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2013 Resources of the Week

 

December 15 , 2013 - January 4, 2014

Board Members' Guide to Partnership Planning

Today, more and more nonprofits are looking to partner with other organizations. Strategic partnerships offer benefits that range along a spectrum from simple joint programming ventures to full-scale mergers. The purpose of the Board Members' Guide to Partnership Planning is to serve as a reference for board members embarking on the collaboration journey. Many factors must be considered, and the following list shares 10 key elements critical to the success of any effective partnership. Boards are encouraged to use this list as a starting point for boardroom discussions (Note: The electronic version of this guide contains hyperlinks under each topic heading to additional resources for that subject area). Finally, this guide also contains a Partnership Checklist, a useful tool in tracking your progress through the partnership process. To download a copy of the guide, go to: www.asu.edu
 

December 8 - 14, 2013

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Newsletter

The Harvard Business School publishes HBS Working Knowledge, a weekly newsletter available at no charge. The newsletter offers information from the Harvard Business School to help you run your organization better, announcements of special programs offered by the School, the latest in management-related books and Web sites, and an ongoing provocative dialogue with Professor Jim Heskett. Articles specific to nonprofit organizations are frequently included. If you would like to receive this e-mail newsletter, go to: hbswk.hbs.edu and click on the newsletter signup link. Once your subscription begins, be sure to click on "Social Enterprise & Nonprofit" in the left column for past articles on nonprofit topics.
 

December 1 - 7, 2013

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 copy of the guide, go to: www.jcamp180.org
 

November 24 - 30, 2013

Board Leader Succession Planning Resource

While much has been written about executive leadership succession in nonprofits, there are not as many resources available to help with board succession planning. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has compiled some useful resources in the article “Succession Planning with Your Board”. There are links to a number of excellent worksheets and tools. Go to: www.shrm.org
 

November 17 - 23, 2013

Learning Circle Basics

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

November 10 - 16, 2013

Using Social Media Platforms to Amplify Public Health Messages

In partnership with Ogilvy PR, Alexandra Hughes of the Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication researched and developed a white paper that examines how to leverage the opportunities social media provides by identifying tenets and best practices for public health-driven social media, as well as provides insights into how to reach and engage key consumer and provider audiences. Using Social Media Platforms to Amplify Public Health Messages was informed by a review of the publicly-available public health and social marketing literature, strategies and tactics employed by public health campaigns that have successfully utilized social media to affect audience attitudes, behaviors and/or awareness of an issue, and one-on-one interviews with public health, social marketing and social media subject-matter experts across the country. To download the resource, go to: smexchange.ogilvypr.com
 

October 27 - November 9, 2013

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
 

October 20 - 26, 2013

Social Enterprise Alliance Toolkit

This guide is a toolkit for those involved in state policy, such as governors, legislators, legislative aides, and state government officials, as well as advocates, nonprofit organizations, foundations, lobbyists, and others. It is designed to provide the best available and current information, including policy suggestions, successes to date, policy trends, and resources to anyone interested in promoting social innovation, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and cross-sector collaboration in their state. The guide will prove particularly useful for those who want to:

bullet Propose or further develop state social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social enterprise initiatives
bullet Encourage state agencies or entities to support and fund innovative social solutions, including social enterprise
bullet Remove barriers to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social enterprise; and/or
bullet Simply learn more about social innovation, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and cross-sector collaboration

This Social Enterprise Alliance toolkit was developed in collaboration with Root Cause. To download a copy of the toolkit, go to: rootcause.org
 

October 13 - 19, 2013

Working Better Together: Building Nonprofit Collaborative Capacity

Collective action is an effective way for nonprofits to increase their impact , but they often lack the key capacities that enable these types of partnerships to thrive. As much as funders would like to encourage more collective action among their grantees, the reality for many nonprofits is that they simply do not have the time or the resources to do collective work. This new publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) lays out insights on what core capacities nonprofits need in order to effectively collaborate — and how grantmakers can play a vital role in building these capacities. To download the publication, go to: geofunders.org
 

