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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.
9 Ways To Make Major Giving Happen Online
Is an article written for The NonProfit Times. The article describes a number of ways that charitable organizations of any size can attract and engage major donors via their websites.
A Beginner’s Guide to Lobbying for Nonprofits
Nonprofits are not advocating for the issues that concern their mission and are therefore missing out on an opportunity to have a bigger impact. Nonprofits steer clear of lobbying for many reasons having to do with knowledge, experience, and stigma. For example, many nonprofit leaders don’t know that lobbying is 100% legal for nonprofits. This article contains four steps nonprofits can take now to get smarter about lobbying: accept the importance of lobbying, get the facts, meet with officials
A Board Member Crosses the Line
Presents a case of inappropriate and potentially destructive behavior by a board member and suggestions for how the situation can be dealt with effectively.
A Board Member’s Guide to Nonprofit Overhead
Amid the crosstalk about nonprofit overhead, board members and staff do need to understand what the conversation is really about, and how to interpret "what is overhead" for its own organization. This article presents eight key things boards and staff should know about overhead.
A Constant Goal for Fundraisers: Quality Donor Engagement
In this article written for Candid Learning, Jim Eskin discusses how quality engagement with prospects/donors and a tracking system like DIPIs is a smart bet to improve donor friendships and develop more resources to champion a nonprofit’s mission.
A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems
Looks at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles.
A Few Good Blogging Tools
Personal reasons aside, blogs are particularly useful for organizations as a way to publicize expertise on a topic in the issue area, to educate constituents, promote the organization's work, or share a story from behind-the-scenes. By making the organization easier to find through search engines, a blog is also helpful for promoting a website and online information.
A Few Good Case Management Tools
Was written by Laura Quinn and Jay Leslie for Idealware. If thoughts of detailed client histories and reports to funders are daunting, it may be time to consider the many good case management tools that will help track demographics, interactions, scheduling, billing information, and more. In this article, the authors summarize what tools case management experts recommend.
A Few Good Constituent Relationship Management Tools
An organization maintains relationships with a number of people in a number of different groups, some discrete, some overlapping, and being able to track and manage information about those relationships is critical to success.
A Few Good Methods for Processing Credit Cards
If a nonprofit needs to accept credit card payments, it's never been easier to do so. Whether those payments include donations made over the phone, on-site registration fees at the next conference, or purchases at a booth, gift shop, or craft fair, there are a number of ways to accept credit cards as payment. Some require different types of hardware and software and relationships with banks. Here are several options and suggestions.
A Few Good Online Conferencing Tools
This article looks at the different tools currently available to help have a more integrated experience with a remote group of participants through online conferencing. In the article, a number of nonprofit professionals talk about the tools that have worked for them in this area. While these are not the only tools available—literally dozens of options exist—they are widely used and might work to meet a nonprofit’s needs.
A Few Good Print-on-Demand Tools
Despite frequent claims that print is dead, many nonprofits are looking for ways to affordably create and distribute published works-everything from local directories and guides to full-fledged books. But publishing can take a lot of time and money that could otherwise be spent on programs or mission-related tasks. A Print-On-Demand (POD) service can be a low-cost solution that provides creative services and distribution of printed resources to constituents, wherever they may be.
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.
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
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.