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In addition to the resources in the Library, Valley Nonprofit Resources’ website has available publications that can be downloaded for free from its past projects – the MENDing Poverty conference series, Raising the Bar Project, Latino Multifamily Group Program, and Latino Multifamily Groups for Type II Diabetes Project.

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Cash Flow in the Nonprofit Business Model: A Question of Whats and Whens

Is an article written by Hilda H. Polanco and John Summers for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article discusses how cash flow impacts—and is impacted by—the way a nonprofit does business. Polanco and Summers also discuss the number one critical component of any business: day-to-day liquidity.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Celebrities Aren't Influencing Young-Activists, Donors

Celebrities Aren’t Influencing Young Activists, Donors is an article for The NonProfit Times, presenting data from a March 2021 study of 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18-30 by Cause & Social Influence in Indianapolis. The study found that animal safety and rights issues and civil rights and social justice topped a list of concerns for the second year in a row. Online influencers held more sway with this group than celebrities, with 51% saying they received information from online conten

Tags - Advocacy
Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Nonprofit Boards

Is an article written by Matthew Forti for Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the article, Forti shares advice for helping a board to evolve alongside an organization's changing needs and opportunities.

Tags - Board Development
Choosing the Right Email Marketing Platform for Your Nonprofit

In this article written for Sumac, Jessica Chapman identifies several email marketing software options and details the benefits of each as they relate to organizational needs.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Clients at the Center: Realizing the Potential of Multi-Service Organizations

Is a report written by Bob Searle, Alex Neuhoff and Andrew Belton. Multi-service organizations (MSOs) -nonprofits that provide services across multiple categories such as substance abuse, housing, and education - are uniquely positioned to provide holistic help to clients. While nonprofits that provide a single service (from mentoring to job training) often draw more media attention, perhaps because they are easier to profile, MSOs have tremendous potential to help people struggling with complex

Tags - Management
Coaching and Philanthropy Project: Action Guides for Grantmakers, Nonprofits, and Coaches

Is a project of CompassPoint, created to assess and advance coaching as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations. It reviewed the nonprofit sector's support for and use of coaching, as well as the coaching field's knowledge of and work within the nonprofit sector. Its publications were created as a resource for and about coaching in the nonprofit sector. Each contains relevant information for a particular audience - funders, nonprofits, and coaches.

Tags - Leadership
Coaching Strengthens Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations

By Carolyn J. Curran is an article addressing key questions about coaching such as: why is there a discrepancy between interest in, and practice of, coaching; what is the difference between coaching and consulting; when is a nonprofit leader ready for coaching; what happens in a coaching session; how can coaching top executives impact a whole organization; and how to pay for coaching.

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Collaboration: An Overview

This 2-page VNR paper provides a summary of strategies for promoting effective collaboration among nonprofit organizations and other entities.

Tags - Collaboration
Communication: The Glue That Holds an Organization Together

This is an article written by Cari Cho for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, Cho shares some of the mistakes a nonprofit’s management team can make in the communication department and the lessons that can be learned from such experiences.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers: Talk Your Way to Success with Donors and Funders

Is a book by Janet Levine and Laurie A. Selik, which gives professional and volunteer fundraisers the tools to learn about donors through personal interaction, using conversation guides. It starts with a values-based approach in Chapter 1, then zooms in on the all-important one-to-one conversations necessary to be a successful nonprofit development officer or volunteer fundraiser.

Tags - Fundraising
Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Charities

This is a resource compiled by the IRS to help nonprofit organizations stay out of trouble and protect their status. It covers activities that may jeopardize a charity's exempt status, returns and forms that must be filed, required public disclosures - and much more.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Conflict of Interest...or Conflict of Loyalty?

Often the "conflicts of interest" of nonprofit board members do not involve personal financial gain. Consider the board member whose commitment to rights for people with disabilities leads her to serve on the boards of two such organizations. At Board A she hears about a new grant opportunity that is opening up at a local foundation. Should she tell Board B about it, or is she obligated not to mention i?

Tags - Board Development
Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources

Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources is a free guide providing information and referral resources if a nonprofit’s staff member, volunteer or client might have an IPV challenge. It was developed by Strength United in partnership with VNR through a year-long project that also included educational workshops, and was funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.

Tags - Leadership
Considering the Role of Crowdfunding in the Philanthropic Landscape

Is an article written for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article identifies the benefits and drawbacks of a number of crowdfunding platforms and how they pertain to nonprofits.

Tags - Fundraising
Consultant or Employee?

It is not uncommon for organizations to enter into consulting contracts with individuals who should legally be hired as employees. It is sometimes difficult to know how to define which is which.

Tags - Human Resources