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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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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
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