Nonprofit Resources

Check here often for resources from Risk Alternatives and around the world about how to build stronger, more resilient nonprofits.


Resources from Risk Alternatives:

Podcast – What is risk management?

Performing a risk inventory

Creating a risk register

Should you use a search firm for your next nonprofit hire?

If you use “free” professional services, manage the risks (free ebook)

Resources from around the Web:


General Nonprofit Resources

BoardSource – great resource for building and strengthening nonprofit governance

Stanford Social Innovation Review – single best resource for accessible, actionable nonprofit tips

Nonprofits Assistance Fund – terrific resource for governance, risk management, and other core nonprofit functions

CompassPoint – guiding nonprofits to be more effective

Social Velocity – a website created by nonprofit consultant Nell Edgington

Nonprofit Quarterly – great blog about nonprofit management and philanthropy


Operational Resources

Nonprofit operations toolkit (from the Montana Nonprofits Association)


Financial Resources

FMA – a leading consultancy for nonprofit financial leadership

Wallace Foundation/FMA Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management

Sample policy for financial controls (from the Nonprofits Assistance Fund).

Ways to format financial reports for busy board members (from

Important data derived from a balance sheet (from the Nonprofits Assistance Fund).

Nonprofit internal controls checklist (from

Assessing a nonprofit’s financial strength (from Bridgespan)


Board Development Resources

How to talk to your board about risk (from

Is your nonprofit board helping you or hurting you? (from


Compliance Resources

Virginia regulation of nonprofits (from

Whistleblower protection (from


Talent Management Resources

TrueTeamBuilding (from ChangeThis)

How to build better bosses (from

Investing in people pays big dividends (from

The talent development pipeline (from


Marketing/Reputation Management Resources

Beth’s Blog – written by Beth Kanter, emphasizing using metrics to build capacity – Kivi Leroux Miller’s blog

Gettingattention – Nancy Schwartz’s blog

Clairification – Claire Axelrod’s blog

Social media disclosure best practices (from

Risk Management Resources

DC Bar nonprofit risk management guide (from

Nonprofit Risk Management Center – annual conference, resources on website

Community Resource Exchange – CREFT tool to engage team in evaluating risks

Wendy Seligson Consulting