September 29 - October 12, 2013

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
 

September 22 - 28, 2013

Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool

The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) is a free online tool that helps non profits assess their operational capacity and identify strengths and areas for improvement. The tool is free of charge. It is an in-depth, online survey that allows the Board, leadership and staff of a non-profit to measure how well their organization performs against best practices. To administer the survey, you will need to register your organization by launching the tool here, and invite members of your organization to participate within a designated time period. Participants will be asked to provide their view of how well the organization performs along 10 dimensions. Once the survey is complete, a unique report is generated that provides an aggregate view of how the respondents believe the organization is performing in areas such as management, marketing, innovation, and strategy-setting. The insights from the OCAT provide an excellent foundation for conversations and decision-making about actions to make the organization stronger. Go to: mckinseyonsociety.com
 

September 15 - 21, 2013

Volunteer Management Resource Library

The Volunteer Management Resource Library, hosted by Susan Ellis and the Energize, Inc. website, is organized by subject and each subject page provides Online Bookstore links, free articles or excerpts, free electronic books or guides, as well as an annotated list of Web sites with more material on the subject. This is the most comprehensive – and up to date – resource of its kind available. Go to: www.energizeinc.com
 

September 8 - 14, 2013

Evaluation Checklists

The Evaluation Checklists website’s purpose is to improve the quality and consistency of evaluations and enhance evaluation capacity through the promotion and use of high-quality checklists targeted to specific evaluation tasks and approaches. The website is a service of The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Go to: www.wmich.edu
 

September 1 - 7, 2013

Three Toolkits from the Kellogg Foundation

The Kellogg Foundation has developed three toolkits for nonprofits. The Communications and Marketing Kit is designed to help non-profit organizations use communications to achieve their social change goals. The Evaluation Toolkit is designed for nonprofits seeking to design an effective, useful evaluation. The Policy Toolkit has been designed to support nonprofits and grassroots organizations in understanding the role of policy at all levels of government - local, state and national, and more importantly, prepare them for engagement in the policy process. This web-based handbook features the policy process and principles, guiding questions to help translate and understand the process and principles, as well as case stories to illustrate key ideas. Go to: www.wkkf.org. Links to the guides are located under "Most Popular Downloads" in the right margin of the webpage.
 

August 25 - 31, 2013

Glossary of Financial Terms

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has prepared a glossary of financial terms for nonprofit organizations. Go to nonprofitfinancefund.org/financial-terms
 

August 18 - 24, 2013

Nonprofit Board Excellence Workshop

The Nonprofit Board Excellence Workshop by Trisha Matthieu, is a training workbook for board members with useful insights for anyone involved with nonprofit organizations. It was developed in 2004 with support from the Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington and the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. To download a copy, go to: evans.uw.edu
 

August 11 - 17, 2013

Guide to Starting a Nonprofit

The Guide to Starting a Nonprofit by 501 Commons, describes the steps you should take when getting started and includes an extensive collection of resource links on topics such as board development, nonprofit finances, business and strategic planning, and other topics important to a nonprofit’s success. To download a copy, go to: www.501commons.org
 

July 28 - August 10, 2013

Cracking the Network Code

As grantmakers and nonprofits are looking for ways to collaborate more effectively, many are experimenting working with and through networks to achieve greater impact. Because networks are by definition loosely controlled and emergent, understanding how to effectively build and sustain them requires new skills and knowledge. This new publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations sets out to crack the code behind the network mystique. It describes a method to working more efficiently and effectively through networks, and a critical first step for grantmakers and nonprofits alike is adopting a network mindset, which may require dramatic shifts in attitude and behavior for many. "Cracking the Network Code" outlines four principles that comprise the network mindset, illustrates the principles with a range of examples of networks that have achieved real results, and offers practical questions and recommendations to help leaders achieve the benefits and avoid common pitfalls of working through networks. This important resource is based in part on the path breaking article "The Networked Nonprofit" appearing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2008. While is focused on the role of grantmakers, it offers important guidance for the leaders of nonprofit organizations themselves. To download the guide, go to: geofunders.org
 

July 21 - 27, 2013

Organizational Assessment Checklist for Youth Involvement

Where Do You Start? You know you want to involve young people in decision-making, or you know that you can do it better – but you don’t know how to get going! This checklist can help you think about the most important factors in successful youth involvement, and challenge you and your organization/school/club to do more, better. Also consult YouthonBoard's 15 Points manual for more information on topics addressed in the Organizational Assessment Checklist. This checklist will help give direction, uncover hidden issues, clarify tasks, and guide commitment to involving youth in decision-making. Use it as a tool with your board, your staff, young people, and others. Go to: youthonboard.org
 

July 14 - 20, 2013

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: nonprofit.haas.berkeley.edu. McKinsey & Company also provides a valuable board self-assessment tool for nonprofits. To access the assessment, go to: www.boardnetusa.org
 

July 7 - 13, 2013

Learning Driven Assessment Workbook

The Social Sector Office of McKinsey and Company has developed a workbook to help nonprofit leaders plan a Learning Driven Assessment. Created for foundation program officers, social investors and nonprofit program staff charged with determining the effectiveness of social sector programs, this workbook is designed to support discussions between program and evaluation colleagues. Using this workbook is a process which will occur over a period of weeks and months. Nonprofits utilizing this learning assessment are encouraged to engage experts on assessment to help finalize and implement the Learning Driven Assessment plan. To learn more and to access the assessment tool, go to: lsi.mckinsey.com
 

June 30 - July 6, 2013

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 16 - 29, 2013

Operating Reserves Toolkit for Nonprofit Organizations

The Operating Reserves Toolkit for Nonprofit Organizations is a new resource to help nonprofits through the process of building a reserve policy. The toolkit is the result of a rigorous, multi-year research, writing and review process by the Nonprofit Operating Reserves Initiative Workgroup. In 2009, the workgroup – led by the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics and the United Way Worldwide – produced a whitepaper that called for organizations to make maintaining an adequate level of operating reserves their top priority. Go to: www.nccs2.org
 

June 9 - 15, 2013

Innovators’ Guidebook

The Innovator’s Guidebook was developed for health centers working with the San Francisco-based Center for Care Innovation’s Safety Net Innovations program. It will be of use to leaders of a wider range of nonprofits It will take you through the innovation process with techniques, methods, tips, and worksheets to help you at each step along the way. This guidebook presents a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches, and relies on the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team. According to the authors, as you learn about the process, remember design thinking is highly iterative, not linear. Be prepared to cycle through the various stages of the process as you gain more insights to refine your focus. To download the guide, go to: www.careinnovations.org
 

June 2 - 8, 2013

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

While the “for profit” world has many universally known business models, the nonprofit arena is lacking common plans. In this study, Landes-Foster, Kim and Christiansen take a look at developing a series of ten funding models based on research of 144 large nonprofits with significant growth year over year. The intent was not to help choose which model each organization should use, but to inform and educate. They discuss the important distinction between business models and funding models and posit that while business models are generally developed and understood, especially by the for-profit sector, funding models have never been clearly articulated. By using these three parameters: source of funds, type of decision makers and the motivation of the decision makers, the authors came up with ten funding models grouped into categories defined by dominant type of funder (single funder, many individuals, government, corporations and a mix). They include a few questions with each model to help determine which is the best fit for an organization. Go to: www.ssireview.org
 

May 26 - June 1, 2013

Audit Guide for Charitable Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits has created a Nonprofit Audit Guide to provide charitable nonprofits with the tools they need to make informed decisions about independent audits. Because state laws vary in the scope of their regulation of charitable nonprofits, this Guide includes a 50-state chart that shows whether there is an audit requirement in each state, and if so, under what conditions. The Guide will help you understand what independent audits are, and help you prepare your nonprofit for an audit. The Guide will also tell you about the role of the board in the audit process, and shares tips and tools to help your charitable organization manage the audit process -- from hiring an auditor and preparing for the audit, to evaluating the audit firm's work. Additionally, the Guide includes information about special audit requirements that apply to nonprofits that receive funding from the federal government. To download the guide, go to: www.councilofnonprofits.org
 

May 19 - 25, 2013

Partnership Self-Assessment Tool 2.0

The Partnership Self-Assessment Tool gives a partnership a way to assess how well its collaborative process is working and to identify specific areas for its partners to focus on to make the process work better. The Tool is provided by the Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health at The New York Academy of Medicine with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Tool was originally offered as a web-based assessment. Recognizing the popularity of the Tool and its usefulness to partnerships, the Center has now made the questionnaire and action-oriented report available with instructions for using the Tool offline. You will find a brief overview of the Tool, with a rundown of who should use it and why. For partnerships interested in using the Tool, a coordinator guide has been provided, along with instructions for using the tool offline (including how to use the questionnaire as a pen and paper instrument and how to tabulate the results), the tool questionnaire, and the tool report. Go to: www.partnershiptool.net
 

