Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

1 09 2006

Principles and Practices
This document has three intended purposes. The first is to provide individual organizations striving for excellence with a tool for strategic planning and operational evaluation relative to the rest of the nonprofit sector. The second is to support the growth and quality of the sector. The third is to increase public understanding of the role and contributions of the nonprofit sector.

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All About Nonprofit Organizations

10 10 2005

Nonprofit Organizations

One of the ABOUT group of websites. Contains information on a broad range of topics related to operating an NGO. The site contains information on how to do Web-based fundraising, staff training, donor information, management information, public relations, technology, and managing volunteers.



CIVICUS Better Communications and Planning Toolkits

16 09 2005

CIVICUS Better Communications and Planning Toolkits

CIVICUS has produced a range of toolkits to enable organisations to improve their capacity in a number of communication and planning areas. From learning how to write a funding proposal to developing more effective action planning skills, the toolkits provide many useful tips and ideas to help strengthen organisations.

Many of the toolkits are available in English, French & Spanish.

- Writing Effectively & Powerfully
- Writings Within Your Organisation
- Producing Your Own Media ? ? (Word) or (PDF)
- Handling the Media
- Promoting Your Organisation
- Planning Overview
- Action planning
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Strategic Planning
- Developing a Financing Strategy
- Financial Controls and Accountability
- Writing a Funding Proposal
- Budgeting



Strategic Planning – Civicus

16 09 2005

Strategic Planning – PDF

This toolkit provides a model for taking an organisation through a strategic planning process. It covers planning to do strategic planning, covering the background issues that need to inform or direct the strategic planning process, and then defining the strategic framework for the project or organisation activities. It is this strategic framework that gives the activities coherence and direction. We have included practical exercises to use during a strategic planning process. The toolkit expands on the short introduction to strategic planning in the toolkit on Overview of Planning.

Also in Word

La planification stratégique (Word) ou (PDF)

Planificación estratégica (Word) o (PDF)



Action Planning – Civicus

16 09 2005

Action Planning – PDF

This toolkit provides a model for taking an organisation through an action planning process. It takes the user through a basic action planning format, step-by-step, covering all the key elements. By following the format, any project or organisation should be able to prepare a comprehensive action plan, in the context of a strategic planning framework. The toolkit expands on the short introduction to action planning in the toolkit: Overview of Planning.

Also in Word

Le plan d’action (Word) ou (PDF)

Planificación de acción (Word) o (PDF)



Overview of Planning – Civicus

16 09 2005

Overview of Planning – PDF
This toolkit is an overview of the different aspects involved in planning for an organisation or project. It should enable the user to make a clear distinction between strategic planning and action planning, both of which are dealt with in detail in separate toolkits. It also provides some ideas about techniques to use in planning. It should provide a fairly inexperienced planning team in any organisation with a clear picture of what planning should involve, and of how planning links to monitoring and evaluation. A further toolkit deals with monitoring and evaluation in detail.

Also in Word

La Vue d’ensemble de la planification (Word) ou (PDF)

Descripción general de la planificación (Word) o (PDF)