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This page of educational resources represents an ever-growing library intended to help nonprofit leaders, staff, and boards increase their knowledge in fields relevant to nonprofit work. Included resources range from sample policies to formal nonprofit regulations and free libraries of resources compiled by other organizations. Any sample policies below are provided for educational and informational purposes only. We encourage organizations not to use the below policies verbatim, but rather to utilize them as a starting point in the creation of an organization's own policies and procedures.

Click on any of the below headings to open the relevant section and get started!

 

National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Advocacy.


Bolder Advocacy resource library  
Bolder Advocacy has compiled a free, digital library of resources on nonprofit advocacy and lobbying.


Keeping track of lobbying for nonprofits  
Coalition for a Strong Nebraska has put together a resource of guides and sample documents to help nonprofit workers properly track their organization's advocacy work.


Nonprofit Connect resource library  
Nonprofit Connect has created a library of resources specific to nonprofit advocacy with information and tips to make an organization's efforts as effective as possible.


Taking the 501(h) election - Filing form 5768  
Nonprofits taking the 501(h) election makes it much easier for nonprofits to track their lobbying activities and clarify how much they are allowed to do.

Sample policies
Cause Collective Advocacy Policy  

City of Lincoln page on COVID-19  
This link will take you to the City of Lincoln's page on their COVID-19 response. It contains information on the COVID-19 risk dial, vaccine registration in multiple languages, isolation and quarantine guidance, and more.


COVID-19-related legal assistance
Legal Aid of Nebraska has opened a free hotline for those with COVID-19 legal issues. To apply for legal assistance, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-268-5627 or apply online at www.LawHelpNE.org. COVID-19 self-help resources can be found at www.legalaidofnebraska.org.

Additionally, Legal Aid is a part of the new Tenant Assistance Project, an effort to provide free legal representation to those facing eviction. The Tenant Assistance Project was developed by the UNL Law Civil Clinic; the Volunteer Lawyers Project; Legal Aid of Nebraska; the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights; and Nebraska Appleseed. Lawyers interested in volunteering may send an email to nevlp@nevlp.org or call 531-220-6773. All attorneys volunteering through the project will be covered by the Volunteer Lawyer Project’s malpractice insurance and will receive training.

MyLNK app: Coronavirus category  ​​​​
The MyLNK app serves as a critical tool to help all of us get information out to those that we serve. They have now added a Coronavirus-specific section on available resources in the community. The website can be found at https://mylnk.app/home. Please review your organization's entries there and request any regular changes/updates. To request an update, click on any service and you will see a link “Report Incorrect or New Information”.

Methods of sharing MyLNK:

  • One-pager: English  
  • Business card size: English  
  • Business card size: Arabic  
  • Business card size: Spanish  
  • Letter size: Vietnamese  

NASW Nebraska Chapter  
The National Association of Social Workers Nebraska Chapter has information on Professional Development, Advocacy, Events, and Membership.

Case Management Society of America  
This site has information on chapters throughout the US, membership, career information as well as educational opportunities.

ACMA: American Case Management Association  
ACMA has information about chapters, careers, certification, membership, as well as education opportunities and advocacy updates and calls to action.

National Association of Case Management  
NACM has information about providing case managers and other service coordination practitioners opportunities for advancing professional growth and for the promotion of case management.

CE Opportunities | Commission for Case Manager Certification  
The CCM is the largest, oldest and most highly valued credential for case managers. Find out more information about getting certified and why it is important.

Certified Case Managers (CCM) - Courses - AAACEUs  
This site has continuing education opportunities for case managers.

Case Management CEU’s | CCMC Approved CEU’s  
The CEU academy has a time saving method of obtaining the continuing education you need and the information you want. They provide online CEU’s.

Continuing Education courses about Ethics - Free State Social Work  
This site allows you to read articles and take tests to receive CEU’s.

GRANT WRITING TIPS

Further resources...
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FUNDRAISING

National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Fundraising.

GENERAL

Zelle HR Solutions: resources  
Zelle HR Solutions has a page containing a variety of HR-related resources, such as resource guides, employment forms, and more.

Overtime information  
This document outlines situations in which certain workers may be exempt from typical laws regarding overtime pay.

National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Employment.


Sample policies
Cause Collective Financial Procedures (Spring 2022)  


RETENTION

Retention strategies for nonprofits  
This article, put together by DonorBox, goes over 9 common strategies for helping with employee retention in the nonprofit sector.


Retention challenges and possible solutions  
This piece, put together by the Senior HR Consultant of NonprofitHR, briefly goes over common problems and potential solutions for employee retention with nonprofits.


Webinar: retention strategies for nonprofits  
This 2017 video webinar, organized by 501(c) Services, utilizes a panel of experts in the field to develop strategies for better employee retention.


ONBOARDING

10 keys to onboarding new nonprofit team members  
This article, put together by the Forbes Nonprofit Council, goes over 10 key tips for onboarding new nonprofit employees.


How to successfully onboard nonprofit team members  
This webinar, put together by Campbell & Company, utilizes examples to outline best practices for onboarding new nonprofit team members.


PERSONNEL POLICIES

Creating nonprofit personnel policies  
This article, put together by MissionBox, outlines a variety of important policies and procedures to maintain, along with tips and best practices on developing policies.


