Money, Mission and Strategy

Money, Mission and Strategy

Sleeping Lion’s principal, Nancy Wasserman, is working with Community Forward Fund to deliver Money, Mission and Strategy. This innovative peer-based clinic is designed to equip nonprofits with the knowledge and skills they need to assess their financial health and incorporate practical financial planning tools into day-to-day communications and management. Over a day and a half, participants learn about the distinctive aspects of nonprofit economics, how to read and interpret their financial statements and strategies for using this learning to better achieve their mission. Participants learn from one another as well as us as they use their newly-gained knowledge to tell their organization’s unique story and develop the strategies they need to move forward in challenging...

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Resources for Charities and Non-Profits

There’s a range of great resources that Sleeping Lion regularly uses to assist US and Canadian charities and non-profits. Some of our favorites include Blue Avocado – a great blog authored by Jan Masaoka concerning all things of interest to non-profits.  US focus, but some relevance to Canadian organizations Free Management Library – an incredible easy-to-use resource of online  management tools, documents, policies, etc.   The Library has thousands of links to resources for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Topics run the gamut from personnel to financial management to use of social media.    I’ve had this bookmarked for years! Idealist.org – need we say more?  This is the starting place for anyone wanting to enter the nonprofit field as a volunteer or employee. Charity Village – the Canadian portal for non-profit news, jobs, resources and training. Nonprofit Career Resource Guide – More info for anyone considering a career in the nonprofit field. HR Council – information about Canada’s non-profit labour force.  Their Tool Kit provides guides and samples of everything related to human resources – job descriptions, evaluation processes, legislation, diversity, benefits, compensation, etc.   An essential starting place for everything to do with non-profit employment. We know there are plenty more – feel free to add...

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Nonprofit Finances Book for Boards

Nonprofit Finances Book for Boards

Financial planning and budgeting combine all the money taboos with that common disorder, math phobia.With The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, co-authors Andy Robinson and  Nancy Wasserman help trustees (and their staff colleagues) confront and address this fear – with wisdom, clarity, humor, and humility. The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide To Nonprofit Finances Buy it! directly from our publisher – Emerson and Church – where you can get deep discounts for bulk orders – buy one for each of your board members. At Amazon US At Amazon Canada   Reviews “This book is as advertised. User friendly. Efficient. Truly informative. If I’d only thought of writing it first…” Churchill Hindes, Visiting Nurses Association, www.vnacares.org   “Filled with relevant and interesting real life scenarios. I appreciated the metaphors and analogies that bridge the gap between intimidating terms and every day experiences.” Guadalupe Guajardo, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, www.nonprofitoregon.org   “There are definitely parts of this book that will become part of my board orientation manual for new board members!” Judy Levine, Cause Effective,...

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