Staff Resources

NPEA has compiled a number of resources for education access professionals. Please click on the links below to view available topic-specific resources, and let us know if you have resource recommendations and/or suggestions you have found particularly helpful in your work.



NPEA staff compiled best practices from our 2010 conference based on the index cards conference participants filled out to reflect on workshop sessions. View/Download

Evidence for What Works in Education (Institute of Education Sciences)



12 Ways to Liven Up Your Board Meetings–and your Board (Gail Perry Fired Up Fundraising)

Board Members are Not Hypothetical Constructs (Guidestar)

Clients at the Center: Realizing the Potential of Multi-Service Organizations (Bridgespan)

Increasing Civic Reach (Stanford Social Innovation Review)



College Advising for Undocumented Students (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling)

Examples of New Affordability Initiatives at Private, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities: Academic Year 2013-2014 (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)

The College Completion Agenda (CollegeBoard Advocacy & Policy Center)

The Distribution of Grants and Scholarships by Race (Mark Kantrowitz, Study Aid Policy Analysis)

The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in the Educational Attainment of Community College Students (American Association of Community Colleges)

Trends and Indicators: College Readiness (New England Board of Higher Education)

Trends and Indicators: High School Success (New England Board of Higher Education)

Roadmap for Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion (Excelencia in Education)

The ‘Personalization’ of Higher Education – Using Technology to Enhance the College Experience (Center for American Progress)



Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Associations with Student Characteristics, School Readiness, and Third Grade Outcomes (Applied Survey Research)



Four Questions to Answer in Every Appeal (Guidestar)

Evaluation Toolkit for College Access Programs (The Pell Institute and Pathways to College Network)

Making Every Diploma Count: Using Extended-Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success (American Youth Policy Forum)

Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement’s Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Academic Outcomes (Public/Private Ventures)

The Many Faces of Nonprofit Accountability (Harvard Business School)

Using Data to Drive Change: A Guide for College Access and Success Stakeholders (OMG Center for Collaborative Learning)



Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Why Aren’t Fundraisers Asking for Referrals? Coaching Tips for Not-for-Profit Managers (Guidestar)

How to Rethink Fundraising (Harvard Business Review)

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource (Harvard Family Research Project)

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

What Every Board Member Needs to Know About Fundraising (Gail Perry Fired Up Fundraising)



2008-09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences)

Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice (National Education Policy Center)

Teacher Prep (National Council on Teacher Quality)

The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector (Guidestar)

The Missing Link in School Reform (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

The Undereducated American (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce)



Commongood Careers – nonprofit executive search firm supporting the hiring needs of the nation’s leading nonprofits and social innovators

Nonprofit Compensation Report (Guidestar)



Website Redesign Planning and Progress Kit (Hubspot)

How to Use Facebook for Businesses (Hubspot)

Five Effective Ways Nonprofits Can Use the Internet to Communicate and Market to Their Audiences (Guidestar)



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Collective Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review)



After-School Programs for High School Students: An Evaluation of After School Matters (The Wallace Foundation)

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning (Rand Education, The Wallace Foundation)

Secrets of Successful After School Programs: What Research Reveals (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Texas Developmental Summer Bridge Study (MDRC)

Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success (Harvard Family Research Project)



A Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Education (IHEP – Portraits Series)

Improving Latino College Completion: What State Legislators Should Know (National Conference of State Legislatures)

Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color (CLASP Policy Brief)

Men of Color: Ensuring the Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education (IHEP)

The Trouble with Boys: Social Influences and the Gender Gap in Disruptive Behavior (The National Bureau of Economic Research)