Resources

Helpful links:

 

Starting a Nonprofit

               If you are starting a nonprofit, we recommend following this checklist first.

               Another helpful resource for start-ups, also includes many links to other resources

               Information about the laws and regulations for nonprofits

This 90-minute interactive course features interviews with Tennessee nonprofit founders and experts sharing their advice and experience. The course also covers mission creation, board development, pros and cons to starting a nonprofit, annual reporting, and more!

 

Overall nonprofit sector information

               Recent study supported by CNM and other nearby management services organizations

               Comprehensive analysis of the sector, available for purchase

               Nonprofit FAQs from the Tennessee Secretary of State

               Economic impact study of the local nonprofit sector conducted by MTSU in 2013

 

Governance resources

Newly updated guidebook created by CNM, TN Secretary of State, and TN Attorney General

Tools and news for nonprofit board members

A series of studies tracking and analyzing trends in nonprofit board leadership since 1994. Learn more about the trends and insights of today’s nonprofit boards in order to achieve your mission through exceptional board leadership.

A 2017 study by BoardSource found that 84 percent of board members and 90 percent of board chairs were white. And at least a quarter of boards were all white.  Why is that and how do we shift?

Is Your Board Ready to Work on Diversity?

Suggestions to prepare your board for beginning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, starting with board diversity. 

How can board members and executives know if their board is ready for deeper work in pursuit of equity? Here are four signs as well as some concrete strategies to get them there.

 

Nonprofit news and management reports

Written by attorney Christopher Was of Butler Snow 

Conducted by the management service organization Compass Point

Article about cross-sector collaboration

 

Nonprofit management resources

Resource from The Bridgespan Group

 

Equity materials

Tool for guiding equity conversations in your workplace. 

An engaging 4 minute video that explains what systemic racism is, and how we can solve. 

Tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward racial equity at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

The Race Matters Institute helps organizations develop policies, programs, practices, and protocols that achieve more equitable outcomes for all children, families, and communities. 

Segment of a presentation by Allan G. Johnson where he use the game of Monopoly to explain white privilege and social systems. 

Ian Haney Lopez describes racism as a strategy to win votes. 

TedX talk that discusses the role of racism on the health and well-being of historically marginalized people. 

This podcast looks into the role/impact of white identity and why we need to talk about it (click play in the upper left corner).

In this TedTalk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns of misunderstanding if cultures and people are reduced to a single story.  

           Donna K. Bivens explores the inner and interpersonal results of systemic racism.  

            Abe Lateiner looks at white privilege and white guilt. 

           Video about microaggressions in a classroom. 

            Video explaining microaggressions. 

A national movement started by Living Cities to advance racial equity by dismantling structural racism, city by city, town by town. Good intentions aren't enough to close outcome gaps, so we are committed to three steps forward, together.

2017 study by BoardSource found that 84 percent of board members and 90 percent of board chairs were white. And at least a quarter of boards were all white.  Why is that and how do we shift?

How can board members and executives know if their board is ready for deeper work in pursuit of equity? Here are four signs as well as some concrete strategies to get them there.

Suggestions to prepare your board for beginning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, starting with board diversity. 

"Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences." 

A 4-5 minute video explaining systemic racism. 

 

Advocacy Resources

Information and resources for nonprofits to effectively and legally engage in advocacy. Their free advocacy capacity tool (ACT!) is a great way to evaluate where your advocacy strengths and opportunities are

Tennessee’s nonpartisan public policy and budget research center 

Track bills, connect with lawmakers, watch committee meetings

Subscription-based weekly newsletter that covers all things state politics  

Fee-based bill tracking service

 

 

CNM resources

FAQs about how group purchasing organizations work

 

CNM Blog

Check the CNM blog for information about new offerings and deadlines and news concerning the nonprofit sector.

Read more here.