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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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Use Influencer Marketing to Achieve Your Nonprofit Goals

An article written by Gloria Horsley for Forbes Nonprofit Council, defines influencer marketing and how to best implement it on a budget.

Tags - Social Media
Using Loans: A 101 Guide to Borrowing for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations share many characteristics with businesses - both have revenues, expenses, personnel, and facilities - and like businesses, nonprofit organizations sometimes need cash in the form of a loan to operate their programs effectively. This article by the Nonprofit Assistance Fund discusses how loans can be a tool the helps nonprofits to grow and succeed.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Using Shared Services to Maximize Your Nonprofit Budget

Using Shared Services to Maximize Your Nonprofit Budget is an article written by Lori Manzelli for Third Sector New England. The article discusses two models for change that allow nonprofit organizations to maximize economies of scale by adopting alternate structures focused on partnership. With these models, nonprofits can save money, increase collaboration, and build their capacity to focus on their mission-based work.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Using Story to Change Systems

Is an article written for Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article provides advice for developing new processes of collective storytelling to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.

Tags - Communications and Networking
VNR Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles Resource Directory for Nonprofit Capacity Building in Los Angeles

The 19th edition of this Directory (May 2022) offers a starting place to identify individuals and organizations providing capacity-building services and resources to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. It provides information This free accessible document includes brief listings of information about: Consultants, Foundations, HR Provider Organizations, Grantseeker Information Centers, Management Support Organizations, Nonprofit Executive Director Coalitions, Nonprofit Management Hi

Format - Written Document
Tags - capacity building
VNR Volunteer Resource Guide

Is a brief guide to organizations, websites and publications that can help nonprofits and their staffs make better use of volunteers. Developed by Valley Nonprofit Resources as a handout for workshops on volunteer management.

Tags - Management
Want Compelling Stories? Make Friends with the People on Your Front Line

Is an article written by Kristy Hayter for NTEN. The article discusses the importance of building relationships within a nonprofit and finding storytelling champions for the organization. It is important to have champions and writers that understand why sharing stories is so impactful for supporters and donors.

Tags - Communications and Networking
Want To Implement A Growth Mindset? 14 Tips For New Nonprofit Managers

New managers are placed in a unique position where they must be quick to continue carrying out the goals of their organization while also encouraging the people they lead. For some, this can mean upholding the status quo, but for others, it’s a chance to expand on how the organization currently operates. While change can bring with it great things, altering the established culture and operations of an organization is not an easy task, especially when a leader attempts to do it alone. To

Tags - Management
Wellness Programs in Nonprofit Organizations

For-profit companies have learned the benefits to helping employees stay well. Nonprofits generally have believed that the costs are prohibitive considering their often limited resources. This white paper points out ways to achieve the same benefits for nonprofits at limited cost.

Tags - Management
What Are the Benefits of a More Diverse Board of Directors?

Is an article written by Stephen Jackson for Techsoup. The article discusses the racial makeup between nonprofit boards and the U.S. population as a whole and identifies the benefits of having a diverse board of directors.

Tags - Board Development
What Do We Know About Nonprofit Mergers?

Is a review of nonprofit merger research literature. It identifies 30 factors that can affect a merger's success. The review was compiled by Management Assistance Program in partnership with Wilder Research.

Tags - Collaboration
What Does It Take to Grow a Nonprofit?

Teamwork and Capital? is an article written by Gayle Nelson for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article discusses the importance of a strong team of leaders, outcome evaluation, and access to capital, and explains how they are used together to facilitate nonprofit growth.

Tags - Leadership
What Donors Want: Donor-Advised Funds

Although the philanthropists behind donor-advised funds can be an enigma for nonprofits, these donors give anonymously less often than one might think. How can one effectively identify these individuals and secure their donations? The recently released Chronicle of Philanthropy report explores how these funds are transforming philanthropy. It teaches the reader how to cultivate relationships with donor-advised fund owners and get tips to successfully seek gifts.

Tags - Fundraising
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