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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.
Energizing Your Board for Campaign Success
An article written for The NonProfit Times, shares advice and offers suggestions for keeping board members both energized and engaged.
Engaged Boards Can Slow Fundraiser Turnover
In this article written for the NonProfit Times, the focus is on turnover among fundraising professionals. This isn’t a new problem, but a recent survey suggests that major gift officers are even more prone to consistent turnover. However, having nonprofit CEOs and board members engaged in fundraising can deter turnover. The findings come from “A National Study of Staffing Challenges in Nonprofit Fundraising,” DickersonBakker, a Raleigh, NC-based consultancy.
Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
Is an article written by William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker for Stanford Social Innovation Review. In the article, Meehan and Jonker discuss the strategic principle of "core competencies" and describe how it can be applied to the values of nonprofit organizations.
Ensuring Sustainability in Times of Flux
An article written by Connor Thompson for The Nonprofit Partnership, describes the most effective ways to be responsive to an ever changing landscape, most especially in regard to resources, financial and otherwise.
Essential Leadership Traits You Need in Today's Nonprofit Environment
Is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, seven nonprofit leaders share their thoughts on the essential traits every modern leader should cultivate and exhibit to succeed.
Transparency inspires confidence. Beyond what the law requires, nonprofits can demonstrate their commitment to ethical practices by being entirely transparent with financial information and fundraising practices.
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.
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!
Evaluation, Accountability & Sustainability for Nonprofit DEI/Antiracism (DEIA) Policies and Programs
Over the last several years, many nonprofits have developed policies and programs to address diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as antiracism efforts (DEIA). Even if these DEIA activities are successful, evidence of their success is important to promoting longer-term accountability and sustainability. This 2023 Valley Nonprofit Resources publication provides a number of strategies for gathering and using evaluation data, and ways evaluation can impact accountability and sust
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.