Resources on nonprofit management

Are you feeling powerless as a nonprofit executive?  Want to feel invigorated and empowered?  How about some easy to use resources to jump-start every aspect of your nonprofit?

I have just the thing for you.  It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed at the vast array of tasks bombarding you every day when you serve in small to mid-sized nonprofits.  How can you achieve your mission when you have limited resources, few staff and huge demands on your time?

I know exactly how you feel.  I’ve been in your shoes.  In my first nonprofit, I was the only staff person.  I was frustrated at how few of the available resources I could adapt to my needs.  And that’s why all my books, guides, toolkits and training modules are so practical. I know they work, because I’ve used them myself.

Let’s use building brand identity as an example.  It is nice to take a class on developing brand identity if you are a marketing director, but if marketing is something you do along with programs and fundraising, how can you simplify the concept enough so you can squeeze it in with everything else you do? 

I show you how to do that in my book, Nonprofit Management Simplified:  Programs and Fundraising.

Or maybe, because you are a small organization, you rely on a lot of volunteers but are struggling to corral them. Have I got some great tools for you!
• Nonprofit Management Simplified: Board and Volunteer Development
• Board Development Training Module
• Volunteer Development Training Module
• Virtual Volunteers and Volunteers with Disabilities Training Module

The training modules include PowerPoints, instructor notes and, in some cases, word documents which guide you step by step through the implementation steps. Or, they refer you to one of my books for more information. The training modules are great for training boards, staff, groups of nonprofits or helping you understand step by step processes on a specific topic.

Nonprofit Management Simplified Books:

The title says it all.  These three books are a must-have for any nonprofit manager.  I have taken every aspect of nonprofit management, stripped away all the theory and focused in on the basics of what every manager needs to know to build a successful organization.  Everything is based on my four decades of service in five different nonprofits and my work with hundreds of nonprofits as a consultant.

In my first nonprofit, where I did everything from janitorial work to fundraising as the only staff, I was forced to narrow my focus on to the six core elements necessary for success.  And I learned, over the next several decades, what worked and what did not work.

These three books are the result.  I wish I had these books when I started in nonprofits.  I made sure they were practical and full of sample policies and procedures you can adapt to your organization, regardless of the mission or size.

And don’t forget to look for the companion training modules.  These practical tools are great for training your board and staff on everything from board governance to risk management.

Training Modules:

Talk about inexpensive!  These training modules, companions to the Nonprofit Management Simplified books, are perfect for training your board and staff on important issues like board governance, risk management, personnel issues, and so much more.


The PowerPoints are ready to use.  I’ve even added the animations and instructor notes for you.  Sample agendas and handouts are included, too.  All you need to do is tweak them to fit your needs and you are ready to go.

Motivational Speaker

What is it like to walk in the footsteps of a someone who has a disability or who is very different from everyone else?  That’s exactly what I do when I become my alter-ego, Sophie Longhoofer. Sophie has walked into countless restaurants, conferences and venues where I was the keynote speaker.  She wanders around, making herself obvious.  Then… she changes into me.  When I am introduced, no one recognizes me as Sophie.

Then I talk about how we judge others and ourselves on the wrong criteria.  Everyone in the room is confronted with the fact they treated Sophie very different than they treated me, totally based on how I am dressed…


Nonprofit Toolkits

Pressed for time? These short, easy to use guides cover topics relevant to today’s nonprofits. The first three toolkits include:

  1. Volunteer Handbooks – Why you need them and how to develop them
  2. The Top Twenty Sustainability Strategies – Key focus areas essential for any nonprofit to insure long-term sustainability
  3. Becoming a Tech-Focused Nonprofit – Building an accelerating technology approach to meet your nonprofit’s needs.