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2012 Resources of the Week


December 23, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Board Placement: A Candidate’s Checklist

It can be very flattering to be invited, whether the recruitment occurred through a formal process or because someone you know is already on the Board and thought you might like to join them. Often, the knee-jerk reaction is to accept the position. However, once you have been approached about joining a Board of Directors in the Nonprofit Sector it is worth taking a step back and considering the role you may be taking on. The following is a checklist developed by BoardStar of some of the questions to ask yourself and the organization you may be joining. There are no right and wrong answers, here, and there is no magic scoring mechanism that will tell you whether to accept the role of Board Director or not. Instead, this is intended as a process to help you ask questions, and make a considered choice. To download the checklist, go to: www.boardstar.org

December 16 - 22, 2012

Calculating The Economic Impact Of Volunteers

How does one put an economic value on the time volunteers give to an organization? The Economic Impact Of Volunteers Calculator created by the Points of Light Foundation estimates the appropriate wage rate for volunteer time based on what the person does, the value of specific tasks according to market conditions as reported by the US Department of Labor. Organizations can use the Calculator to determine the value of the time their volunteers give doing a wide variety of volunteer jobs. www.handsonnetwork.org

December 9 - 15, 2012

Take Root: Volunteer Management Guidebook

Hands On Network has developed this guidebook to help volunteer service programs explore the basics of volunteer management. It is meant to be a user-friendly resource for developing volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition strategies and methods of offering projects for diverse audiences. This guide does not prescribe how your programs should be structured;  it does, however, provide resources you can adapt to meet your local program needs. The goal of this guidebook is to provide information that will help your program take root, leverage volunteers, and grow. To that end, the guidebook contains action-oriented sections to help you recruit, schedule, retain, and recognize volunteers. In addition, each chapter includes an activities and templates section with tools to assist you in applying the guidebook content to your program. To download a copy of the guide, go to: www.handsonnetwork.org. You can also access free eLearning courses and other valuable resources in the CNCS Resource Center at www.nationalserviceresources.org

December 2 - 8, 2012

“How To” Guides For Leadership Program Staff

As part of the Leadership for a New Era (LNE) initiative – a collaborative research initiative that seeks to promote more inclusive, networked and collective leadership models – the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) has generated a series of “how to” guides for leadership program staff. The guides are supported by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The guides, which can be read separately or as an interconnected series, offer recommendations on these important topics:


How to use action learning to achieve your results


How to recruit to maximize the value of your cohort


How to cultivate and activate your network

To download the entire report go to: www.leadershiplearning.org

November 25 - December 1, 2012

Pro Bono Readiness Roadmap

The Nonprofit Collaborative, consisting of Points of Light, the Taproot Foundation, and Common Impact, was initially convened by Capital One in February 2011. The Collaborative came together to identify, organize and share resources that will help the nonprofit sector be ready to engage in and benefit from pro bono professional services. By bringing these three organizations together, the hope is to identify and assess existing pro bono readiness support, understand areas of additional need, and encourage efficiency by reducing redundancy. As a response to the initial convening, over the past year the Collaborative identified the strategic value in building out a Pro Bono Readiness Roadmap to index the existing resources and services that support nonprofits in navigating how to become ready to engage in pro bono consulting services. The Roadmap will allow nonprofits nationwide easy, online access to navigate resources from Common Impact, Points of Light, and Taproot Foundation, among others, to help them prepare for pro bono services. For more information, go to: readinessroadmap.org

November 18 - 24, 2012

Sample Request for Proposal for Audit Services for Nonprofit Organizations

Wipfli, Ullrich & Company is one of the largest CPA and consulting firms in the United States, with offices across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, and India. The firm offers a Sample Requests for Proposal - Audit Services for Nonprofit Organizations available at no charge. This document is designed to simplify the process of going out for bid, creating a scoring system, and asking the right questions of CPA firms. To download the sample RFP, go to: www.wipfli.com

November 11 - 17, 2012

Speak For Yourself: Nonprofit Public Policy Toolkit

The Colorado Nonprofit Association has created a free toolkit for nonprofits’ advocacy efforts. The toolkit provides information about what 501(c)(3)s can do as far as legislative and media advocacy and voter engagement activities and pointers for how to effectively work with public officials and the media. Go to: www.coloradononprofits.org

November 4 - 10, 2012

All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations

This booklet by Jan Masaoka was originally published jointly by Boardsource and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Board members of an all-volunteer organization (AVO) know the important, but often unrecognized, role that the board plays. In addition to taking responsibility for the organization’s legal and ethical obligations to donors, clients, and the government, AVO boards shoulder the responsibility of providing guidance to the organization by managing the organization and leading the other volunteers with their hands, minds, and spirits. This handbook explains the two types of responsibilities that AVO boards have and provides a checklist that helps assess the work of the board. Like most all-volunteer organizations, the board can be so involved with getting the work done that it seldom finds the time to examine how the board itself is working, or to celebrate and appreciate the board’s hard work and achievements. To download the free guide, go to: blueavocado.org

October 28 - November 3, 2012

Tutorials on Social Media

SocialBrite has prepared a collection of online guides on how to use blogs, Facebook, Twitter & more. The tutorials help show nonprofits, cause organizations, businesses and individuals how to effectively use social media, divided by subject area: • Social media, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Video & multimedia, Fundraising, Mobile, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest and more. Also see the Sharing Center listing of posts on resources, tools and video interviews. Go to: www.socialbrite.org

October 21 - 27, 2012

A Short Guide to Consensus Building

Robert's Rules of Order is a fine way to run a formal meeting or a town hall vote, but too rigid for a business meeting where the agenda is to build consensus behind decisions. This is a freely available excerpt from the 1999 book, The Consensus Building Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement, by Lawrence Susskind, Sarah McKearnan, and Jennifer Thomas-Larmer, and posted by the Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law School. This chapter, "Short Guide to Consensus Building," provides a no-frills, step-by-step approach to running a creative, productive meeting, down to the level of how to invite participants who might be assuming a legal liability by attending. Go to: web.mit.edu

October 14 - 20, 2012

Essential Guide to End-of-Year Fundraising

The Essential Guide to End of Year Fundraising e-book is available as a free download The book takes basic fundraising principles to the next level with practical advice and effective tips for using online resources to enhance any end-of-year giving campaign. Employing email, social media and other online tactics, nonprofit organizations can gain insight on:


Making the ask with direct, powerful content


Three key dates for reaching supporters


Integrating messages across multiple channels


The importance of repetition in messaging and response

A quick read with easy to understand language and advice you can start using immediately, The Essential Guide to End of Year Fundraising will help your campaign be a success. To download the guide, go to: www.salsalabs.com. You will be asked to provide contact information.

October 7 - 13, 2012

Guiding Principles and Practices for Nonprofits

Over the last several years, state associations of nonprofit organizations have embarked on a thoughtful process of identifying and recording the principles by which nonprofits in their state should operate. Some state associations have adapted principles developed in other states for use by the nonprofits in their own states. Others have developed not only principles of practice, but also workbooks for use in introducing and raising awareness among board and staff members about their state’s principles. While there is no single standard of “best practices” that applies to all nonprofit organizations, these state by state efforts offer important resources to most nonprofits, regardless of location. The National Council of Nonprofits has gathered together in one place such efforts by 19 state associations. Go to: www.councilofnonprofits.org

September 30 - October 6, 2012

More Money for More Good - Free Nonprofit Fundraising Guidebook

To raise more money, nonprofits need to tell donors how the organizations’ work is making a difference, counsels a new fundraising guide. The guides More Money for More Good gives nonprofits concrete ways to put Money for Good II findings into action and raise more money. The manual is based on a study that found donors would be willing to shift $15-billion in giving to high-performing nonprofits if they had easy access to good information about the organizations’ work. The study, conducted by GuideStar, the nonprofit online publisher of data on charities, and Hope Consulting, was based on surveys of more than 5,000 donors, 875 donor advisers, and 725 foundation officials. To download the free guide, go to: www.guidestar.org

September 23 - 29, 2012

The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook

An organization’s website should highlight its mission and inspire supporters to take action. But where does one begin in building a website? Is your organization ready for a new website project? Who will work on this team, and what is the time and effort required to build a quality website? Does a website fit into this year’s budget? The Handbook offers an overview of the website design and development process and information helpful to nonprofit staff during a website project. From the organization’s capabilities to design and from launch to post-launch training, this handbook provides essential steps and real-life examples to guide you in what can sometimes be a confusing process. Go to: www.smartcausedigital.com

September 16 - 22, 2012

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide: Human Resources

The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide is a project of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Knowledge Management Initiative (PNKM) at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. The Guide is designed as a one-stop shop for widely-accepted and innovative nonprofit practices offering Preferred Practices and Pitfalls, Glossaries, Resources, Trends and Web site Profiles within the topic area of human resources. Go to: www.npgoodpractice.org

September 9 - 15, 2012

Nonprofit Collaboration Database

The Nonprofit Collaboration Database was originally developed by Lodestar as part of its work related to The Collaboration Prize competition, which it launched in 2008. Capitalizing on the wealth of material created through the collaboration prize nomination process, the Nonprofit Collaboration Database provides access to more than 650 entrants including all of the relevant information about and documents from the collaborations. The Foundation Center is now the new home of the Collaboration Database. The database has been organized so that you can search for information from a variety of access points allowing you to customize your search a variety of ways. For example, you can find all mergers among arts and culture organizations, or all administrative consolidations in Ohio and Arizona, or only those joint programming collaborations among state health organizations that were initiated by funders. The ability to search by multiple criteria, including key words, provides the opportunity to explore the database using factors that are most relevant to your needs. To access the Collaboration Database, go to: collaboration.foundationcenter.org

September 2 - 8, 2012

Online Diagnostic Tool for Leadership Development

Bridgespan has released an online diagnostic tool to use as a first step in understanding an organization’s relative strengths and weaknesses in leadership development. As valuable as these Bridgespan resources are, I feel compelled to share some additional perspective that I hope the Bridgespan team will incorporate in future iterations: It’s hard for me to imagine a better path for developing great leaders within an organization than putting those people in positions that move them out of their comfort zone and into situations that require growth; set a clear expectation for what is to be achieved; and ensure there are people (ideally their managers) with the explicit purpose of supporting and stretching their growth. To access the tool go to: www.bridgestar.org

August 26 - September 1, 2012

Free Business E-Books from Bookboon.com

Bookboon.com, founded in Denmark in 1988, publishes education related books for business professionals and students. In 2005 the company made a strategic leap and became the first book publishing company in the world to focus 100% on free eBooks. The books are about 50 pages long and they are tailored to be read in two or three hours, which is the available time a reader has on a flight, a train journey, an evening in a hotel or at home after the kids are put to bed. The books have a hands-on approach: you can read them today and use them tomorrow. The books, like many print an online publications, contain some display advertising To access the 500+ business book collection, go to: http://bookboon.com

August 19 - 25, 2012

Leadership Development Toolkit: Creating Your Nonprofit’s Plan A

The Bridgespan Group has prepared a guide to leadership development at nonprofits, Plan A: How Successful Nonprofits Develop Their Future Leaders. This kit features a growing list of materials through which you can explore the topic. The goal is to help you create a proactive, systematic approach to leadership development that can be considered within your nonprofit’s day-to-day operations. To access the leadership development kit, go to: www.bridgestar.org

August 5 - 18, 2012

Basics in Internal Organizational Communications

This section of the Free Management Library is geared to provide practical suggestions for nonprofit leaders and managers to ensure sufficient communications within their nonprofits. Topics include: common causes of problems in internal communications; key principles to effective internal communications; basic structures/policies to support effective internal communications; supervisor and employee communications; develop a basic communications plan. Go to: managementhelp.org

July 29 - August 4, 2012

Annie E. Casey Foundation Knowledge Center

The purpose of the Knowledge Center is to provide advocates, policymakers, practitioners, the media, researchers, and community members with a range of Foundation resources developed either by Casey or one of our grantees. These resources capture the experience and learning of the Foundation in our efforts to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities The Annie E. Casey Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the nation, with assets of more than $2.3 billion. The Foundation provides about $190 million in grants each year and is ranked among the top philanthropies for charitable giving. Established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, the Foundation’s primary mission is to foster public policies, human services, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. Go to: www.aecf.org

July 15 - 28, 2012

Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP)

Wegner CPAs, based in Wisconsin is partnering with The FMA Institute to bring CNAP (Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional), an on-line training course, to nonprofit financial professionals.The Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) is sponsored by member firms of the National Association of Nonprofit Accountants & Consultants (NPAC). CNAP is a national initiative developed by the member firms of NPAC designed to recognize excellence in the nonprofit industry through comprehensive qualification, training, and examination. Through a minimal time commitment, nonprofit financial managers will receive intensive training from individuals dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations. They do not have to be a CPA to achieve this designation. The CNAP on-line training will be offered for 7 sessions beginning on September 27, 2012. Each session will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm CST. All the details about the training and registration information can be found at: www.wegnercpas.com

