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Does anyone else work at a nonprofit? I started working for one about 6 months ago and I’m looking to educate myself more on things like boards, membership and marketing, and especially fundraising. Does anyone know some good books / websites / online courses that could help me out?
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No idea where you’re located, but the University of Richmond has a postgraduate certificate program in nonprofit management. It’s called he Institute on Philanthropy and is a week-long immersion in everything non-profits — boards, strategic plans, fundraising/development.
I’d definitely recommend it. My employer actually paid for me to go for the week as if it was just a conference!
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BeachBee1988: Thanks! Much appreciated!
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uponthewaters: you can check out the bridgespan group, which should have some resources. There are also a number of magazines on board structure, by aw, decision making policies, etc. You can also google for ‘starting a non profit’, and a lot of resources will come up. How old is the non profit that you work for?
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Tagging to follow, because I would like to get into this industry as well.
I educate myself by reading academic papers on the subject, usually. There are journals dedicated to best practises, and several newspapers also run pull out sections you can read about the industry (eg the Guardian occasionally does specials).
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Kannon: Thanks! It’s pretty old, about 50 years, but the board is in the process of imploding at the moment so a lot of programs are being cut way down or discontinued altogether. I’m hoping that if I can learn a bit about grants and fundraising I can help out with building us back up.
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uponthewaters: I’m a teacher now, but I worked a non-profit before I went back to grad school. Assuming you live in or near a major city, there are TONS of free or very low-cost workshops that teach you the basics of grant writing and other areas of non-profit management. I learned a lot about development and fundraising by going to some workshops, as well as learning from and working with people who had a lot more experience than I did within the organization. It’s a great field – good luck!
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uponthewaters: Hi! I work in non-profit fundraising. There are a lot of great resources out there.
There are many certificate programs or masters programs . I see your profile says Massachusetts, so can’t help you there. If you were looking to relocate, there are some wonderful masters programs in Seattle, Dallas, Wisconsin, etc. There may be online options for MFAs or MAs or certificates in Non-Profit Management.
Blogs I’d recommend for non-profit/fundraising information:
Hope some of these sites give you the information you want!