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Transforming Your Board

Need to diversify your board?  Check out this guide for transforming your board complete with action steps and links to other resources.  Nonprofit-Diversity-Inclusion-and-Equity.Transforming-Your-Board.January-2016.pdf

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Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent

Interested in diversifying your workplace?  Check out this guide for recruiting and retaining diverse talent complete with simple action steps and links to other resources.  Nonprofit-Diversity-Inclusion-and-Equity-Resource.October-2015.pdf

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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice is a strong guide for private foundations and public charities that aspire to high standards of governance and ethical practice. Board and staff leaders of every charitable organization are encouraged to examine these principles carefully and determine how best they should be applied to their own operations.  MNA has partnered with Indepent Sector in the dissemination of this important document.  View the summary of these 33 Principles and Practices by clicking the link.  33-Principles-for-Good-Governance-and-Ethical-Practice.pdf  To download the full supporting document, visit

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Board Policies

Sample board policies: NorthSky---Sample-Board-Policies.pdf

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Board Committee Descriptions and Responsibilities

Sample board committee descriptions and responsibilities: NorthSky---SAMPLE-COMMITTEE-DESCRIPTIONS.pdf

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Sample Fundraising Plan

Sample fundraising and fund development plan: NorthSky-Fundraising-Plan---template.pdf

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Four Stages of Building a Working Relationship

Organizational psychologists know that groups go through four phases of development in building a relationship. Every team effort or group must pass through these phases before it begins truly to function efficiently and successfully on its own. View this article directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a comprehensive hands-on guide for nonprofit organizations.  MNA-Building-a-Working-Relationship-from-management-manual.pdf

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Benefits of Advocacy

There are many reasons why your nonprofit should advocate for those you serve and the resources you protect. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more about the top reasons.  MNA-Benefits-of-Advocacy-from-primer.pdf

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Sample Cash Flow Projection

Cash flow management is the process an organization uses to forecast how much cash it will receive and disburse, as well as the timing of these receipts and disbursements. Using this information, the organization can plan for temporary excesses or shortages. View this sample cash flow projection directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a comprehensive hands-on guide for nonprofit organizations.  MNA-Sample-Cash-Flow-Projection.pdf

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