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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 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
A Study on Collaborative Leadership Yields Data Hope

Maureen Malomba, a Doctoral Assistant in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University, further elaborates on the subject of collaborative leadership, specifically teen pregnancy, in rural Kilifi County, Nigeria. Malomba shares her research findings and expands on the importance of collaborative leadership. 

Tags - Leadership
A Three-Step Approach to Protecting Your Nonprofit from Cyberattacks

Nonprofit organizations rely on data for almost every decision they make, from engagement to strategies and program evaluations. Data is a valuable asset. And protecting it from internal or external corruption and illegal access can prevent financial and operational loss.

Tags - Technology
A Timeless Fundraising Strategy That Also Looks Good

An article written for The NonProfit Times, applies the idea of a “capsule wardrobe” to fundraising and marketing. The article defines the staple pieces in a fundraising closet and offers advice to those looking to organize or update their fundraising plans.

Tags - Fundraising
A Too-Sad Truth About the Nonprofit Sector

Is there something in society's subconscious that expects nonprofits to operate in "poverty-like ways"? This article provides a number of replies, asserting that the "poverty" approach is often not the most effective for a nonprofit to use in reaching its objectives.

Tags - Nonprofit Sector
A White Paper: On Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship

The term fiscal sponsorship actually refers to several different, often overlapping arrangements; the common denominator is generally that a group wishing to conduct a charitable program without incorporating or obtaining Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognition utilizes an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit as its fiscal sponsor. Many groups, though charitable in nature, lack the legal status they need to receive grants from foundations, individual donors and government agencies. Regular tax exempt

Tags - Finances and Sustainability
Achieving Growth Through Partnerships

When is a partnership the right path for greatly expanding the impact of a successful nonprofit? That's the question recently faced at BELL (Building Educated Learners for Life), a highly effective provider of summer and after-school programs that boost at-risk kids' academic performance and self-confidence. While partnerships can be an efficient way to quickly expand impact, the reality is that they are hard to forge and take more time and effort than you might think. BELL's journey to teaming

Tags - Collaboration
Adaptability: The New Competitive Advantage

Is an article written by Martin Reeves and Mike Deimler. Sustainable competitive advantage no longer comes from traditional positioning or resources. Instead, it stems from the four organizational capabilities that foster rapid adaptation: the ability to read and act on signals of change; the ability to experiment rapidly and frequently-not only with products and services but also with business models, processes, and strategies; the ability to manage complex and interconnected systems of multipl

Tags - Capacity Building
Advice and Tips for Nonprofits Creating a Marketing Team

This is an easy to follow, step-by-step process for turning a nonprofit's staff and board into a marketing team.

Tags - Communications and Networking
All Aboard: Boards that Work

Building off the 2014 Money for Our Movements debate, at the last Grassroots Institute’s Conference, in this piece Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth argue that nonprofit organizations can have the boards they want and need, and offer ideas for how to achieve them.

Tags - Board Development