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2009 Resources of the Week

December 20, 2009 - January 2, 2010

The Troublemaker's Teaparty, A Manual for Effective Citizen Action

The Troublemaker's Teaparty is an updated and expanded version of The Citizen's Handbook. It contains all of The Handbook plus additional material on preventing grassroots wilt, strategic action, direct action and media advocacy. To download a copy, go to: www.vcn.bc.ca

December 13 - 19,  2009

E-Advocacy for Nonprofits

More nonprofits are discovering the power of the Internet to promote their public policy agendas. This guide comprehensively addresses the laws governing Internet advocacy, from voter education websites to e-mail action alerts. E-Advocacy for Nonprofits answers many of the questions raised by activists about how the laws of nonprofit advocacy apply in cyberspace. It represents the best research and thinking available on how nonprofits can use the Internet for lobbying and electoral advocacy while staying within the law. Go to:  www.afj.org

December 6 - 12,  2009

An Overview of the Nonprofit and Charitable Sector

This report by the Congressional Research Service explores a number of policy issues have direct or indirect consequences for the nonprofit and charitable sector, including the establishment of a social innovation initiative, changes in the tax treatment of charitable donations, responses to the economic downturn, and health care reform. The first section of this report provides a formal definition of the nonprofit and charitable sector. The next section reports on the size and scope of the charitable sector. Charitable organizations are estimated to employ more than 7% of the U.S. workforce, while the broader nonprofit sector is estimated to employ 10% of the U.S. workforce. The third section of this report examines how charities are funded. Finally, the report concludes by surveying what policy options are considered most important by charitable organizations themselves including (1) increasing government grants and subsidies to charitable organizations; (2) creating an oversight agency within the federal government to gather data, conduct research, and advocate for the charitable sector; (3) implementing policies designed to help charities and foundations in economic downturns; (4) changing the itemized deduction for charitable contributions by limiting, converting to a credit, or making the deduction more widely available; and (5) a variety of other tax issues.  To download a copy of the report, go to: www.fas.org

November 22 - December 5,  2009

Podcasts 100

BoardStar is created a library of 100 podcasts on board governance topics. Through inspirational 8-10 minute interviews with nonprofit leaders, Board Directors can learn about their roles and responsibilities, as well as receive quick points to strengthen their nonprofit Boards. Perfect for introducing a topic for discussion, BoardStar invites you to share a podcast at your next Board meeting. The podcasts are accessible online at no charge. CD and DVD compendiums are available for purchase. You can also download a PDF podcast episode guide. Go to: web.memberclicks.com

November 15 - 21,  2009

Writing Effective Job Descriptions

 A clear and comprehensive job description is key to attracting candidates who are well suited to the position you're trying to fill. Before embarking on the process of writing a job description, however, you'll need to have developed a clear sense of the role in question, its responsibilities, and the qualifications that an ideal candidate would possess. Once your team has clarified these dimensions, you can begin to craft the job description.  Besides offering tips for writing the job description, this article from Bridgespan provides an Organization Overview Sample to start your descriptions off on the right foot, an Email Job Announcement Sample to help you spread the word of your open position, and several Nonprofit Job Description Samples for a number of senior management roles. Go to: www.bridgestar.org

November 8 - 14,  2009

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

Since their release in 2007, the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice have helped thousands of organizations across the nonprofit community strengthen their operations. Now, the Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice provides further support for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to examining and improving their governance practices. The Principles Workbook will make it easier for boards of directors and staff leaders to assess the areas where their organizations are doing well and where there is room for improvement. It distills the core concepts in each of the 33 principles and suggests points for board and staff to discuss about their current practices. Progress worksheets accompanying each of the four sections assist nonprofits and foundations in making plans and recording their progress.  Go to: www.independentsector.org. Free registration is required to download the workbook.

November 1 - 7,  2009

Nonprofit Social Media Primer

Having a social media strategy is not its own objective. Rather, social media strategies can support your existing objectives. Reflect on your organization’s current objectives: Do you want to cultivate supporter relationships, build cause awareness, do online fundraising, or connect with new supporters? Those are all goals social media can help support, and the Nonprofit Social Media Primer examines a multitude of ways to get started and how your organization can benefit. The Nonprofit Social Media Primer was authored by Frank Barry, Director of Professional Services, Blackbaud Internet Solutions. To download a free copy, go to:  www.blackbaud.com

