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2005 Resources of the Week

December 18 - 31, 2005

Whistleblower Protections in the Nonprofit Sector

At the encouragement of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector was formed to prepare recommendations for Congress to improve the oversight and governance of charitable organizations. The Panel’s final report, which was released in June 2005 and is available at www.nonprofitpanel.org/final, provides a comprehensive series of recommendations intended to strengthen nonprofit governance and improve transparency and accountability. Many of these reforms are modeled on Sarbanes Oxley. The final report addresses whistleblower protections and recommends that nonprofits voluntarily comply with the whistleblower provisions of Sarbanes Oxley.

Protecting whistleblowers is an essential component of an ethical and open work environment. Whistleblower protection should not be viewed only as a prophylactic mechanism designed to avoid employee lawsuits. Instead, protecting whistleblowers from retaliation and encouraging constructive whistleblowing benefits nonprofits by increasing transparency and by giving management the opportunity to learn early on of unethical or unlawful practices directly from their employees rather than from the media, law enforcement, or a regulatory agency. In addition, effective whistleblower protection helps foster a work environment in which all employees are held accountable, thereby improving performance and empowering employees.

This article provides general guidance for the establishment of a comprehensive whistleblower protection program at a nonprofit.  Go to:nonprofitrisk.org

December 11 - 17, 2005

Talking to Baby Boomers about Volunteering: Volunteering As a Career Transition Strategy

Baby Boomers will work in their primary careers until age 64 and then transition into retirement jobs throughout their 60’s and 70’s. In this article, Scott Martin, Volunteer Service Administrator of the Delaware Volunteer Resource Center, discusses volunteering as a career transition strategy. It suggests that volunteer managers may be able to recruit Boomer volunteers by assisting them in obtaining the needed skills, work-related experience and references required for their next retirement job. Go to: charitychannel.com/publish

December 4 - 10, 2005

Raising the Bar: The Role of 'Social Information' in Charitable Giving

Suppose you work at an organization -- like a public radio station or public library -- that is about to launch a fund-raising drive to help cover operating expenses. How would you structure that drive? Are there ways to increase the amount of money that individual donors commit? Wharton operations and information management professor Rachel Croson and a co-author set out to answer this question by examining the influence of social information on contribution behavior. Their goal was to find out whether donors to a public radio station will give more money if they are told the amount of another donor's contribution. The researchers present their findings in a paper entitled, "Field Experiments in Charitable Contributions: The Impact of Social Influence on the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods." Go to: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

November 27 - December 3, 2005

Websites on a Shoestring

In this article, Alder Consulting suggests ten guidelines that cover the key considerations for an information rich nonprofit site. These guidelines can help nonprofits to evaluate their existing website or think through a new one. While a number of these guidelines apply to just about any website, the list will be less comprehensive for online applications where visitors are doing a lot more than just reading - such as online donor databases or ecommerce systems. Go to: www.alderconsulting.com

November 20 - 26, 2005

The Technology Source Archives

Published from 1997 to 2003, The Technology Source was a peer-reviewed bimonthly periodical whose purpose was to provide thoughtful, illuminating articles that would assist educators as they face the challenge of integrating information technology tools into teaching and into managing educational organizations. This Web site maintains all of the articles originally published in The Technology Source, which you can peruse using the tools and links provided at the site. Go to: www.technologysource.org

November 13 - 19, 2005

Checklist for Accountability

Independent Sector has developed a set of excellent tools to assess your nonprofit’s accountability and transparency IQ and then use the results of the assessment to strengthen your organization in these critical areas.  The Checklist for Accountability combines recommendations made by Independent Sector and the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. It was developed with the additional input of the Ethics and Accountability Committee and Communications and Marketing Advisory Task Force. Go to: www.independentsector.org

November 6 - 12, 2005

Web Tutorials on Health Policy Issues

KaiserEDU, a service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, offers a selection of free web tutorials on health policy issues, including a recently updated tutorial on access to reproductive health care. The presentation is entirely web-based, and lasts about 16 minutes, covering topics such as contraceptive coverage by health insurance, access to emergency contraception, and pregnancy-related policy issues. Go to: www.kaiseredu.org.

