This section of the National Council of Nonprofits’ website offers resources on selected topics that provide nonprofit leaders a fresh look at the operations of their nonprofit, as well as useful tools for tackling challenging issues.
What do experts consider to be the ‘best practices’ for sustainable nonprofit operations? What tips are being used by nonprofit leaders to help focus board and staff on sound internal procedures?
What are the expectations for sound financial policies and internal controls? What are the roles of the treasurer and the finance committee? Explore this section for the current thinking about everything from budgets and overhead to internal controls.
What would happen if your largest funding source dried up? Or if your nonprofit were to experience an unexpected interruption in its business operations? Resources in this section describe why business plans are important and link to tips and tools for business continuity planning.
What are some pitfalls to avoid and best practices to develop? Resources include sample personnel policies and job descriptions.
A nonprofit can be quite vulnerable when there is a change of leadership. What are the keys to successful transitions in board and staff leadership? We’ve collected some reports, case studies and white papers to help your nonprofit navigate these challenging waters.
Even if you are kicking and screaming, you know you need to do it! Conducting self-assessments doesn’t need to distract you from core operations or sideline strategic initiatives. Instead, self-assessments and program evaluations can transform your organization in positive ways. We’ve assembled tools to help a nonprofit evaluate its own management practices, as well as tackle the process of evaluating program outcomes.
What practices in partnering and collaborating are most successful? What are the pitfalls to avoid? We’ve gathered case studies and resources to help you plan for successful partnerships.
Learn about activities that can cause a nonprofit to lose its tax-exemption.
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