Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

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Eadie, Douglas C. Boards Can’t Go it Alone: How to Forge the Board-Executive Partnership, Nonprofit World, Vol. 14, No. 2. March/April, 1996.

Masaoka, Jan. The Best of the Board Cafe: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards, Wilder Publisher Center, 2003.

Taylor, Barbara, E. Richard, P. Chait. Thomas P. Holland. The New Work of the Nonprofit Board, pp. 36-46, Harvard Business Review, September-October, 1996.


BoardSource: Formerly known as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, this web site is one of the premier sources of information on board related issues. It also provides publications useful to board members, training videos and audiotapes, and east-to-understand booklets on various aspects of board management. To receive a description of their resources, call 1-877-89BOARD (877-892-6273) or 202-452-6262.

Professional & Leadership Development: This resource is part of the site for the National School Boards Association providing guidance on identifying and developing leadership styles and responsibilities. The Team Climate Survey can be downloaded without cost and used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a governance team.

The Board Cafe: Free electronic newsletter that “offers a menu of ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources to help board members give and get the most out of board service.” To subscribe to Board Cafe using the Internet, visit the website and follow the easy instructions.


Capacity Building


Alliance for Nonprofit Management: This site focuses on strengthening leadership and fostering inclusiveness and collaboration. The Alliance Resource Center is dedicated to building and transferring knowledge related to nonprofit management and governance.

Community Tool Box: This site supports work in promoting community health and development. The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building information on over 250 different topics. Topic sections include step-by-step instruction, examples, check-lists, and related resources.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

Free Management Library: Developed by the Management Assistance Program (MAP) for Nonprofits and Authenticity Consulting, the library has an index of over 675 topic areas that include helpful articles within the library as well as links to relevant information on other web sites.

Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes: Offers a useful monthly e-mail and resource library and also contains information on nonprofits in Tribal communities.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: The Info Central section of this web site is based on the organization’s guidelines “Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.” The site contains extensive information on governance including a featured article, FAQ’s, the basics, templates and sample documents.

Nonprofit Expert

Nonprofit Genie (FAQs): FAQ’s written by leading experts from around the country. Originally developed through the California Management Assistance Partnership (CMAP) under a grant through The California Endowment.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide: The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership provides key information designed to help manage your nonprofit organization efficiently and effectively.

Partnership for Effective Nonprofits

Seattle University’s Nonprofit Leadership Program: The MNPL program is oriented toward working professionals who currently are nonprofit executives or who expect to be in such positions within three years of completing the program.

The Charity Channel: This Canadian site has many features useful to managers of volunteers or those involved with nonprofit boards. This includes an extensive library, e-newsletters designed for different countries (including the USA) and several free discussion groups.

The Cohen Report

The Nonprofit Center: This web site contains extensive information in its Management Tips and Templates section about Boards and Leadership and a variety of other categories. Resources include 12 Weeks To a Better Board and What To Ask BEFORE Accepting a Seat. To access, click on the plus sign to the left of Management Tips & Tools on the left hand side navigation links to expand the list of Categories.

The Nonprofit Management Education Center: The Learner Resource Center Library contains articles organized by nonprofit managment topics, nonprofit organizational assessment tools, and bibliographies organized by topic.




Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Financial Empowerment: More Money for More Mission, Alpine Guild Inc. Colorado, 1996.

Debra L. . Bookkeeping Basics: What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know,

Dropkin, Murray and Bill LaTouche. The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits , Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1998.

Elizabeth Schaffer. Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives: Guiding your Organization,

McLaughin, Thomas A. Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Mangers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, 2004.

Shim, Jae K. and Joel G. Siegel. Financial Management for Nonprofits: The Compete Guide to Maximizing Resources and Managing Assets, McGraw-Hill. USA, 1997.


Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times are Tight

Giving USA Foundation

Venture Forth! The Essential Guide to Starting a Moneymaking Business in Your Nonprofit




Gary B Gorbman & Gary B Grant. Fundraising Online,

Gary J. Stern. Mobilize People for Marketing Success,

Hall, Mary and Susan Howlett. Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, 4th Edition. Continuing Education Press, Portland University. 2003.

Hopkins, Bruce R. The First Legal Answer Book for Fund-Raisers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002.

Kim Klein. Fundraising for Social Change.

Klein, Kim. Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Chardon Press: Oakland, CA.

Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, & Mark Kramer. Do More Than Give.

Penelope Burk. Donor Centered Fundraising.

Robert Weiner. Ten Common Mistakes in Selecting Donor Databases (And How to Avoid Them), You want a donor database that will provide clean data, solid reports, and happy staff, but the software itself is only half the story. How do you choose the right system, and how do you maximize its capabilities? Fundraising technology consultant Robert Weiner walks through 10 common mistakes that get in the way of selecting the right database–and using it properly..

Rosso, Hank. Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising, 2nd ED. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA 2003.

Russ Alan Prince & Karen Maru File. The Seven Faces of Philanthropy,

Schumacher, Edward C. The Capital Campaign Survival Guide: An Easy-to-Use Guide to Conducting a Capital Campaign, Elton-Wolf Publishing. 2000.

Schumacher, Edward C. Building Your Endowment, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2003.


A Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems: Donors are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. You need them to survive. But how do you manage all the details about their giving, along with all the personal details that are key to maintaining successful relationships, without breaking your bank? The answer, of course, is with a donor management system designed to do exactly that.

Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP): AFP Represents 26,000 members in 172 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.

Charity Village: Canada’s supersite for the nonprofit sector has many resources for executives, staff and volunteers.

Council on Foundations: A membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. Provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities – among other services – to members and the general public.

Do You Need a New Donor Management System?: How do you know if you should switch to a new donor management system, or stick with what you have? Idealware’s workbook will walk you through the process of assessing your needs and figuring out whether a new system is right for you.

Grant Station: An interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors you through the grantseeking process.

Grassroots Fundraising: The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Since 1976, NCRP has advocated for the philanthropic community to provide nonprofit organizations with essential resources and opportunities to work toward social and economic justice for disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and communities.

Philanthropy News Network Online: News and funding source tips for grant writers.

Philanthropy Northwest: Formerly the Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum, Philanthropy Northwest’s mission is to promote effective philanthropy in the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: News source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

The Foundation Center: Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Site includes “Finding Funders,” “Learning Lab” and “Researching Philanthropy.”


Human Resources


Anne Kreamer. It’s Always Personal-Emotion in the Workplace,

Herzberg, Frederick. One more time: How do you motivate employees?, Harvard Business Review. Originally published in Jan-Feb. 1968. Sept-Oct 1987: 109-120.

Kaye, Beverly and Sharon Jordan-Evans. Love’em or Lose’em — Getting Good People to Stay, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2002.

Livingston, J. Sterling. Pygmalion in Management, Harvard Business Review. Originally published in 1969. Sept.-Oct. 1988: 121-130.

Zaleznik, Abraham. Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?, Harvard Business Review. Originally published May-June 1977. March-April 1992: 126-135.


Alaska Department of Labor

Alaska Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Alaska Wage and Hour

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM): Requires membership for some resources

US Department of Labor


Information Technology


John Gardner. Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society,

Peizer, Jonathan. Rethinking Technology in the Nonprofit Arena, OSI, ICT Toolsets, 2001.


Accidental Techie: Supporting, Managing and Maximizing your Nonprofit’s Technology

Alliance for Technology Access: A national organization that focuses solely on technology for people with disabilities. Provides technical assistance, training, and support to community based technology resource centers that serve a wide variety of stakeholders working to increase access to technology for people with disabilities.

Benton Foundation: The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems.

CNet: Information and resources on a wide variety of tech issues.

Consortium for School Networking: “Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom” is an excellent resource on budgeting for technology. A great collection of research papers, articles, utilities, and evaluation tools. Mostly the k-12 perspective, but very useful resource.

Groundwire: Groundwire (formerly ONE/Northwest )offers a variety of services (online networking, technical assessments, volunteer matching) to the Northwest nonprofit community at subsidized rates.

HandsNet: Empowers organizations to integrate effective online communications strategies to strengthen their programs and policies. Services include: Webclipper which tracks the issues you specify, delivering daily updates to your email box, and Training and Capacity Building which offers a range of hands-on-classes, strategic planning workshops, and management seminars.

Low-Income Networking and Communications Project: The Welfare Law Center’s Low-Income Networking and Communications (LINC) Project is a nationally recognized initiative to enable low-income grassroots groups to use technology strategically to advance campaigns on economic security issues and to build their members’ leadership and computer technology skills.

Network for Good Nonprofit Resources: offers comprehensive online resources and tools to help nonprofits integrate the power of the Internet into their strategic planning and to organize, recruit, fundraise and publicize their mission and successes online.