October 25 - 31,  2009

Advocacy Funding: The Philanthropy of Changing Minds

Grant makers tend to be cautious about funding advocacy, and for good reason — yet advocacy can play a crucial role in advancing a foundation’s mission.  In this Grantcraft guide, contributors explain that advocacy includes a lot of opportunities to improve public policy through work that is well within the limits of the law.  Whether your purpose is to advance an idea, argue a position, or enrich the policy debate, the guide offers resources and strategies for planning your work, reaching your audience, assessing impact, and more.  Go to: www.grantcraft.org

October 18 - 24,  2009

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

October 11 - 17,  2009

Social Media Resources for Your Nonprofit Job Search

Nonprofits are increasingly incorporating social networking tools-such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter-into their marketing, fundraising, advocacy, and recruiting efforts. To learn more about the role that social networking can and should play in a professional's search for a nonprofit management position, Bridgespan talked with Beth Kanter, the author of Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media. She explains how to get the most out of social networking during your job search-even if you're a new-media novice. Go to: www.bridgestar.org

October 4 - 10,  2009

The Smart Chart

The Interactive Smart Chart is based on the Spitfire Strategies Smart Chart 3.0 – a planning tool that helps nonprofits make smart choices and develop high-impact communications strategies. This online version of the Smart Chart offers an interactive approach to the planning process. As you work your way through the Chart, you'll have several opportunities to evaluate your answers and ensure you are making the smartest choices. You can also stop and save your answers at any time, and come back and finish later. This allows you to finish the planning process in your own time – and gives you maximum flexibility so you can get input on your choices from staff, board members or other outside resources as needed. At the end of the process, you will have a fully completed Smart Chart that links your organization's goals to the many strategic decisions necessary for a successful communications effort.  Go to: www.smartchart.org

September 27 - October 3,  2009

30 Second MBA

The 30 Second MBA is a feature of Fast Company Magazine. A wide array of organizational and industry experts provide answers to questions in the form of 30 second video clips. Recent topics have included: What Is the Single Most Important Task for a Leader? What Do You Do When You Don't Know What to Do? How Do You Retain and Nurture Talent? What Did You Learn From Your Last Business "Near Death" Experience?  How can teams make better decisions? And more. Go to: www.fastcompany.com

September 20 - 26,  2009

Nonprofit Resource Library

The Non-Profit Sector Leadership Program at the Dalhouse University College of Continuing Studies has developed an online resource library for nonprofits. The library offers program resource materials as well as selected links to other websites that also offer useful information on leadership and management topics. Under all three headings one will find links to a number of the most active organizations, in North America and beyond, working on behalf of the nonprofit sector in advocacy, research and education.

Go to: collegeofcontinuinged.dal.ca

September 13 - 19,  2009

Models of Collaboration

“Models of Collaboration” is a publication of the ASU Lodestar Center, an academic center that seeks to advance nonprofit leadership practice. The brief was authored by Marc Hager and Tyler Curry. This outstanding publication describes eight models of collaboration: fully integrated merger, partially integrated merger, joint program office, joint partnership with affiliated programming, joint partnership for issue advocacy, joint partnership with the birth of a new formal organization, joint administrative office and back office operations, and confederation. Each of the eight models is defined along with a listing of conditions that can be addressed by the selected model, as well as challenges and benefits of the model. There are brief capsule studies of collaborations that reflect each model. This publication is based in part on an analysis of nonprofits competing for the Collaboration Prize created by the Lodestar Foundation. To download a copy, go to: www.asu.edu

September 6 - 12,  2009

Comparison of Board Governance Models

Ruth L. Johnson has prepared a monograph entitled Stewardship to Leadership in which she compares and contrasts 13 approaches to board governance. The descriptions of each governance model, accompanied by graphics are especially helpful in seeing the differences and similarities among the various governance approaches. Johnson has served as a three term Board member for the Clark County School District, one of the largest school districts in the nation. She was repeatedly elected by her peers to serve as president of her Board and also served in other officer positions including president of the Nevada Association of School Boards and Vice-president of the Pacific Region of the National School Boards Association. To download the monograph, go to: www.nvasb.org

August 30 - September 5,  2009

Hallmarks of A Risk Aware Nonprofit

Over the past two years, the Nonprofit Risk Management Center has identified 12 Hallmarks, along with practical strategies and tools to help turn your nonprofit organization into one that manifests the hallmarks of a risk-aware nonprofit. This Hallmarks tool developed by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center has three purposes:


To inspire thoughtful risk-taking by nonprofit leaders

bullet To illuminate risk management Hallmarks common in risk-aware nonprofits, and
bullet To provide specific and practical guidance as well as ‘how-to’ insights for leaders seeking to strengthen risk management practices in their nonprofit organizations.

