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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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Ethical Storytelling for Nonprofits

When embarking upon what’s known in the nonprofit world as “donation season,” many nonprofits think about putting together a fundraising video or other media that demonstrate the impact of their work, and stories about that impact are often part of the mix. This article presents ways to tell stories ethically as part of a fundraising effort.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Evaluating the Executive Director

Is an article by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado. The article explores not just how the Executive Director should be evaluated, but, more importantly, why!

Tags - Board Development
Executive Leadership Study

Executive Leadership Study - Daring to Lead In partnership with CompassPoint and the Meyer Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Management encouraged participation in 2011 Daring to Lead, a national research project to help learn more about the career paths, tenure, challenges and professional development needs of nonprofit executive directors.

Tags - Leadership
Executive Service Corps of Southern California Fund Development Resources

Two resources from a VNR workshop co-sponsored by ESCSC may be downloaded free of charge: A - ESCSC's workshop handout B - A brief self-assessment instrument to guide nonprofit fundraising

Tags - Fundraising
Exit Agreements for Nonprofit CEO's: A Guide for Boards and Executives

Is an article written by Tom Adams, Melaine Herman and Tim Wolfred for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article offers readers a context and a set of choices in considering whether an exit agreement is needed for a departing nonprofit CEO and, if so, what might be included.

Tags - Board Development
Exquisite Tailoring

Is an article presenting the best psychological and wording approaches to an appeal for funds. Is it best to ask for a low number first or a high one? Should the appeal be worded with perfect grammar of should it be more "folksy"? All of these details are considered and weighed.

Tags - Fundraising
Extreme Makeover: Board Edition

Despite the complaints of executive directors that their boards "need training," often the most effective way to change a board is to change the people who are on it. And sometimes, a board itself realizes it needs to change faster and more dramatically than it can by adding a couple of new members a year. This article offers suggestions and helpful tips for accomplishing this goal.

Tags - Board Development
Facing a Bottleneck: Three Ways to Lead Your Nonprofit through Growing Pains

Is an article written by Jamie Aten for Forbes Nonprofit Council. The article details the struggles of a growing organization and offers advice for tackling each challenge.

Tags - Leadership
Fair, Consistent Staff Lay-Offs

Was the topic of a recent workshop at Third Sector New England. Realizing the personal and organizational disruption that layoffs can wreak, TSNE brought more than a dozen human resource directors, executive directors and consultants together in February 2009 to look at ways to help both nonprofit employees and organizations cope with layoffs. Lyn Freundlich, TSNE's director of human resources and administration, facilitated the discussion.

Tags - Human Resources
FCC Opens FM Airwaves for Nonprofits

This article describes how nonprofits in one community were able to avail themselves of the new legal accessibility to the radio airwaves. It goes on to describe how nonprofits anywhere can take advantage of this new ruling. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to open an application window for LPFM licenses starting Oct. 15, to run through Halloween. It will be the first time an application window has been opened since 2000. With an LPFM station, nonprofits can take to the a

Tags - Communications and Networking
Feedback for Learning

Is a brief article written for Third Sector New England. The article, accompanied by a video, presents characteristics of effective feedback that clearly communicate the issues at hand and provides opportunities for the supervisee to self-direct improvement and learning.

Tags - Leadership
Financing and Evaluating Nonprofits: Mapping the Knowledge Base of Nonprofit Management in the Human Services

This article reviews the literature on two critical aspects of nonprofit management, finance and evaluation. It is based on the assessment of 328 journal article abstracts derived from a total sample of 2013 articles located in the entire publication history of three major U.S. journals of nonprofit management. To survive and thrive in a changing political and economic environment, nonprofits have had to develop and sustain a diversified financial base. At the same time, the demands from fundin

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability

Is a guide written by Peter Kim, Gail Perreault, and William Foster of the Bridgespan Group. Building on years of primary research and consulting experience with dozens of nonprofits, the approach presented can help organizations identify and develop funding models that can best position them to achieve programmatic aspirations. The guide provides practical guidance, and identifies decisions and tradeoffs that will confront nonprofit leaders.

Tags - Fundraising
Firing My Friend, the Founder

This is a first-person account of an experience when his friend, who was the founder of a nonprofit organization, invited him to become a board member, and the pitfalls they ran into.

Tags - Board Development
Fiscal Fitness for Nonprofits

Is a collection of “stories from the field” describing how 25 nonprofits in Chicago adjusted and corrected their financial management efforts in order to operate more successfully and effectively.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability