Tools

Tools

The Mel King Institute tool library houses online resources that could be useful for the work of community development practitioners.

  • Jeanne Bell & Nonprofit Quarterly
    In this second part of a two-part series, nationally renowned board and equity consultants Vernetta Walker and Robin Stacia answer participants’ questions about how to transform a board so it embraces a racial equity agenda, In this session, you’ll find many practical examples of ways to approach the work, discussions of the barriers to change, and tools to help organize and ground racial justice in your organizational mission. Stacia and Walker bring an interactive approach that is deeply insightful, grounded in both research and practice, and unrelentingly focused on creating a different and more racially just future.
  • BoardSource
    Racial Equity Tools has created a glossary of terms to create a shared understanding of words to enhance the way we talk about race. Language is an essential tool in racial equity work, and the terms we use have evolved as this work has developed. Having a common language allows us to better engage, discuss, and reflect on these important issues together. Terms in the glossary include: Implicit bias, Institutional racism, Microaggression, Restorative justice
  • National Housing Trust
    This toolkit is a guide for advocates to replicate the National Housing Trust’s efforts and successfully employ digital, visual and audio storytelling strategies within their advocacy tactics.
  • BestColleges.com
    This guide includes links to free public policy online resources that will help one get a better sense of the entire field.
  • BestColleges.com
    This guide provides you with in-depth information on degree planning including program structures, concentrations, and skill development and application for a Public Policy career.
  • BestColleges.com
    This resource will help you learn about the common Master's in Public Policy admission requirements, coursework, and jobs available for graduates.
  • The Opportunity Agenda
    This toolkit focuses on the broader goal of identifying universal themes and values that tie together a range of issues.
  • Public Will Initiative with Topos
    This tool reiterates focusing on the positives instead of the negatives when it comes to messaging. Even though the series is called Rights for Renters, it isn’t actually limited to renter issue areas—such as the Critiquing Without Undermining Government brief.
  • Hanna Thomas (SumOfUs.org); Anna Hirsch (ActivistEditor.com)
    A Progressive’s Style Guide is explicitly multi-voiced and is created with the following commitments. 1) We combat discriminatory language. 2) We seek advice or more information when we’re unsure. 3) When writing, speaking, or using images, we aim to use examples that reflect a broad range of identities and perspectives.
  • The Bridgespan Group
    This extensive list of 55 practical on-the-job learning opportunities will help you build customized development plans for your direct reports.
  • MASSCAP
    This resource contains all the past recorded webinars from MASSCAP (Understanding Immigrant Rights, Community Action Impact, Succession Planning, and More!)
  • Living Cities
    A well curated toolkit to support effective and adaptive leadership
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
    Sample guide outlines Community Development Corporation organizational policies and procedures in line with requirements for federal funding
  • INFORMS
    Learn about the pro-bono analytics software that nonprofit organizations can use to analyze data
  • BoardSource
    Set of guides on everything for nonprofit boards, from how to take minutes to financial and fundraising issues.
  • Authencity Consulting
    Library provides resources on management related topics including operations, fundraising, HR, communications etc.
  • Innovation Network
    Step-by-step guide explains how nonprofit organizations can develop a logic model for program evaluation
  • Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation
    This website offers web based courses and resources on all aspects of non-profit management including development, marketing, and operations
  • M+R Strategic Services
    This tool provides a framework to help you or your organization craft a persuasive message to generate appeal for your efforts
  • Low Income Investment Fund
    This tool helps organizations put a dollar value on their impact including affordable housing, education initiatives and other community development programming
  • Development, Impact, and You
    This is a toolkit on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.
  • GrantStation
    In order to improve community developers' capacity to identify and secure grants, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) has negotiated a highly-discounted rate for GrantStation's online grant research and grant writing tool.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
    We produce Case Studies, Guidebooks, Topical Reports, Research and Conference Papers, and Trade Articles that provide practical ideas as well as celebrate the success of the field.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
    Below are resources highlighting best-practices for building and sustaining problem-solving partnerships.
  • Third Sector New England
    Salary and benefits information from a range of different types of nonprofits