Each Hallmark is followed by practical suggestions and additional resources to help you get started.

To access the Hallmark Tool, go to: nonprofitrisk.org

August 23 - 29,  2009

GuideStar Webinar Archive

GuideStar maintains an online archive of on demand webinars for nonprofits on a variety of subjects. Recent titles include: How to Build an Organizational Dashboard: Track and Measure Organizational Performance Easily and Inexpensively, Creating Sustainable Funding in Economically Challenging Times, Frictionless Fundraising, Nonprofit Research and Analysis Tools to Get the Job Done, and more. Go to: www2.guidestar.org

August 16 - 22,  2009

The Just Enough Planning Guide™

Developed by Spitfire Strategies, and the Communications Leadership Institute, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Just Enough Planning Guide™ was developed to help those looking to create winning policy campaigns, issue campaigns, corporate campaigns or public education campaigns. Based on findings from a comprehensive search to find the perfect approach to campaign planning, this unique tool provides organizations and coalitions with just enough of a process for planning successful campaigns. The Interactive Just Enough Planning Guide™ provides users with an online, interactive approach to the planning process. As you work your way through the tool, you'll have several opportunities to evaluate your answers and ensure you are making the smartest choices. You can also stop and save your answers at any time, and come back and finish later. This allows you to finish the planning process in your own time — and gives you maximum flexibility so you can get input on your choices from staff, board members or other outside resources as needed. At the end of the process, you will have a fully completed plan that links your organization's objectives to the many strategic decisions necessary for a successful campaign. To download a copy of the guide, go to: www.justenoughplanning.org

August 9 - 15,  2009

Capacity Building Resources

The Fieldstone Alliance has compiled an extensive collection of capacity building resources including links to all types of providers active in the field of capacity building. Go to: www.fieldstonealliance.org

July 26 - August 8,  2009

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 19 - 25,  2009

Community Organizing Fundraising Guide

In this guide, UNTAPPED: How Community Organizers Can Develop and Deepen Relationships with Major Donors And Raise Big Money, the authors examine how to apply the basics of community organizing to raising money from major do­nors. The guide begins with an overview of the potential and the challenges of major donor fundraising. The authors introduce findings from a survey of major donors and other sources of information. They go on to describe different types of major donors, how and where to find them, and some key things to keep in mind about major donor fundraising.  At the heart of the guide is an examination of each of the five main findings from the survey and the implications for organizers, leaders, and those raising money for community organizing. Sample sce­narios, talking points, organizing examples, reference information, and a list of other resources are included. To download a copy of the guide, go to: www.communitychange.org

July 12 - 18,  2009

Crisis Management Plan Templates

Holly Hart, a Wisconsin based consultant, has completed crisis management, pandemic and continuity of operations plan documents for non-profits, small businesses and schools.  They are available for download at no charge. The materials are in word documents so that people can take sections of the documents to add to what they already have or so that they can take the entire document and customize it to fit their organization’s needs.  Also included are training manuals in PDF form to explain the reasoning behind the contents of the crisis response plan documents. Go to: www.hollyhartconsulting.com

July 5 - 11,  2009

Nonprofit Cost Analysis Toolkit

Bridgespan has developed a Nonprofit Cost Analysis Toolkit. This toolkit is intended primarily for senior leaders (e.g. executive directors, directors of finance, development directors, regional directors) of small to medium nonprofit organizations with multiple programmatic areas or multiple geographic sites. It may also be useful for leaders of larger nonprofits in those cases where this knowledge does not exist already among the organization's staff. Smaller nonprofits with a single program area and a single geographic site are unlikely to require true-cost analysis as offered in this toolkit, which focuses on allocating financials across multiple areas. This toolkit may also prove useful for foundations looking to understand their grantees’ true-cost structure, or to help their grantees gain economic clarity. The toolkit assumes that its users possess a basic understanding of financial concepts and a strategic purview of the organization. To access the Toolkit, go to: www.bridgespan.org

June 28 - July 4,  2009

Mashable Launches Hub for Twitter Resources

Founded in July 2005, Mashable bills itself as the world's largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. Mashable has prepared the "The Twitter Guide Book" to help organizations use twitter effectively. The guidebook is described as a one-stop shop for getting up to speed with everything Twitter, from managing your Twitter stream to promoting an organization. The Twitter Guide Book will be updated a regular basis to bring the latest tips and tricks as Twitter evolves. Go to: mashable.com

