The Board Cafe Emporium —
Different items each issue . . . and many are free
The M Word: A Board Member’s Guide to Mergers. The M Word provides a road map to a merger’s expectations, processes and obstacles. Special sections feature sample resolutions and worksheets, and highlight the key roles executive directors and funders play in a merger. The guide also goes beyond the “M word” to offer advice on how to close down an organization. $12.00 plus shipping and handling at www.compasspoint.org/bookstore
Nonprofit Genie: Get a free, excellent series of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about fundraising, written by the legendary fundraiser Kim Klein. www.genie.org, then click on “FAQs” then on “Fundraising.”
Guidestar.org. Nonprofit organizations above a certain size are required to submit Form 990 to the IRS each year. You can see your organization’s 990, as well as the 990s of others, at www.guidestar.org
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Orgs, A Practical Guide & Workbook, 2nd edition, by Mike Allison & Jude Kaye. This guide can be adapted to fit any timeframe and is filled with real-world insights, planning tips, and useful pointers. Available at www.compasspoint.org/bookstore
All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in an All-Volunteer Organization, by Jan Masaoka, is one of the few resources specific to helping all-volunteer organizations and outlines the Board’s “Top 10” jobs. Available at www.compasspoint.org/bookstore
Boards That Love Fundraising: A How To Guide for Your Board, by Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman. Available at www.barnesandnoble.com for $29.00 plus shipping + handling.
Planet 501c3 by Miriam Engelberg. The cartoon strip for nonprofits. Free at www.planet501c3.org and a collection available in hardcopy at the same site for $3.95 plus shipping/tax where applicable.
boardnet USA. boardnet USA provides a place where nonprofits looking for new board members and individuals looking for board service opportunities can find each other. http://www.boardnetusa.org/public/home.asp