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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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What Helps Leaders Grow: Highlights from the Fund For Leadership Advancement

Presents key insights from Irvine Foundation's Fund for Leadership Advancement, an initiative to improve the leadership abilities of executive directors of selected grantee organizations. Based on an evaluation of the first 20 participating organizations, it finds that relatively small investments in leadership support can yield important gains in organizational effectiveness. And it suggests that the fund's approach, which includes executive coaching and consulting on organizational development

Tags - Leadership
What I Learned as a Funder: Frank Tips for Nonprofits

This is an article written by Catherine Crystal Foster for Blue Avocado. Foster, a former funder, offers a frank list of things she learned as a funder that she wishes she had understood better when fundraising from foundations. She discusses how nonprofits can be more successful in building relationships with funders if they step away from notions of distance and power differentials and view those across the table and reading their grants more as, well, people.

Tags - Fundraising
What is Fundraising?

Is an article written by The Editors for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article provides a number of columns to help individuals gain insights on fundraising development strategies.

Tags - Fundraising
What Makes Narrative Change So Hard?

Nonprofits and funders can go too far in pointing fingers at their own shortcomings. The reality is that they are playing on an uneven psychological field.

Tags - Change Management
What Nonprofit Boards Can Learn From Corporate Boards

Is an article written by Kathleen Yazbak for The Bridgespan Group. The article outlines the jobs of a nonprofit board and offers suggestions from corporate boards on how to function more efficiently.

Tags - Board Development
What Nonprofits Can Learn from Tech Startups

An article written by Kathryn Svobodny for TechSoup, shares several helpful lessons for nonprofits from companies just getting off the ground.

Tags - Capacity Building
What Will Nonprofits Look Like in 2025? Nine Experts Weigh In

This is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, a panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members identify which factors they believe will influence or change the way an organization functions over the next several years.

Tags - Nonprofit Sector
What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Cryptocurrency Donations

With so many ways for nonprofits to accept cryptocurrency donations, there is no need to turn away donors who wish to donate their Bitcoin, Ethereum, or other coins. It’s a new technology that is constantly evolving, and it’s understandable if nonprofits have some apprehension or confusion about how it all works. However, with so many tools available, it is simple to get started.

Tags - Fundraising
What's a "Like" or "Follower" Worth?

Many nonprofits have moved from establishing a social media presence and experimenting with tactics ,to strategizing how to leverage their networks to meet strategic goals. For small nonprofits, once the experimentation is over, the key question has become how to attract new followers and what strategy will achieve the highest return on investment.

Tags - Social Media
What's the Right Size for the Board?

Is an article that discusses ways to determine the ideal number of board members for a nonprofit organization.

Tags - Board Development
When Board Members Just Don’t Get It

Every now and then there’s a board of directors that doesn’t seem to “get it”. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s never a pretty sight. Usually the not-getting-it board seems to be paying attention, and its members really do want the best for their organization, but somehow or another “the best” never seems to happen. There are many reasons why some nonprofits seem headed for doom, dysfunction, or both, and most of the time it isn’t directly attributable to board

Tags - Board Development
When Funds Go Missing, What Can You Do? What Must You Do?

When a nonprofit discovers that its funds have been embezzled, what actions should it take? This article details steps involved in determining the extent of the embezzlement, confronting the perpetrators, reporting the incident to the authorities, and attempting to recover the misappropriated funds.

Tags - Leadership
When Impact Data Goes Wrong: Good People Giving Bad Numbers

This article offers examples of the ways in which data can be presented that can greatly affect the impact of the information being provided.

Tags - Evaluation
When It Comes to Staff: Train to Gain

Is an article written for The NonProfit Times. The article explains the importance of talent and fundraising and suggests a number of ways to keep nonprofit staff at the top of their game.

Tags - Management
When Kids Volunteer: Liability Basics

Whether kids sell cookies or help clean up a park, they are welcome volunteers. This article discusses how nonprofit staff can learn the basics of how to protect kids and the organization when it comes to liabilities (at the end of the article is a link to a sample waiver)

Tags - Human Resources