June 21 - 27,  2009

Capacity Building Toolkit

The Capacity Building Toolkit has been designed to support nonprofit leaders who wish to engage in capacity building in a systematic way. The toolkit facilitates an organization’s engagement in the four Capacity Building Process core activities: capacity building assessment and benchmarking, capacity building action plans based on the results of the assessment, implementation of the action plan, and reassessment to track actual gains in organizational capacity. This toolkit further outlines the four capacity building activity components along with specific capacity building tools designed to guide an organization’s engagement in each of the four activities. This Capacity Building Action Planning Toolkit was originally developed by Frank Martinelli and Shelly Schnupp for use by local associations of the Great Lakes Alliance of the YWCA as part of the GLA Capacity Building Project. To access the capacity building toolkit, go to: www.createthefuture.com/CBtoolkit.htm

June 14 - 20,  2009

185 Cutback Strategies

185 Cutback Strategies Excerpted from Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times Are Tight published by the Fieldstone Alliance. 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. But don't get locked into any one strategy--cut them up, pull them out of a hat, mix and match them. Do whatever helps you spur new ideas that fit your specific situation. Here's our caveat: Just because we've listed a strategy, don't think we endorse it. In fact, we dislike some, and some may conflict with your mission, values, or human resource policies." Go to:  www.fieldstonealliance.org

June 7 - 13,  2009

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. Go to: www.mckinsey.com . McKinsey & Company also provides a valuable board 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. To access the assessments, go to: www.mckinsey.com and scroll down to “The Dynamic Board: Self-Assessment Tool”. (Free registration may be required to access this article)

May 31 - June 6,  2009


Web.Dots is a technology resource guide designed to provide nonprofit organizations with links to online information on a broad range of topics. These resources have been identified through the Nonprofit Management Fund's ongoing research efforts towards advancing nonprofit technology. This guide is a categorized compilation of Web sites that will assist a nonprofit organization's efforts to improve effectiveness through technology. Web.Dots is maintained by ENTECH. ENTECH provides technology consulting and direct service to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Wisconsin. ENTECH has no vested interest in any particular technology, product or approach, and looks at your needs from a genuinely independent perspective. Go to: epic.cuir.uwm.edu

May 24 - 30,  2009

Avoiding Common Hiring Pitfalls

There are a number of ways that recruiting and hiring processes can go wrong, and hiring the right people into the right positions is too important to leave to chance. Whether your organization has dedicated human resources professionals or not, there are a number of common hiring mistakes that can be easily avoided as outlined in this article from GuideStar. Go to: www.guidestar.org

May 17 - 23,  2009

Nonprofit Management Training Presentations

Complete presentation packages, prepared by the Faculty and participants of the Master in Not-for-Profit Leadership Program at Seattle University, are provided at this site in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Each package comes complete with a script, originals for hand-outs and ready-to-use transparencies. The presentation text is based on the curriculum of the Not-for-Profit Leadership Program at Seattle University. The subjects were chosen by the faculty in consultation with alumni and current students. The topics focus on strengthening key factors for success in nonprofit organizations. There is no charge. Cooperation with the evaluation process is expected. Go to: www2.seattleu.edu

May 10 - 16,  2009

Nonprofit Sustainability Guide

NeighborWorks America today released a comprehensive sustainability guide to help community development corporations and other non-profits to evaluate and improve the environmental and sustainable footprint of their organizations, or in short, "Go Green." Produced in association with Strategic Sustainability Consulting, Herndon, VA, the easy-to-read, straight-forward guide, "Greening Your Non-Profit from the Inside Out: A NeighborWorks Guide for Community Development Organizations" is built off of 22 actual sustainability audits of nonprofit organizations and uses these examples to tailor a "Go Green" guide for non-profit organizations. To download the practical, hands-on guide for free, go to: www.nw.org

May 3 - 9,  2009

Social Networking Guides and Resources for Nonprofits

Networking for Good has compiled an excellent collection of introductory articles and resources to help you determine whether or not online social networks including services like Facebook, MySpace, and blogs fit your needs, and if so, how to get started. You can access the collection at www.fundraising123.org. A great place to start is the article entitled “10 Things You Need to Do Prior to Diving into Social Media”. Go to: www.fundraising123.org

April 26 - May 2,  2009

Alliance Resource Center

The Alliance Resource Center is a searchable database of resources for nonprofits. The database has been complied by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. It includes information on organizations, websites, books, newsletters and other products and services for nonprofit organizations. You can search the database by entering a search terms, by selecting a “Resource Type” or by “Resource Category”. Go to: www.allianceonline.org

April 19 - 25,  2009

Web-based Community Organizing Training Module

Marshall Ganz has developed an excellent web-based resource on organizing. Professor Ganz is a long-time organizer; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a principal of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. This Web module contains learning materials that address the following questions:


What is organizing?


