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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 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 Engagement Report: How Nonprofits Can Build Meaningful Connections on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the highest converting social media platform for nonprofits, according to Classy’s platform data. We joined forces with LinkedIn for Nonprofits to see just how donors use LinkedIn, and how they want to engage with your organization. Learn how active LinkedIn users discover giving opportunities, the greatest influences on donors within LinkedIn, LinkedIn features donors look for on your nonprofit profile, and how to connect with new supporters on major giving days

Tags - Fundraising
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
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.

Tags - Social Media
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.

Tags - Human Resources
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

Tags - Board Development
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.

Tags - Board Development
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.

Tags - Fundraising