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Americans for the Arts. 2002. Arts and economic prosperity: the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences. Washington, DC: PDF files can be downloaded from

Bell, J., J. Masaoka, and S. Zimmerman. 2010. Nonprofit sustainability: making strategic decisions for financial viability. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Berry, T. 2002. Hurdle: the book on business planning. Eugene: Palo-Alto Software Inc. Also see software from Palo-Alto Software, Business Plan Pro.

Bryson, J. 1995. Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Chandras, C., et al. 2009. Models for financial sustainability of biological databases and resources. Database, Vol. 2009, Article ID bap017, doi:10.1093/database/bap017.

Dees, J.G., J. Emerson, and P. Economy. 2001. Enterprising nonprofits: a toolkit for social entrepreneurs. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken.

Dees, J.G., J. Emerson, and P. Economy. 2002. Strategic tools for social entrepreneurs: enhancing performance of your enterprising nonprofit. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken.

Dropkin, M., J. Halpin, and B. La Touche. 2007. The budget-building book for nonprofits: a step-by-step guide for managers and boards. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Ember, C. and R. Hanisch. 2013. Sustaining domain repositories for digital data: a white paper. ICPSR, University of Michigan. Available at

Freeman, E. 1984. Strategic management: a stakeholder approach. Pitman Publishing, UK.

Gardner, J., R. Raichlin, and H.W. A. Sweeney (Eds.). 1986. Handbook of strategic planning. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken.

Geever, J.C. 2012. The Foundation Center’s guide to proposal writing. The Foundation Center, Washington, DC.

Goodman, A. Storytelling as best practice. The Goodman Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Guthrie, K., R. Griffiths, and N. Maron. 2008. Sustainability and revenue models for online academic resources. Ithaka S+R and Jisc. Available at

Komisar, R. 2001. The business case for passion. Leader to Leader 19, Winter 2001.

Larson, R. 2002. Venture forth! The essential guide to starting a moneymaking business in your nonprofit organization. Saint Paul, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Link to text excerpt available at

Leader to Leader, publication of the Peter Drucker Foundation.

Logic model development guide, publication of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Available at:

Margolin, J.B. 2010. After the grant: the nonprofit’s guide to good stewardship. The Foundation Center, Washington, DC.

Margolin, J.B. and E.K. DiMaio. 2008. The grantseeker’s guide to winning proposals. (includes funder review notes) The Foundation Center, Washington, DC.

Maron, N.L. 2014. A guide to the best revenue models and funding sources for your digital resources. Ithaka S+R and Jisc. Available at

Maron, N.L. and M. Loy. 2011. Revenue, recession, reliance: revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R
Case Studies in Sustainability. Ithaka S+R, New York. Available at

Maron, N.L., K. Smith, and M. Loy. 2009. Sustaining digital resources: an on-the-ground view of projects today. Ithaka S+R, New York. Available at: SustainingDigitalResources _Report.pdf. Commissioned by the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance.

Maron, N.L. and S. Pickle. 2013. Searching for sustainability: strategies from eight digitized special collections. Ithaka S+R, New York. Available at:

Massarksy, C.W. 1988. How to build a business plan. Article developed from “Business Planning for Nonprofit Enterprise” by C.W. Massarsky in Nonprofit Entrepreneur, New York, Foundation Center. Link to article available at:

Massarksy, C.W. 2002. A brief tutorial for business planning for nonprofit enterprise. Link to article available at:

Massarsky, C.W. and S.L. Beinhacker. 2002. Enterprising nonprofits: revenue generation in the nonprofit sector. Yale School of Management, The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures.

McDonald, B. 2010. Invisible ink: a practical guide to building stories that resonate. Libertary Edition, Seattle, WA.

Mendelow, A. 1991. Stakeholder mapping. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Information Systems. Cambridge, MA.

National Science Board. 2005. Long-lived digital data collections: enabling research and education in the 21st Century. National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Available at:

Osterwalder, A. and Y. Pigneur. 2010. Business model generation. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken. (Included in course materials)

Ries, E. 2011. The lean startup. Crown Business, New York.

Saul, J. (7 Oct 2014). A simple tool to show how you are measuring progress: the chronicle of philanthropy [Blog post] Available at:
Saul, J. 2014. Benchmarking for nonprofits: how to measure, manage, and improve performance. Wilder Publishing Center, St Paul.

Smith, D., K. McCluskey, and E. Stackebrandt. 2014. Investment into the future of microbial resources: culture collection funding models and BRC business plans for biological resource centres. SpringerPlus 3:81. doi:10.1186/2193-1801-3-81.

Steckel, R., R. Simons, J. Simons, and N. Tanen. 1999. Making money while making a difference: how to profit with a nonprofit partner. High Tide Press, New Lenox, IL. Useful publication regarding strategic alliance structures. Please note, publication written from vantage of for-profit audiences.

The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide. 2013. Idealware. Available at:


Free information on business planning, examples, templates. Also sells business planning software, has links to data, provides model plans by type of business or service.

Business Model Generation:
Courses, web and iPad applications, and book (provided with course materials).

A searchable collection of business and project management software.

Foundation Center:
Free basic information on over 100,000 foundations, staff support, and short courses.
– Finding a 990:

Goodman Center:
Resources on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications.

Information and resources for securing funding and operating effective organizations, for example sample proposals prepared in private foundation style. A service of the Foundation Center;
– Sample proposals prepared in a Private Foundation style:
– Finding a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection near you:


Ithaka S+R:
A research and consulting service that is part of Ithaka, which also includes JSTOR and PORTICO. Includes a wide range of reports on sustaining digital resources.


Mind Tools:
A wide range of resources in leadership, project management, communications, and creativity.


MIT Enterprise Forum Business Plan Resource Guide:
A list of resources focused on writing a business plan.


Nonprofit Toolkit:
Designed to help you understand the basics of public relations and creating visibility for your organization.



Small Business Administration online help:
Has an online tutorial for preparing a business plan.
– Also see the Women’s Business Center on the SBA site:

Yale School of Management:
The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures has a great informative website including an online resource center with a library on nonprofit enterprise with an extensive annotated 50 page bibliography (including a category on Guides for Writing Business Plans).


Business Plan Pro 2002 at

Bulletproof BizPlans at

GanttProject at:

Merlin Project at:

Microsoft Project at: