News & Resources
Non-profit How-to White Papers produced by SVP Boulder County
- Interpreting Non-profit Financial Statements
- How Non-Profit Boards Can Effectively Utilize Committees
- Succession Planningfor the Non-Profit Board Chair
SVP releases new white papers regularly. Check back here for papers on topics such as Board Orientation and Succession Planning for the Executive Director.
- SVP's Board Breakfast Series covered Mix & Match: How to Build Your Board presented by Ann Goldman of Front Range Source on March 1, 2013. Handouts included: Board Recruitment Worksheet, Who's In Your Orbit?, Sample Board Committment Form, and Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards.
- For comprehensive information on how to help with any of the wildfires burning in Colorado right now, visit HelpColoradoNow.
- SVP June Newsletter is now available.
- SVP Grants $75,000 to Four Non-profits in 2012. Learn more.
- Innovative Career Consulting conducting competition for non-profits with top prize a free executive search process. Learn more.
- The SVP May Newsletter is available here.
- A Board Breakfast Series session took place May 4, 2012, and covered how to run an effective board meeting. View the session notes.
- The SVP March Newsletter is now available here.
- SVP is excited to share the 2011 SVP Annual Report. Download the pdf.
- SVP Announces 2011 Grant Investments of $75,000 for Local Non-Profits. Learn more.
- SVP Supports Carriage House Community Table's Plan to Expand in Downtown Boulder. Read on.
- SVP Network Collects Donations for Japan and coordinates with Tokyo affiliate. Learn more and give now.
- "Giving Circles Include Learning, Socializing" in Sunday's Denver Post promotes SVP. Read the article.
- Short radio interview with Amy Ogilvie, of investee Wild Plum Center, on the importance of comprehensive early chilld development services. Listen here.
- The SVP Network recently released the 2010 Capacity Building Outcomes Report. See how SVP is impacting nonprofits across North America and Asia.
- This month SVP celebrates a decade of giving back in Boulder County. Learn more.
- Investee Carriage House Community Table is looking for a new Development Director. View the job description.
- Just look at what we've accomplished! View our Capacity Building Report - 2010 Impact.
- SVP Announces 2010 Grant Awards
- Check out the new SVP Video.
- The SVP Quarterly - December, 2009 edition is available by clicking here.
- SVP announces new focus areas for 2010 and 2011.
- View the SVP Boulder County Capacity Building Report: 2008 Impact.
- Download our SVP 2005-2006 Biennial Report to learn about our impact in Boulder County.
- "Social Venture Partners Maximizes Giving", Daily Camera, September 3, 2005.
- "Social Venture Partners Awarded Fast Company's Social Capitalist Award" December 10, 2004
- "A Revolution Was Ventured, But What Did It Gain?" Chronicle of Philanthropy
Investee & General Nonprofit Resources
Free and discounted software available to nonprofits.
Nonprofit Management & Governance
SVP Seattle: has a robust database of documents, sites, and resources on a whole host of issues relating to nonprofit management and philanthropy.
BoardSource: BoardSource increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening Boards of Directors through their highly acclaimed consulting practice, publications, tools, and membership program.
Metro Volunteers' Board Leadership Connection: For nonprofits, they offer a Board - nonprofit matching service; for individuals, they offer Board training and matching with nonprofits.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management: The Alliance Resource Center is a searchable database of resources for nonprofits. It includes information on organizations, websites, books, newsletters and other products and services for nonprofit organizations.
Free Management Library for Nonprofits: The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past ten years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections for these types of resources.
Volunteer Connection: Helps nonprofits find volunteers, and helps volunteers find interesting opportunities to help out at Boulder County nonprofits. http://www.volunteerconnection.net/about/VCaboutIndex.html
They also have an annual guide of Youth Volunteer Opportunities: http://www.volunteerconnection.net/db/VCyouth.html
The Community Resource Center: At the Community Resource Center we believe that nonprofit organizations and community groups need access to on-going, quality training opportunities to gain the skills, tools, and strategies they need to accomplish their missions. Our training series provides up-to-date and practical information covering topic areas that can be easily applied within organizations. CRC also provides technology and other strategic consulting to nonprofits. http://www.crcamerica.org/training/default.asp
Colorado Nonprofit Association: The Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Resource Center and Metro Volunteers are collaborating to create an electronic training calendar in an effort to provide quality, integrated training resources to the nonprofit communities of Denver metro area and statewide. This comprehensive link is available here: http://coloradononprofits.org/programs.cfm
Giving & Getting
Culture of Giving: a site and movement operated by The Community Foundation, it offers summaries about Boulder County nonprofits and enables donors to contribute to nonprofits through the site. It's a great place to read about local groups and consider getting involved as a donor, volunteer, or Board member.
Partner 201 Resources
To compliment resources made available across the SVP network, we have compiled a list of some web-based resources in three areas defined below: Advocacy, Coalition Building, Replication and Social Enterprise.
1. Advocacy: resources to guide SVP affiliate and individual partner involvement in becoming actively involved in advocacy efforts to effect policy or system changes for a particular issue, population, or the nonprofit sector.
2. Coalition Building: resources to assist in developing coalitions - or temporary alliances of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint actions
3. Replication: resources to assist in replicating best-practice programs in diverse communities
4. Social Enterprise: resources to help nonprofit organizations design and build revenue generating ventures to increase their financial self-sufficiency and capacity to deliver programs and services.
Alliance for Justice
A primary mission of the Alliance for Justice is to strengthen the capacity of the public interest community to influence public policy. Nonprofit Advocacy Project assists nonprofit organizations in this area through technical assistance, workshops, and a wealth of tools and information. The Foundation Advocacy Initiative was established to increase foundation support to organizations that seek to influence policy and public opinion. The Foundation Advocacy Initiative helps foundations in these efforts through workshops, examples of documents, and technical assistance.
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Citizen participation is the essence of democracy and nonprofit organizations are one of the most effective vehicles for encouraging people to engage in the democratic process. Lobbying by nonprofit volunteer leaders and staff provides vital expertise to government decision-makers that result in more informed law and policy. CLPI was founded in 1998 out of concern that the essential public policy role of 501(c)(3) nonprofits is significantly undermined by several persistent barriers including: the myth that lobbying by nonprofits is not legal; the myth that lobbying is for experts only; the myth that lobbying is not as important as a means of achieving an organization's mission. In a real sense, CLPI exists to be a voice for nonprofits' lobbying role and to help organizations to find their own voice and power through public interest lobbying.
Network for Good
Online resources on how to manage an advocacy campaign.
The nonprofit Lobbying Guide, by the Independent Sector, is available for purchase or you can download it for free - http://www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/lobbyguide.html
Solid links on changes to nonprofit lobbying limits and rules. - http://www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/advocacy_lobbying.htm
OMB Watch is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting government accountability, citizen participation in public policy decisions and the use of fiscal and regulatory policy to serve the public interest. http://www.ombwatch.org
NP Action is an online resource hosted by OMB Watch to support capacity building for nonprofit advocacy. They have a great section on why advocacy is important for nonprofits.
National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA)
A blueprint for action, published in July 2004, as a result of surveys of more than 800 nonprofit leaders who were asked to rank policy priorities to strengthen the nonprofit sector.
Great overview of status of legislation affecting nonprofit organizations.
Planning an October 2006 pivotal gathering of more than 5,000 nonprofit leaders to strengthen the resources and resolve of nonprofit leaders to engage in public policy. http://www.nonprofitcongress.org
COALITION BUILDING RESOURCES
Article on coalition building. http://www.beyondintractability.org/m/coaltion_building.jsp?nid=2591
Constitutional Rights Foundation Service Learning Network
Coalition Building and Democratic principles.
A guide to coalition building. http://www.cypresscon.com
Chapter on building coalitions. http://www.independentsector.org/PDFs/nonprofit_lobbying_guide/chapter6....
Article on "Building Coalitions: Broadening Your Base".
New Profit Inc.
Citizen Schools Case Study
UNESCO MOST (Management of Social Transformations Phase 1 website)
Replicating Social Programmes: Approaches, Strategies, and Contextual Issues
The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
Lessons from the Street: Capacity Building and Replication
Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship @ Duke University
Great resource page, in general:
Too, J. Gregory Dees, Faculty Director at CASE (formerly Stanford), is currently working on a research project specifically about replication of social programs, and why it happens so infrequently. We should keep an eye out for his reports.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE RESOURCES
Community Wealth Ventures
Community Wealth Ventures helps nonprofit organizations design and build revenue-generating ventures with the goal of increasing their financial self-sufficiency and capacity to deliver.
"Powering Social Change: Lessons on Community Wealth Generation for Nonprofit Sustainability" article: http://communitywealth.org/Powering%20Social%20Change.pdf
New Business Ventures for Nonprofits workshop.
Harvard Business School
Social Enterprise research and activity at Harvard Business School.
Pittsburgh Social Enterprise Accelerator
Provide venture development tools, including a readiness assessment.
Roberts Enterprise Development Fund
REDF provides guidance, leadership, and investment to a portfolio of nonprofit social enterprises, changing the lives of people who face poverty, homelessness, mental illness and other barriers to employment. They have numerous publications on social enterprise and entrepreneurship available for free download.
Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA)
Social Enterprise Alliance is the membership organization leading the creation of a social enterprise movement. We mobilize communities of nonprofit organizations and funders to advance earned income strategies. http://www.se-alliance.org
Articles and reports on SE. http://www.se-alliance.org/resources_publications.cfm
Social Enterprise Group
The Social Enterprise Group is a unique consulting firm that provides business planning, feasibility studies, market analysis, strategic planning, and associated services to nonprofits, businesses, philanthropic organizations and government agencies who are conducting, or considering, a social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Reporter
An online news source with innovative business solutions for nonprofit entrepreneurs.