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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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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.

Tags - Leadership
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
Compensation in the new age: findings from Candid’s 2022 Nonprofit Compensation Report

It is crucial for human resources to establish appropriate compensation and implement best practices for benchmarking to recruit and retain talent. Candid’s Nonprofit Compensation Report makes benchmarking compensation easier than ever by providing details on executive compensation in each budget band. Another great way to get an accurate picture of over or under compensation is to review a specific organization’s financials via Candid’s GuideStar. By staying abreast of the latest nonprofi

Tags - Human Resources
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
Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector

Highlights five key factors that will shape the social sector of the future. Based on extensive review of existing research and in-depth interviews with thought leaders and nonprofit leaders and activists, it explores the trends (Demographic Shifts; Technological Advances; Networks Enabling Work to be Organized in New Ways; Rising Interest in Civic Engagement and Volunteerism; and Blurring of Sector Boundaries) and looks at the ways nonprofits can successfully navigate the changes. The monograph

Tags - Nonprofit Sector
Court-Ordered Community Service: Volunteers or Prison Labor?

Each year, hundreds of thousands of court-ordered community service workers are placed in nonprofits to fulfill their sentences. Although the image is typically one of a teenager sentenced to picking up litter, court-ordered volunteers perform a wide variety of roles in nonprofits. This article discusses why and why not to accept such volunteers, and how to do it right.

Tags - Management
Creating a Digital-First Strategy

This is an article written by Adrienne Day for Stanford Social Innovation Review. Examining the experiences of prominent nonprofit organizations, Day examines why nonprofit leaders should think less about the technology and more about the people who will use it and the goals they hope to achieve.

Tags - Technology
Creating a Social Media Policy

As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies to govern their use have become the new frontier. It can be difficult for organizations to find examples that fit their needs. A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn't do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis, freeing them up to think more strategically. This article outlines what is involved in developing one.

Tags - Social Media
Creating High-Functioning Nonprofits: Who Should Have What Financial Information?

Is a post written by the editors of The Nonprofit Quarterly. The post, along with a complementary video, details the different kinds of financial information and outlines the risks associated with such information.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability