Building the professional capacity of community-based organizations in Contra Costa

Our Resource Center has new summer hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 4:30

Friday 9 - 1

(closed Wednesdays)

(510) 835-1009

359 Frank Ogawa Plaza half a block from the 12th Street BART station.

for directions go to

Staff and board members of nonprofit organizations may now check books out of our resource center library. Drop by or call for more information.


2007 Northern California Compensation & Benefits Survey is now available for review at our Resource Center in downtown Oakland. This reference guide contains salary information for 175 job titles in our sector -- 368 diverse nonprofits throughout Northern California participated in the survey.


You can purchase the survey online from the Center for Nonprofit Management at


Friends and supporters of The CBO Center will receive a $15 discount off the survey price

by entering the code: CBS07-CBO.



Fund Development Research

Skills Development for Fundraisers

Venture Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

Funds and Funders in the Bay Area

Bay Area Providers of Across-the-Board Trainings

How to Incorporate as a Nonprofit Corporation

Job Announcements


Fund Development Research
The following weblinks will bring you to sites with searchable databases. Some of these are free; others charge fees.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
This national magazine on grants and giving has made its informative articles, a searchable guide to grants, and a host of other information available online. Some material is free, most requires a password. If you are already a subscriber to the Chronicle, you can ask for a password.

East Bay Funders Directory
This online directory is available via the CompassPoint website. Searching hint: if you’re looking for a particular family foundation and the search returns no results, try searching by the last name. For example, instead of typing in “Y&H Soda Foundation” in the search box, type in “Soda, Y&H.”

Foundation Center
Digest of fundraising news, grant maker information, an online library, and a marketplace of fundraising-related books, CD-ROM’s and seminars.

Nonprofit Gateway
A network of links to Federal and state government information and services.

There are also several libraries in the greater Bay area:

The CBO Center's Fundraising Resource Center
359 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA  94612
Open Monday - Wednesday 9:30 - 4:30 & Fridays 9:00 - 1:00

closed Thursdays

Delta 2000
301 West 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509

The Foundation Center
312 Sutter Street, #606
San Francisco
Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
The online research tool is available on a subscription basis.

Richmond Public Library
325 Civic Center Plaza
The Richmond Public Library houses one of The Foundation Center’s cooperating collections – free funding information centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a wide variety of supplementary materials and services useful to grantseekers.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
400 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
phone: (415) 479-5710
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Skills Development for Fund Raisers

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Gate Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals – national organization’s website

Charity Channel
Best known for its nonprofit arena discussion forums. Join more than 45,000 of your colleagues on e-mail forums, discussing such topics as grants and foundations, the law of tax exempt organizations, college and university advancement, health care philanthropy, arts and social organization fundraising, international fundraising, mentoring and more.

Internet Nonprofit Center
Monthly topics of interest with particular attention paid to online fundraising and “The Nonprofit Files,” a collection of useful FAQs.

Proposal Writing Internet Resources
This list of weblinks focuses on the proposal writing process. These hints, guides, and sample proposals will help first-time grant seekers of all kinds get the ball rolling.

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Venture Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship

Ashoka, founded in 1980, empowers social entrepreneurs with financial backing and networking support. The website contains information about projects and initiatives including its Small Producers Initiative and its Citizen Base Initiative that promotes “creative resourcing” focusing on local development and funding sources.

Community Wealth
These consultants are interested in helping you generate revenue, not raise funds. Among other things, they offer the first national directory of social enterprise, a searchable database of successful social enterprises around the country. If you’re thinking about developing mission-linked revenue streams, this is a valuable site. Community Wealth is presented by Save Our Strength, a Washington, DC-based anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, and its consulting arm, Community Wealth Ventures.
This site will help you better understand the emerging world of venture philanthropy. It includes information from venture philanthropy’s top professionals and well as weblinks to other sites devoted to the subject.


Volunteer Legal Services Program of The Bar Assoc. of San Francisco

Every year the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) serves thousands of people in desperate need of legal help. We've provided this help with the assistance of volunteers throughout the Bay Area for nearly 30 years.

The award-winning program changes lives by using a holistic approach that offers social services as well as legal assistance.


