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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.

Chandras, C., T. Weaver, M, Zouberakis, D. Smedley, K. Schughart, N. Rosenthal, J.M. Hancock, G. Kollias, P.N. Schofield, and V. Aidinis. 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. 2002. Strategic tools for social entrepreneurs: enhancing performance of your enterprising nonprofit. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

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

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

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.

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 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.

National Research Council. Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. Available at There is also a 3 minute accompanying video

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, New York.

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.


Bplans: 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).

Foundation Center: free basic information on over 100,000 foundations, staff support, and short courses.

Setting the Proposal Ask using Form 990s: (To set your proposal ask, review 3 most recent 990’s to see typical grants for the kind of work/organization you will be proposing. Ask for a typical grant)

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

GrantSpace: a service of the Foundation Center, information and resources for securing funding and operating effective organizations, for example sample proposals prepared in private foundation style.

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 sustainability of digital resources.

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

MIT Enterprise Forum’s Business Plan Resource Guide, a list of resources focused on writing a business plan. Plans/bplans.html#010

Small Business Administration online help: has an online tutorial for preparing a 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