October 30 - November 5, 2005

How to Design a Really Great Conference Session

Dusty Miller presents a six-step "formula" for an effective conference session. Learn why it is important to consider the needs and interests of your audience; how to prepare a "real" objective - one that defines results, not just the process; and how to select or design a key activity that will stimulate and engage your audience. For the online course on the topic go to: www.simulconference.com . For the course transcript, go to: www.simulconference.com/simulseminar

October 23 - 29, 2005

Where the Money is: Tapping Overlooked Sources of Support for Nonprofits

This article discusses the limits of traditional funding and explores individual giving as a support sector that has potential to increase rapidly. It outlines the value of grantmakers supporting nonprofits' ability to raise money from individuals. Go to: www.foundationnews.org

October 16 - 22, 2005

Best Practice Toolbox

Experts agree that volunteers are one of the most fundamental, yet underutilized resources for the nonprofit sector. Individuals who have volunteered in the past cite poor management of their time and talents by nonprofits as the primary reason they stop volunteering, according to research conducted by The UPS Foundation. The UPS Foundation has created the Best Practice Toolbox to share to best strategies and models available, and encourage the replication of them throughout the non profit community. The site includes tools designed to more effectively manage volunteers and produce measurable results for communities in need. Go to: www.ups.com

October 9 - 15, 2005

Tax Information for Charitable Organizations

Located on the IRS website, this resource includes a brief description of the requirements for exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(3); Procedures for applying for exemption under Internal Revenue Section 501(c)(3); A brief description of annual filing requirements for tax-exempt organizations; A general description of the unrelated business income tax requirements for tax-exempt organizations; Tax Information for Churches and Religious Organizations; Tax Information for Contributors; as well as a collection of links to State government web sites with useful information for exempt organizations. Go to: www.irs.gov/charities/charitable.

October 2 - 8, 2005

First Impressions: A Program for Community Assessment and Improvement

This community improvement program, which emerged in 1991, represents a compilation of ideas, experiences and thoughts of two people who focused on improving the communities of Grant County Wisconsin. Since that time, it has been used by hundreds of communities as a tool for assessing the perceptions of visitors. Volunteers from two somewhat similar communities (size, location, county seat, etc.) agree to do unannounced exchange visits and then report on their findings. Participants became “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they can about their sister city. They follow procedures and reporting guidelines in a fully developed manual, which is copied for each participant. The manual helps insure that the evaluations and reports are thorough and somewhat uniform and minimize the training of volunteers. The manual was recently updated and is available on this web site. The final reports serve as a basis for community action and provide a “snap-shot” of the community at a specific point in time. These recorded assessments can be an outstanding way to measure progress within a community. Go to: www.uwex.edu.

September 25 - October 1, 2005

Customer Focus Calculator

As proud as you may be of your organization and your product or service, most customers only care about how well you can help them meet their wants and needs. If you want more of them to buy, your focus has to be on your customer. How do you communicate that to them? With the words you use on your site. Are you talking mostly about them and their needs or are you talking mostly about yourself? To help you answer that question, Future Now developed a unique and free analysis tool that counts certain words on your site that are key indicators of whether your focus is on the customer or not. Go to  www.futurenowinc.com

September 18 - 24, 2005

Doing Business on the Internet

For businesses and business leaders looking for research or inspiration about e-commerce, the Library of Congress Business and Reference Services department provides a list of eighteen Web sites divided into handy categories: General Sources for Doing Business on the Internet; "Netiquette" for Doing Business on the Internet; Internet Business Directories; and Internet Services and Consultants for Businesses. The listings offer a wide range of information resources at an easy glance. Go to: www.loc.gov.  For a more exhaustive list of Internet business resources, also check out Yahoo's Internet business and economics page.

September 11 - 17, 2005

Nonprofit Management FAQs

The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed on this site were inherited from Support Centers of America (SCA), following a merger between SCA and Nonprofit Management Association (NMA), and are now made available to the nonprofit community by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Topics include: Board Development, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Financial Management, and Risk Management. Go to: www.allianceonline.org/FAQ

Resource of the Week:  September 4 - 10, 2005

Resources for Community Development Practitioners

The Enterprise Foundation provides community development practitioners across the country with training and information to help them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Among the available resources, there are a number of live online events as well as an on-demand library of past online training programs. For more information, go to:  www.enterprisefoundation.org

August 28 - September 3, 2005

Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices

Throughout the country, efforts have been underway to develop and disseminate principles of ethic practice in the nonprofit sector. In Illinois, the Donors Forum of Chicago spearheaded the Preserving the Public Trust Initiative, a first-of-its-kind project in Illinois designed to help grantmakers and other nonprofits take specific, concrete steps to ensure adherence to the high ethical standards and strong governance principles expected of them. The first step in this statewide effort is the Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices. The Principles cover a wide range of important issues - including board governance, legal compliance, responsible stewardship, and communication - and go beyond the federal, state and local laws that are the minimum standard of expected behavior. They are a call for all nonprofits to strive for excellence in realizing their missions, managing resources effectively and governing well. The Principles and Best Practices, which contain links to resources and tools for implementation, will be useful to nonprofits throughout the country. The Principles are also available as a printer-friendly PDF. Go to: www.donorsforum.org.

