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2006 Resources of the Week

December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Teaching Resource Center

The University of San Francisco International Nonprofit Management Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is a comprehensive source of nonprofit management teaching cases, course syllabi that are available for use by teachers, trainers, consultants, practitioners, and students to enhance the development of nonprofit management education. You may browse and search the educational materials of the TRC. Once you find a teaching case or course syllabus that you would like to use, you may download it, for free, as a PDF. Teaching Cases are narrative accounts of realistic situations in which nonprofit executives. managers, and/or board members are confronted with the need to make a decision in a management context. There are over 120 cases in the TRC, searchable by subject, author, and title. Course Syllabi come from universities around the country and are searchable by instructor, institution, keyword, subject area and course level.  Go to: www.inom-trc.org

December 24 - 30, 2006

Getting Started with Blogging Software

“Getting Started with Blogging Software” is published by Idealware, a nonprofit organization that provides candid, Consumer-Reports-like reviews and information about software of interest to nonprofit.  This report reviews seven blogging tools (Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Expression Engine, Text Pattern, and WordPress) for the needs of a typical nonprofit.  The report provides a summary of what to look for, a comparison chart, and detailed reviews of each tool with consideration of ease of getting started, ease and flexibility of configuration, ease of posting, and much more.  The report is offered without charge to small nonprofits who can't afford to pay. A $10 donation is requested from organizations able to pay. 100% of donations are used to write other reports and articles about nonprofit software. Go to: www.idealware.org/blogging_software

December 17 - 23, 2006

HBR IdeaCast™

The HBR IdeaCast™ is a free biweekly podcast featuring breakthrough management ideas and commentary from the editors and authors of Harvard Business School Publishing. To access this free service, go to: harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu

December 10 - 16, 2006

Emergency Succession Plan

When organizational change happens there is risk involved. This risk takes many forms, which may include uncertainty about what the change means, confusion about how to manage the change, loss of confidence and moral among staff and stakeholders, and other challenges.

An Emergency Succession Plan can help organizations manage the risk associated with leadership change. Change can be made more manageable by taking time in advance to think through different leadership change scenarios, developing competency among the staff and board to respond to change, and putting supportive practices in place. According to Mindy Lubar Price, a Milwaukee based executive transition consultant, an emergency succession plan allows an organization to provide the uninterrupted performance of essential executive functions by outlining policies and procedures for the temporary appointment of an acting executive director. CompassPoint Executive Leadership Services offers a template for developing an Emergency Succession Plan for your nonprofit. To download the template as a .pdf file, go to: www4.compasspoint.org

December 3 - 9, 2006

Weekly Podcast Series Boardstar: On Being Board

In July 2006, BoardStar, a program of the Nonprofit Management Fund, launched the production of a weekly podcast series “BoardStar: On Being Board”. A podcast is a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program that is made available on the Internet for downloading to a device, such as a computer or personal audio player. The BoardStar podcast archives features episodes on subjects ranging from the history of the nonprofit sector to productive Board meetings to the expectations of Board leadership. Currently, you can access BoardStar podcasts through: www.boardstar.org or better yet… Subscribe to the BoardStar series FOR FREE, through the iTunes Store.  When you subscribe through the iTunes Store, you will be notified automatically when a new episode is available to be downloaded to your computer. If you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer, it is a free download at www.apple.com.

November 26 - December 2, 2006

Board Governance E-Learning Tools

The Institute on Governance offers free e-learning tools to build better board governance in a special section of this website. This section of the website includes various publications and governance improvement ideas derived from our research and experience. The tools guide the reader through the players and processes involved in good governance, including sample bylaws and governance policies to assist organizations in developing or adapting their own. Go to: www.iog.ca

November 19 - 25, 2006

IRS Link to State Regulations and Laws

The IRS website includes a page with links to information about relevant legislation and regulations affecting nonprofits in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Included is information on state charities regulation, state tax filings, and more. Go to: www.irs.gov

November 12 - 18, 2006

Tips for Creating a Mission Statement 

A mission statement is vital to a voluntary, community-based organization. It should be the basis for all future activities including policy development, programs and marketing. Any program or project undertaken by an organization should reflect the mission statement. How does your mission statement measure up? Here are some guidelines and resources for creating or reviewing a nonprofit organization’s mission statement. Go to: www.envision.ca

November 5 - 11, 2006

Free Excel Spreadsheets

Matt H. Evans maintains a website that offers one of the most extensive collections of financial management resources on the Web – virtually all of it available at no charge. He has gathered collection of free excel files to download from various sources. Go to: www.exinfm.com

October 29 - November 4, 2006

Promising Practices in Revenue Generation for Community Organizing

A valuable new resource is available to community organizing groups that want to strengthen and diversify their funding bases. Promising Practices in Revenue Generation for Community Organizing answer questions such as:  Why is it so difficult to engage foundations in supporting community organizing?  What types of fundraising do highly effective organizations focus on?  When is government funding useful? When is it risky?  Promising Practices contains dozens of examples of powerful fundraising practices. The report features an analysis of income sources from over 200 community organizations for the year 2002; results from thoughtful interviews with dozens of organizers and network leaders who have created a culture of energy and accountability around fundraising; probing interviews with funders and other observers; and an extensive annotated bibliography.  The report was researched and written by Sandy O’Donnell, PhD, Jane Beckett, and Jean Rudd. Among them they have a combined 75 years of experience in activism, grantmaking, and community-oriented research. Promising Practices is a special project of the Center for Community Change. To download a 34-page summary of Promising Practices as a .pdf file, go to www.communitychange.org . For a copy of the full report go to: comm-org.wisc.edu.

October 22 - 28, 2006

Guide to Consent Agenda Use

The guide “The Consent Agenda: A Tool for Improving Governance”, published by BoardSource, is unquestioningly the best guide on the use of consent agendas by nonprofit boards. Topics include: what belongs in a consent agenda; inappropriate and questionable items; seven steps to using a consent agenda; how to introduce use of consent agenda, how to effectively introduce the use of the consent agenda since it challenges traditional meeting practices of boards; how consent agendas contributes to better board performance; and, a sample board meeting agenda including a consent portion.  Go to: www.boardsource.org

October 15 - 21, 2006

Planned Giving: A Board Member’s Perspective

The purpose of this book is to provide board members with an overview of the fundamentals of planned giving. Board members are critical to the success of a planned giving initiative, as they often can help set the stage with donors and support the staff in executing agreements. In fluid economic times, with volatile stock markets and income streams making unexpected swings, more organizations may rely on planned giving programs for meeting their financial goals. The need for maintaining and increasing the endowment ranks high on the agenda of most organizations. Few programs support this objective of long-term financial stability more effectively than planned gifts. To download a .pdf file, go to: www.grantthornton.com

October 8 - 14, 2006

Isoph Institute

The Isoph Institute provides access to high-quality online courses, affordable Web conferencing, and a variety of e-learning resources for associations, charitable organizations, and advocacy groups. The Institute is sponsored by Isoph, a division of LearnSomething and provider of Isoph Blue learning management software and instructional design services to nonprofits, associations, and other mission-based organizations. The website includes current and archived issues of the newsletter The Sophist, links to e-learning courses of interest to nonprofits, a collection of nonprofit e-learning primers and white papers as well as links to other useful websites. Go to: hwww.isophinstitute.com

October 1 - 7, 2006

MSU Best Practice Briefs

Begun in 1998, BEST PRACTICE BRIEFS is a monthly publication of Outreach Partnerships at Michigan State University, connecting university resources to the community. Each issue is comprised of concise articles aimed at presenting state-of-the-art knowledge about human services in four areas: Basic Concepts, Tools, Processes, and Models of Best Practice. Drawing on basic research, evaluation reports, and field experience, BEST PRACTICE BRIEFS offers the best current thinking about human service policy and program development, in an accessible user-friendly form. You can submit your e-mail address for notification when each new issue has been posted.  Go to: outreach.msu.edu

September 24 - 30, 2006

Resources for Volunteer Managers

Located on the website of ServiceLeader.org, this resource area provides information on all aspects of volunteer management, including getting your organization ready to involve volunteers, volunteer screening, matching, record-keeping and evaluation, legal issues/risk management, volunteer/staff relations, online activism by volunteers, and volunteer management software. ServiceLeader.org is a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin. For the resource page, go to: www.serviceleader.org

 September 17 - 23, 2006

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook

This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. It was written primarily for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded projects. Go to: www.wkkf.org

September 10 - 16, 2006

Benefits of Multigenerational Programming

Generations United, a national leader in mutigenerational programming has developed a fact sheet that provides basic information on why intergenerational approaches are effective, examples of programming, and outlines the benefits to the community of intergenerational programming. To download this fact sheet as a .pdf file, go to: ipath.gu.org

September 3 - 9, 2006

Board Development Organizational Checklist

This survey has been adapted from the United Way of Canada – Centraide Canada Board Basics Kit Manual. It is designed to be completed by board members. The survey covers 9 areas: board operations, internal climate of organization, planning and marketing, evaluation of organization, change management, external climate, relationship between human resources and the board, financial management and resource development, and personal commitment of person completing the survey. Within the area of board operations, the survey covers: incorporation and legal issues, governance, recruitment/retention/renewal, and effective meetings. The survey is appropriate for established organizations of any size or type of work; also useful as a guiding document for new organizations seeking to build strong boards. Go to: www.boarddevelopment.org

August  27 - September 2, 2006

The New Neighbors: A User's Guide to Data on Immigrants in U.S. Communities

Immigrant integration is a growing issue for communities across the nation. This guidebook, prepared for the Casey Foundation by the Urban Institute, is designed to help local policymakers, program implementers, and advocates use U.S. Census and other data sources to identify immigrant populations in their local communities - their characteristics, their contributions, and their needs. This useful tool describes data sources and where to find them, the information contained in each, and the software needed to use them effectively. To download the guidebook as a .pdf file, go to: www.aecf.org

August  20 - 26, 2006

Fifty Behavior Based Interview Questions

This list of interview questions has been prepared by The Ford Group is a excellent resource for conducting a successful and revealing interview. These questions will help you move beyond the basics and create a more accurate picture of a candidate's communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. Go to: www.fordgroup.com

August  13 - 19, 2006

Foundation News & Commentary Magazine

FN&C Now is an e-mail newsletter published by the Council on Foundations to share news between bimonthly editions of Foundation News & Commentary magazine. FN&C Now is published as news breaks—usually once or twice each week. To subscribe (it's free) to FN&C Now, go to: www.foundationnews.org.

August  6 - 12, 2006

Help Filling Out Your 501(c)(3) Application

Posted as a public service by Sandy Deja, a tax consultant with over 30 years' experience with IRS Form 1023. It is designed to help new non-profit organizations complete the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Go to: www.form1023help.com

July 23 - August  5, 2006

Nonprofit Salary Surveys

Idealist.org/Action Without Borders has compiled a list of 13 salary surveys for positions in the nonprofit sector. Go to: www.idealist.org

July 16 - 22, 2006

Giving Circles

Giving circles are one of the fastest growing and most varied of giving models.  Giving circles can range from extremely informal settings such as four or five donors seated around a kitchen table deciding how to allocate their “coupon money” to extremely sophisticated, structured and formal programs. The concept behind giving circles, no matter what the composition or disposition, is that pooled giving has greater impact on making a difference in the community.  New Ventures in Philanthropy, a program of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, has developed a comprehensive web site on initiating and managing a giving circle. For more information about giving circles, go to: www.givingforum.org.

July 9 - 15, 2006

Harvest Today

Harvest Today presents breaking news in the world of philanthropy from over 200 of the finest news sources.  Newsfeeds are updated daily, and organized into their appropriate topic -- we call them channels. Working in partnership with leading experts in their field, Harvest Today selects news from sources that are recognized for their editorial excellence.  This includes newsfeeds, press releases, reports, research, and PDF files. By clicking on any of the site’s News Channels, you can view headlines that are updated daily, as well as an archive of headlines that have appeared on that particular topic.   Each Channel is complemented by links to additional sources and answers to frequently asked questions.  Go to: www.harvesttoday.org.

July 2 - 8, 2006


DeepSweep has the largest selection of non-profit jobs listed in one place for free. Once you enter the classifieds job bank, you can post your resume for free. Human resource experts, headhunters and hiring managers frequently search the resume classifieds for active job seekers. You will also have the option of setting up an "alert" to send you updates of new job postings by e-mail whenever a job matching your criteria is posted. Go to: www.deepsweep.com

June 25 - July 1, 2006

Race Matters Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. The approach described in the toolkit deals specifically with policies and practices that contribute to inequitable outcomes for children, families, and communities. The toolkit presents a specific point of view on addressing unequal opportunities by race and simple, results-oriented steps to help you achieve your goals. Go to: www.aecf.org.

June 18 - 24, 2006

Nonprofit Merger Resources

Mergers are increasing in importance for nonprofit organizations. A series of guides have been developed by the Nonprofit Leadership And Administration Faculty at Western Michigan University as part of a Nonprofit Capacity Building Project funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth Initiative Partnerships.


Management Guide #1 - Merger Process Flow Chart. This flow chart with helpful narrative guides administrators through a 5-phase plan to complete a merger from the critical early discussions through the merger’s execution. Go to: www.wmich.edu.


Management Guide #2 - Checklist for Treatment of Employee Benefit Plans upon Merger. When nonprofits merge, the question of how to treat two separate employee benefit plans arises. This guide examines the advantages and disadvantages of combining plans. Also covered is the identification of various employee benefit plans and the steps to take if these plans are combined. Go to: www.wmich.edu.


Management Guide #4 - Legal Issues for Mergers. Organizational mergers encompass complex legal considerations. This guide offers an outline of the various issues including: selecting the appropriate corporate structure, transaction structures, drafting the agreements, procedural requirements and steps to a follow-up. A Due Diligency Request List is included to help identify trouble spots in the investigation of a potential merger partner. Go to: www.wmich.edu.

June 11 - 17, 2006

Emergency Succession Plan Template

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has developed an Emergency Succession Plan Template. The purpose of the template is to define the contents of such a plan, and make this essential document easy to adapt and implement. The template includes plans for short-term, long-term and permanent executive director changes. The template includes a specific name or selection criteria would be established to select an acting executive director, a communications plan to notify board members, funders and other key stakeholders. The template also includes a thorough contact inventory. This will allow your organization to take important scattered information and place it all in one document, vital information in case of an emergency.

The Center advises that this template should be built and reviewed annually with your organization’s board of directors. Go to: www.nonprofitadvancement.org

June 4 - 10, 2006

Theory of Change Development Tool

This Tool, offered by the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, allows users to create a framework or model of change, also known as a "theory of change" or "logic model" which maps out how your program or initiative plans on getting from present conditions to your vision of success. It provides a guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating your initiative or effort. Once completed, it provides a picture of how your program or initiative will bring about change in order to accomplish an identified goal. To download the Tool, go to: www.insp.efc.be. (Note: the reference to “download button” refers to a link at the bottom of the page labeled “full version”). A detailed companion manual for the Tool is also available.

May 28 - June 3, 2006

Everything You Need to Know About Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a category of new Internet tools and technologies that focuses on the idea that the people who consume media, access the Internet, and use the Web shouldn't passively absorb what's available -- rather, they should be active contributors, helping customize media and technology for their own purposes, as well as those of their communities. These new tools include, but are not limited to, blogs, social networking applications, RSS, social bookmarking, and wikis. This resource provided by Techsoup includes articles on a variety of Web 2.0 tools and technologies. Techsoup intends to update this page from time to time so you can check back to learn about the latest technologies for your organization. Go to: www.techsoup.org

May 21 - 27, 2006

TechSoup Offers Microsoft Spanish Language Products

TechSoup Stock is offering Spanish-language versions of many Microsoft products. Here is a sampling of our Spanish-language titles donated by Microsoft with admin fees ranging from $3 to $22: Access 2003 (Desktop database application); Encarta Premium 2006 (CD-ROM and Internet-based multimedia reference library); Proofing Tools 2003 (Spelling and proofing utilities in 50 languages for Office applications); Publisher 2003 (Page layout program); Student 2006 (Academic learning tools for middle- and high-school students).