May 12 - 18, 2013

Building Multiple Revenue Sources

The Compassion Capital Fund (CCF), administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided capacity building grants to expand and strengthen the role of nonprofit organizations in their ability to provide social services to low-income individuals. Between 2002 and 2009, CCF awarded 1,277 grants, and the CCF National Resource Center provided training and technical assistance to all CCF grantees. Strengthening Nonprofits: A Capacity Builder’s Resource Library is born out of the expansive set of resources created by the National Resource Center during that time period, to be shared and to continue the legacy of CCF’s capacity building work. This guidebook provides an overview of fifteen different revenue sources, insight into how online tools can help support revenue development, a step-by-step guide to developing a new revenue source, and analysis tools to help you assess your organization’s strengths and limitations. After reading this guidebook, you will know how to evaluate, start, and sustain one or more new income or revenue sources. Ideally, the tools, resources, and knowledge included in this guidebook will enable you to raise more money through the development of a targeted strategy that caters to your organization’s stage of development, strengths, and community assets. To download the free guide, go to: www.acf.hhs.gov
 

May 5 - 11, 2013

Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability

The Bridgespan Group’s guide, "Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability," outlines a six-step journey to identifying and building the funding model that is right for your organization. Building on years of primary research and consulting experience with dozens of nonprofits, The Bridgespan Group has developed an approach to help organizations identify and develop funding models that can best position them to achieve programmatic aspirations. Finding Your Funding Model provides practical guidance for the steps required, and the decisions and tradeoffs to be made, that will confront nonprofit leaders along the way. Go to: www.bridgespan.org
 

April 28 - May 4, 2013

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
 

April 14 - 27, 2013

Building Healthy And Effective Nonprofit Leadership Teams

This report builds upon previous work on the HR consulting firm Dewey & Kaye on nonprofit leadership competencies and development, as well as continuing work with assessing organizational capacity and financial health. This report incorporates the lessons learned in working with hundreds of nonprofit clients as well as data and comments from surveys and interviews conducted as part of this research. Along with key findings and recommended “remedies,” the report provide a self-diagnostic tool that nonprofit organizations can use as a first step in building healthier and more effective leadership teams. Go to: www.deweykaye.com
 

April 7 - 13, 2013

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

This brief guide, part of 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 31 - April 6, 2013

Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Discovery Site

The Drucker Nonprofit Innovation Discovery Site shares lessons and discoveries contained within the hundreds of annual nominations for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Discovery Site is revised each year to include new discoveries of innovation in fund development, management, decision-making, alliances and partnerships, and more. Go to: www.leadertoleader.org
 

March 24 - 30, 2013

Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management

Organizations with strong financial management are better able to fulfill their missions and deliver high-quality services. The Wallace Foundation, with Fiscal Management Associates, a leading financial management consultant for nonprofits, has created a library of resources to help your organization become "fiscally fit." The library covers four key areas of strong financial management:

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Planning: With budgeting and financial analysis, you can use your resources strategically to help achieve your organization's goals.

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Monitoring: Regularly review financial results to ensure you're using resources according to your plan – and advancing organizational objectives.

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Operations: A strong infrastructure for planning and monitoring means both employees who know how to analyze information and software that helps them.

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Governance: Your board of directors should provide the oversight and guidance to ensure the organization fulfills its obligations – and its mission.

To access the library of resources, go to: www.wallacefoundation.org
 

March 17 - 23, 2013

Executive Transition Monographs

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published a series of seven on all aspects of executive transitions and executive transition management in nonprofits. Go to: www.aecf.org
 

March 10 - 16, 2013

Nonprofit Collaboration Database

Maintained by the Foundation Center, a national organization connecting nonprofits and grantmakers to resources, the Nonprofit Collaboration Database offers real-world examples of nonprofit collaborations. Nearly 700 nationwide models have already been submitted and the database receives 2,000 visits a month. 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 learn more, go to: collaboration.foundationcenter.org
 

