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How to Begin Equity Work in Your Organization with Little or No Money

by Molly O'Connell
Staff who are not in leadership positions sometimes ask how they can initiate discussions about racial equity. Sometimes, organization’s leaders say they want to but don’t have any funds. You don’t have to be the boss or spend a lot of money to illustrate your commitment to beginning this important work. There are many free […]

Maine’s Native Communities

by Molly O'Connell
The following resources shine a light on the history and current opportunities and challenges faced by Maine’s native communities.

Implicit Bias

by Molly O'Connell
Also known as unconscious or hidden bias, implicit biases are negative associations that people unknowingly hold. They are expressed automatically, without conscious awareness. Many studies have indicated that implicit biases affect individuals’ attitudes and actions, thus creating real-world implications, even though individuals may not even be aware that those biases exist within themselves. Notably, implicit […]

What is Systemic Racism?

by Molly O'Connell
This video series addresses various issues such as access to health care, housing discrimination, and the criminal justice system. Each clip is short and direct, and is a good source for basic information and statistics surrounding systemic racism.

Board Role in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

by Molly O'Connell
The following resources can help nonprofit boards explore the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and their role–and readiness–to prioritize these topics.

Theory of Change

by Molly O'Connell
Data-informed organizations can clearly articulate a “theory of change” which connects the problem with solutions. This brief, free video defines the components of a theory of change and walks through an example. After watching this video you will have the information and tools you need to get started creating or refining your own Theory of […]

Restricted Funds

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofits must be particularly careful to account for restricted funds, such as grant funds or donations that a donor has earmarked for a specific purpose. The following resources provide guidance on tracking restricted funds.

Automatic Revocation of Exempt Status

by Molly O'Connell
Did you lose your tax-exempt status? The IRS has these resources on why nonprofit status can be revoked for failure to file and what to do to fix it and get your status reinstated.

Capital Campaigns

by Molly O'Connell
These resources help answer frequently asked questions about capital campaigns so you can put together a fundraising plan that works.

Data-Informed Organizations

by Molly O'Connell
An organization that is data-informed uses data to guide decisions with the goal of generating questions, making changes and improving outcomes. The following resources will help organizations assess how data-informed they are and how they can make better use of data to advance their missions.