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Emergency Succession Planning

by Tim Brooks
It is best practice for organizations to have an emergency succession plan in place to safeguard the mission and work of the nonprofit when faced with the unplanned departure of an executive director.

Charting Impact

by Tim Brooks
Designed around five simple questions, Charting Impact is a common framework designed to help staff, boards, stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and others to work together, learn from each other and serve the community better. It complements planning, evaluation, and assessment that organizations already undertake, and can be used by nonprofits and foundations of all sizes and missions. […]


by Molly O'Connell
A dashboard is a tool for visualizing data. Some dashboards show performance over time while others provide a snapshot of  a particular aspect of a business. An effective dashboard illustrates rather than tells the audience about areas that need attention or action. There are diverse applications of and approaches to dashboards, and the following articles provide helpful tips and […]

Succession Planning

by Tim Brooks
To ensure organizational stability, nonprofit leaders and boards should actively discuss and prepare for how to manage the planned or unplanned departure of an executive director and/or other key leadership, including developing leadership capacity and putting an emergency succession plan in place.

Advisory Councils and Committees

by Tim Brooks
Advisory councils, committees and boards can be a valuable way to gain a deeper understanding of stakeholder needs, and to expand capacity to accomplish targeted projects. Learn more about advisory boards, how they differ from boards of directors, questions to consider before starting an advisory group, and find a sample committee member invitation to help you […]

Investment Policies

by Tim Brooks
The board of directors of a nonprofit has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the assets of the nonprofit and to use those assets to further the nonprofit’s mission. One way to do so may be to invest the nonprofit’s cash in investment vehicles, such as stocks and bonds, and other financial investments, that can grow […]

Employee Performance Evaluation

by Molly O'Connell
Performance evaluation is an important component of managing staff and building the capacity of future leaders, but how to go about this annual process can vary quite a bit based on the organization’s structure and culture. The following resources provide advice, samples and tools to help nonprofits conduct effective annual reviews that prioritize employee engagement, […]

Financial Policy Guidelines and Example

by Tim Brooks
Developing and adopting a written financial policy is a valuable practice for any nonprofit organization, no matter how small or large. Financial policies clarify the roles, authority, and responsibilities for essential financial management activities and decisions. Use this sample and guide to help you develop your organization’s policy.

Charity Auctions

by Molly O'Connell
A thorough overview of issues to consider when planning an auction, including charitable solicitation rules, risk and insurance issues, tax and reporting considerations, and donor acknowledgements.

Confidentiality Policy

by Molly O'Connell
This resource provides several sample confidentiality policies for nonprofits to use as a starting point when developing their own policies to guide how employees, board members and volunteers interact with sensitive client information. The sample policies are not intended for verbatim use without careful review and MANP recommends seeking legal support on policy development whenever […]