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Funds and Funders in the Bay Area

The California Endowment
The Endowment awards grants to organizations that directly benefit and health and well-being of the people of California. Key areas of interest include multicultural health, access to health care, and health and well-being. No grants are made to individuals.

East Bay Community Foundation
The East Bay Community Foundation, serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties, is the oldest community-based philanthropic organization in Northern California. EBCF manages 500 funds and in 2001/02 granted $14.4M to nonprofit organizations.

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
1333 N. California Boulevard, #510
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Contact the Lesher Foundation by mail or telephone. Applications are accepted anytime; funding decisions are made monthly. Executive Director: Kathleen Odne

Nonprofit Finance Fund
Nonprofit Finance Fund is a national leader in social enterprise finance, with a long track record as "investment banker" to small and mid-sized nonprofit community-based organizations.  NFF works with nonprofits and their funders to build capacity t hrough mutually reinforcing direct financing, advisory services, partnerships and advocacy.  NFF focuses on organizations serving low- and moderate- income people and communities. 

Roberts Enterprise Development Fund
The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) “creates opportunities for homeless and low income individuals to move out of poverty. They partner with a portfolio of San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to create jobs and training opportunities in social purpose enterprises. In those partnerships, they offer financial support, business assistance, human and intellectual capital and other customized support to build capacity.” This website has information not just about what they do, but about the ideas behind them. There are also wonderful weblinks to others in the social enterprise field.

Tri-Valley Community Foundation
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation raises and distributes funds to local human service, cultural and educational organizations in the Contra Costa communities of San Ramon, Danville and Alamo.

Y&H Soda Foundation
(The website is not online yet.)
2 Theater Square, Ste. 211
Orinda, CA 94563
925-253-1814 (fax)
Y&H Soda accepts letters of inquiry. Its deadlines are 1/31,4/30, 7/31 and 10/31. Executive Director: Judith Murphy

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Bay Area Providers of Across-the-Board Trainings

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
CompassPoint is the largest provider of training for nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Topics include: board governance, executive leadership, financial management, fundraising, human resources, internet, technology, management and planning, marketing and communications, volunteers.

Delta 2000

Delta 2000 sponsors workshops, trainings, and conferences on a wide range of nonprofit management topics.

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership of Marin
CVNL offers low-cost workshops on a range of nonprofit management topics, including: grant writing, financial management, marketing, board development, starting a new nonprofit and more. Online registration is available.

Training for arts organizations

Business Arts Council
Offers Arts Management Training workshops to enhance leadership skills. Also their National Arts Marketing Project provides advanced marketing training and granting opportunities, as well as a forum for an exchange of ideas and resources at

Cultural competence training

National Community Development Institute
NCDI is a technical assistance and training center that specializes in culturally based capacity building for communities of color and underserved communities. NCDI offers a full array of capacity-building services that include organizational development, consultant and executive professional development training, and community-building work

Dispute Resolution/team building/select management areas

Center for Human Development
CHD workshops and trainings in conflict resolution, communication and team building are available as a resource for nonprofit organizations and collaboratives in Contra Costa County.


Media and Communications

Media Alliance
A training and resource center for media workers, community organizations and political activists interested in improving media and computer skills and media advocacy techniques. (former was created by Tides Foundation to help nonprofits use the Internet by providing online services, training workshops and free, downloadable strategy materials.

Consultants, consulting services and more….

General Management Assistance

Consultants on-Tap
A service of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Consultants on-Tap is a searchable database of consultants and technical assistance providers who work with Northern California nonprofits.


Delta 2000
Delta 2000 provides technical assistance to start-up agencies and existing nonprofit organizations, particularly in East Contra Costa County.

Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT)
ACT’s mission is to link the management skill of Stanford Business School alumni volunteers with the needs of nonprofit organizations. ACT matches teams of alumni volunteers with a limited number of nonprofit organizations each year through an application process.

A global directory of nonprofit-related information, including consultants, products, services, publications and events. You’ll also find nationwide listings on jobs and internships.

Inquiring Systems, Inc.
Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI) is a nonprofit corporation based in Walnut Creek that provides business management services to nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay area, not as consultants, but rather as contract services in which ISI staff becomes an integral part of the staff of each client organization. ISI’s services are capable of replacing or supplementing the staff required to help manage nonprofits as economically viable, financially sound and sustainable organizations.