July 8 - 14, 2012

Continuity Of Operation Plan For Nonprofit Human Services Providers

This document is intended to be a guideline for developing a Continuity Of Operation Plan (COOP) plan for nonprofits. It is strictly a template to guide one through the steps needed to begin the process of developing a comprehensive COOP plan for the organization. Much of this template model can be attributed to Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management’s Guidelines for Developing an All Hazards Continuity of Operations Plan for Businesses, the Bay Area Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Seniors & People with Disabilities, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Sample Emergency Plan. Go to: www.virtualcap.org

July 1 - 7, 2012

Grantsmanship Center Magazine Archive of Articles

The Grantsmanship Center, Inc. (TGCI) 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

June 24 - 30, 2012

New Guides On Boards, Strategic Planning, And Managing People

The Management Assistance Group (MAG) strengthens visionary social justice organizations, leaders, and networks to create a more just world. MAG has released three practical, easy-to-use guides on boards, strategic planning, and managing people. The guides are downloadable at no charge. Go to: www.managementassistance.org

June 17 - 23, 2012

Retaining and Developing High Potential Talent: A Toolkit

Among the best strategies for developing diversity in human services is to retain and develop talent within your organization. The National Human Services Assembly's toolkit, Retaining and Developing High Potential Talent, focuses on onboarding, employee mentoring and succession planning as key levers for advancing diversity and inclusion through talent management. The guide offers a quick and accessible overview of key elements for building a successful Diversity & Inclusion approach to your organization’s talent management, followed by a closer look at how to build effective onboarding, mentoring and succession planning programs. To download the guide, go to: nationalassembly.org

June 10 - 16, 2012

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.niqca.org

June 3 - 9, 2012

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

Nonprofits today are being pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program activities by initiating and completing outcome-oriented evaluation of projects. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process. In the pages of this guide, we hope to give staff of nonprofits and community members alike sufficient orientation to the underlying principles of "logic modeling" to use this tool to enhance their program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. To access the guide, go to: www.wkkf.org

May 27 - June 2, 2012

Free-Range Thinking Journal

Free-range thinking is a monthly journal on public interest communications published by a goodman, a communications consulting firm that helps public interest groups, foundations, and progressive businesses reach more people more effectively. free-range thinking includes information on best practices and resources for public interest communicators. To read the latest issue, access the archives, and request a free subscription, go to: www.agoodmanonline.com

Week: May 20 - 26, 2012

Outsourcing Back-Office Services in Small Nonprofits: Pitfalls and Possibilities

The Management Assistance Group (MAG), based in Washington DC, has published a guidebook entitled Outsourcing Back-Office Services in Small Nonprofits: Pitfalls and Possibilities. Leaders of smaller nonprofits know that attending to their back-office needs is critical but frequently lack the time or expertise to address these needs in addition to their programmatic work. At the same time, they also have difficulty finding appropriate, affordable, quality outsourced services. In this study, Mark Leach explores outsourcing as a solution for helping to improve small nonprofits’ back-office functions. To download a copy of the free guide, go to: www.managementassistance.org

May 13 - 19, 2012

"Hour Series" of Nonprofit Guides

The award-winning “Hour” Series of Guides to Nonprofit Management has been developed by Marilyn Donnellan, founder and president of Nonprofit Management Services. Topic areas are general administration/management, board/volunteer development, community involvement, marketing, program evaluation, and resource development. The series includes assessments, templates and sample policies/procedures. They are especially geared to smaller nonprofits. For more information, go to nonprofitmanagementservices.com and scroll down.

May 6 - 12, 2012

Building Capacity to Measure and Manage Performance

Over the last decade, the social sector has witnessed a dramatic shift towards a focus on measureable results, with nonprofits feeling immense pressure to demonstrate their impact. Yet many nonprofits appear to be woefully under-investing in measurement, particularly in their own internal capacity to measure and manage performance in an effort to improve their organizations. Based on interviews with nonprofit leaders and more than a decade of consulting and executive search work, this article from Bridgespan shares five key lessons that create the underpinnings for how organizations can approach building their capacities to measure and manage performance to improve impact. To download the article, go to: www.bridgespan.org 

