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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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A Few Good RSVP Tools: Online Registration Options for Free Events

Planning a free event? It can be difficult to justify paying a lot of money for online registration software, but trying to get by with email or online invitation tools like Evite can leave you frustrated. Don’t worry—you have options. We talked to seven nonprofit technology experts about useful and affordable options for collecting RSVPs for free events.

Tags - Technology
A Few Good Tools for eAdvocacy

Advocacy organizations often encourage their grassroots supporters to influence politicians and corporations using different methods, from promoting a cause or opposing legislation to challenging ad campaigns or policies. A large display of public opinion can have a powerful message, and advocacy groups often help to focus and channel this support to make the most impact. It used to be done by mail, but this article shows how an organization can use internet-based communication tools to accompli

Tags - Advocacy
A Few Good Tools for Nonprofit Payrolls

Though payroll is an essential function of every organization, it’s easy for nonprofits to make it a low priority as they pursue their core missions. Many small nonprofits struggle to meet human resources needs, lacking the funding for dedicated HR staff—and the experience that comes with it. However, not giving enough attention to HR functions can make employees feel as though they’re being overlooked.

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
A Few Good Tools for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

This article examines online tools that can be used to set up individual donation pages for engaging donors in a fundraiser.

Tags - Fundraising
A Few Good Tools for Video Editing

The ubiquity of video cameras and the proliferation of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have made it possible for even the smallest organizations to include short videos as part of their outreach and engagement strategies. In this article are a few good options for editing the footage that has been shot and readying it for public consumption.

Tags - Social Media
A Few Good Tools: Board Portals and Other Ways to Collaborate

Collaboration is integral to the work done by foundations and nonprofits. This is especially true for boards of directors tasked with working together to guide organizations — but when board members and staff are spread across multiple offices or geographic locations, collaboration is not as easy as sitting around a conference room table. Whether voting on proposed budgets, preparing financial documents or recommendations for upcoming meetings, or evaluating pending grant proposals, sharing do

Tags - Board Development
A Guide to Building A More Aligned and Productive Team

Is an article written by Rosemarie Truman for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, Truman shares the essentials for creating, retaining and galvanizing a dream team of nonprofit staff.

Tags - Management
A Guide to Email Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

For many fundraising purposes, email is the most profitable marketing channel. This eBook can help nonprofits succeed with email fundraising through strategies for building an active contact list, designing a fundraising campaign, and communicating with supporters.

Tags - Communications and Networking
A Guide to Grant Writing: How to Write and Search for Grants

Is an article written for Nonprofit Quarterly. The article both defines grant writing and identifies the key parts of the grant proposal process.

Tags - Fundraising
A New Seat At The Table: When is it Time to Add to Your Senior Management Team?

Is an article by the Bridgespan Group. As organizations grow, so do the demands on their senior staff. But because adding a new position to the senior management team can be a considerable expense and can significantly change how the organization works, most organizations don't undertake this change quickly. So, how does a nonprofit organization know when it's time to add a new position to the team, what specific skill sets to seek, and how to justify the expense?

Tags - Management
A Nonprofit's Guide to Event Planning: 4 Essential Steps

This an article written for TechSoup, and provides a simple guide for planning a successful event that ultimately leads to greater support and new donors.

Tags - Fundraising
A Nonprofit's Guide to Getting Your First Government Grant

In total, government provides more than ten times the funding to nonprofits as foundations, especially in human services, health and education, but also in the arts, environment, animal welfare, consumer protection, and elsewhere. But there are lots of workshops and resources on getting foundation grants compared to very few on getting government grants. This guide helps community nonprofits access government funding.

Tags - Fundraising
A Nonprofit's Guide to Matching Gifts

A matching gift option on a donation form can increase donation amounts by 51%. Almost 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer a corporate gift matching program to support employee giving, so it is important to give nonprofit donors the option to include a corporate gift match when they submit their donations. Download this eBook to learn: why matching gifts will boost peer-to-peer revenue, the ease of corporate gift matching online, and how to use targeted communications to communicate the importanc

Tags - Fundraising
A Public Policy Primer: How To Get Off the Sidelines and Into the Game

Is intended to demystify policymaking and provide the average person with the guidelines, insights, and a "know-how recipe" to be able to help shape local, state and national policy decisions. Written by David C. Hollister, former mayor of Lansing, MI, the book uses his personal experience to illustrate key elements of effective (or ineffective) policymaking. Published by the Institute for Educational Leadership and the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program, a PDF is available for free do

Tags - Advocacy
A Roadmap to Better Boards

Is an article written by Kate Hayes for Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article offers advice for creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable board through decision-making, infrastructure, and inclusion.

Tags - Board Development