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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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Six Tips to Boost Your Next Crowdfunding Campaign

Is an article written by Sarah Evans for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, Evans shares a number of lessons on what strategies are most effective for a crowdfunding campaign.

Tags - Fundraising
Six Ways Technology Can Cultivate Local Nonprofit Connections

Is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, six nonprofit executives share how they've seen organizations form connections in their local communities by leveraging technological advancements and offer insight into how technology can help other nonprofits do the same.

Tags - Technology
Small Nonprofit Organizations: A Profile of Form 990-N Filers

Is a brief written by Katie L. Roeger. In an effort to keep better track of nonprofit organizations, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandated that the more than 714,000 nonprofits with gross receipts less than $25,000 needed to file the new Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard. This new form provides the first data to ever be collected on the smallest nonprofit organizations. This brief provides an overview of the new 990-N filing requirement, profiles the organizations filing the 990-N,

Tags - Nonprofit Sector
Smart Spending: Six Ways to Keep Your Nonprofit's Overhead as Low as Possible

Is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council, shares a number of financial strategies for balancing a budget and controlling overhead.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Social Media Capital for Nonprofits: How to Accumulate It, Convert It, and Spend It

Is an article written by Chao Guo and Gregory D. Saxton for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article presents a logic model for nonprofit organizations currently using, or planning to use, social media to illustrate why and how social media capital is the linchpin or social media’s return on investment.

Tags - Social Media
Social Media for Nonprofits Resource Guide

This VNR publication provides tips for nonprofits as they make more systematic use of social media for community outreach, professional collaboration and other purposes. It also identifies a number of social media websites, and provides resources for further exploration.

Tags - Social Media
Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference

Is an article written by Kathleen Kelly Janus for Stanford Social Innovation Review. In her article, Janus identifies the many strategies nonprofits need to lay the foundation for success and social impact.

Tags - Capacity Building
Stalking the High Net Worth Donor

In this article, Nonprofit Quarterly editor Ruth McCambridge summarizes the 2016 US Trust Report on High Net Worth Philanthropy, which brings together new data about the wealthiest donors in the US and how they give to nonprofits. The study is based on a survey of 1,435 households with net assets of $1 million or more and annual incomes of $200,000 or more. Sample finding: these donors give the most to charities that address basic human needs (food, housing, etc.), followed by religious, health,

Tags - Fundraising
State of the Nonprofit Sector in the San Fernando Valley 2018

A report on recent nonprofit sector activities and trends in the Valley. A 2021 report featuring results from the VNR Recovery Survey is coming soon.

Format - Written Document
Stop Fundraising And Start Building Sustainable Revenue Growth

Fundraising is ultimately about relationships. People have to like you and the people behind you, believe in you and get drawn in by your story. If you are able to communicate authentically and execute a few of these guidelines, you can stand out from the crowd and begin to create long-term partnerships, which in turn can create ongoing revenue streams for your nonprofit.

Tags - Fundraising
Stories From the Frontier: Breakthroughs, Challenges, and Recommendations from the First Five Years of Open 990 Data

This report describes how making IRS 990s searchable and freely available is empowering nonprofits by reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Making 990 data searchable and available for free to the public has revolutionized nonprofit information and scholarship by massively reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Researchers, nonprofits, government regulators, and journalists are using previously inaccessible data to further transparency, educate donors, advance knowledge, and fuel

Storytelling for Good

With a continually growing virtual space, The Communications Network acknowledges that it can be difficult to reach your intended audience. Storytelling for Good was designed by Hattaway Communications and Threespot with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation with you, a foundation or nonprofit leader, in mind to give you resources to learn or explore how to build your strategy, content, engagement, and evaluation storytelling practices.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Strategic Planning Overview

This brief VNR publication provides definitions, tips for preparation and resources for nonprofits that are developing a strategic plan. It is also a reference document for VNR's technical assistance consultation to Valley nonprofits on strategic planning.

Tags - Strategic Planning
Strengthening the Philanthropic Supply Chain

Optimizing the path from funder to fundee isn’t something philanthropy has thought about systematically, but the sector should take this moment to build some muscle into it, with an eye toward racial and economic justice.

Tags - Philanthropy
Stretched Too Thin? 10 Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Employees Better Manage Their Time

This is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, a panel of nonprofit experts shares several tactics to help individuals and teams proactively manage a schedule while still delivering the best work possible.

Tags - Management