Important nonprofit policies and procedures  
This piece, put together by the Colorado Nonprofit Association, outlines a variety of important policies and procedures for nonprofit organizations to maintain.


Sample policies
Cause Collective Employee Handbook (Spring 2022)  

RELEVANT LAWS

Federal laws for nonprofit HR managers to be aware of  
This blog post, put together by the NEO Law Group, goes over a number of federal laws that are important for nonprofit HR managers to be aware of.


Nonprofit regulation in the US  
This piece, put together by Ballotpedia, gives an overview of nonprofit regulation within the US before breaking down and comparing regulations between states.


DOCUMENT RENTENTION

Document retention for nonprofits: a simple guide  
This guide, put together by MissionBox, outlines retention periods for a variety of documents in different categories.


Nonprofit document retention policy  
Similar to above, this article gives a guide for retention periods of different nonprofits, along with tips on writing document retention policies.


 

Cause Collective - Board Training 101  
Cause Collective members may recieve a FREE 1 - 1.5 board training that covers the basic roles and responsibilities of a board.  For more information and to request a training, click the button just above.

BoardSource  
BoardSource is a national nonprofit focused on nonprofit board leadership research, leadership, and support. They have a variety of blog posts and other resources available, all relevant to nonprofit board selection and functioning.

National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Boards and Governance.


Strategic nonprofit board recruitment  
This article by Clairification provides information on the role of board members, how to strategically look for potential members, and how to vet those who are interested.


Recruiting for board diversity with respect  
This article, coming from the BoardSource blog, outlines the importance of recruiting for board diversity with respect through following the author's personal story. It continues to provide tips and methods for creating an inclusive board culture where everyone's perspective is welcomed and respected.


 

GENERAL

Protect the Good Life  
A resource of information from the Nebraska Attorney General's office providing information on nonprofit compliance-related situations that nonprofits may face, such as conflicts of interest.


National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Financial Policies.


ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

National Council of Nonprofits resource library   
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Ethics and Accountability.


Sample policies
Lincoln Community Foundation - Gift Acceptance policy (April 2022)

DONOR GIFTS

Lincoln Community Foundation - training resources  
This presentation comes from a Cause Collective training put together by the Lincoln Community Foundation that covered information such as managing donor gifts, receipting, and more.

BYLAWS

Sample policies
Lincoln Community Foundation - Bylaws (April 2022)

Cause Collective - Bylaws (Spring 2022)
 

 

TOOLKITS

Starbucks Global Academy  
Downloadable PDF toolkits on topics ranging from racial bias to class bias and more.


Racial equity tools: fundamentals  
A website of resources looking to support individuals who are working to achieve racial equity.


Accountability Principles  
This PDF toolkit, also by Race Forward, provides information and recommendations on accountability principles, how to use them, and more.


Black and Pink - Unpacking Solidarity Toolkit  
Coming soon!

 

ASSESSMENTS

Harvard's Implicit Bias Test  
This test, based on an implicit bias test used in the book Blindspot, uses a variety of quick-answer questions to test for implicit bias.


YWCA diversity self-assessment  
This PDF diversity self-assessment has a particular focus on the nonprofit field, helping motivate the creation of diversity-related action items.


University of California: inclusion self-assessment  
This PDF self-assessment is designed for campus leaders to use in self-assessing for a Culture of Inclusion; however, many questions would extend well to testing an organization's culture.

 

OTHER RESOURCES


Race Forward: Systemic Racism video series  
This resource, put together by Race Forward, provides a series of short videos on different aspects of systemic racism such as the wealth gap, housing discrimination, and more.


Coble Skill: DEI interview questions  
This informational PDF lists out a variety of interview questions related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that are a good fit for a variety of potential job positions.


National Council of Nonprofits resource library  
The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a particular library of resources regarding nonprofit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

 

World Trust Website  
Visit the World Trust Website for more information on the Cracking the Code series and other tools for Social Justice and Equity Movement Building.


America Needs All of Us (Welcoming America)  
America Needs All of Us is a toolkit for messaging about race, bias, and change.


Ten Lessons for Talking about Race, Racism and Racial Justice   
As it sounds - an article put together by the Opportunity Agenda.


Othering and Belonging Institute  
This work by the Associate Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute of UC Berkeley, Denise Herd, links COVID-19, racism, and police violence, and provides analysis to inform statements.


Responding to Everyday Bigotry  
This article by the Southern Poverty Law Center provides tangible actions to take in a variety of situations.


Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide  
This assessment guide, put together by Race Forward, provides a variety of information on Racial Equity Impact Assessments - ranging from what they are to why they're needed and when they should be conducted.

 

Sample policies
Cause Collective Diversity Statement (Spring 2022)   
 

COLLABORATE

The better we all know each other, the better we work together.Cause Collective facilitate partnerships, collaborates with its members and is a central information sharing center for nonprofits in Lincoln.

EDUCATION

By providing nonprofits individual and group trainings throughout the year they become better and more efficient at running their business, and in turn their services to the community improve.

ADVOCACY

One of the most important things a nonprofit can do to help those they serve is advocate for them. We help nonprofits understand how to advocate and lobby to improve public policy, making a more supportive and stronger community.