TechSoup states that they will be adding many additional Spanish-language titles over the next few weeks. To view a complete product list, go to: www.techsoup.org

May 14 - 20, 2006

Resources for Grant Writers and Grants Managers

Alexis Carter-Black has written an article entitled Professional Development Organizations, Training Opportunities, Certification and Credentialing for the Grants Professional. It appears in Charity Channel’s Grants & Foundation Review. According to the author, the purpose of the article is to help those in the profession find legitimate opportunities for professional development, which includes membership in professional organizations and training opportunities. The article includes separate annotated lists of resources for grant writers and grant managers. The resources are organized in the following categories: Professional Development Organizations, Training Opportunities. Go to: charitychannel.com

May 7 - 13, 2006

Emergency Succession Plan Template

Compasspoint Nonprofit Services based in San Francisco considers it a best practice for nonprofit agencies to have in place an emergency succession plan to cover the sudden and unexpected absences of their executive directors.  Here is a sample plan modeled provided by Compasspoint. In this model, special emphasis is given to identifying the key leadership functions carried by the executive, identifying the agency managers best qualified to step into the executive role in an emergency, and prescribing the cross-training necessary to prepare the back-up managers to cover the leadership functions. One major side benefit to implementing this plan is a management team with enhanced leadership skills. To download as a .pdf file, go to:  www4.compasspoint.org

April 30 - May 6, 2006

Tech Tools for Leaders

Non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and rural organizations all suffer from a common fate - lack of financial resources and access to technology. At the 2006 Wisconsin Community Leadership Summit, Dennis Deery of Irish Rose Consulting presented a workshop entitled “Tech Tools for Leaders”. The session provided an excellent overview of free and low-cost technology resources that leaders can utilize to make the most of their time and people. The workshop resources are available at the website of Irish Rose Consulting. Resource categories include: Domain Names, Email and Mailing Lists, Web Sites, Find and Manage Images, Developing Presentations, Know Your Licensing!, Online Collaboration, Cheap Software for Non-Profits, Protect Your Computer!, Training Users, as well as resources for staying informed about the constantly changing technology scene. Go to: www.irose.com

April 23 - 29, 2006

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Published by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Stanford Social Innovation Review offers ideas and strategies to advance the strategy and leadership of grantmakers, nonprofit managers, consultants and researchers. The Web site has summaries of the Review's provocative articles, an archive of past stories, as well as free sample articles. Visitors can also sign-up for free e-mail updates with events, seminars and executive education opportunities at the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Some of the material on the Web site is available only to the Review's subscribers. Go to: www.ssireview.com

April 16 - 22, 2006

Nonprofit Lobbying Guide

Written by Bob Smucker, The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide, Second Edition, is the essential book for nonprofit leaders who want to understand the federal law on lobbying and voter education for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  The guide discusses building a legislative program, effective lobbying communications and establishing a public policy committee. It includes stories from nonprofit leaders who have spent their careers lobbying in the public interest. This publication is available for download as a PDF file. Go to: www.clpi.org

April 9 - 15, 2006

Effective Strategic Planning: Getting Your Organization Focused and Directed

This manual provides a guide for staff and board members of community development organizations interested in undertaking a strategic planning process. The manual includes information on when to undertake a strategic planning process, who should be involved, five elements of strategic planning and how to organize the plan for presentation. Sample worksheets to assist with planning tasks and a sample strategic plan are also included. This manual is one of 36 included in the Enterprise Community Partners Community Development Library (CD Library), which also includes a CD-Rom. Also see the Enterprise Resource Database which includes an excellent collection of hands-on, how-to documents and in-depth expertise in an updated and more powerful format. Go to: www.practitionerresources.org

April 2 - 8, 2006

Mapping Change: Using a Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation

"What are we doing, and why do we think it’s going to make a difference?  Are we being effective?" Grant makers ask evaluation questions like these of their grantees and themselves. This brief guide, the latest in the GrantCraft series, explains why grant makers use theories of change to guide their questioning, unearth assumptions that underlie their work, establish common language, and develop strong action plans. Contributors to the guide also describe how a theory of change sets the stage for evaluation by clarifying goals, strategies, and milestones. Highlights include: What a theory of change looks like; Theory of change vs. logic model; Mini-case study: theory of change and strategic planning. Go to: www.grantcraft.org

March 26 - April 1, 2006

Short Course 18 on Leadership

Financial Management Training Center has just announced the release of Short Course 18 on Leadership. This course attempts to compile some of the best thinking on leadership, outlining the characteristics and tools organizations can use for developing leadership.   This new course is the latest in an excellent series available free and accessible from the Financial Management Training web page. Courses are downloaded to your computer by clicking on the hyperlinks on the right side of this page. You can take a short course online by clicking on the "online" hyperlink. You can also download a short course in three file formats: pdf | exe file | word. Finally, if you want to take the final exam online, click on the "take exam" hyperlink. To access the new course, go to: www.exinfm.com. To access all of the training programs and other resources, go to: exinfmvs.securesites.net

March 19 - 25, 2006

Evaluation of Professional Development

The Winter 2005/2006 issue of The Evaluation Exchange published by the Harvard Family Research Project focuses on evaluating professional development across a range of fields, including after school and youth development, education, early childhood education, and child welfare. Included in the issue is a Questions & Answers feature with author Thomas Guskey, who describes his five-level model for evaluating professional development.  Many authors share innovative methods in professional development and many others give practical tools for measuring their impact.  You'll also find links between professional development and program quality as well as a discussion about the role of organizations in supporting professional development and positive outcomes.  Go to: www.gse.harvard.edu

March 12 - 18, 2006

e-Nonprofit Benchmarks Study:  Measuring Email Messaging, Online Fundraising, and Internet Advocacy Metrics

Published by M+R Strategic Services and the Advocacy Institute, this study provides a snapshot of key metrics and benchmarks for nonprofit e-communications, primarily taken from an in-depth review of statistics from 15 nonprofit organizations. The eNonprofit Benchmarks Study is the first of its kind look at the effectiveness of major American nonprofit organizations using the Internet to raise money and influence public policy. The study is a tool that nonprofits can use to measure and compare their online performance to other organizations' online programs. To download this study as a .pdf file, go to: www.e-benchmarksstudy.com

March 5 - 11, 2006

Executive-Director: A Discussion Community for Executive Directors

Sponsored by Charity Channel, the Executive-Director discussion list is open to individuals who are currently serving as the chief executive officer -- usually, the executive director -- of a nonprofit organization, large or small, or who have served in the role for at least one year some time within the preceding three years from joining the list. Members of the list may discuss anything that relates to the challenges and rewards of serving as the executive director. Some examples: relations with your board, budgeting, best practices and benchmarking, fund development, human resources, and much more. This is a professional-level peer-to-peer email-based discussion forum, or list, where executive directors will be discussing topics with peers who likely are facing many of the same or similar challenges and opportunities. This is a unique opportunity to give and receive advice, tips, ideas, and even encouragement for those really tough days all EDs experience from time to time. There is a modest fee to subscribe to the Charity Channel. The subscription includes access to the substantial resources of Charity Channel. Go to: charitychannel.com

February 26 - March 4, 2006

The Grantsmanship Center Magazine Archive of Articles

The Grantsmanship Center, Inc. was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. At first a local project in Los Angeles, TGCI expanded rapidly and today, TGCI conducts some 200 workshops annually in grantsmanship, enterprise development and fundraising. TGCI is also active in publishing. The Grantsmanship Center Magazine is mailed to the staff of 200,000 nonprofit and government agencies in the U.S. and 58 other countries.  An archive of articles organized into 10 categories is accessible at no charge at www.tgci.com/magazine

February 19 - 25, 2006

Online Toolkit for Community Problem Solving

The Community Problem-Solving Project is a Web site based at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology that provides members of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with free access to an online toolkit for community problem solving. In addition to strategy and program tools, the site also features a discussion board where users can network and learn from others involved in the community problem solving field. Go to: www.community-problem-solving.net

