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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.
12 Strategies to Keep Up with Evolving Nonprofit Challenges
Is an article written for Forbes Nonprofit Council. In the article, a panel of nonprofit executives share their best strategies and recommendations for making sure an organization is adapting well to unexpected obstacles.
6 Ways Nonprofits Can Take Action Amid Economic Uncertainty
This article highlights six different ways nonprofits may take action amid economic uncertainty, to promote the success of their organization in achieving its mission.
7 Things Nonprofit Leaders Can Say To Funders To Effectively Manage Limited Resources
Many nonprofit executives have difficulty setting boundaries with funders, such as saying no to requests for activities that cannot be adequately supported by the amount of funding provided. Nonprofit leaders are encouraged in this article to assert their expertise and knowledge of their area of work, demanding what is now called “trust-based philanthropy” from funders. Seven specific statements nonprofit executives can make to funders are described, including “we’re a
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.
B Corporations and Their Implications for Nonprofits
Is a new article in the Nonprofit Quarterly that defines the B Corporation legal format and explains how such a structure might be relevant to nonprofits.
Best Senior Staff Development Idea We Have Heard in a While—Or Maybe Ever
This idea about finding the right professional development opportunities for talented people in an organization makes a lot of good sense on so many levels!
Beware Your Leadership Blind Spots
Even under the best of circumstances, giving feedback on a nonprofit organization's effectiveness to those in higher positions can be difficult. Yet nonprofit leaders need to make sure they're getting this feedback; without it, executives can overestimate their organizations' capacity and neglect areas that need improvement. This article offers insight into weaknesses that could be corrected and how to get feedback about them from staff.
Building an Effective Audit Committee for Your Nonprofit
Is an article written by Patricia E. Farrell for The Legal Intelligencer. The article discusses the benefits of an audit committee and explores how to appoint, integrate and monitor a well-rounded one
Business Planning for Nonprofits: What It Is and Why It Matters
Is an in-depth article by Kelly Campbell and Betsy Haley of the Bridgespan Group. They explain every step of the business-planning process and give examples of some nonprofits' successful plans, and failures by those nonprofits who neglected to make a written business plan.
Coaching and Philanthropy Project: Action Guides for Grantmakers, Nonprofits, and Coaches
Is a project of CompassPoint, created to assess and advance coaching as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations. It reviewed the nonprofit sector's support for and use of coaching, as well as the coaching field's knowledge of and work within the nonprofit sector. Its publications were created as a resource for and about coaching in the nonprofit sector. Each contains relevant information for a particular audience - funders, nonprofits, and coaches.
Coaching Strengthens Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations
By Carolyn J. Curran is an article addressing key questions about coaching such as: why is there a discrepancy between interest in, and practice of, coaching; what is the difference between coaching and consulting; when is a nonprofit leader ready for coaching; what happens in a coaching session; how can coaching top executives impact a whole organization; and how to pay for coaching.
Community Collaboration Towards Solving Rural Social Issues
Collaborative leadership is a topic that comes up frequently within the nonprofit realm. It can be a crucial ingredient for effectiveness, particularly for social services organizations, and ethically, it represents an overdue attempt to address systemic imbalances in the ways charitable funding is disbursed. This study of a specific intervention focused on teen pregnancy in Kilifi County, a rural area of Nigeria, was conducted by Maureen Malomba and Margaret F. Sloan, both of James Mad
Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources
Connecting Valley Nonprofits to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Resources is a free guide providing information and referral resources if a nonprofit’s staff member, volunteer or client might have an IPV challenge. It was developed by Strength United in partnership with VNR through a year-long project that also included educational workshops, and was funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.
Do Nonprofit CEOs and CFOs Occupy a Strategic Space Together? Not Always
Is an article written by Ruth McCambridge for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article details the findings of a recent survey in which CEOs and CFOs at nonprofit organizations reveal that they view organizational priorities and challenges somewhat differently.
Doing More with More: Putting Shared Leadership into Practice
Is an article written by Michael Allison, Susan Misra and Elissa Perry for The Nonprofit Quarterly. The article identifies the different aspects of shared leadership and details how it can be put into action to best serve an organization and its mission.