How do people organize?


What skills are required of organizers?


How can these skills be shared with others?

This module is designed for organizers, students, and trainers of organizers alike. Organizers and students will find readings, video lecture clips and Web links on organizing ("Learning Resources" tab on the left margin). In addition, trainers will find a pedagogy of organizing developed by Professor Ganz and his colleagues ("Trainer's Workshop"). Go to: isites.harvard.edu

April 12 - 18,  2009

Video: Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

These 11 videos from BoardSource are based on BoardSource's Governance Series. The videos will help board members, chief executives, and senior staff understand the fundamental elements of service common to most boards, including board member responsibilities, how to structure the board in the most efficient manner, and how to accomplish governance work in the spirit and mission of the organization. The Governance Series, can be purchased in the BoardSource bookstore. To access the videos, go to: www.boardsource.org

April 5 - 11,  2009


VolunteerSpot is a free online sign-up tool that simplifies grassroots volunteering. The site makes it easy for anyone to quickly mobilize and coordinate volunteers in their community, congregation or social network. This is a tool for all-volunteer group officers, committee chairs, special event planners, and others who need to schedule and organize many other volunteers.  The leader creates a schedule of volunteer needs on the online calendar and invites people to sign up with an e-mail. Volunteers click a link to see what spots are available and choose when and how they want to help. VolunteerSpot sends automated confirmation and reminder messages, helping everyone keep their commitments. Since it happens in real-time, the schedule is always current, significantly reduces coordination time, and makes the process easier for everyone. VolunteerSpot is a free service for local-level volunteers. Corporations and larger groups wanting to brand the Web site or obtain planned premium features, such as hours tracking, will be charged a fee.  But you can test the system immediately at no cost. a2Go to: www.volunteerspot.com

March 29 - April 4,  2009

Urban Institute Outcome Indicators Project

The Urban Institute has developed and applied an Outcome Framework to program areas (examples: Transitional Housing, Youth Tutoring and Mentoring, Emergency Shelter, Advocacy. For each program, there is a sample mission statement, an outcome sequence chart, a table of candidate program-specific outcomes, and data collection strategies with suggested data sources for each outcome indicator. Go to: www.urban.org

March 22 - 28, 2009

Systems Thinking Resources

Linda Booth Sweeney, a systems educator and writer, has developed a website that offers a number of excellent resources on systems thinking and its application to organizational and community problem solving. Linda translates the concepts of complex systems theory into accessible materials and seminars for innovation in organizations, schools and communities. She is also the author of several books and numerous articles. Go to: lindaboothsweeney.net

March 15 - 21, 2009

Focus on the Economic Crisis

The Foundation Center has collected the most recent data available on U.S. foundation support in response to the economic crisis, offering a picture of how foundations are aiding nonprofits as they struggle with the fallout from the downturn. The Center has made this information publicly available in an interactive map on its web site. The map displays the data by state, county, city, ZIP code, or congressional district. New grants will be added to the map on an ongoing basis to provide the most current picture of foundation giving for programs and issues relating to the downturn. This mapping resource is part of the Center's broader initiative to provide the latest information, news, and research to shed light on the potential impact of the economic climate on the field of philanthropy. Visit "Focus on the Economic Crisis" at foundationcenter.org

March 8 - 14, 2009

Grantstation Series: How to Increase Office Productivity Using Free Software

How to Increase Office Productivity Using Free Software from Grantstation is an eight-part series that covers everything nonprofits need to know about moving from costly desktop office software to Google's free online office tools suite. This series offers tutorials for getting started with Google – using and configuring Google Mail (Gmail); Google Calendar; and Google Docs, including the spreadsheet and presentation functions – as well as a host of other free applications that increase productivity and are fun to learn. This series will show you how your organization can easily make use of Google's tools to achieve organizational objectives for both novice and experienced computer users. "Introducing Google's Free Online Suite of Tools," the first article in this series, briefly outlines why nonprofit organizations might use free software and explores its benefits. Go to: www.grantstation.com