February 12 - 18, 2006

Parade of Games in PowerPoint

The Parade of Games web site was created to provide educators and trainers with easy-to- assemble educational games in a technology- enhanced environment to support key learning points.   The site demonstrates the creative use of popular game shows and other familiar games to reinforce learning. Educators and trainers can select and download those PowerPoint games that support your learning objectives and are compatible with the technology capabilities of your learning environment. Go to: facstaff.uww.edu

February 5 - 11, 2006

Hewlett Foundation's Community Development Guides

The Community Development guide explores the importance of collaboration and community organizing in helping build an effective community development process.  Based on Hewlett Foundation's experience, the guide provides strategies, tools and resources to help strengthen grantee capacity and foster better community development.  To download a PDF copy of Collaborative Governance, visit www.hewlett.org;  for a PDF copy of Community Development, visit www.hewlett.org.

January 29 - February 4, 2006

NPower Nonprofit Technology Guides

NPower is a national network of independent, locally based nonprofits that provide high-quality, unbiased, affordable and appropriate technology assistance to other nonprofits. The following guides and papers were written by the NPower Network.

bullet Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
bullet Technology Guide for Nonprofit Leaders: Arts and Culture
bullet Technology Guide for Nonprofit Leaders: Community Development
bullet Technology Guide for Nonprofit Leaders: Education Services
bullet Technology Guide for Nonprofit Leaders: Health and Human Services
bullet Technology Literacy Benchmarks for Small and Medium-sized Nonprofits
bullet Weathering IT Integration in the Nonprofit Sector

To access the guides and other resources, go to: www.npower.org

January 22 - 28, 2006

Community Development: A Guide for Grantmakers on Fostering Better Outcomes Through Good Process 

This guide from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation describes the tools grantmakers can use to make community development work better. It includes a description of the elements of good collaborative community development processes, examples of the challenges to collaboration and strategies to overcome those challenges, and provides guidance and additional resources for funders to inform their grantmaking. To download this paper as a .pdf file, go to: www.hewlett.org

January 15 - 21, 2006

Board Structures and Successful CDCs: Modeling the Ways

In just over thirty years, a new economic force has emerged in cities as thousands of Community Development Corporations (CDCs) have begun the task of revitalizing neighborhoods long abandoned by other engines of growth. As the organizations mature and founders begin to relinquish reins on their organizations, the roles of the boards of directors are theoretically injected with new relevancy. This paper by Rikki Abzug and Aida Rodriguez of the Milano Graduate School to place the role of the CDC board into the context of an evolving field, suggesting what CDC boards can learn from the generic governance literature and what the generic literature can learn from the case of CDC boards. Specifically they explore the impact of CDC contingency factors such as structure (e.g., size/age), environment (region, community), faith, and funding on the legitimacy of governance structures, compositions and processes/practices. To download this paper as a .pdf file, go to: www.newschool.edu

January 8 - 14, 2006

SocialReturns Resource Center

SocialReturns is a new nonprofit organization designed to grow the practice of social entrepreneurship among nonprofits throughout the world. The organization builds upon the ground-breaking work of the former Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures- a proven business model that worked to increase the financial and operational capacity of hundreds of nonprofit organizations each year. The Resource Center provides cutting edge research and business tools to nonprofit organizations interested in commercial ventures, and offers ways for nonprofits to share their own experiences with others in the field. Included is an extensive bibliography of resources on nonprofit enterprise. Access to the Resource Center is by membership only. Membership is free, and it's easy to join. Go to: www.socialreturns.org

January 1 - 7, 2006

Extensive List of Articles on Strategic Planning  

The CEO Refresher http://www.refresher.com/ceo.html has compiled an excellent list of strategic planning articles and resources. Some that stand out are Business Planning and Strategic Planning Revisited by Herb Rubenstein, The Art of Strategic Conversation by Skip Corsini, Wishes for Strategic Collaboration, by Helene Mazur (all of her articles are very good!), Building Support for the Strategic Plan: Aligning Employees with Strategy by Robert W. Bradford, and Running a Strategic Planning Session by Estelle Métayer, just to mention a few. For the full list with links to each article, go to: www.refresher.com.

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