Nonprofit Tech Association: An organization that works toward combining technology integration, implementation, user support, research, policy, and technology transfer in the nonprofit sector.

NPower: NPower’s mission is helping other non-profits use technology to better serve their communities. Consulting, Training and Community Services programs for non-profits in the Puget Sound region, and on-line library of resources.

Progressive Technology Project: The Progressive Technology Project (PTP) seeks to strengthen community based social change efforts and increase public participation by under-represented communities by exploring and supporting the effective use of information technology.

Tech Soup: Website by CompuMentor for nonprofits with on a wide variety of technology issues. Aspires to offer nonprofits one-stop shopping for their technology needs. Information and tools for tech planning, and resource lists of nonprofit discounts offered by hardware and software companies and by technology assistance agencies.

TechAtlas – The Tech Planning Tool for Nonprofits

TechFoundation: A public charity whose mission is to bridge the nonprofit digital divide by providing nonprofits with access to technology, expertise and capital. Publish a monthly e-newsletter on technology funding opportunities.

TechRepublic: A site for IT managers: discussion groups, news, resource guides, free product information.

TechSoup Stock: Tech Soup’s complete catalog of donated and discounted technology

TechWeb: Information and resources on a wide variety of tech issues. Sections on networking, career/training, desktop computing, security, storage

Tucows: Website specializing in internet shareware and freeware.




Bill Strickland. Make the Impossible Possible,

Bolman, Lee G. and Terrence E. Deal. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2003.

Eadie, Douglas C. Changing By Design, Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1997.

Heifetz, Ronald A. Leadership Without Easy Answers, Harvard University Press. 1994.

Heifetz, Ronald A. and Marty Linsky. Leadership On The Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading, Harvard Business School Press. 2002.

Institute for Conservation Leadership. Working Together: A Toolkit for Cooperative Efforts,

Rebecca K.. Message Matters: Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market,

Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World., 2nd Ed.Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco. 1999.

Wheatley, Margaret J. Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations To Restore Hope to the Future, Ed.Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco. 2002.




Beth Gilbertson & Vijit Ramchandani. Developing Effective Teams,

Bryan W. Barry. Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations,

Chip Heath & Dan Heath. Swith: How to Change Things When Change is Hard,

Jim Collins. Good to Great,

Paul W. Mattessich & Marta Murray. Collaboration: What Make It Work, 2nd Edition,

Peter C. Brinckerhoff. Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for your Nonprofit,

Whaley, Jamie and Jeff Stratton. Nonprofit Organization Management: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines, Second edition, Aspen Publishers: Gaithersburg, MD, 2001.


Nonprofit Stewardship- A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization


Legal Issues – Compliance


Alan Jennings. Roberts Rules of Order for Dummies,

Nancy Sylvester. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Roberts Rules of Order,


Alaska Corporation Search

Alaska Department of Law Consumer Protection Information

Alaska Department of Law Consumer Protection Information – Charities & Contributions

Form a Nonprofit Today

National Association of State Charities Officials

Ready in Defense- a Liability, Litigation and Legal Guide for Nonprofits

Unified Registration Statement Kit



Bibliography — Books, Blogs, and Newsletters:

Ahern, Tom. Ahern Donor Communications.

Andresen, Katya. Robin Hood Marketing, Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006..

Brinkerhoff, Peter C.. Misson-Based Marketing. Second edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003.

Cause Communications. Communications Toolkit: A Guide to Navigating Communications for the Nonprofit World. 2005.

Davenport, ChrisMovie Mondays. Blogs, Newsletters, Webinars & Podcasts

Goodman, Andy. Storytelling as Best Practice. A communications consultant and trainer based in Los Angeles, Andy Goodman specializes in helping nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions communicate more effectively through print, broadcast media, and the Internet.

Goodman, Andy. Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and How to Ensure They Won’t Happen to Yours. A communications consultant and trainer based in Los Angeles, Andy Goodman specializes in helping nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions communicate more effectively through print, broadcast media, and the Internet.

Goodman, Andy. Free-Range Thinking Newsletter.

Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Made to Stick – Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York: Random House, 2007.

Kanter, Beth. Beth’s Blog.

Miller, Kivi Leroux. Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog.

Miller, Kivi Leroux. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Miller, Kivi Leroux. Content Marketing For Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.

Pekar, Thaler. Thaler Pekar and Partners, excellent information on story creation and sharing.


Nonprofit Research


Adam Werbach. Strategy for Sustainability,

David La Piana. Nonprofit Strategy Revolution,

Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, & Steve Zimmerman. Nonprofit Sustainability,

Miller. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide- High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for You,

Paul Light. Driving Social Change.

Peter Corning. The Fair Society,

Thomas E. Backer, Jane Ellen Bleeg and Kathryn Groves. The Expanding Universe: New Directions in Nonprofit Capacity Building, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, 2004.


Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations: Where You Are, Where you’re Going

Generosity Index, 2004

Giving Forum – New Ventures/New Landscape on Philanthropic Giving

GivingUSA Foundation Philanthropic Resources

GuideStar – The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund: This organization funds research on nonprofit issues, including volunteerism and governance. The site gives a good overview of the research findings, as well as providing the opportunity to order the full publications.

The Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund

The Urban Institute




Collins, James C. Good To Great, Harper Business, 2004.

Collins, James C. and Jerry Porras. Built to Last, Harper-Collins: New York, 1997.

Collins, James C. and Jerry Porras. Building Your Company’s Vision, Harvard Business Review, Sept.-Oct., 1996.

Hoskins & Emil Angelica. Fieldstone Alliance Nonprofit Guife to Forming Alliances: Working Together to Achieve,

Jim Collins. Good to Great,


Public Policy & Advocacy


Avner, Marcia. The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Colvin, Gregory L., and Lowell Finley. The Rules of the Game: An Election Year Legal Guide for Nonprofit Organizations, Alliance for Justice, Washington, D.C.,1996.

Colvin, Gregory L., and Lowell Finley. Being a Player: A Guide to the IRS Lobbying Regulations for Advocacy Charities, Alliance for Justice, Washington, D.C., 1991, 1995.

Harmon, Gail M., Jessica A Ladd, and Eleanor A. Evans. Worry-Free Lobbying for Nonprofits, Alliance for Justice, Washington, D.C., 2000.

Schadler, B. Holly. Seize the Initiative, Alliance for Justice, Washington, D.C., 1996.

Smucker, Bob. The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide, Independent Sector, Washington, D.C., 1999.


Alaska 2-1-1: Get connected, get answers! United Way’s 2-1-1 is a 24/7 easy to remember phone number with supporting website to connect individuals with vital resources in their community.

Alaska 20/20 Project: Updates on the efforts of Alaska 20/20 activities: measuring Alaska’s quality of life and engaging Alaskans in a public dialogue about vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Alliance for Justice: The Nonprofit Advocacy Project works to strengthen the voice of the nonprofit sector in important public policy debates by giving tax-exempt organizations a better understanding of the laws that govern their participation in the policy process.

Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest: Educating charities about the important role lobbying can play in achieving their mission.

Independent Sector: Contains the latest national data on giving and volunteering.




Ellis, Susan, J. The Volunteer Recruitment Book, 2nd Ed., Energize, Philadelphia PA. 1996.

McCurley, Steve. Recruiting Volunteers for Difficult or Long Term Assignments, Heritage Arts Publishing, Downer’s Grove, Il 1991.

McCurley, Steve and Rick Lynch. Essential Volunteer Management. 2nd Ed., Director for Social Change, London England 1998.

McCurley, Steve and Sue Vineyard. Managing Volunteer Diversity, Heritage Arts Publishing, Downer’s Grove, Il 1991.

McCurley, Steve and Sue Vineyard.. Best Practices for Volunteer Programs, Heritage Arts Publishing, Downer’s Grove, IL 2001.

Susan J. Ellis. From The Top Down 3rd. Edition.

Vineyard, Sue. Secrets to Motivation: How to Get and Keep Volunteers and Paid Staff, Heritage Arts Publishing, Downer’s Grove, Il 1991.


Court Appointed Special Advocates: This site is sponsored by the national CASA office and has a sections especially designed for tips on how to recruit and manage volunteers. The information is useful to all types of nonprofits.

Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism: Examples of topics covered include boards and committees, other Internet resources, training opportunities and tips on recruiting and retention.

Energize Inc.: An international training, consulting and publishing firm that specializes in volunteerism. The site provides access to an extensive range of nonprofit-related articles.

Points of Light Foundation: Established in 1990, this organization offers an extensive on-line library as well as inspirational stories about individual volunteers that have made a difference.

Value of Voluntter Time: Latest research by Independent Sector on the cost equivalence of volunteer time.

Volunteer Consulting Group: Although this site is maintained by a commercial consulting group, it does offer access to a number of interesting articles on board and volunteer issues (particularly helpful are some of the discussions on issues of diversity).