To request printed copies of the Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices, send an e-mail to sarah@donorsforum.org.

August 21 - 27, 2005

Nonprofit Technology Policies

This template was prepared through a collaboration of the UW - Milwaukee Department of Information & Media Technologies, ENTECH - Empowering Nonprofits in Technology and the Nonprofit Management Fund. This document is designed to provide Executive Directors, Boards of Directors and managers with suggestions for their nonprofit's information technology policies. These policies can help govern: Use of hardware and software, Security, Virus protection, Appropriate use of an organization's technology resources, Email communications, and many other aspects of using technology in a nonprofit. Go to: http://epic.cuir.uwm.edu/entech/knowledge/policies.php 

August 14 - 20, 2005

Learning Circle Basics

A Learning Circle is a series of discussions, demonstrations, reports on readings and presentations through which the members of the Learning Circle share their knowledge and experience, learn new information and apply and test new skills. Learning Circles can be a powerful tool for capacity building. This website covers the following topics: why use a learning circle; how do learning circles work; the schedule of learning circle meetings; types of learning circle meetings, roles in the learning circle meeting, and general tips. Go to: www.magma.ca

August 7 - 13, 2005

Legal Resources for Nonprofits

The law firm of Silk, Adler and Colvin specializes in nonprofit law and offers a number of articles available for download at no charge. Go to:  www.silklaw.com and click on “Articles and Publications” in the left margin.

July 24 - August 6, 2005

The Nonprofit Ethicist

The Nonprofit Ethicist is a new column feature in the Nonprofit Quarterly. According to the editors, the “column is designed to help answer your questions about any situation in or around your nonprofit in which an ethical choice is required of you. There are so many such situations in our work we thought we'd start unearthing them for discussion. So we invite letters to the nonprofit ethicist from our readers. Letters should be no more than 350 words and should include: A vivid but short description of the situation you find yourself in and your question. Letters should be submitted to: feedback@nonprofitquarterly.org.”  To view the first installment, go to: www.nonprofitquarterly.org

July 17 - 23, 2005

Document Models and Samples

The Center for Association Leadership, a program of the American Society of Association Executives, offers an extensive array of programs, knowledge resources and community networks for the nonprofit association community. Among the many resources is a compendium of document models and samples on a wide range of topics. The models and samples can be downloaded for revision by your nonprofit. If you don’t have the time to re-invent the wheel, go to:  www.centeronline.org

July 10 - 16, 2005

New Guide Helps Boomers Look for Public Service Jobs

Ellen Freudenheim, author of Looking Forward: An Optimist’s Guide to Retirement has written a new guide to help baby boomers find public service jobs in the second half of their lives—the preference of most boomers in their 50s, according to a new national survey. Both the guide, The Boomers’ Guide to Good Work: An introduction to jobs that make a difference, and the survey, MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures New Face of Work Survey were released today.

Previous surveys have shown that baby boomers plan to work, whether full or part time, long past the time their parents moved to the sidelines. The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures New Face of Work Survey is the first to ask boomers now in their 50s what kind of work they want to do. The result: 58 percent of those in their 50s are interested in taking jobs now and in retirement that help improve the quality of life in their communities. The Boomer’s Guide to Good Work is available free online at www.civicventures.org/guide. The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures New Face of Work Survey is available at www.civicventures.org/survey.

July 3 - 9, 2005

New Executive Transition Monographs

Capturing the Power of Leadership Change  This is the first volume of a new monograph series by the Casey Foundation on executive transition in nonprofit organizations. It describes support systems to help organizations survive and thrive before, during, and after a leadership transition.

Interim Executive Directors: The Power in the Middle This paper explores the benefits and basics of using an interim executive director in a leadership transition. It covers the issues that nonprofits should consider when weighing the use of an interim and provides a series of case studies that point to the advantages this specially trained leader can deliver in a difficult transition.

