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Leadership and Management


Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders
By Judith Wilson and Michelle Gislason


Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership (2011)

Next Generation Organizations: 9 Key Traits (January 2011)

Creative Disruption: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector (January 2010) 

Coaching and Philanthropy Project:  Action Guides for Grantmakers, Nonprofits, and Coaches (February 2010)

2009 Community Clinic Leadership and Workforce Studies (2009): 

Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out (2008) 

Daring to Lead (2006) 

Bridging Medicine and Management: A Profile of Community Clinic and Health Center Medical Directors in California (December 2003) 

Securing the Safety Net: A Profile of Community Clinic and Health Center Leadership in California (October 2003) 

Executive Coaching Project (September 2003) 

Daring to Lead: Nonprofit Executive Directors and Their Work Experience (August 2001)


The Leadership Ethos: How What We Believe Can Inform Our Leadership Practices The Nonprofit Quarterly (Winter 2017)

What About Next Generation Leaders of Color?” Nonprofit Connect (2009)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 360 Degree Evaluations,” The Nonprofit Quarterly (Summer 2011)

Finance and Strategy


The Sustainability Mindset
By Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman

Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives
By Jeanne Bell and Elizabeth Schaffer

Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
By Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman


Beyond Financial OversightThe Nonprofit Quarterly (April 26, 2011)

"An Executive's Guide to Financial LeadershipThe Nonprofit Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2011)

The ED's Attitude and Role in Strategic Planning,” Blue Avocado (May 6, 2012)

Nonprofit Budgets Have to Balance: False!Blue Avocado (2010) 

Deconstructing SustainabilityBlue Avocado (2014) 

Focus on the Destination, Not the Route (Budget)!Blue Avocado (2009) 

 “Is it Time for an Audit?” Blue Avocado (2008)

Fundraising and Philanthropy


Fundraising Bright Spots: 
Strategies and Inspiration from Social Change Organizations 
Raising Money From Individual Donors

Fundraising Bright Spots in Action (2017)

UnderDeveloped: A National Study of the Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (2013) 

Opportunities for Nonprofits within Los Angeles Communities of Color: Fund Development Strategies and Capacity Building Needs


Transforming Organizational Fundraising Culture: Two Case Studies,” Grassroots Fundraising Journal (September – October 2012) 

Growing Your Own: Finding (People of Color) Fundraisers in Our Midst,” Grassroots Fundraising Journal (January – February 2012)

Take a Fresh Look at Scrip FundraisingBlue Avocado (2012) 

Great Expectations: How Executive Directors Can Create Powerful Fundraising Partnerships,” The Nonprofit Quarterly (2010) 

Executive Transitions



Managing Executive Transitions: A Guide for Nonprofits
By Tim Wolfred


Revisiting Executive Transitions: Who Leads and How
by Jeanne Bell, Paola Cubías, and Byron Johnson

Planning for Leadership Emergencies  (October 2011)

Securing Its Future: How One Clinic Pursued Strategic Leadership Development (October 2011) 

Departure Defined Succession Planning: The Seven Essential Elements for a Successful CEO Transition (October 2011) 

Moving Over or Moving On: Next Career Steps for Health Clinic CEOs (October 2011) 

Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits (2008) 

Interim Executive Directors: The Power in the Middle (2005)


"LLC Member Spotlight: Byron Johnson,” Leadership Learning Community: Deborah Meehan’s Blog (March 28 2013) 

Organizations Also Need to Plan for Change,” The Daily News (February 11, 2011)

Turning Nonprofit Executive On-boarding On Its Head,” Stanford Social Innovation Review (July 19, 2011)  

Governance and Board Development


The Best of the Board Cafe: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards
By Jan Masaoka


The M Word: A Board Member’s Guide to Nonprofit Mergers (2005) 

All Hands on Board: The Board of Volunteers in an All-Volunteer Organization  (1999)


Breaking the Rules: Changing How Boards Operate,” The Chronicle of Philanthropy (July 7, 2011) 

Board Café Archives 

Blue Avocado

A Nonprofit Dashboard and Signal Light for Boards,” Blue Avocado (2009) 

Our Boards in Our Brands,” The Nonprofit Quarterly (2014) 

Multicultural Development


Multicultural Organizational Development (November 2010)

Cultural Competence Monograph Series (July 2007): 



The Accidental Techie
By Sue Bennett


Western Addition Service Providers Cohort Planning & Capacity Building Process 2010 – 2011 (2011)


Creating an Editorial Process at CompassPoint,” Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog (May 12, 2011)