April 29 - May 5, 2012

100 Ways to Build Your Business in 2012

Verve Marketing, LLC has published an e-book entitled "100 Ways to Build Your Business in 2012". This e-book includes marketing insights from twenty forward-thinking, businesses and compiled them in a very accessible publication. Review and download the full e-book at l00things2012.squarespace.com

April 22 - 28, 2012

The Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook

A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis. Your organization can create a policy to help guide your whole staff simply by thinking about how you would like to make use of social media. Written using the research from the Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, this workbook is designed to help you, as an organization, ask the important questions about social media, and take the next steps to growing a social culture. To download a copy, go to: www.idealware.org

April 15 - 21, 2012

Executive Transition Monograph Series

The ExecutiveTransitions Mongraph Series is a series of monographs on executive transitions and executive transition management, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. The series is a joint effort of TransitionGuides (Silver Spring, MD) and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (San Francisco, CA). Go to: leadingtransitions.com

April 8 - 14, 2012

The Power of Partnership

Written and developed in partnership with the Blueshield of California Foundation, The Power of Partnership features four case studies showing how integrative forms of collaboration have enabled domestic violence organizations—and their partners—to capitalize on their strengths, develop new solutions, and more effectively serve the community. To download a copy of the monograph, go to: www.blueshieldcafoundation.org

April 1 - 7, 2012

Philanthropic Capacity Building Resources

The Philanthropic Capacity Building Resources (PCBR) database contains 453 descriptions of capacity-building programs being carried out by U.S. foundations. From this database, you may obtain program profiles and conduct searches for programs under one or more search categories, as defined below. The PCBR also contains 32 profiles of intermediary organizations that serve as bridges between foundations and nonprofits. These intermediaries provide capacity-building assistance to nonprofits, supported financially by foundations and others. The PCBR database entered its ninth year of continuous operation in 2011. A complete system upgrade was completed in June 2010, to complement regular updates done annually, mostly recently in August 2011. The system upgrade included staff review of every profile, and direct contact with the sponsoring foundation to update any profiles that required it. To access the database, go to: www.humaninteract.org

March 25 - 31, 2012

Resources for Responding to Automatic Revocations by IRS

On June 8, 2011, the IRS posted the first Automatic Revocation of Exemption List, naming 279,599 non-profit organizations that had had their exempt status revoked for failure to file required annual returns. The list has been updated several times, and as of November 9, 2011, the IRS had revoked the exempt status of nearly 393,000 non-profit organizations. This unprecedented mass revocation has its roots in laws enacted by Congress as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The first requires small non-profits, previously not required to file, to submit an annual return: Form 990-N, also sometimes referred to as the E-Postcard. The second requires the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status of any organization that fails to file an annual return for three consecutive years. Resources for responding to an automatic revocation by IRS are available at www.501cfreebook.com

March 18 - 24, 2012

A Practical Guide for Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Evaluation Questions

This practical guide offers best practices that encourage soliciting input from stakeholders early in the evaluation design process to address specific stakeholder interests for improving program effectiveness, influencing policy decisions, and instituting behavioral and organizational change. The guide describes a five-step process for engaging stakeholders in developing evaluation questions, and includes four worksheets to facilitate the planning and implementation of a stakeholder engagement process. Go to: www.fsg.org

March 11 -17, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 360 Degree Evaluations

This article by CompassPoint staff members Michelle Gislason and Marissa Tirona in The Nonprofit Quarterly thoroughly discusses the features, pros, and cons of a 360° performance evaluation process. With careful planning and forethought, this tool can surface powerful insights on an employee's work patterns that can serve as a springboard for personal development and new organizational contributions. See if it's right for your organization. To access the resource, go to:  www.nonprofitquarterly.org

March 4 -10, 2012

25 Tips for Optimizing Online Communication with Volunteers

Energize, Inc. has compiled "25 Tips for Optimizing Online Communication with Volunteers" into a 5-page booklet. It is available as a free download at: www.energizeinc.com