March 3 - 9, 2013

Free Complete Toolkit for Boards

Developed by Carter McNamara of Authenticity Consulting, this toolkit covers many topics such as board roles and responsibilities, recruiting members, evaluating the board, and much more. In addition to the articles on this current page, also see there are two blogs that have posts related to this topic: the Boards of Directors Blog and the Library's Nonprofit Capacity Building Blog.  Go to: www.mapnp.org
 

February 17 - March 2, 2013

Resource Library from LaPiana Consulting

Founded in 1998, La Piana Consulting is a national firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and foundations. A large part of the firm's ongoing mission to advance the nonprofit sector has included developing an extensive library of tools, resources, and publications, specifically tailored to nonprofit leaders. Go to: www.lapiana.org
 

February 10 - 16, 2013

Jargon Finder

The Jargon Finder is an online collection of foundation and nonprofit jargon. Click on any word to see it defined and discussed. Most of the examples are excerpted from Tony Proscio's three book-length essays on jargon that were originally published by The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: In Other Words, Bad Words for Good, and When Words Fail. To access the Jargon Finder, Go to: www.comnetwork.org
 

February 3 - 9, 2013

Building Capacity in Cultural Competence

Organizational Development & Capacity in Cultural Competence: Building Knowledge and Practice is a monograph series produced by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services with support from The California Endowment. This series articulates several approaches to organizational development and capacity building in cultural competence. Its purpose is to promote learning and strengthen the effectiveness of both theorists and practitioners in the field. It explores a variety of frameworks for organizational development or capacity building and their implications for practice, taking on a number of issues that arise in real world practice. At essence, the basic questions explored are “Where are we going?” “How do we get there?” and “How do we know when we’ve made progress?” Its audience is not the unconvinced; rather it is aimed at those people who are working as change agents within health organizations. It is assumed that the reader acknowledges the importance of this work and wants to look deeper into the complex issues that arise in practice. Though the focus is health organizations, the series will be of use to a broad range of organizations. To view and download the monographs, go to: www.calendow.org
 

January 27 - February 2, 2013

npCloud

npCloud provides cloud-based technology products and services to nonprofits. npCloud is a service of Tech Impact, a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to better serve their communities. Go to: npcloud.org
 

January 20 - 26, 2013

Equitable Development Toolkit

Equitable development is an approach to creating healthy, vibrant, communities of opportunity. Equitable outcomes come about when smart, intentional strategies are put in place to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods and regions. This online toolkit developed by PolicyLink includes 27 tools to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization. To view all tools or by issue area, go to: www.policylink.org
 

January 13 - 19, 2013

Nonprofit Organization Board and Staff Training for Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations

This comprehensive curriculum, developed by the Southern Rural Development Center, addresses the higher standards of responsibility and accountability of nonprofit boards. It outlines the typical duties and responsibilities of officers of the organization, board members, organization staff and individuals responsible for volunteer supervision and more. The curriculum also addresses the importance of and methods for building positive board-staff, board-board chair, board-chair and staff and staff-volunteer relations. It touches on guidelines for dealing with fragmented boards and apathetic boards. The curriculum also includes workshop materials. To download the 348 page curriculum, go to: srdc.msstate.edu
 

January 6 - 12, 2013

Diversity Data Resources

The Diversity Data project, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, provides metropolitan-area level data regarding a number of indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. This resource is available to a wide variety of potential users interested in describing, profiling and ranking U.S. metros in terms of quality of life. The indicators provide a scorecard on diversity and opportunity, and allow researchers, policymakers and community advocates to compare metro areas and to help them advocate for policy action and social change. The choice of indicators was grounded in recent work on urban inequality and health inequality, which points to the significance of racial/ethnic disparities in health, educational, employment and housing opportunities across metro areas. The Diversity Data project challenges urban researchers, policymakers and activists to define quality of life and health broadly -- to include opportunities for good schools, housing, jobs, wages, health and social services, and safe neighborhoods -- to compare achievement across metros, and to make continuous changes to keep metropolitan life healthy for all populations. Public policies may enhance or harm the well-being of diverse populations. Important policy areas include neighborhood integration, residential mobility, anti-discrimination in housing, urban renewal, school quality and economic opportunities. To access this resource, go to: www.diversitydata.org
 

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
 

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