Founder Transitions: Creating Good Endings and New Beginnings This guide examines the unique challenges presented by transitions involving founders or long-term executives. It provides clear advice for executives and their boards in confronting the complex issues these transitions present.

Up Next: Generation Change and the Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations This monograph is based on two qualitative studies conducted by the Building Movement Project of the differences and similarities of how Baby Boom and Gen X leaders view leadership, transitions and their work. It delivers a series of recommendations on how a variety of stakeholders can improve the hand-off from this generation of leaders to the next.

Go to: www.aecf.org/initiatives

June 26 - July 2, 2005

Collaboration Resource List

The following resources compiled by Kirsten Nielsen of the Fieldstone Alliance deal directly with the topic of collaboration or are resources deemed useful to collaborations and collaboration consultants. The sources for these are listed at the end of the document. At the end of each entry below, a number in parentheses is keyed to one of the sources listed at the end of the document. Sources include books published by the Fieldstone Alliance, formerly the Wilder Foundation and respondents to an e-mail sent to contacts with collaboration expertise. Go to: www.fieldstonealliance.org

June 19 - 25, 2005

Nonprofit Collaboration & Mergers:  Finding the Right Fit

In 2001, in an attempt to learn more about the benefits and obstacles of nonprofit partnerships, United Way of Milwaukee began the Collaborative Learning Project. The Project focused on contributing funding to five different partnerships and following their progress over five years. The resulting report also includes insights from the Fall 2004 Forum on Nonprofit Collaborations and Mergers. Available in pdf format (1.1M kb), below, or in hard copy by emailing Lanie Wasserman lwasserman@unitedwaymilwaukee.org. For the pdf version, go to: epic.cuir.uwm.edu

June 12 - 18, 2005

Technology on a Shoestring" Articles

Alder Consulting works with nonprofits to create internet strategies, websites, and internet applications that support their mission. The firm publishes the "Technology on a Shoestring" Articles which are available at no charge. Recent titles include “Branding Your Organization Through Your Website”, “E-Newsletter Tools on a Shoestring”, “Websites on a Shoestring 1 - Guidelines for Successful Sites” and more. Go to: www.alderconsulting.com

June 5 - 11, 2005

Verizon Foundation Resource Center

The Verizon Foundation Resource Center offers a unique suite of online tools that give nonprofit managers access to best-in-class national training partners and business resources. The Resource Center’s mission is to leverage the power of network technology to help local and national nonprofit organizations enhance their management capabilities in order to increase their capacity to create sustainable positive change. Tools are available in six topic areas: planning, technology, communications, fundraising, recruitment, and evaluation. Go to: foundation.verizon.com/resourcecenter.

May 29 - June 4, 2005

The Wilder Organizational Stewardship Assessment

Peter Brinckerhoff’s Organizational Stewardship Assessment is a tool to determine how your organization practices the stewardship model described in Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization. It is based on the nine characteristics of a successful not-for-profit. Go to:www.wilder.org

May 22 - 28, 2005

Nonprofit Networking: The New Way to Grow

How can a nonprofit increase its social impact? Many would say it needs to grow big to be strong. Instead, says Harvard Business School professor Jane Wei-Skillern, the answer could be in the power of strategic networks. Go to: hbswk.hbs.edu

May 15 - 21, 2005

How to Choose a Consultant - A Resource for Your Community or Organization

This tip sheet offers an overview of when and how to hire a consultant, and what to expect from the relationship. Go to: www.gov.on.ca

May 8 - 14, 2005

Free Resources on Developing Effective Partnerships

This week we are featuring three downloadable references on development effective partnerships.

bullet The Drucker Foundation, Meeting the Collaboration Challenge: Developing Strategic Alliances between Nonprofit Organizations and Business. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2001. A PDF version is downloadable from www.leadertoleader.org
bullet Sarah Duffy, Brian Jacobs, Steve Suckling and Val Turner, Assessing Your Partnership. Staffordshire University. Go to: www.north-staffs-has.co.uk/documents/ayp.pdf
bullet Brian Hardy, Bob Hudson, and Eileen Waddington, Assessing Strategic Partnership: The Partnership Assessment Tool, Nuffield Institute, 2003. Go to: www.nuffield.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/pat.pdf

