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~October 2009~

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Johnson Center
Grand Valley State University
Nonprofit Leadership Institute

The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide was created in 2002 as a project of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. In 2007, the Institute was renamed the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Institute in recognition of a generous donation from the Foundation to promote good practice throughout the nonprofit sector.

The site provides a comprehensive look at topics related to nonprofit management and to volunteer management.  There is a glossary that contains definitions and links to more in-depth information on a wide array of topics.  Under the letter D, for example, there are listings on data, data management, and on and on.  In this section there is an entry titled “decision making.”  Under that large category there are links to more than half a dozen different decision-making styles, that contain more detailed information. 

There are topic areas that contain more pertinent on such things as youth philanthropy, diversity and volunteerism, board member planning, and philanthropy and grant making.  There is a blog where you can follow topics of interest and contribute your own ideas. 

This site is quite easy to maneuver and if you have a specific question you can ask it in the “contact us” section of the Web site.  Seems worthy of a bookmark.

The Johnson Center, a component of Grand Valley State University, began in 1992 as a multidisciplinary university-wide center, developed with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. With a strong focus on community service and the use of data in the decision-making process, they are dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy, volunteerism and nonprofit management.

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