Learning About Nonprofit Excellence

Resources For Nonprofits
Effective Strategy & Programs

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High performing nonprofits use experience, data, and field knowledge (including evidence and practice-based programs) to determine the best approach or strategy to accomplish their mission, and they can clearly articulate why the programs or services they offer are the most effective way to accomplish that mission.

Charting Impact: 5 Questions Every Nonprofit Should be Able to Answer
Project of the Independent Sector, Better Business Bureau and Guidestar

IssueLab free online library of foundation and nonprofit publications

Strategy Development Publications from the Bridgespan Group

Strategy Development for Nonprofits from LaPiana & Associates

Identifying Best Practices & Promising Programs: Click on a field of interest to access resources, programs and strategies.


Children & Youth

What Works database (Child Trends)

What Works Clearinghouse.
Pathways to Outcomes: School Readiness & Reading by Third Grade.

Early Child Development
Pathways to Outcomes: Early education

Data to Measure Effective Home Visiting Programs

Community Health & PreventionHomelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness Solutions
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: The Solutions Database
Homelessness Resource Center for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse & Mental Health
Tobacco Control.

Teen Pregnancy

Child Welfare
Evidence-Based Clearinghouse.
Pathways to Outcomes: Child Abuse and Neglect.

Criminal Justice

Juvenile Justice & Deliquency

Violence Prevention

Youth Development
Pathways to Outcomes: Youth.
Community Sustainability (Energy and Environment.)