May 1 - 7, 2005

Technology Literacy Benchmarks

A unique tool designed to help nonprofits grapple with the challenges posed by technology. Includes 43 "best in class" benchmarks representing the current standards for sustainable technology use in nonprofit organizations. Go to: www.npowerny.org

April 24 - 30, 2005

Internet Resources for Nonprofits

The Utica Public Library maintains one of the most extensive directories of free Internet resources for and about nonprofits. Information is organized in 23 categories. Examples include Board & Trustee resources, computers and information technology, disability-related sites, donor and prospect research, fund raising/resource development, grant writing, management and leadership, outcome measurement, planned giving, portals/directories of nonprofit links, public policy, social entrepreneurship/venture philanthropy, etc. Go to: www.uticapubliclibrary.org

April 17 - 23, 2005

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) at Boston College is a multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. Founded in 1970, CWP is a recognized authority on the relation between economic wherewithal and philanthropy, the motivations for charitable involvement, and the underlying meaning and practice of care. For books, articles and reports published by the Center, many of them downloadable from the site, go to: www.bc.edu/research/swri/publications/

April 10 - 16, 2005

Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships Glossary of Key Terms

The Resource Center for Effective Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, an initiative of Independent Sector has compiled an excellent glossary of key terms in the topic area of corporate-nonprofit partnerships. Go to: www.independentsector.org

April 3 - 9, 2005

Definitions of Key Financial Terms

Here is an excellent glossary of key financial terms excerpted from Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives, by Jeanne Bell Peters and Elizabeth Schaffer published by the Amherst Wilder Foundation. Go to: www.wilderpubs.org

March 27 - April 2, 2005

Nonprofit Management Courses in the United States

This website maintains by Roseanne M. Mirabella, Ph.D. of the Department of Political Science at Seton Hall University, lists programs that focus on the management of nonprofit organizations found over two-hundred and fifty-five colleges and universities with courses in nonprofit management.. The programs are listed alphabetically, by state, and by type including graduate concentrations in nonprofit management, by degree, region and state; undergraduate; noncredit; continuing education, PhD programs; and online courses. The site also includes a bibliography of research on nonprofit management education. Go to: tltc.shu.edu/npo

March 20 - 26, 2005

Media Relations Tutorials 

The Strategic Press Information Network Project has published these online tutorials to help nonprofit organizations work with the media successfully. Tutorials include: Developing a media relations plan, identifying a hook for your story, cultivating relationships with reporters, releasing a report, Using the Internet for media relations, and much more.  Go to: www.spinproject.org

March 13 - 19, 2005

The Spiral of Sustainable Excellence

The Winter 2004 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly includes an excerpt from Paul Light’s new book, Sustaining Nonprofit Performance: The Case for Capacity Building and the Evidence to Support It. “The Spiral of Sustainable Excellence” illustrates a different look at nonprofit lifecycles based on his research of high performing organizations. Go to: www.nonprofitquarterly.org/section/639.html

March 6 - 12, 2005

Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest

Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest is a project of INDEPENDENT SECTOR. The project's main goal is to educate charitable organizations about the role lobbying can play in achieving their missions. The project's Web site contains information about laws, guidelines, and the benefits of lobbying. Go to: www.clpi.org

February 27 - March 5, 2005

Open Directory Project

The Open Directory Project's goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors who help the site grow as internet resources expand. Nonprofit resources are listed by categories. Most are annotated links by issue area. The limited content is more diverse than many similar sites. Go to: dmoz.org/Society/Organizations/Nonprofit_Resources/

February 20 - 26, 2005

185 Cutback Strategies

These strategies are excerpted from Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times Are Tight published by the Wilder Foundation. The first two categories address strategies for reducing costs and increasing revenues and will be helpful in budget planning. The authors note: “Use these suggestions as a starting point for your own brainstorming, and use the categories to help you organize your thinking and analyze your current approach to fulfilling your mission.”  Go to: www.wilderpubs.org

February 13 - 19, 2005

The Dynamic Board: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practice of McKinsey & Company:” The Dynamic Board: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits” This report from the Nonprofit Practice of McKinsey & Company, explores the issue of board effectiveness. The report summarizes the best practices identified through McKinsey’s interviews with the directors or board chairs of 32 highly-regarded nonprofits. The report also provides a valuable self-assessment tool for nonprofits. This is one of the best board assessment tools available and in available in 5, 15 and 30 minute completion time versions. (Free registration may be required to access this article) Go to: www.mckinsey.com