March 1 - 7, 2009

HR Village

HR Village is an HR website covering a wide variety of HR issues. Created by a number of senior HR consultants and professionals from the US, it offers a good range of resources for the HR professional. It provides specific information and tools for each level of HR practitioner, from specialists within multinationals, to managers of smaller start-up ventures. The site provides helpful knowledge from experienced professionals. The hrToolkit includes sample job descriptions, administrative forms, an employee handbook and other HR documents, which can be customized to meet your needs. The site also hosts a considerable database of common and not-so-common FAQ to browse through on a wide range of HR-related disciplines, which are broken down into clearly defined sections. This and the toolkit are probably the most useful sections for nonprofits. Go to: www.hrvillage.com

February 22 - 28, 2009

Communication Evaluation Tool

Track the impact of your communications strategies with a new evaluation -- Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide produced by The Communications Network. This free tool gives nonprofits and foundations nine steps to create an evaluation plan that will assess the impact of their communications efforts. Go to: www.comnetwork.org

February 15 - 21, 2009

Avoiding Common Hiring Pitfalls

There are a number of ways that recruiting and hiring processes can go wrong, and hiring the right people into the right positions is too important to leave to chance. Whether your organization has dedicated human resources professionals or not, there are a number of common hiring mistakes that can be easily avoided as outlined in this article prepared by GuideStar.  Go to: www.guidestar.org

February 8 - 14, 2009


CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends. This resource is provided by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for both generalists and specialists. The site includes:


Charts and trend data for States, Metro Areas, and Counties based on Census 2000 and Trend Data going back to 1990, 1980, and sometimes even further


State and county-level rankings by population growth, race, educational attainment, language, and gender


Segregation exposure and dissimilarity measures for 1246 individual US cities with population exceeding 25,000 and for all metropolitan areas, based on single and multiple race populations as identified in Census 2000

Go to: www.censusscope.org

January 25 - February 7, 2009

Constant Contact

With more than 300 easily customized email templates, a step-by step Email Wizard, and point-and-click interface, Constant Contact is a powerful resource for nonprofits wishing to create high-impact email newsletters and promotions, manage contact email lists and measure results of email marketing efforts. Go to: constantcontact.com

January 18 - 24, 2009

Community Organizing Resources

GrantCraft has just released a new guide, “Funding Community Organizing: Social Change through Civic Participation,” on community organizing for grantmakers. The purpose of the guide is to offer a grounding in the basics of community organizing, as well as examples of what the work can accomplish in many different fields and communities. Though is primary audience is the grantmaking community, others interested in community organizing will find the publication very helpful. To download a copy of the guide, go to: survey.grantcraft.org. You’ll need to register in order to access the download. While developing this guide, grantmakers offered a wide range of resources in several areas of community organizing. GrantCraft has compiled an extensive listing of books, films, articles, research reports, toolkits, and more on community organizing. To access the resource list, go to: www.grantcraft.org

January 11 - 17, 2009

Free GuideStar Webinars

Last year, GuideStar began offering free on-line seminar for grantmakers and nonprofits. Based on the success of these webinars, GuideStar will continue to series. Future Webinars will focus on a variety of topics, such as grantmaker due diligence, fundraising, the new IRS Form 990, and governance. Check back at www.guidestar.org to learn about future offerings.

The first webinar in 2009, "Compensation Best Practices," will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 1 p.m. ET. Attorney and former state charity official Karl Emerson and GuideStar vice president Chuck McLean will discuss IRS regulations governing nonprofit compensation and the steps nonprofit leaders should take to protect their organizations from penalties. The Webinar is being offered at no charge; for more information or to register, go to www.livemeeting.com.

January 4 - 10, 2009


The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. The NCCS FAQs provide answers to many frequently asked questions about the nonprofit sector.  More detailed technical notes are also available by clicking on the "FAQ+/KnowledgeBase" link on the margin of the page link referenced below. The frequently asked questions are organized in the following categories:


General Nonprofit Information


Nonprofit Funding and Finances


Nonprofit Employment and Wages Information


Foundation Information


Charitable Giving


Legal Questions

Go to: nccs.urban.org

December 28 , 2008 - January 3, 2009

Promising Practices Catalogue

The Promising Practices Catalogue, a service of the Nonprofit Library Commons, showcases successful initiatives with proven community or organizational impact. You can browse a full listing featuring the following topics: innovation, collaboration, effective communication, leadership in governance, financial sustainability and more. Through this collection you can also find a reference to each project's funding partner, or community investor. Go to: nonprofitscan.imaginecanada.ca

To view 2008 Resources of the Week, click here.

To view 2007 Resources of the Week, click here.

To view 2006 Resources of the Week, click here.

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