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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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The 4 Types of Power Players: How They Disrupt Boards and What to Do About Them

The 4 Types of Power Players: How They Disrupt Boards and What to Do About Them is an article written by Donald Summers for BoardSource. The article offers advice for how to identify a particular type of power play in nonprofit Boards while it is happening and how to act swiftly to protect and preserve collaboration and equity of participation.

Tags - Board Development
The 6 Stories Your Nonprofit Organization Should Tell

Is an article written by Samantha Christmann for The Buffalo News. Christmann outlines the six main stories every person in a nonprofit organization should be able to tell, whether they are an intern or a board member, in order to better market the nonprofit and raise funds.

Tags - Communications and Networking
The Art of Irresistible Email

Corporate employees receive and send more than 100 emails a day on average, according to tracking sites like Pingdom and Radicati. Competition for attention is fierce. So, no matter the job title or department, everyone needs to master electronic messaging to get the job done effectively.

Tags - Communications and Networking
The Board Chair-Executive Director Relationship: Dynamics that Create Value for Nonprofit Organizations

By Mary Hiland, shows how nurturing the relationship and establishing and sustaining trust between board chairs and executive directors is strategic work essential to organizational effectiveness. The importance of connection, caring and meaning should not be lost in an over-emphasis on more business-like practices and claims of harried busyness. The potential to leverage the board chair-executive director relationship and increase nonprofit organizations' stock of meaningful, productive relatio

Tags - Board Development
The Board-Chief Executive Partnership: Valuing Our Respective Lanes

This article, written by Ann Cohen for BoardSource, identifies the respective duties of the board and chief executive and details the ways in which they can best work together in a constructive partnership.

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The Challenge of Organizational Learning

A recent Bridgespan study found three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, as well as ways and means to overcome them.

Tags - Collaboration
The Complete Nonprofit's Guide to Heartbleed

What is Heartbleed? In short, it's a backdoor into the popular (around two-thirds-of-the-internet popular) OpenSSL security software. What's scariest about this vulnerability is that, in addition to being unnoticed for two years, it exposes encryption keys, giving attackers the ability to "unlock" the passwords and names of users, as well as the actual content. In this article, Kyle Andrei details steps nonprofits should take as a result of the discovery of this vulnerability.

Tags - Technology
The Definitive Nonprofit Board Book: Index

Index This publication is a humorous presentation of issues that arise in various board meetings and among board members.

Tags - Board Development
The Delegation Dilemma: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Let Go

Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center, offers ways nonprofit leaders can identify the reasons behind their need to control and apply approaches for dealing with these challenges.

Tags - Leadership
The Digital Fundraising Makeover for Nonprofits

The last year has brought opportunities to rethink many nonprofit interactions, including those bringing digital strategies to fundraising. The strategies presented here cut out clutter to make room for campaigns that resonate best, and share impactful stories as motivation to join the cause. New donors can be welcomed with a series of engagement opportunities, and digital fundraising tools leveraged to improve return-on-investment year over year.

Tags - Fundraising
The Digital Landscape for Nonprofit

Is is an article written for The NonProfit Times. The article identifies the micro-moments that matter to an organization when engaging visitors on a website or digital platform.

Tags - Technology
The Donor-Grantee Trap: Executive Summary

Explores how ineffective collaboration undermines philanthropic results for society, and what can be done about it. It is a brief, overview guide for nonprofit leaders, their boards, and their donors.

Tags - Fundraising
The Effective Organization: Five Questions to Translate Leadership

Into Strong Management Organizational inefficiencies are all too familiar to nonprofit leaders. And they come with a high cost: lower potential for making progress toward the important societal challenges and opportunities nonprofits seek to address. It is critically important for nonprofit leaders to assess their organizations' effectiveness and become more purposeful about improving it. In this article, Kirk Kramer and Daniel Stid examine the link between organizational effectiveness and resul

Tags - Leadership
The Elephant in the Nonprofit Board Room: How to Bring Your Development and Finance Teams Together in Harmony

Is a publication written for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The report explores the common mismatches between finance and development strategies and comments on the role that technology plays in supporting a strategy of transparency, impact and stewardship.

Tags - Board Development
The Engagement Pyramid: Six Levels of Connecting People and Social Change

Is an article by Gideon Rosenblatt, Former Groundwire Executive Director. It discusses six levels of engagement people can have with a nonprofit and its social change agenda.

Tags - Communications and Networking