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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.
Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Consider Project Management
This is an article, written by Stephen Jackson and Baily Maples for TechSoup. The article examines project management basics and illustrates some ways that even a little project management can go a long way at a nonprofit.
Winning Media Coverage for the Work You Do
The process of courting the media may seem mysterious - or even dangerous – to nonprofit leaders. But more and more nonprofits are finding that it is necessary. Here are tips on ways to present a story to the media.
Working in Partnership With Opportunity Youth
Leaders of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions’ Opportunity Youth Forum share lessons from a decade of work achieving better outcomes for young people.
Workshop on Board Governance and Development—Resources
Information resources are provided in this workshop handout about operating a board efficiently and recruiting new board members.
Workshop on Capacity Building for Small Family Foundations—Resources
Information resources are provided in this workshop handout to help smaller foundations in the Valley get stronger and meet their philanthropic goals.
Yes, You Can – and Should! Nonprofit Advocacy as a Core Competency
Is an article written by Dyana P. Mason for The Nonprofit Quarterly. In the article, Mason stresses the importance of advocacy and details what organizations are allowed to do based on their tax-exempt determination.
You Had Me at Hello: The Importance of Donor Stewardship
"You had me at hello," a classic line from the movie Jerry Maguire, was in response to an extensive courting process. This wonderful one-liner is ironic for fundraisers – donors say "HELLO" with their first gift, and yet by the 5th solicitation, those first-time donors have left. The national retention rate is down to 39%, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The gold nugget here is that fundraisers need to pay attention to the core of donor relationships – appreciating
You Hired Who? Top 10 Nonprofit Employment Mistakes
Engaging in best practices for hiring and managing nonprofit employees will result in decreased employee turnover and in retaining high performers. These best practices will also help identify problem employees who might otherwise fly under the radar or be the low performing “hot potato” that gets passed between departments.
You Must Change in Step with Donors
Is an article written for The NonProfit Times. The article offers key strategies to ensure that an organization will withstand the forces of economic pressure, evolving technologies and demographic changes.
Your Next Hire
When a staff member at a nonprofit is arrested for stealing financial assets or sexual misconduct with a minor, the first question by onlookers is often: Did the nonprofit do a background check? The common view is that "if only" a background check had been conducted, the victimization of the nonprofit or a client of the nonprofit could have been prevented. There is more to the story than the "could have - should have" knee-jerk response.
Your Nonprofit Marketing Bank
Is an article that describes a Marketing Bank as a a single location where all of the components needed for marketing, and that is often provided to others, is stored. Building a marketing bank will save a lot of time, because that logo, program description, color palette, etc. is readily available. Staff and volunteers can be sent right to it, saving even more time. The bank can be stored on a shared drive, ideally where others can access it remotely.
Zeroing in On Impact
Is an article that covers getting critical resource decisions right-allocating time, talent, and dollars to the activities that have the greatest impact-is what "strategy" is all about. In this article, originally published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, authors Susan Colby, Nan Stone, and Paul Carttar draw on client experience to discuss the challenge of mapping limited resources against seemingly unlimited needs.