Organizational Management & Planning

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Organizational Management & Planning

Nonprofit management supports continuous improvement of individuals and their organizations to better serve their communities.

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The Nonprofit Business Plan
Resources, links and tips

This Foundation Center Grantspace Business Plans page offers information and links to a variety of resources.

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2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey

The Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Annual Survey chronicles the challenges facing the nonprofit sector .

Key Findings

The economic recovery is leaving behind many nonprofits and communities in need:

80% of respondents reported an increase in demand for services, the 6th straight year of increased demand. 
56% were unable to meet demand in 2013—the highest reported in the survey’s history. 
Only 11% expect 2014 to be easier than 2013 for the people they serve. 

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2014 Nonprofit Trends to Watch
What are the implications for nonprofit staff, board members, donors & community leaders?

The National Council of Nonprofits offers this view of 2014 trends to watch.  Starting with #1

THE RESOURCE SQUEEZE: One prominent trend that began with the Great Recession will continue its drain in 2014: scarce financial resources. The vast majority of charitable nonprofits will continue to be squeezed for financial resources in 2014. In the current environment of increased competition for scarcer financial resources, no nonprofit’s board of directors should be caught ignoring its fiduciary duty to help the nonprofit fund raise.

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City of Sacramento Open Data Portal
More than 40 different data sets

The City of Sacramento has established an open portal website with access to more than 40 different data sets, including census data, city service requests, budgets, building permits and more.  There is plenty of useful information available here for nonprofit planning and funding development.

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Investing for Impact
Indirect Costs Are Essential for Success

Investing for Impact: Indirect Costs Are Essential for Success a new report from the National Council of Nonprofits shares substantial research for board members and funders about the need to invest in core infrastructure to have a stronger nonprofit.

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Liberating Structures
Exercises to unleash creativity and fresh ideas

This website offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices.

Liberating Structures used routinely make it possible to build the kind of organization that everybody wants. They are designed to include and unleash everyone in shaping the future.

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Raising Impact
Elevating the quality of consulting in the social sector

Raisingimpact.org offers tools, informative articles and interactive opportunities aimed at supporting high quality consulting and empowering nonprofits as wise consumers. Includes the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Effective Nonprofit Consulting Engagements, which outlines seven mutual commitments for an effective partnership and successful consulting engagement.

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs

Wondering if there’s anything going on in the blogosphere that you should be following?  Here’s a roundup of the top 150 Nonprofit Blogs where there is something for everyone in the nonprofit sector.

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Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey Results

In this year’s Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector survey, nearly 6000 respondents from nonprofits across the country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations and finances to economic conditions.  The survey, which was supported for the third year in a row by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, reveals that 2012 was a year in which organizations either made or planned to make significant changes in order to cope with mounting economic stress.

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California Cultural Data Project

The California Cultural Data Project (California CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This  project gathers reliable, longitudinal data on the sector.

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Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making
A Workbook

Could you use more help thinking through how to use data to help your organization make decisions? If so, you’re not alone. NTEN’s recent report on how nonprofits are using data showed that although some organizations are relying heavily on data, a number were doing very little to actually measure their work or use the data to inform other decisions.

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Free Management Library
Articles on all aspects of nonprofit managment

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).  This comprehensive resource, curated by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC,  is a large, well-organized collection of articles and resources covering all aspects of management.  The list below includes the most popular topics:

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Wishlist of Books for Nonprofits
Recommendations from nonprofit professionals

You’ll find some excellent books on this list by Marion Conway, a nonprofit consultant. Good reading for the new year.

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Business Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations 2nd ed
A guidebook from SCORE

This expanded edition of their initial guidebook Business Planning Tools for Nonprofit Organizations represents the second phase of an initiative by SCORE and The Office Depot Foundation to assist nonprofit organizations in building their capacity to serve their communities.

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Local Forces for Good
Six practices of high-impact nonprofits for local and smaller nonprofits

Of the more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, the vast majority are local groups striving to achieve maximum results while operating on budgets well under $1 million. Most aim to deepen their impact within the local community, rather than increase their reach by scaling up nationally. So how do the six practices outlined in our book Forces for Good apply to smaller groups, when we originally studied only large national and global nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and the Environmental Defense Fund?

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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Ranking the health of nearly every US county

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps ranks the health of nearly every US county.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this program to cities, counties and states across the nation.

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Nonprofit Strategy and Business Planning
A fresh look

Are nonprofit business plans just “strategic plans, with numbers?” This article from David La Piana et al., explores how strategic planning and business planning are two related – but distinct – tools in the nonprofit toolbox.

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Daring to Lead
A national study of nonprofit executive leadership

Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership

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Data Resources
There are many excellent local, regional, statewide and national data resources available to you.

Looking for data to plan or evaluation your programs?  Or to support your grant proposal? Need to better understand the community you serve or would like to serve? There are many excellent local, regional, statewide and national data resources available to you. 

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The Community Research Lab Toolbox from Healthy City
Make data meaningful and relevant to your work and your community

Are you interested in using online tools for community-based research?
Can research support your work in a specific neighborhood?
Are you interested in how to collect data from communities and map it?

Toolkits on Community Research, Participatory Asset Mapping and a Short Guide to Community Based Participatory Action Research are now available at Healthy City.

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Nonprofit Collaboration Resources
Foundation Center

The Foundation Center has gathered a wealth of information about the ways that nonprofits can collaborate to achieve their missions — through mergers, joint programming, and other forms of collaboration.  You’ll find interviews with experts, case studies, links to books, articles and websites, and a database of over 650 real life examples.

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Healthy Living Map of the Capitol Region
Zip code level health data in western El Dorado, south Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo Counties

The 2010 Community Needs Assessment and the associated Healthy Living Map includes mapping of the latest health indicator data, zip code level data that can be aggregated and/or compared to county and state rates, and refinements that make the Healthy Living Map much more navigable.  From any page on the Healthy Living Map a user can click on Zip Map to mine health indicator data; Provider Directory to locate health and mental health care services; Data Dictionary for a glossary of terms; and Links for helpful resources pertaining to healt

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