Title: Understanding the State of Knowledge of Youth Engagement Financing and Sustainability
Description: This document, prepared by the Finance Project (, lays out a strategy funders can consider in their efforts to build programs’ capacity and
promote continued development of the field.
Source: EST

Title: Sustainability Planning Information Resource Center
Description: The Finance Project's Sustainability Planning Information Resource Center connects initiatives engaged in sustainability planning to helpful resources for completing each step of the process. Resources are organized by The Finance Project’s elements of sustainability:

Vision ~ Defining goals and understanding your niche

Results Orientation ~ Evaluating outcomes and demonstrating effectiveness

Strategic Financing ~ Using current funds efficiently and marshalling new funding sources

Broad-Based Community Support ~ Communicating and collaborating with a range of stakeholders

Key Champions ~ Cultivating and engaging leadership

Adaptability to Changing Conditions ~ Monitoring trends and influencing changes

Strong Internal Systems ~ Ensuring efficiency and accountability through effective management
Source: EST

Title: Investing in the Sustainability of Youth Programs: An Assessment Tool for Funders
Description: This brief assessment tool, developed by the Finance Project, is intended to help foundation leaders address the challenges
of sustainability. The brief begins with a framework for thinking about sustainability, introduces
an assessment tool funders can use in a variety of ways to support sustainability in their grantmaking,
and concludes with guidance on how to use and adapt this tool for particular purposes. While written for funders, this tool is valuable for grantees to determain areas that they should focus on for sustainability.
Source: EST

Title: Clearinghouse on Expanding and Sustaining Youth Programs and Policies
Description: The Finance Project's Clearinghouse on Expanding and Sustaining Youth Programs and Policies contains information and resources for supporting and sustaining youth programs and initiatives. The clearinghouse is designed to meet the needs of program developers and managers, intermediaries, funders and policymakers.
Source: EST

Title: Getting Started with Program Sustainability
Description: This document, developed by the Mentor Resource Center, U.S. Department of Education, gives an overview of sustainability and resource development. Tips about planning include:

1. Form a resource development team.
2. Review your resources and environment.
3. Create a formal resource development plan.
4. Update the plan as needed.

The document also includes tips on sustainability and where to find funding streams. While written for Department of Education grantees, the tips offered are applicable to other youth mentoring programs as well.
Source: EST

Title: The Seven Components of Organizational Sustainability
Description: This document provides insights into the unique challenges that youth-led
organisations face, followed by concrete recommendations on how all actors can
best support and facilitate youth leadership.
Source: NCLD/Youth

Title: Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs
Description: This toolkit is designed to help grassroots community-and faith-based organizations develop sustainable organizations and program services. The toolkit provides helpful information to guide sustainability planning efforts, samples of tools, and actual fill-in the blank "planning templates" and worksheets. The toolkit is organized in six, stand-alone, how to components:
• Introduction
• Organization Assessment and Readiness
• Effective Marketing Strategies
• Financial Management
• Sustainability Strategies: Fund Development and Fund Raising
• Results-Oriented Evaluations
Each component provides strategic, practical, and useful information to begin the sustainability planning process.

HHS Publication No. (SMA) 08-4340.
Source: EST

Title: The Foundation Center
Description: The Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about United States philanthropy by educating grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the
media, and the general public. To achieve its mission, the Foundation
– Collects, organizes, and communicates information on United States philanthropy;
– Conducts and facilitates research on trends in the
philanthropic field;
– Provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and
– Ensures public access to information and services through its Web site, print and electronic publications, five learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections.

Contact Information:
The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street
New York, NY 10003-3076
Phone: (212) 620-4230 or
(800) 424-9836
Fax: (212) 807-3677
Source: EST

Title: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Description: The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to state and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; U.S. territories; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Source: EST

Title: Fiscal Sponsor Directory
Description: is a tool created by the San Francisco Study Center to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors; it is also a forum for fostering understanding of that relationship and its impact on the nonprofit sector.
Source: EST

Title: CharityChannel
Description: CharityChannel is a resource that connects you to your nonprofit colleagues around the corner and around the world. Their purpose is to foster a place where nonprofit professionals can learn from each other, share information and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy.

The CharityChannel community is comprised of nonprofit-sector professionals from around the world who volunteer their time, advice, information, tips and articles for the benefit of the community. CharityChannel is a leading source of original articles and book reviews that are down-to-earth, practical, and relevant to the day-to-day challenges of in-the-trenches nonprofit professionals.
Source: EST

Title: Nonprofit Collaboration Database
Description: This database is a resource for everyone seeking real-life examples of how nonprofits are working together. Find information from more than 250 nonprofit collaborations drawn from the 2009 Collaboration Prize, created by the Lodestar Foundation.

Resources include videos, books and articles, and audiocasts. Examples include:

Beyond Survival: Collaboration, Partnerships and Sustainability

Peer networking and community change : measuring impact

The new future of governance

Groups are getting together on the Web

Facts about terminating or merging your exempt organization

Why not partner with local government? Nonprofit managerial perceptions of collaborative disadvantage

Philanthropy Chat: David La Piana Discusses How Nonprofits Should Approach Strategic Restructuring

Business of Change: A Resource Guide for Corporate-Nonprofit Collaboration

Passion & Purpose: Restructuring, Repositioning and Reinventing: Crisis in the Massachusetts
Source: EST

Title: The Six Stories You Need to Know How to Tell
Description: This excerpt is from from Annette Simmons’ book, The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persausion Through Storytelling. The article describes six types of stories, critical to the art of storytelling:

I. Who I Am Stories
II. Why I Am Here Stories
III. My Vision Story
IV. Teaching Stories
V. Values in Action Stories
VI. "I Know what you are Thinking" Stories.

Author and business consultant Annette Simmons captures the essence of the power of storytelling in business in this hard-hitting, information-packed chapter from her book. The excerpt is posted on the International Storytelling Center's Web site.
Source: EST

Title: Strategic Doing
Description: Strategic Doing is not the same as Strategic Planning. Strategic Doing starts when a core group of people decide to conduct their planning and implementation work in a new way from conception through communications, process development, evaluation, learning and sharing, all leading up to a flexible and responsive Strategic Action Plan.

Join Ed Morrison, the developer of Strategic Doing, and Mike Mortell from Southeastern Wisconsin, a region that is using Strategic Doing to execute its own strategy, plus regional strategy expert Linda Fowler, to learn how this innovative approach can make your planning processes fast, flexible and (surprisingly) fun!

Note: you must create a (free)Workforce3 account to view the training videos.
Source: EST