February 26 - March 3, 2012

Beckner Research Digests

The University of Wisconsin Center for Nonprofits has published a new series of online resources that bridge the gap between scholarly research and the real world of community organizations. The Beckner Research Digests synthesize research on topics useful to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and other organizations. The first round of 10 Digests present research conducted by faculty in different disciplines across UW-Madison—for example, Principles for Effective Family and Youth Prevention Programs by Stephen Small, professor of human development and family studies; Talking About Race by Katherine Cramer Walsh, associate professor of political science; A New Approach to Labor – Environment Coalitions by Laura Senier, assistant professor of community and environmental sociology, and Social Support for Academic Success of African American Boys by Jeffrey Lewis, UW-Extension, and Amy Hilgendorf, Kansas State University. One Digest, Tips on Building a Broad Base of Engaged and Empowered Volunteers, features Christens’ own research. He describes key implications for community organizations from the findings he recently published in several journal articles on community participation and psychological empowerment. Dr. Christens developed the Digests concept in collaboration with Jeanan Yasiri, executive director of the Center for Nonprofits. The Beckner Research Digests are available online at the UW Center for Nonprofits website at www.centerfornonprofits.wisc.edu

February 19 - 25, 2012

"Building Future Leaders" Diagnostic Survey

According to a Bridgespan Group survey of more than 150 nonprofit leadership teams, leadership development and succession planning for senior leader positions is the single greatest organizational weakness nonprofits face. To help address this challenge, Bridgespan has developed a free diagnostic survey to help leaders understand where their organizations are strong – and what can be improved. You can take the survey, see how your organization compares to others, and jumpstart your thinking on what successful leadership development could look like in your organization. Go to: www.bridgestar.org

February 12 - 18, 2012

Sample Personnel Policies

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website includes resources and templates, including sample personnel policies. Go to: www.mncn.org

February 5 - 11, 2012

CompassPoints of View! Blog

Compasspoint Nonprofit Services has just launched a new blog CompassPoints of View! Through this blog, CompassPoint staff will share reflections on the sector, learnings from client work, and big ideas on nonprofit management, leadership, and strategy. The intent is to thoughtfully explore critical nonprofit topics and bring in the voices and perspectives of staff experts, partners in capacity-building work, and clients to help link leaders and fields, influence the sector dialogue, and guide nonprofits to become better managed, more adaptive, and achieve higher impact. Go to: www.compasspoint.org/blog

January 29 - February 4, 2012

E-Book: Event Fundraising Best Practices

Events are not only a great way to raise funds but also awareness and community support. Unfortunately many events fall flat, usually due to lack of clear goals and preparation. Sage Publications has published a free E-Book: Event Fundraising Best Practices. This 25-page resource guides you step by step through the event process — from planning and promotion to execution and follow up. The guide includes practical advice as well as print-ready worksheets and sample documents including:


Sample Event Timeline — a 28-step checklist of activities to complete before, during, and after the event.


Event Planning Worksheet — the questions you need to answer before you take any action.


Post-Event Attendee, Volunteers, and Staff Surveys — gather input from those who experienced the event first hand.

To download a copy of the E-Book, go to:  SageSoftwareIncNonProfitSolutions

January 22 - 28, 2012

The Grantsmanship Center Archives

The Grantsmanship Center publications are packed with information on how to plan, manage, staff and fund the programs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Archives of these publications are now available at the Library of Congress. You may also access articles from recent issues organized under ten categories. Go to: www.tgci.com

January 15 - 21, 2012

Finding the Right CEO

BoardSource has released a new white paper: Finding the Right CEO. According to this guide, when looking for the next chief executive, the search committee should remember that what counts is the diversity of a candidate’s experience. Qualifications, lists of achievements, proofs of expertise are the facts of an individual candidate’s suitability, and all are important. But the truth behind those lists resides in the character of a candidate’s experience — in the variety and complexity of the situations the candidate has encountered and how the candidate dealt with the encounters. To download a copy of the white paper, go to: www.boardsource.org

January 8 - 14, 2012


GrantWatch.com posts federal, state, city, local and foundation grants on one website, categorized by type and updated daily. All our grants are current and expired grants are archived daily. Members can sign up for free to receive a weekly email of new grants posted. Members can also tour archives for free. To view complete details of new and current grants, including the complete application, there is a low subscription rate. All posts on GrantWatch.com include the important grant information, full applications, deadlines and contact person information. Go to: www.GrantWatch.com

January 1 - 7, 2012

Greenlights Nonprofit Management Resource Library

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success is a management service organization dedicated to improving the management effectiveness of the Central Texas nonprofit sector. Services include customized consulting and coaching, organization and board advancement, information and referral, interactive education, and nonprofit convening events. Greenlights has compiled an extensive collection of free downloadable resources that will be useful to all nonprofits. To access the library, go to: www.greenlights.org

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