February 6 - 12, 2005

Consent Agenda Guide 

To expedite business at a board meeting, the board can approve the use of a consent agenda that includes those items considered to be routine in nature. Full information about these items should be provided to the board in advance in the board packet and any questions or concerns can be directed to the makers of the motions and answered prior to the meeting. This allows thorough examination of the routine items without using up precious board meeting time. The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership has prepared an excellent guide to the use of consent agendas. The two page guide is thorough and concise at the same time. To download a .pdf file, go to: www.bloch.umkc.edu

January 30 - February 5, 2005

Using Email Newsletters Effectively

In communications circles, electronic marketing is all the rage. The are many compelling examples of the power of electronic communications for fundraising and grassroots mobilization. For mission-driven nonprofits, the arguments for publishing an eNewsletter are persuasive. It gives your organization a consistent presence on your constituents' radar screens. It's a proactive way to provide timely news and updates, rather than passively waiting for constituents to visit your Web site. It increases your organization's visibility and the likelihood of building an even larger audience through viral marketing. Go to: www.iapps.com/Resources

January 23 - 29, 2005

The Role of Training for Boards of Directors

This article written by Herb Rubenstein and Paul E. O’Flynn describes a thorough Board training program that a nonprofit organization can tailor to its own Board of Directors.

Including are learning objectives for a board training program, a sample board manual table of contents and a detailed one day training agenda. According to the authors, while this article in not written to form a comprehensive set of standards or Board training procedures, it does show the rigor that Board training demands today in order to meet the challenges that Boards face today. While each Board will need to tailor its pre-training educational program, its mentoring program, its staff liaison system and its agenda for the one day Board training session, this format suggests an approach that would, if implemented, represent a great leap forward for 95% of the Boards of Directors in operation today. Go to: www.refresher.com

January 16 - 22, 2005

EPA Grant-Writing Tutorial

This interactive software tool walks the user through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants. While the focus is on EPA grant applications, the resource will be useful for grant writing in general.  The program includes:

bullet Detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal
bullet How to complete a grant application package
bullet Program-specific sections on three EPA grant programs
bullet Examples of good, complete grant packages
bullet References and a glossary of terms
bullet Resources and contacts
bullet A mock grant-writing activity where the user is able to compare their results to a successful grant application 

 Go to: www.purdue.edu 

January 9 - 15, 2005

Nonprofit Infrastructure

This special issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly is the culmination of work of a national group of nonprofit organizations and the articles illustrate the crucial and varied roles national infrastructure groups play in strengthening the work of nonprofit organizations. To download a complimentary copy of NPQ's special issue on nonprofit infrastructure, go to: www.nonprofitquarterly.org

January 2 - 8, 2005

Nonprofit Law Resource Library

Hurwit & Associates Nonprofit Law Resource Library contains information on a number of subjects pertaining to nonprofit law including nonprofit start-up issues, state filing and compliance, governance and board questions, mergers and affiliations, nonprofit entrepreneurship, charitable contributions and more. Go to: hurwitassociates.com

December 19, 2004 - January 1, 2005

Social Enterprise Reporter Newsletter Debuts Online

According to Tom White, Editor and Publisher of the recently launched Social Enterprise Reporter Newsletter, the goal for the Reporter is "to provide a professional gathering place for nonprofit managers and directors who want to share innovative business ideas for developing earned-income ventures. More nonprofits are looking to diversify revenues without selling out--the Reporter will help them to improve both their financial returns and social impacts." Features and articles in the premiere issue include:

bullet The lead cover story, by Fast Company contributing writer Cheryl Dahle, takes a new look at how Juma Ventures' Ben & Jerry's PartnerShops and Rubicon Bakery have improved their double-bottom line with innovative solutions to training and staffing challenges.
bullet Profiles of social entrepreneurs, including Wendy Baumann, President of the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, and Boku Kodama, Executive Director of the Oakland, CA-based UrbanVOICE vocational training program.
bullet Marketing principles from Jerr Boschee, Executive Director of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs.
bullet A social enterprise diary by consultant Warren Tranquada, detailing revenue diversification strategies at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
bullet Social enterprise book reviews, news briefs and event listings.

The entire content of the first issue is available for free. Future issues will contain premium content available only to paid subscribers. Charter subscription rates are -- institutions (multi-user license): $55; individuals: $47; student/low-income: $23. Go to: sereporter.com.

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