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Boards & Governance Resources

Board Recruitment

boardnetUS is a unique website revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other. boardnetUSA can help you find the person your board need and is designed  with the express purpose of connecting nonprofit boards and new leaders.

If you’re an individual interested in board service or a nonprofit looking for a new board member, visit us today.

VolunteerMatch attracts thousands of interested volunteers every day. In this section, we offer some great resources to get you started and help you make the most of the VolunteerMatch service.

Knowledge Centers

Blue Avocado is a practical, provocative, and fun blog for information about nonprofits.

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

BoardSource provides

  • knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program
  • governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs
  • the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including publications and CDs
  • an annual conference that convenes approximately 900 governance experts, board members, chief executives, and senior staff from around the world to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance.

For the Public Good describes why the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University was created and how it fulfills the mission of increasing the understanding of philanthropy, improving its practice, and enhancing participation in philanthropy.  For more information visit us here.

Nonprofit and Philanthropy Good Practice or NPGoodpractice.org is a project of Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. NPGoodpractice.org was created in 2002 with funding from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation as a one-stop shop for widely accepted and innovative nonprofit practices. Nonprofit leaders can access hands-on tips, articles and profiled links and apply them to their organizations.

The mission of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program is to educate and train business professionals for life-long service in the governance of nonprofit organizations.

Stanford Social Innovation Review is a website dedicated to inspiring the leaders of social change.  Access it here.

Useful Additional Resources

Annenberg Alchemy is a free capacity building and leadership development program designed to strengthen the sustainability of Los Angeles County-based nonprofits. The Annenberg Foundation provides this opportunity to over 140 nonprofit organizations a year. To date, over 1,400 nonprofit executive directors, board chairpersons and board members from 600 nonprofit organizations have participated. The programs are built around the belief that staff and board leaders aligned in common purpose can transform nonprofit organizations. Therefore, for all of the Alchemy trainings, the Executive Director and Board Chair must attend all sessions together. Among the central issues addressed are fundraising, board effectiveness, civic engagement and accountability. In addition to a robust curriculum and intensive learning sessions, participants are connected to a network of local practitioners and given implementation tools, mentorship and an ongoing opportunity to share best practices and innovative strategies.

The first step for interested nonprofit organizations is to apply and complete Leadership Seminar, Alchemy’s signature course. The application process opens in September, with sessions beginning in January.  After successfully completing the Leadership Seminar, alumni can apply to a higher level course comprised of four highly participatory sessions offered every other month.  Applications for Alchemy+ are accepted beginning in May, with sessions beginning in September. Successful completion of both programs qualifies an organization to receive a capacity building grant up to $10,000!

For information on how self-assessment can help your board of directors to grow, visit this page on BoardSource.

View the IRS Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities here.

For more information about self evaluation for your board of directors, check out this page on BoardSource.

For tools and strategies to help keep your board engaged, visit this discussion on GuideStar.

View the Board Chair Handbook page on BoardSource.

For a discussion of responsibilities of individual board members.  Visit the page on BoardSource.

Evaluation Resources

Evaluation Consultants

The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.  Visit us here.

Overviews & Definitions

The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.

GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.  Visit them here.

Tools for Boards

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

BoardSource provides

  • knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program
  • governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs
  • the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including publications and CDs
  • an annual conference that convenes approximately 900 governance experts, board members, chief executives, and senior staff from around the world to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance.

Tools for Evaluation Planning

The Center for What Works guides philanthropy, nonprofits, and communities to higher results, moving the needle on social issues.  Visit them here.

Innovation Network provides program planning and evaluation consulting, training, and web-based tools to nonprofits and funders across geographic and programmatic boundaries. They aim to make evaluation accessible to all nonprofits, so they have the knowledge and skills to manage and improve their work.  Learn more here.

The Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL) was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. The purpose of this system is to collect and make available evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, project evaluators, and others outside the NSF community as they design proposals and projects. OERL also includes professional development modules that can be used to better understand and utilize the materials made available.  Visit them here.

This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool.  Access it here.

Useful Additional Resources

This document provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs — there are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based and outcomes-based.  Learn more here.

Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations

The bibliography was created to help grantmakers and grantseekers keep up with the latest developments in nonprofit evaluation. This resource list contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center’s Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, as well as links to useful Web resources.  View it, here.

The Harvard Family Research Project has supported thousands of people who have used our publications, tools, and workshops to:

  • Make programs more effective
  • Demonstrate results
  • Learn to navigate tough evaluation challenges
  • Read the latest promising practices
  • Shape the direction of research projects

Find out more at their website.

Perhaps the best way to benefit from this topic is first to scan the subtopics in the following table, including how they are arranged on this page. The left side of the table lists the typical topics in Board operations, and the right side lists the typical functions in an organization that a Board must oversee.  Learn more here.

This is one of a series of briefings prepared by the Justice Research and Statistics Association’s Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (JJEC) project. The purpose of this briefing series is to provide juvenile justice program managers with information that will help them to evaluate their programs.

Find more information on Hiring and Working With an Evaluator.

Point K’s tools and resources build nonprofits’ ability to plan and evaluate their own programs.  Access them here.

Nonprofits today are being pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program activities by initiating and completing outcome-oriented evaluation of projects. This guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process.

The Outcome Indicators Project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance. It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems.

Find more information, here.

Evaluation research takes a variety of forms that serve different purposes and address different questions. Because time, dollar, and technical resources are often limited, it makes sense to consider what is most important to learn and how results will be used.  Discover more here.

University of Missouri Extension has adopted the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension logic model as part of the program development process. A logic model depicts program action by describing what the program is and what it will do – the sequence of events that links program investments to results. Learn more, here.

Finance Resources

Accounting Standards

Learn the guidelines for accounting for contributions received and contributions made, at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Access the document: Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organizations, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, here.

Financial Management

Understanding the ebbs and flows of your organization’s cash will help you make smart management decisions that protect your core programs and overall sustainability. Use this Cash Flow template to manage cash flow at your organization. Find more nonprofit financial management resources at Nonprofits Assistance Fund.

Learn the summarized key positions of the Nonprofit Integrity Act, 2004.  Access them here.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law on July 30, 2002. Passed in response to the corporate and accounting scandals of Enron, Tyco, and others of 2001 and 2002, the law’s purpose is to rebuild public trust in America’s corporate sector. The law requires that publicly traded companies adhere to significant new governance standards that broaden board members’ roles in overseeing financial transactions and auditing procedures.

Learn more at BoardSource.

Tax Resources

View the IRS Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities here.

Access this helpful list on the IRS website.

This Background Paper provides a summary of the new 2008 Form 990 and its instructions, effective for 2008 tax years (returns filed beginning in 2009). It also outlines the transition relief available for smaller organizations for 2008 and 2009 tax years, which allows many smaller organizations to file Form 990-EZ rather than the new Form 990 for such years, and summarizes the new reporting requirements for small organizations required to file Form 990-N.

Materials contained in the IRS Background Paper Form 990

  • Overview of Changes to 2007 Form 990
  • Filing Requirements for Most Smaller Organizations: Form 990-EZ and Form 990-N
  • Listing of 2008 Core Form Part
  • Listing of 2008 Schedule
  • Summary of the revised instructions, Glossary and appendices for the 2008 Form 990
  • Comparison of 2008 Core Form to 2007 Form
  • Descriptions of each part of the core with each separate description explaining the part’s purpose, rationale and overview, key points, and effect on reporting
  • Descriptions of each schedule with each separate description explaining the schedule’s purpose, applicable Form 990 Part IV checklist trigger question(s), rationale and overview, key points, and effect on reporting

This Background Paper is intended to summarize information contained in the 2008 Form 990 and instructions. If there is an inconsistency between a description contained in this Background Paper and the actual form or instructions, the form or instructions govern.

Download the full IRS Background Paper Form 990.

Useful Additional Resources

Understanding the ebbs and flows of your organization’s cash will help you make smart management decisions that protect your core programs and overall sustainability. Use this Cash Flow template to manage cash flow at your organization. Find more nonprofit financial management resources at Nonprofits Assistance Fund.

To access IRS Summary of 990 Redesign, click here.

Fundraising Resources

Blogs

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 was created by Heather Mansfield.  Fueled by a strong passion for the Internet, Heather spends her days [and some nights] helping nonprofit organizations utilize the Internet as a tool for social good.  Check out her work here.

E-philanthropy Resources

The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things.

Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

The mGive Foundation fosters social advancement by enabling an environment for mobile technology to create efficiencies, accountability, and communication to extend the reach of the philanthropic community. Visit them here.

The Mobile Giving Foundation brings the power and reach of mobile phones to nonprofit organizations as a new fundraising and donor interaction mechanism.

Imagine what the world would be like if every time you were inspired to help someone or something, you could — with just a few clicks of a mouse, anywhere online. That’s the mission of Network for Good.  We make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and we make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

Published daily, each PND abstract summarizes the content of, or from, an original article, press or news release, or grantmaker Web site. Each abstract includes a citation of the original news source, which readers of the Digest can use to read the original Web site, or to find a copy of the original article (if abstracted from a print source) through a library or a document delivery service. Sign up for the Philanthropy News Digest newsletter, published on Tuesdays, to get a full week’s news in one place.

Visit the site here.

Fundraising Leadership

For 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. Learn more about AFP, its activities and people, and how you can be involved at their website.

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

BoardSource provides

  • knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program
  • governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs
  • the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including publications and CDs
  • an annual conference that convenes approximately 900 governance experts, board members, chief executives, and senior staff from around the world to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance.

Visit site here.

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.  Visit their website to learn more.

Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Our nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the nonprofit and philanthropic community in order to fulfill our vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.

Vist them here.

Grant Resources

Find RFP connects government contractors and government agency buyers. Find RFP is a pioneer in online government purchasing and e-government, and a leader in providing government RFP, government bid and government contract finder and notification services.  Visit them here.

More Accurate

Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online provides the most accurate details available on U.S. funders and their grants.

More Comprehensive

Over 100,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, over 2.4 million recent grants, and over half a million key decision makers.

More Flexible

Five plan levels with monthly, annual, and two-year subscription options. Up to nine comprehensive databases — Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s, plus five unique databases covering RFPs, philanthropy news, foundation-sponsored publications, nonprofit literature and jobs. Up to 54 search fields including keyword searching — even across all recent IRS 990s.

Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.

Visit site here.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

Published daily, each PND abstract summarizes the content of, or from, an original article, press or news release, or grantmaker Web site. Each abstract includes a citation of the original news source, which readers of the Digest can use to read the original Web site, or to find a copy of the original article (if abstracted from a print source) through a library or a document delivery service. Sign up for the Philanthropy News Digest newsletter, published on Tuesdays, to get a full week’s news in one place.

Visit the site here.

As the U.S. government’s official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.  Visit them here.

Useful Additional Resources

A list of online fundraising databases for grantseekers and grantmakers.  View it here.

This Facebook Page is a resource for non-profits and other organizations for social good. We built it to help you harness the power of Facebook and bring positive change to the world.

The common grant application format has been adopted by groups of grantmakers to allow grant applicants to produce a single proposal for a specific community of funders, thereby saving time.  Find out more information, here.

The Unified Registration Statement (URS) represents an effort to consolidate the information and data requirements of all states that require registration of nonprofit organizations performing charitable solicitations within their jurisdictions.  Find more information on their website.

Leadership & Innovation Resources

Blogs

Christopher Scott blogs about nonprofit leadership.  He founded A Day of Hope, a nonprofit program that delivers baskets of food to families in need for Thanksgiving. Since A Day of Hope’s inception they have fed 1,081 families in the past five years. He has also written a book by the same title, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community.  Christopher currently works for the United Way of Stanislaus in Modesto, CA as a Campaign Associate. He develops and maintains partnerships with local businesses to give, advocate, and volunteer to make a difference in their community.

Mission-based Management is a useful blog which offers, “musings on nonprofit management, funding, fund-raising, technology, and policy from Peter Brinckerhoff.”

In this blog, at www.nonprofitalternatives.org, Heather Carpenter writes about nonprofit leadership, nonprofit careers, the nonprofit workforce, nonprofit technology, and nonprofit management education.

Created by The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, this blog is an excellent tool for staying current on nonprofit news and commentary.

Organizations & Associations

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building. they improve the effectiveness of individuals, groups, and organizations helping nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change.

Annenberg Alchemy is a free capacity building and leadership development program designed to strengthen the sustainability of Los Angeles County-based nonprofits. The Annenberg Foundation provides this opportunity to over 140 nonprofit organizations a year. To date, over 1,400 nonprofit executive directors, board chairpersons and board members from 600 nonprofit organizations have participated. The programs are built around the belief that staff and board leaders aligned in common purpose can transform nonprofit organizations. Therefore, for all of the Alchemy trainings, the Executive Director and Board Chair must attend all sessions together. Among the central issues addressed are fundraising, board effectiveness, civic engagement and accountability. In addition to a robust curriculum and intensive learning sessions, participants are connected to a network of local practitioners and given implementation tools, mentorship and an ongoing opportunity to share best practices and innovative strategies.

The first step for interested nonprofit organizations is to apply and complete Leadership Seminar, Alchemy’s signature course. The application process opens in September, with sessions beginning in January.  After successfully completing the Leadership Seminar, alumni can apply to a higher level course comprised of four highly participatory sessions offered every other month.  Applications for Alchemy+ are accepted beginning in May, with sessions beginning in September. Successful completion of both programs qualifies an organization to receive a capacity building grant up to $10,000!

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother.

The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) offers what no one else can: an exclusive focus on leadership education and research and unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations everywhere. We equip clients around the world with the skills and insight to achieve more than they thought possible through creative leadership.

What is creative leadership? It’s the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit our effectiveness. Every leader and organization faces obstacles that are difficult to surmount – from corporate executives confronting the complex global marketplace to educators trying to lift student achievement to nonprofit groups and government agencies addressing critical social issues with tight budgets.

CCL believes that solutions to these challenges exist — and for over 40 years we have helped clients unlock them through creative leadership. We believe leaders are made, not born, and that they can adapt and change. We believe that strong interpersonal skills, grounded in personal reflection and self-awareness, are the key to effective leadership.

Since 1979, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement has strengthened, promoted and represented its member nonprofit organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We connect our members to the tools and resources they need to meet their missions.

Center members are a diverse group of large and small nonprofits serving communities in Greater Washington, across the nation and around the world. As a Center member you can depend on us for:

CompassPoint intensifies the impact of fellow nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks as we achieve social equity together. We believe that nonprofit organizations and leaders need relevant support that builds on their strengths, experiences, and achievements and that those individuals and organizations that invest in increasing their leadership and management capacities are better poised to achieve progress.

For over 35 years, CompassPoint has worked to carry out this purpose by guiding nonprofits as they become better managed, more adaptive, and achieve higher impact. With our 24 staff working in San Francisco, the East Bay, Silicon Valley, and beyond, we strengthen today’s leaders, and are helping to grow a healthy pipeline of diverse leaders for the future. We influence the dialogue about policies, emerging practices, and the resources needed for nonprofits to create change. And we convene partners, link fields, and strengthen networks that accomplish more by working together.

We use the following approaches to achieve our community goals: Our integrated practice offers the strongest teaching, coaching, consulting, and peer learning—all grounded in deep nonprofit leadership experience. We partner with leaders, cultivating and supporting them at every level within nonprofit organizations and across the sector. We believe that leaders exist at all levels and can influence an organization or network regardless of title or tenure. And as a multicultural organization, CompassPoint is responsive to the needs of diverse leaders and communities.

The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.

Management is responsible to ensure that the organization continually has high-quality operations and employees. One of the most important practices to meet this responsibility is to conduct successful succession planning.  Find out more here.

Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute furthers its mission to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government by connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together.

By fostering leadership grounded in

• the passion to serve
• the discipline to listen
• the courage to question
• and the spirit to include
we work to create an open, responsive, global social sector.

We share wisdom cultivated over two decades— from our groundbreaking work as both the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and the Leader to Leader Institute—guided by the vision, commitment and spark of Frances Hesselbein.

The nationally recognized Rockwood Leadership Institute specializes in delivering the best practices and methodologies in leadership development to the nonprofit community.

Since 2000, Rockwood has trained nearly 3,000 leaders from thousands of organizations in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

We have a vision:

  • Thousands of inspired social change agents trained in partnership, communication, conflict resolution, team building, planning and producing powerful results.
  • Thousands of nonprofit organizations endowed with the skill and heart to bring out the best in their people, collaborate effectively with allies of all kinds and produce lasting change.

For us, it is simple – we want to change the world by helping the people who want to change the world.

The mission of Social Justice Leadership (SJL) is to help usher in the transformation to a just society by catalyzing a new generation of individuals and organizations to lead a renewed social justice movement.   SJL works with grassroots organizations across the country to develop and implement Transformative Organizing, a new framework for social change.  We believe that Transformative Organizing (TO) can both change the basic approach and assumptions of social justice organizing, and greatly expand its impact.  TO promotes a long-term view of fundamental social change:

  • Transformative Organizing seeks to liberate society from oppressive social, political, and economic systems and structures.
  • It equally seeks to liberate individuals from the personal suffering of stress and anxiety that so often manifest in our lives, our interpersonal relationships and our leadership.

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. We work on issues related to society’s most important challenges in three primary areas:  pathways to opportunity for disadvantaged populations, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement. Our services include strategy consultingexecutive search, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing

Useful Additional Resources

There is an ongoing discussion over precisely what is social entrepreneurship and who is a social entrepreneur.

Link to this discussion here.

What is the organizational capacity of Los Angeles County nonprofits? What types of capacity building do they most need to enhance their
effectiveness? What kind and quality of capacity-building services are they receiving? And how are funders helping to strengthen—or hinder—nonprofit organizational performance? To help answer these questions, the Weingart Foundation retained TCC Group, a 31 year-old management consulting firm that serves funders and nonprofits, to conduct a study of nonprofit capacity-building needs and services in Los Angeles County. Through surveys, phone interviews, focus groups, and objective assessments, TCC heard from over 1600 nonprofit, capacity-building, and philanthropic leaders in the region. The study revealed that there is clearly much that can be done to strengthen the organizational capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. The capacity of capacity-building providers in the region, in turn, also needs to be fortified. We hope that you find this report to be illuminating and thought-provoking. We want it to stimulate change that enables more Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations to be well-led, reflective, sustainable, adaptive, and, ultimately, achieve greater impact.

Management is responsible to ensure that the organization continually has high-quality operations and employees. One of the most important practices to meet this responsibility is to conduct successful succession planning.  Find out more here.

Nonprofit organizations rely on strong leadership to pursue their missions. This resource list contains citations to selected articles and books from the Foundation Center’s bibliographic database, the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, on the subject of succession planning.

Legal Resources

FTB.CA.GOV California Tax Exemption

Find more information on the California Attorney General’s Guide for Charities, here.

The California Exemption Application Booklet is Form 3500.  Find it here.

Incorporating in California

Find some tips and samples for filing articles of incorporation with the California Secretary of State here.

IRS.GOV Federal Tax Resources

The Internal Revenue Service believes that a well-governed charity is more likely to obey the tax laws, safeguard charitable assets, and serve charitable interests than one with poor or lax governance.  Learn more here.

If you have questions about  the annual reporting requirements for exempt organizations, check out this list of IRS FAQs.

IRS Form 1023 or Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code can be found here.

Instructions for IRS Form 1023, or Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, can be found here.

When looking at the IRS Form 990 Series, and deciding which form to file, look here.

This check sheet is to be used by EO Revenue Agents in the examination of I.R.C. 501(c)(3) public charities. Download the IRS governance check sheet.

Learn more about the IRS gross receipts test to determine normal income, here.

Find out more about IRS Publication 557, or Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization here.

Find IRS Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization, here.

An exempt organization is not taxed on its income from an activity substantially related to the charitable, educational, or other purpose that is the basis for the organization’s exemption. Such income is exempt even if the activity is a trade or business.

However, if an exempt organization regularly carries on a trade or business not substantially related to its exempt purpose, except that it provides funds to carry out that purpose, the organization is subject to tax on its income from that unrelated trade or business.

What does the IRS Publication 598 cover?

This publication covers the rules for the tax on unrelated business income of exempt organizations. It explains:

  1. Which organizations are subject to the tax,
  2. What the requirements are for filing a tax return,
  3. What an unrelated trade or business is, and
  4. How to figure unrelated business taxable income.

Learn more about IRS Publication 598, Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations.

Useful Additional Resources

The Center for Nonprofit Management has a Compensation and Benefits Survey that can be a useful tool for you organization, view it here.

View CNM’s collection of resources for starting a nonprofit, here.

Find some tips and samples for filing articles of incorporation with the California Secretary of State here

Managing People Resources

Business Leadership

Access Money Watch and other important news programs for information on a number of topics relevant to your organization.

HR Management

The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.

All organizations have people — they have human resources. Regardless of the size of an organization or the extent of its resources, the organization survives — and thrives — because of the capabilities and performance of its people.  Learn more, here.

Workforce Management gives you the HR trends and tools that help you deliver measurable business results for your company.  Learn more on their website.

Useful Additional Resources

Note that the extent to which an organization develops and implements a volunteer management system depends on the nature of the activities to be conducted by the volunteers. For example, an organization that uses many volunteers, some of whom directly serve people, will probably use a very comprehensive system. In contrast, an organization that occasionally uses volunteers to stuff envelopes, might do a brief solicitation to recruit any volunteers that the organization can get and then do a very brief training, afterwards leaving the volunteers alone to perform their task.  View more information, here.

At Employers Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to help you align your HR operations with your overriding strategic business goals. Our consultants have extensive hands-on strategy, operational, performance management and human resources management expertise, making them uniquely qualified to advise you with relevant, real-world experience and practical solutions for your most critical issues.  Visit our website for more information.

HandsOn Network inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. Our network, now the largest in the nation, is leading people from impulse to action, turning their ideas for change into impactful projects, like wheelchair ramp construction, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs.  Visit our website for more information.

The Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative is a collaboration of nonprofit management centers from across the United States. Our goal is to provide a one-stop source for job seekers to search for nonprofit jobs, and for employers to easily publish job opportunities within specific regions.  Visit their website for more information.

Find thousands of relevant articles on resume advice, job-hunting guidance, career planning tips and more.  Find more information, here.

Marketing & Communications Resources

Blogs

Katya Andresen serves as the chief strategy officer of Network for Good. She shares her nonprofit expertise as an author, public speaker and adjunct  professor of communications at American University. Her complete biography is available here.

The poverty and tragedy Katya witnessed while living in developing countries sparked her passion in social causes for social good. Visit her blog for more information.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com provides tips and training to do-it-yourself nonprofit marketers and communications departments of one. We offer a weekly webinar series, the #1 blog on nonprofit communications with posts Monday – Friday, a weekly e-newsletter, free downloads, and more, all to help nonprofits make a big impression with smart, savvy marketing, communications, and fundraising.  Visit us here.

SETH GODIN has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.  Visit his blog here.

General Resources

Cause Communications’ Toolkit is a guide to navigating communications for the nonprofit world.  Learn more here.

Useful Additional Resources

Here are some of the best online resources (advice, how-tos, etc.)

Learn how to develop a communications arc with Kivi Leroux Miller, find more information here.

This book clearly outlines communication strategies that can be employed by ALL nonprofit professionals, regardless of their previous communication experience or the size of the organization they work for.  Find it at Amazon.

How a nonprofit s strategic communications department defines its issues and policies determines whether the public views it as an effective organization. Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations, Second Edition supports nonprofits in using their resources most effectively. The Second Edition includes a dedicated web site, equipping professionals with the worksheets, forms, surveys, and self-assessment tools needed to create a total communications plan. Plus, the book s step-by-step instructions demonstrate nonprofit communications strategies that work. Practical and clear, this in-the-trenches book provides nonprofit CEOs with expert insights to achieve their mission.

Find it at Amazon.

Strategic Planning Resources

Data Gathering & Trend Analysis

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.  Visit them here.

The National Center for Health Statistics’ website, a rich source of information about America’s health. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information – a critical element of public health and health policy.  Visit us here.

The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics’ website is to provide clear, complete information about NCES’ mission and activities, and to serve the research, education and other interested communities.  Learn more on their website.

Access information and statistics about the country and its people at the US Census website.

United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.  Visit their website to learn more.

Measurement Tools

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you’ll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

Get started here.

Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.  Get started here.

Conduct, manage and analyze research at SurveryMonkey.

Tools for Nonprofit Planning

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was established in 1999 through the work of many. Chief among them was the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana, Metro United Way, and Metro Louisville.

It was clear that the greater Louisville region of nonprofits needed a central point to access information, best practices, professional development, and hands-on consultation to help our sector reach its individual and collective aspirations. Nearly a decade later, our staff, board, and volunteers, continue to dream big and toil hard to provide that and bring our vision for a community that is vibrant, diverse, and compassionate into reality.  Visit us here.

Centerpoint for Leaders is a unique resource created by and for people who lead nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.  Visit them here.

What is Charting Impact?  At the heart of Charting Impact are five deceptively simple questions that require reflection, encourage learning, and promote communication about what really matters – results.   Learn more here.

Useful Additional Resources

This assessment tool can be used to get a reasonable impression of the quality of the most important practices in your nonprofit.  Access it here.

CNPE’s Nonprofit Organizational Self-Assessment (OSA) is an online tool to help you better understand your organization’s operational strengths and weaknesses in eleven categories.  Learn more on their website.

Utilize this performance assessment tool, here.

The Lessons Learned Toolsite is a comprehensive compendium of planning advice from a variety of professional arts consultants, many of whom were associated with the NEA Advancement Program of 1980 -1996. The NEA launched a new era in grantmaking when it undertook the novel task of offering management assistance in addition to grant funds. Since then, “planning” grants and consultancy programs have become a mainstay in programs of support offered by many foundations and local funding agencies aiming to sustain and advance their local and regional cultural systems.  To learn more visit their website.

Technology & Facilities Resources

Assistance Providers

NPower is a national nonprofit that brings information technology services to nonprofits and training to young adults. NPower’s strategy is to reach more nonprofits by engaging more corporate IT leaders. We are making powerful connections between socially responsible companies and the nonprofits we serve.  Visit us here.

Progressive Technology Project (PTP) was founded by grassroots organizers to support social change community-led organizing in low income communities and communities of color. Our mission is to help community-led organizations achieve their goals more effectively and efficiently.  Our programs help community organizers build their skills and understanding to integrate technology into the work of the organizations.  Find out more on our website.

Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs. One day, we envision all organizations with promising solutions will be equipped to successfully take on urgent social challenges.  Vist us at our website  for more information.

Blogs

Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.  Learn more here.

Michael Murrian has worked with nonprofit and educational organizations on technology issues, particularly internet technologies, since 1994, and is a nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit technology field.  Read his blog to find out more.

Fundraising & Social Media

Imagine what the world would be like if every time you were inspired to help someone or something, you could — with just a few clicks of a mouse, anywhere online. That’s the mission of Network for Good.  We make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and we make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.

General Advice & Information

Idealware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions.  For more information visit their website.

NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN helps you do your job better, so you can make the world a better place.  Visit them here.

TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities.  Visit them here.

Tech Programs for Nonprofits

Apply for the Google for Nonprofits program and get access to exclusive products and resources to help your organization expand its impact.  Learn more here..

YouTube Good Work is a unique opportunity for creatives around the world to win a trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity by making a promo video for a non-profit organization of their choosing.  Learn more here.

Useful Additional Resources

An introduction to the power and potential of Social Media via a story about a small town with many flavors of ice cream.  View it here.

Idealware seminars are designed to give you the tactical advice you need to make smart software decisions. You can take one of our live online seminars, which are capped at 25 participants so you’ll have lots of opportunity to ask questions and get the information you need.    Vist our website for more information.

Online conferencing tools are used for many reasons – sales presentations, webinars and training, to name a few. Plus, if you work from home, like many freelancers and small business owners do, you face the unique challenge of needing live meeting time with clients who may be located around the world.  Find out more, here.

Thanks to the social web, each of us has the unprecedented ability to offer not only monetary support but also the reach of our own online networks in support of a cause. Non-profits can also tap into a myriad of sites enhanced by social media to turbo-charge fundraising campaigns and galvanize supporters.  For more information, visit us here.

Peace is not created with a one-time act:  the cease-fire, accord, or reconciliation is just a public point on a timeline between war and durable peace.  True peace is built over time, with many different processes and approaches that move conflict into lasting, peaceful relationships.  It requires action at many different levels, by different people, in different ways, and at different points in a conflict.  Read more here.

A usability demo test by Steve Krug, author of Don’t make me think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.

The ADA Small Business Primer for a guide to making your organization accessible

This quick-reference guide is for anyone considering how to most effectively use the Internet to achieve their advocacy communications objectives.  Learn more here.

Read more about the social media phenomenon, here.

This site contains several resources to help your organization with technology planning.

Idealware is a company that helps organizations make smart technology decisions.  Visit them here.

Nonprofit technology, consulting, training and writing about effective solutions.  Read more here.

Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs. One day, we envision all organizations with promising solutions will be equipped to successfully take on urgent social challenges.  Vist us at our website  for more information.

View useful tools for your nonprofit on TechAtlas.

The Nonprofit Centers Network best practices guide to building a successful shared services program.  View them here.

Visit Vincent Flanders’ Web Pages That Suck for tips on what not to do

Award winning websites for inspiration, view them here.