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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.
The Facebook Philanthropos: How much giving do online contests and networks really generate?
Author: Georgia Levenson Keohane. Nonprofits increasingly are using “social networking” approaches to reach potential donors, and some have sponsored online contests to draw in donations. This article from Slate Magazine discusses how these approaches are created and how well they work.
The First 100 Days of Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job
This free e-book details what a person should do in the first 100 days in a nonprofit marketing position, to ensure continuing success on the job.
The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership
In the face of increasingly pressing systemic inequities, nonprofit boards must change the traditional ways they have worked and instead prioritize an organization's purpose, show respect for the ecosystem in which they operate, commit to equity, and recognize that power must be authorized by the people they're aiming to help. In this article written for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Anne Wallestad discusses the current state of boards and how to improve them through purpose-driven leadersh
The Governance/Support Model for Nonprofit Boards
Is an article by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado. Confusion about board responsibilities is often about what the board does (as a body) versus what individual board members should do. The model for governance and support presented in this article is used by many nonprofit boards.
The Grantseekers' Guide to Foundation Affinity Groups
Like the mysterious Freemasons and their Grand Lodges, foundation affinity groups feel open and warm to insiders, but to outsiders they appear to be secretive, cloistered societies with their own coded languages, titles, and hierarchies. Rick Cohen first tells us about the affinity groups -- then gives practical advice on how to make this knowledge work for a nonprofit.
The Great Resignation—A Call for Change in Organizational Culture
In 2021, a record number of workers resigned from their jobs, including many in the nonprofit sector. Why? If one looks below the surface, it’s clear that organizational culture has significantly contributed to this flight, and this article explains how and why.
The Helper's Helper: Where Nonprofits Turn
Is an article that was published in the New York Times about 20 students in a class that was offered by the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. The students were employees from various nonprofit organizations and the subject of the class was "how to recruit celebrities to donate their time to help with fundraising."
The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits
The Landscape of Project Management Tools for Nonprofits a report written for Idealware, looks at the wide range of available software to understand what these systems are capable of, what they cost, and how effective they are for nonprofits. To put those results in context, the report also defines the management techniques that help make projects successful, the specific challenges nonprofits face in project management, and what organizations can do to improve their project management processes
The M Word: A Board Member's Guide to Mergers: How, Why & Why Not to Merge Nonprofit Organizations
By Alfredo Vergara-Lobo, Jan Masaoka & Sabrina L. Smith of CompassPoint is a booklet designed as a practical guide to help nonprofit board members, executives and funders think through a merger. It gives a quick trip through a merger's terrain, and provides a rough guide to expectations, processes and obstacles often encountered in a merger experience.
The Money Value of Time: Increasing the Lifeblood of Nonprofit Organizations
There are roughly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, vying for roughly $200-$300 billion contributed annually, which roughly equates to $100-$200 thousand per organization. Seemingly, none are vying for time, skilled or unskilled. Why will corporations pay "finder's fees" of several thousand dollars for talent, but nonprofit organizations will turn it away when it is offered freely?
The No. 1 Characteristic Every Nonprofit Leader Needs to Be Successful
Is an article written by Maimah Karmo for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, Karmo discusses what it means to be a servant leader and identifies the benefits of possessing such a quality.
The Nonprofit Organizational Dashboard: Library of Sample Performance Indicators from CompassPoint
As organizations strive to allocate and monitor resources in order to increase effectiveness and impact, many are turning to the use of dashboards and performance metrics as an inexpensive and simple way to facilitate meaningful decision making and track progress towards organizational goals. Often the most challenging aspect of developing a dashboard is choosing a set of performance indicators relevant for an organization. CompassPoint is collecting sample indicators and has compiled them into
The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide
Helps nonprofits determine what results and benefits to reasonably expect from social media, and guides them through the process of identifying the right channels for reaching various goals. Today there is little doubt that social media can and should be a powerful part of a nonprofit's communications mix, but exactly what should the nonprofit be using it for? Possibilities include outreach and engagement, event management, advocacy and fundraising. For many nonprofits, it's far more obvious tha
The Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook
As organizations strive to allocate and monitor resources in As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies and guidelines to govern their use have become the new frontier. The open and community-based aspects of social media can be a huge benefit for nonprofits looking to reach out to new audiences and engage their existing base, but sometimes it can seem that no one knows the right way to use each channel, or where the lines are drawn or even how to find out. This workbook ex
The Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Marketing Approach
This white paper presents ten ideas that could optimize a nonprofit organization’s marketing and fundraising strategy.