*Resource Spotlight*

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General Resources: Infrastructure Sustainability


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

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

– A premier database on nonprofits including foundations


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

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

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.

Finance and Business Models

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.
Courses, web and iPad applications, and book (provided with course materials). Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Glossary of Fundraising Terms
Free basic information on over 100,000 foundations, staff support, and short courses. 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.  Premier database on nonprofits including foundations

MIT Enterprise Forum Business Plan Resource Guide:
(A list of resources focused on writing a business plan.)
Website for the book, The Sustainability Mindset, by Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman; Includes free downloadable templates for generating matrix maps. Has an online tutorial for preparing a business plan: Business Model Canvas template and resources Fundraising terms


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

Bell, J. and S. Zimmerman. 2015. The sustainability mindset: using the matrix map to make strategic decisions. 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., et al. 2009. Models for financial sustainability of biological databases and resources. Database, Vol. 2009, Article ID bap017, doi:10.1093/database/bap017.

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.

Foster, William Landes, (Spring 2009).  “Ten Nonprofit Funding Models”, Stanford Social Innovation Review, pp. 32-39.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Planning and Positioning Yourself

Websites: International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum Mind mapping. A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.


Ariely, Dan. (2008). Predictably irrational : the hidden forces that shape our decisions. New York :Harper.

Ariely, Dan. (2010). The upside of irrationality: The unexpected benefits of defying logic at work and at home. New York: Harper.

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

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.

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.

Kaner, Sam; Lind, Lenny; Toldi, Catherine; Fisk, Sarah; Berger, Duane; Doyle, Michael. (2007). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.

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

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.


Capterra: A searchable collection of business and project management software.

GanttProject at:

Merlin Project at:

Microsoft Project at:

Communication and Outreach

Resources on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications.
Designed to help you understand the basics of public relations and creating visibility for your organization.


Endress, Paul (2016).  The Magic of Communication Styles:  Understanding Yourself and Those Around You.  Cardinal House Press.

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

Luna, R. 2013. The art of scientific storytelling: transform your research manuscript using a step-by-step formula. Amado International.

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.

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

Elevator  Pitches

Articles about elevator pitches in science:

Kwok. 2013. Two Minutes to Impress. Nature.

Robson. 2017. How Should Scientists Prepare Their Elevator Pitches?. Forbes.

ASCB Elevator Pitch Contest:

COMPASS message box workbook:

  • A useful tool to organize your thoughts into categories based on the fundamentals of communication

Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk, Start with Why: