Organization-Strengthening Resources: Nonprofit Management, General

Center for Nonprofit Management                                                                                         LOW-COST
CNM offers in-person & e-learning workshops & courses, executive coaching, consulting, reports, conferences, & a nonprofit resource library.

CompassPoint in Oakland, CA, offers facilitation, workshops & longer courses, coaching, consulting, & peer learning to accelerate social justice for nonprofit leaders, organizations, & networks. They present intensive cohort leadership development programs & provide print & online tools & resources, especially on executive transitions, boards & governance, leadership & management, & finance.

Encore Fellows                                                                                                               $25,000 stipend + admin
Nonprofit Work Hosts matched with mature, experienced professionals exploring social-impact careers. Fellow contributes 1,000 hours over 6-12 months (customizable schedule), serving in a senior, high-impact, project-based role within organization, often working on assessment, growth, marketing, restructuring, leadership transition, new initiatives, social enterprise, or strategic planning. Applications accepted at any time; project start varies. Encore searches for & screens candidates for nonprofit selection.

Executive Service Corps Consulting                                                                                         LOW-COST
ESC offers board development, customized consulting, meeting & retreat facilitation, organizational assessments, & strategic planning guidance to LA nonprofits. Consulting teams tailor engagements to each nonprofit’s specific culture, needs, & circumstances.
MA in Nonprofit Management                                                      Deadline: 8.15.18 for scholarship consideration
Antioch University                                                                                           Program: 9/2018-3/2020 or 1/2019-6/2020
$5,272; scholarships available                                                                     Degree program
6-quarter cohort system program for working professionals; evening & weekend classes, guest lectures, site visits, & field work; individual advising & faculty of experienced practitioners & academics.
Req’d: Application, essay, resume, & transcript; $50 fee waived if attending info session.

National Council of Nonprofits                                                                                                  FREE
The Council of Nonprofits provides resources & promotes solutions, especially focused on trends, statistics, & public policy issues. Resources are grouped by categories: advocacy, boards & governance, employment, ethics & accountability, financial management, fundraising, leadership, & succession planning.

Nonprofit Learning Lab                                                                                                                 LOW-COST
Nonprofit Learning Lab advances skills & knowledge of nonprofit professionals, volunteers, & board members through online conferences & in-person Nonprofit Institutes (in LA in October), with practical, intermediate-advanced level workshops in branding, communication, corporate partnerships, fundraising, marketing, technology, & volunteer management. Membership gives discounts & access to a resource archive.

The Nonprofit Partnership                                                                                                         LOW-COST
TNP in Long Beach builds nonprofit capacity through affinity group gatherings, consulting, courses, a digital & print library, & workshops. Membership offers extended &/or discounted access.

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI)                                                                                 GRANTS
NSI fosters long-term partnerships for nonprofits interested in exploring strategic restructuring to create sustainable impact. This California Community Foundation-sponsored funding collaborative offers strategic restructuring (SR) grants to explore & fully implement formal partnerships and/or combinations, ranging from jointly managed programs & back-office consolidations to shared ventures or full-scale legal & financial mergers.
Req’d: LA County nonprofits; online application w/signed board resolution, consultant proposals, budget

npENGAGE                                                                                                                                         FREE
npEngage presents articles & conversations about trends, best practices, & news in data, fundraising, marketing, technology. Blackbaud, a for-profit software firm, directs & supports the multi-contributor blog, supplemented by industry reports & free webinars.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence                                                                 FREE
This downloadable PDF from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits offers 11 accountability principles based on quality, responsibility, & accountability to educate nonprofit leaders, board members, managers, volunteers, & staff about the fundamental roles & responsibilities of nonprofit organizations.
Standards for Excellence Institute                                                                                           LOW-COST
The system of nonprofit sector self-regulation laid out Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector promotes the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, & accountability in nonprofit governance, management, & operations. The Institute offers training & accreditation & publishes comprehensive educational resources. Regional & national associations & local capacity builders assist nonprofits in learning these practices & meeting these benchmarks.

Valley Nonprofit Resources                                                                                                         FREE
Valley Nonprofit Resources, housed at Cal State Northridge, offers information, referrals, & technical assistance services to strengthen San Fernando Valley nonprofits.