Resources

Find problem-solving tools and powerful insights.

Our ever-growing library of resources, tools, and insights can help take you and your organization to the next level. Schedule an Open Office Hours appointment, dig in to the results of the current Sector Snapshot, or find your next job or hire.

News & Updates

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The Case for Trust-Based Funding

A new film, UnCharitable, throws down the gauntlet, challenging preconceived notions of what “charity” should look like for nonprofits. Specifically, the film showcases the need for nonprofits to be trusted and empowered to make decisions, use resources creatively, and break free from the shackles of restrictive funding models to achieve greater impact.

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Building Bridges Spotlight: Alliance for Girls

Earlier this year, the CNM partnered with Alliance for Girls to assess, produce, and present resources for girls and gender-expansive youth in California. An alliance of more than 120 organizations, Alliance for Girls champions leaders and groups that transform communities and work toward systemic change for girls.

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COVID-19 Resources

Explore our nonprofit COVID-19 resources — regularly updated and compiled from trusted sources.

From finding new funding sources to crafting return-to-work strategies, we collect and curate trustworthy and timely resources to help nonprofits survive and navigate the pandemic and economic crisis. Explore the guides we have compiled covering topics that are challenging organizations across the state.

  • Funding Sources

  • Webinar Videos

  • City & County Recommendations

  • PPE Procurement

Seminars on Demand

Access the knowledge of nonprofit experts - on demand - with our growing library of recorded sessions.

In addition to our courses and certificate programs, CNM regularly hosts free, open-to-the-public webinars that you can find on our Courses & Evets page. Explore our library of free webinar recordings to hear from CNM professionals, local leaders and nonprofit specialists.

  • Digital Fundraising

  • HR Best Practices

  • County Recommendations

  • And many more topics

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Open Office Hours

Talk to a nonprofit expert today and get help tackling the most pressing issues facing your organization.

Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges and solving them requires sector-specific knowledge and experience. Schedule a free, 15-minute appointment to discuss anything from strategic planning to digital fundraising. We’ll match you with an in-house expert and get you the best advice. Need more time? Schedule a more in-depth consulting session at reasonable rates.

  • Free, 15-Minute Session

  • Nonprofit Expertise

  • Flexible Scheduling

Studies & Snapshots

Make informed decisions based on our sector insights gathered and analyzed by our team of experts.

Serving thousands of organizations allows us to track new and emerging trends and patterns across the sector and deliver those insights directly to you. We study the capacity of organizations to achieve their goals; providing useful intelligence to improve their ability to serve their communities and collaborate with foundations, government, business, and other community-based organizations.

  • Compensation & Benefits

  • Grantseeking Fundamentals

  • Annual Sector Snapshots

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How to Start a New Nonprofit

Thinking about starting a new nonprofit? Dive into our comprehensive guide and see what it takes to launch a new organization.

Starting a new nonprofit organization is a complex process. With the help of Public Counsel, we’ve compiled an overview of the key steps that are covered in CNM’s popular “Starting and Sustaining a New Nonprofit” seminar.

  • Incorporation and Structure

  • Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Board Recruitment

  • Obtaining Tax-exempt Status

  • Ongoing Compliance

Nonprofit Job Listings

Find your next nonprofit job or fill your latest opening at Jobscoop.org

Looking for that next nonprofit job? Explore our nonprofit job board for the latest sector positions across Southern California and beyond. Have a position to fill? Post your listing on Jobscoop.org and get it noticed by the sector’s top people.

  • SoCal’s Premiere Nonprofit Job Database

  • Post your Nonprofit Job Listing

  • Access Top Talent

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Nonprofit Answer Guide

Find answers to your fundamental nonprofit and social impact questions - right at your fingertips.

Easily access information you can rely on: carefully distilled, insightful, relevant, and brought to you by a knowledgeable team that helps nonprofits build capacity at every level. At the click of a mouse, get the guidance you need, complete with our latest hand-picked resources for your further online reading.

  • Leadership & Innovation

  • Marketing & Communication

  • Strategic Planning

  • Board Engagement

  • Legal Basics

Speak With an Expert

Need expert advice? We're only an email or phone call away. Use this form to get in touch or call the Nonprofit Answer Hotline at the number listed below. You can also schedule a free, 15-minute appointment and we’ll match you with an in-house expert.








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Maura Harrington Ph.D., MBA

Executive Vice President
Center for Nonprofit Management

Maura is known for her expertise in organizational development and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. At CNM, she oversees the client services team and provides consulting, training, and coaching services to a broad range of organizations. Much of her consulting and capacity-building work has been with community-based organizations and public health departments related to effective organizational operations, evaluation practices, and the use of logic models and other assessment tools to support planning, evaluation, and management. A BoardSource Trainer, a certified Advanced Associate, and a Trainer for the Connective Leadership Institute; Maura has completed certification as an executive coach under the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology. 

CNM Nonprofit Hotline

Need expert advice? We’re only an email or phone call away. Use this form to get in touch or call the Nonprofit Answer Hotline at the number listed below.

You can also schedule a free, 15-minute appointment and we’ll match you with an in-house expert.








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