that. 

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SEASON OF ADAPTATION

SEASON OF ADAPTATION

With the start of NEW’s fiscal year on July 1st, I’m reflecting on “adaptation” as a word to carry us in this transition. As a team, we’ve come together to learn from our community and grow in myriad ways. By sharing our journey, we hope you find a spark that proves useful in your own work. Or perhaps it will inspire you to share the ways you’re adapting and welcoming new opportunities.

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