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
This Silicon Valley-based management support organization has lots of good resources available online, including a “best books” page for those management wonks out there who like to read about nonprofit management on their time off.

Arts Management

Business Arts Council
Business Arts Council matches business professionals as pro-bono consultants with nonprofit arts organizations for assistance in Finance and Accounting, Marketing and Public Relations, Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Organizational Development.

California Lawyers for the Arts
CLA provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.


Public Relations/Media/Marketing

The SPIN Project (Strategic Press Information Network)
SPIN provides media technical assistance to nonprofit public-interest organizations who want to influence debate, shape public opinion and garner positive media attention. SPIN offers public relations consulting, including comprehensive media training and intensive media strategizing and resources to community-based organizations, particularly political organizations serving under-resourced communities.

Taproot Foundation
The Taproot Foundation makes grants of service to assist in marketing, technology or creative efforts. Each service grant is staffed by professionals from the business community. Service grants are available in the areas of branding, brochure development, database development and website development.

How to Incorporate as a Nonprofit Corporation

Thinking about starting a nonprofit organization in the State of California?  Check out these resources.

A free guide about what you need to know before starting a nonprofit.

Get Ready; Get Set Publication

California Secretary of State's Office

The first formal step in the application process is filing Articles of Incorporation.  This link will bring you to the State's gateway for its regulations and forms.

Internal Revenue Service

This is a surprisingly helpful and user-friendly website, especially considering the source.  You can download all the forms and instructions you need to file for your tax-exempt status with the IRS or you fill out the forms online and submit them.  There are links to all the other forms you will need, including an application for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) and Form 8718, User Fee for Exempt Organization Determination Letter Request.  Yes, there's a form to accompany the fee you will pay to submit your tax-exempt application.

Nolo Law for All

Nolo publishes the definitive guide on how to start a California nonprofit corporation called The California Nonprofit Corporation Kit. It's full of important information and contains a CD that has lots of sample forms.  For a quick & dirty summary of what it takes to start a nonprofit, visit the website.



This list is meant to provide a jumping-off point for the world of nonprofit technology assistance.

Direct service delivery:

CompuMentor is a nonprofit organization specializing in technology assistance for cbos and schools. Through its consulting practice, CompuMentor offers technology planning, implementation, and support services. CompuMentor is also the home of, the technology website for the nonprofit sector at

Community Technology Center Network
A national, nonprofit membership organization of more than 450 independent community technology centers where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet, together with learning opportunities that encourage exploration and discovery.

NPower’s mission is helping other nonprofits use technology to serve their communities better. They offer assessment and planning, hands-on assistance, skills-building classes, technology library, and technology volunteers.

Non-profit Tech
Nonprofit Tech offers services in five areas: data & information, education & training, network & technical support, products & projects, research & procurement, web & print design.

Through consulting and training services and information and data management tools,TechRocks accelerates social and political progress by building technological capacity for community collaboration and citizen engagement. TechRocks encourages and enables foundations, advocacy groups, and leading activists to use technology to achieve their mission goals, to increase participation from interested constituencies, and achieve change more quickly than by traditional organizing and advocacy methods alone. Check out the “Resources” section for valuable information about how nonprofits use technology, including examples of organizations who have put the Internet to good use.

Online Learning and Management Tools

Resources for board members and organizations, including a large bookstore

National Council Nonprofit Associations
Professional association for Management Support Organizations (MSOs)

Web-based management tools

Innovation Network’s Web-based Tools
Innovation Network has developed a number of web-based tools to support capacity building and evaluation projects, including the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT Toolkit, LCP Online, the website for the Learning Circles Project, and the Rapid Organizational Assessment Tool which provides nonprofits with a “snapshot” of organizational effectiveness as a springboard towards evaluation discussions. Also, The Workstation, a suite of interactive online evaluation and planning tools made available to nonprofits at no cost.

Managing a Nonprofit in a For-Profit World
This library of nonprofit management tips include new regulations, tax legislation, UBIT, finance, nonprofit management, fundraising, technology compliance, and employee compensation

Benton Foundation’s Best Practice Toolkit
Tools to help nonprofits make effective use of communications and information technology

Lessons Learned Toolsite
A comprehensive compendium of planning advice from a variety of professional arts consultants, many of whom were associated with the NEA Advancement Program of 1980-1996. The Toolsite will benefit organizations of all disciplines, missions, and visions.

