models & guides

organizational capacity model 

Organizational Capacity Infographic - Orgforward - 2023 v11.pdf

strategy development & alignment model

Strategy Development and Organizational Alignment.pdf

community benefit based planning process guide

Community Benefit Strategy & Structure Process Framework.pdf

community benefit based planning overview

Community Benefit Based Planning Overview.pdf

choose your focus discussion overview - david rock

Choose Your Focus.pdf

planning & strategy tools

personal leadership development tool

inquiry-based tool for developing a personalized leadership development plan that starts with values and aspirations using catalytic thinking 

Personal Leadership Development Plan.docx

strategic leadership inquiry guide

a guide for asking the questions that encourage strategic thinking and leadership engagement 

Leadership Strategy Inquiry Guide.pdf

community/social benefit mapping - theory of change tool

articulate the community benefit, beneficiaries, scope of impact, strategic approach, and key assumptions behind the organization 

OF Community Benefit Mapping Tool.doc

program operations modeling tool 

program development matrix that links program outcomes to organizational outcomes and resource/asset utilization 

OF Program Operations Modeling Tool.doc

assessment tools

strategy outcomes screen

assess program efforts against agreed upon organizational  outcomes based on expected and actual program performance 

OF Outcomes Strategy Screen.xlsx

matrix map template

program portfolio assessment and strategic sustainability discussion tool. plots invested effort, financial performance, and mission advancement for each program 

other resources

The following resources are blogs, articles, websites, and books we like 

articles, blogs, talks, etc...

Does Your Nonprofit Receive Donations of Services, Supplies or Equipment? Changes are Coming!

Costs Are Cool: The Strategic Value of Economic Clarity - Bridgespan

Nonprofit Cost Analysis Toolkit - Bridgespan (PDF version)

Hildy Gottlieb - Creating the Future (TEDx Talk)

Simon Sinek - Start With Why - How Great Leaders Inspire Action (TEDx Talk)

Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Cost - NPQ

Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Board’s Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability

Values in Your Organization and What They Have to Do with Making Money: Part 2

Looking-Glass World of Nonprofit Money: Managing in For-Profits’ Shadow Universe

fun videos

Everyone Deserves A Fair Slice - If a Pizza Shop Were Run Like a Nonprofit

Top 5 Awesome things about ... - Why awesome matters

First Follower - Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy


Nonprofit Quarterly

Laramie Board Learning Project

Blue Avocado

Creating the Future

Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Maryland Nonprofits

Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Tech Soup


Operating Reserve Policy Toolkit for Nonprofit Organizations (pdf)

Volunteer Frontier - Volunteer Service ROI Calculator 


Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work - David Rock

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership - Joseph Jaworski

On Becoming A Servant Leader - Robert Greenleaf

Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work - Gervase R. Busche

The Courage to Teach - Parker Palmer

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

Managing and Leading Nonprofit Organizations: A Framework for Success - Paul L Dann

Seven Turning Points: Leading Through Pivotal Transitions in Organizational Life - Susan Gross

The Nonprofit Organizational Culture Guide - Paige Hull Teegarden, Denice Rothman Hinden, Paul Sturm

Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders - Patricia St. Onge, Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika Moss, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo, Brigette Rousan

Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives: Guiding Your Organization to Long-Term Success - Jeanne Bell, Elizabeth Schaffer

Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders: Developing People to Achieve Your Mission - Judith Wilson, Michelle Gislason

The Pollyanna Principles: Reinventing Nonprofit Organizations to Create the Future of Our World - Hildy Gottlieb

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut - Donald Finkel 

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paula Freire

Experience and Education - John Dewey