Best Practice

Best Practices

Best PracticesA best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. What are these benchmarks for nonprofits and how do you measure your organization's practices against them. Our Best Practice Resources are designed to help you sort it all out.

Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Three stories that highlight the importance of choosing the right prospective donors and asking for the right amount.
Posted on: January 29, 2021
Topics: Best Practice | Fundraising | Philanthropy

BoardSource

Discounts on membership and board self-assessments Center members can save 15% on organizational membership or $200 on BoardSource's board self-assessment service. BoardSource members get complimentary access to BoardSource's collection of white papers, webinars, and more. They also get member discounts on their print or digital copies of their books, such as Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance and The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards. Learn more
Posted on: January 29, 2018
Topics: Featured

Common Impact's Skills-Based Volunteering Toolkit

Since 2000, Common Impact has supported nonprofits in effectively utilizing skills-based volunteering to build internal capacity to better serve the community. With this knowledge, they have developed this toolkit to equip nonprofits with the resources and best practices to engage in successful pro bono projects. 
Posted on: November 27, 2017
Topics: Best Practice | Volunteer Management

Exit Agreements for Nonprofit CEOs: A Guide for Boards and Executives

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly breaks down the circumstances leading to, types of, and key considerations for CEO exit agreements.
Posted on: March 31, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Executive Transition

Curating Change: The Merger of Two Historic Women's Organizations

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly examines the causes, successes, and failures of the merger of the International Museum of Women and the Global Fund for Women.
Posted on: March 31, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Collaboration | Strategy

Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices

Source: BoardSource
Who serves on today’s nonprofit boards? What matters most when it comes to the board’s roles and responsibilities? What impact are they having on organizational performance? How do boards conduct their work? How well are they fulfilling their many important roles and responsibilities? How are boards composed and organized? Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices answers these questions as the latest in BoardSource’s series of studies tracking and analyzing trends in nonprofit board leadership since 1994.
Posted on: January 27, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Board | Data & Research | Leadership

Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Great organizations have one thing in common: great managers. In this article from the Stanford Innovation Review great managers share four simple management principles that they use to guide organizations from mere mediocrity to stand-out stardom. Read the article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Executive | Best Practice

The Inclusive Nonprofit Boardroom

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
A look at how the reasoning behind board diversity can impact an organization, and a model for inclusiveness that nonprofits should strive for. Read the full article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board Recruitment | Board | Best Practice

Nonprofit Dissolution: What to Do When Closing the Doors

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Dissolution, or the closing of an organization in its current state, is more common than one might think. But when an organization seriously considers ending its life, it’s a difficult and complex process. It is a time of mixed and strong emotions for those involved, including a nonprofit board, senior staff, administrative and line staff, partners, and stakeholders.
Posted on: March 21, 2009
Topics: Best Practice | Operations
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