Web-Based Articles (Organized by subject matter)
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Governance Matters - Provides free access to the following short articles:
Board Builders - Carol Weisman at Board Builders provides the following free articles (You do need to provide your e-mail address):
Board Source (Formally NCNB): Board Source used to provide access to a number of free "e-books" and articles. You now have to be a member to access these articles. They do have a long list of FAQ's that can be accessed by the public.
Get Your Board on Board: Understanding and Managing the Board's Role In Risk Management - This article by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits explains that boards responsibility to accountability.
Principles of Effective Governance - Panel on the Nonprofit Sector convened by Independent Sector
Does the Carver Policy Model Really Work? - Ruth R. Armstrong, MBA, has published several articles outlining her views on governance. This article is from Front & Centre, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, May 1998
Give Me A 'C' -- Why Capitalization Is Not A Four-Letter Word*, By Thomas McLaughlin, Source: The Nonprofit Times, July 1996. Reprinted with permission.
How to Read the Form 990 & Find Out What It Means - This piece, written by the Nonprofit coordinating Committee of New York, lists the ten most significant pieces of information that can be found in the Form 990 and shows you exactly where you can find the information.
Mission-Based Management Ideas, Peter C. Brinckerhoff
The Nonprofit Financial Center - Provides the following free publications:
Our Little Secret -- Why Nonprofits Will Never have $80 Screwdrivers, By Thomas McLaughlin, Source: The Nonprofit Times, April 2000. Reprinted with permission.
Your Net Assets: How to recover from a case of parentheses*, By Thomas McLaughlin, Source: The Nonprofit Times, May 1997. Reprinted with permission.
The GB3 Group - This marketing and communications training and consulting firm serves nonprofit organizations. They provide access to a number of free marketing articles, including the following:
How to Promote Your Not-for-Profit or Public Sector Organization On-line - A Coyote Communications Tip Sheet found on the Idealist web site.
The Board's Role in Public Relations and Communications*, Joyce L. Fitzpatrick, A free pdf file on the Board Source web site.
The Focus Is On Outcomes - This article appeared in News and Views: United Way of America's Executive Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 7, October 6, 1997. (On the United Way of America Outcome Measurement Resource Network Web site)
Outcome Measurement: Showing Results in the Nonprofit Sector - This article appeared in the Fall 1997 issue of New Directions For Evaluation: Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs and was written by Margaret Plantz and Martha Taylor Greenway of United Way of America and Michael Hendricks, an independent consultant (On the United Way of America Outcome Measurement Resource Network Web site).
A Hierarchy for Targeting Outcomes and Evaluating Their Achievement - Intended Audience: People who develop and administer information, education, and training programs on high priority problems or issues in today's society. TOP is based on a theoretically sound framework that has been tested, revised and refined, and widely used over the past 20 years
Investing In Results, by Gary Ostroske, President and CPO, United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, New Orleans, Louisiana
Outcome Measurement: What, Why, and How?, Excerpts from Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach (On the United Way of America Outcome Measurement Resource Network Web site)
The following resources do not specifically address the objectives of the Resource Development program but are useful resources for grant writing. You will also find the elements of a successful grant proposal are the same elements that need to be communicated to any of your funding constituencies.
Elements of a Grant Proposal, The Paladin Group. Provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management
Grant Seeker's Handbook: A guide to Finding Funds - The Center for Nonprofit Management developed this free resource to emphasize the importance of careful research and planning in considering ways to support your organization or efforts.
Money Matters: The Structure, Operations, and Challenges of Nonprofit Funding - The Bridgespan Group Provides an interesting analysis of Nonprofit Funding, 2003
Writing a Successful Grant Proposal, Minnesota Council on Foundations
Civic Entrepreneurship, Monograph 3, 2003, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. An introduction to the concept of civic entrepreneurship and social capital.
A Double Bottom Line - Report outlining the findings of a Rockefeller initiative to examine social enterprise.
Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy,* P Smilor, Raymond W, prepared for the 5'th Annual Kellogg - Kauffman Aspen Seminar on Philanthropy, September 1996 (Available on the web at no cost in pdf format at: http://www.entreworld.com/Bookstore/PDfs/RE-004.pdf ).
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge: Social Enterprise - Commentary on the field of social enterprise and nonprofits.
The Institute For Social Entrepreneurs - Provides an introduction to the field of Social Entrepreneurship.
An Introduction to Nonprofit Business Planning - A free article from the Bridgespan Group.
Merging Mission, Market, and Money: A Nonprofits Guide to Social Entrepreneurship* - A free guide produced by the National Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
New Social Entrepreneurs: The Success, Challenge, and Lessons of Non-Profit Enterprise Creation, Roberts Enterprise Development Fund,1996, 400 pages. 1996 (Available on the web at no cost in pdf format at: http://www.redf.org/public/nse/nse.html)
There are a number of articles and reports in the "publications" section of the Social Enterprise Alliance web site.
Social Enterprise Sourcebook - A series of case studies of successful nonprofit ventures produced by the Northland Institute with an introduction by Jerr Boschee
Unrelated Business Income (UBIT) - An Internal Revenue Service fact sheet on UBIT.
Workshop materials from the Global Social Venture Competition - Lots of materials related to social venture business plans.
Managing Mergers and Consolidations* by John A. Yankey, Barbara Wester, and David Campbell (Copyright 1998, National Association of Social Workers, Inc., Skills for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations). The LI was granted permission to reprint this 12 page chapter by NASW Press.
Beyond Collaboration by David La Piana - This report, based on a study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, reviews the challenges facing nonprofit boards and chief executives. It also examines the motivations and inhibitions that encourage or discourage these leaders in considering nontraditional alternatives such as mergers, consolidations, and joint ventures. You can download this report for free from the James Irvine Foundation web site*.
Numerous other articles by David La Piana on the Strategic Solutions web site.
Evaluating Collaboratives: Reaching the Potential - A 1998 report from the University of Wisconsin Extension that outlines a process for evaluating collaborations.
Developing Strategic Alliances Between Nonprofit Organizations and Businesses - An 88 page workbook by the Drucker Foundation outlines a four-phase process to help your organization prepare to meet the collaboration challenge.
Facilitator's Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning* - This guidebook is a straightforward primer and reference manual for nonprofit strategic planning. This document is available in read-only pdf file format which means that you will be able to look at the document but not print it. If you want a print copy of the document, you will have to order a hard copy from the management assistance center. For ordering instructions, or for instructions on how to view this document, click here.
Strategic Planning Manual* - A description of the planning model by LI faculty member Frank Martinelli (47 pages). This is a self published pdf document with several outstanding worksheets. This is also available as a Word '95 file for individuals interested in having worksheets that could be edited within Word (If the document opens within your browser, simply click on "file", then "save as" to save the file on your system for future editing or printing within Word).
Vision and Strategic Planning, by Jeff Hiatt, Author of Winning With Quality. The author spells out the basic elements for a vision and strategic plan that can drive breakthrough improvements by charting important needs and organizational desires.
Benefits of Policies, by Linda L. Graff.- An outstanding article on the Energize Inc web site on the topic of the benefits of volunteer policies
Energize Inc. Library - Susan Ellis has posted a number of outstanding volunteer management articles and discussions on her web site.
A Legal Handbook for Nonprofit Corporation Volunteers, by James D. DeWitt - Online edition of the Volunteer's Legal Handbook
Leveraging Human Capital: How Nonprofits in Pittsburgh Recruit and Manage Volunteers - This article from the William J. Copeland Fund points out that although the sector is becoming increasingly "professionalized", it is still highly dependent on volunteers.
The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, by Susan J. Ellis and Jayne Cravens - A free electronic publication that can be viewed on the energizeinc.com web site
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