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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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Struggling to Drive Online Donations? Here are Five Ways to Incentivize

This is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, five nonprofit leaders share the top strategies have helped turn organic traffic into online donations.

Tags - Fundraising
Student Debt Toolkit for Nonprofits

This was prepared by CalNonprofits, provides frequently asked questions for managers and simple steps for supporting staff, a sample letter to employees about getting their loans forgiven through PSLF, and a resource list for staff with student debt.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Study on Boards of Midsize Nonprofits

The Urban Institute has released the report of a study about the needs and challenges of boards of midsize nonprofit organizations.

Tags - Board Development
Study: Each Email Delivered Worth 1.7 Cents

As nonprofits invest more time and money in social media, how can they measure their gains and returns?

Tags - Communications and Networking
Successful Successions: Executive Transitions that Worked

Succession from one generation of leadership to the next is a period of opportunity and risk. This article by Ted Ford Webb includes three examples of organizations leveraging a unified board and favorable funding environment, adapting to partisan conflict and an unfavorable funding environment, educating poor board leadership and adapting to changes in funding and the marketplace, and building on a strong foundation.

Tags - Leadership
Successfully Navigating an Executive Director Transition

Successfully Navigating an Executive Director Transition is an article written by C.J. Hirschfield for Blue Avocado. The article outlines five things that can help lead an organization through a successful, graceful departure of an ED, and set the nonprofit up for success moving forward.

Tags - Leadership
Succession Planning: It’s More Than Finding a New Executive Director

This is an article written by Hez Norton for Third Sector New England. The article discusses all the core activities needed to support the success of the nonprofit organization’s mission and its leaders over time. Readers are also provided with a “Succession Readiness” Checklist.

Tags - Change Management
Sustainability: An Overview

This 2-page paper outlines the science-based principles for promoting long-term sustainability of nonprofit organizations, and provides a number of reference citations for those wanting to know more. This VNR publication supports the 2013-2014 Sustainability Initiative described above.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Tailor Your Communications for Greater Engagement

This is an article written by Linda Lombardi for Network for Good. Lombardi details how to best customize a communications strategy and discusses the importance of honing the tone of communications to fit a particular donor’s preferences.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Talking About Outcomes, Not Outputs: How Nonprofits Can Shift Donors’ Mindsets on Funding

Sometimes nonprofits confuse and conflate outcomes and outputs in their marketing and fundraising campaigns. Outputs are the different things a nonprofit makes and provides, while outcomes are the differences made by those things. In fundraising, outcomes are king, because, as the strategist Deb Mills-Scofield notes, “Outcomes are the difference made by the outputs.”

Tags - Fundraising
Ten Biggest Mistakes that Boards and Executives Make

This is an article by Jan Masaoka, the title of which says it all.

Tags - Board Development
Ten Myths About Nonprofit Boards

By Blue Avocado's Jan Masaoka that explores the current assumptions about nonprofit boards and presents the correct facts to dispel those myths. They include: "Nonprofits have to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley," "The best size for a board is 16," and "The annual approval of the budget is the cornerstone of the board's financial oversight."

Tags - Board Development
Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

Written by William Foster, Peter Kim, and Barbara Christiansen, this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review identifies ten nonprofit models that are commonly used by the largest nonprofits in the United States. It describes the models so that nonprofit leaders can more clearly the models they believe could suppose support the growth of their organizations.

Tags - Fundraising
Ten Smart Ways to Diversify Your Nonprofit's Fundraising Efforts and Raise More

The world has changed and nonprofits need to raise funds in new ways. From virtual and hybrid events to digital engagement of donors, there are a number of new ways to raise funds to do more good. This visual guide explores 10 of them.

Tags - Fundraising
Ten Things Boards Do Right (Without Even Realizing It)

Boards and board members don't get credit for some important work they do without even realizing they are doing it. They provide a safety net, put their own bank accounts at risk for staff wrongdoing, satisfy requirements, and more. In this article, Jan Masaoka discusses ten benefits of nonprofit boards.

Tags - Board Development