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


Keeping Your Board Engaged for Your Cause (Guidestar)

Board Members are Not Hypothetical Constructs (Guidestar)


Advanced Analytics: Helping educators approach the ideal (eSchoolNews Special Report)

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise: A Primer for Leaders in Business, Philanthropy, and Education (Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and the Data Quality Campaign for AT&T)

Four Questions to Answer in Every Appeal (Guidestar)

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

How Well Are American Students Learning? (2013 Brown Center Report on American Education)

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)

From Access to Success: A Funder's Guide to Ensuring More Americans Earn Postsecondary Degrees (Grantmakers for Education)

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)

Scaling Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

State 529 Matching Grant Program Summary (Center for Social Development - Washington University in St. Louis)

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (Stanford Social Innovation Review)


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

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

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

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

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

College Savings Initiative (Center for Social Development - Washington University in St. Louis)

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

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

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

Increasing Civic Reach (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Leveraging Service Blueprinting to Rethink Higher Education (Center for American Progress)

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

Next Generation Learning: Can We Crack Four Problems to Unleash Quality Education for All? (The Bridgespan Group)

Overlooked and Underpaid: How Title I Shortchanges High Schools, and What ESEA Can Do About It (Alliance for Excellent Education)

Pathways to Success: Integrating Learning with Life and Work to Increase National College Completion (Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance)

Review of the National Research Council's K-12 Science Education (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)

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

Teacher Prep (National Council on Teacher Quality)

The College Completion Agenda (CollegeBoard Advocacy & Policy Center)

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

The Role of Social Supports and Self-Efficacy in College Success (Pathways to College Network, IHEP and NCAN)

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

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

The 'Personalization' of Higher Education - Using Technology to Enhance the College Experience (Center for American Progress)

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

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

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

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

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

Unlocking Doors and Expanding Opportunity: Moving Beyond the Limiting Reality of College and Career Readiness in California High Schools (Education Trust-West)

Whole Child Podcast (ASCD)

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


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

Nonprofit Compensation Report (Guidestar)


Getting Social Media Right: A Short Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (The Bridgespan Group)

How to Improve Your Site's Bounce Rate (Intro to Google Analytics Advanced Filtering) (Nonprofit Technology Network)

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)

Internet Marketing and Web Development in Higher Education (.eduGuru)


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Collective Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Integrating Youth Services (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America's Biggest Challenges (The Bridgespan Group)

Eight Lessons on Collaboration (Root Cause)


Has Your Organization Successfully Moved from Strategic Planning to Implementation? (Bridgestar)

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results (Bridgestar)

The Bridgespan Group - nonprofit that offers strategic consulting, executive search, philanthropy advising, and tools to help nonprofits achieve significant results


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

Hours of Opportunity - report from the RAND corporation on lessons from 5 cities on building systems to improve after-school, summer school, and other out-of-school time programs

Texas Developmental Summer Bridge Study (MDRC)