Nonprofit Genie
A collection of FAQs on topics such as board development, consultants, databases, DSL, entrepreneurism, Federal Form 990, financial management, fiscal sponsorship, fundraising insurance, Internet and telephone systems, strategic planning, technology planning and volunteer management

Pillars of Accountability™
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center in cooperation with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Public Entity Risk Institute developed a free web-based self-assessment and planning tool for CEOs and senior managers of nonprofit organizations. The tool includes four Pillars of Accountability: ethical fundraising, strategic risk management, cultural competence and fiscal integrity.

Online learning: courses, tutorials and more

SmarterOrg Online Learning for Nonprofits
SmarterOrg provides learning technology, courses, and consultation services to help organizations implement training, advocacy and public education programs.

Online Learning for Nonprofit Professionals is an online venue serving the professional development needs of the nonprofit sector

MediaNet is a web-based tutorial for media and public relations on the Internet. The online media guide features discussion, examples, articles, resource lists, and links covering the range of online media and PR.

Online courses about nonprofit management

Online resources for your technology needs

Tech Soup
A portal for all topics dealing with nonprofits and technology , this organization connects nonprofits with technology companies for in-kind contributions of hardware, software and training. It also matches nonprofits with consultants and strategists who will assist in sorting through your technology issues. The site has a relationship with CompuMentor, a clearinghouse for low-income communities in search of technology. Nonprofit Resources
A collection of resources to help nonprofits with day-to-day operations, technology, getting computer help, and building and marketing Websites

Nonprofit Tech
A technology assistance organization for nonprofits. Their website features tips and tricks, a technology forum, software recommendations for Mad and Windows, and other resources.

Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network
N-TEN is dedicated to connecting and supporting individuals and organizations who empower nonprofits to use technology to achieve their missions.


Job Announcements



Executive Director



The Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation is searching for an Executive Director.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Foundation, including implementation of the Strategic Plan, management of the annual budget, development and supervision of staff.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.  For more information, click here.



The East Oakland Community Project (EOCP) is searching for a dynamic leader to assume management of two transitional housing projects. The successful individual will provide strong direction to program and housing staff to deliver an array of quality program services to support homeless families in their effort to become self-sufficient.

The Client Services Director is a full time exempt position with benefits. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000. A Bachelor of Arts is required with 5-10 years experience in non-profit programs, development and management of program support for homeless families and providing counseling support to high-risk individuals. A Masters degree is preferred. A background in transitional housing programs is an asset. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate must be well-organized and competent in managing a diverse team to carry out program goals. An ability to speak Spanish is an asset.

Send resume via fax to (510) 532-2112, or email to, or mail to the attention of Wendy Jackson at 5725 International Blvd. Oakland , CA 94621 .





Executive Director - full time starting June 2007

Principal Responsibilities

•  Implement the Board's policies and programs

•  Prepare and administer the budget, implement financial operations and maintain all records

•  Organize and implement fundraising strategies and events

•  Liaison with local groups, government agencies, school district, and non-profit organizations

•  Manage fiscal agent sponsorships

•  Design and recommend programs to the Board. Implement and administer these programs. Programs include classroom and school grants, student scholarships, Teaching Excellence Awards, music and arts programs, and an after-school program

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2007.



Bay Area Community Services

Director of Development and Communications

We are conducting a search for Director of Development and Communications at Bay Area Community Services in Oakland. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic organization. BACS is seeking a seasoned Director of Development and Communications who can work in partnership with the Executive Director to develop and implement powerful resource development and communications strategies. The Director of Development and Communications will expand the agency's fundraising capacity and play a critical role in raising the agency's visibility and position it as a leader in the field of community services. Interested individuals are invited to email a letter of interest and a résumé as attachments to


Save Mount Diablo
Development Manager

Save Mount Diablo (SMD) just celebrated its 35th anniversary. When Dr. Mary Bowerman co-founded SMD in 1971 her goal was simple:

"My dream is that the whole of Mount Diablo, including its foothills, will remain open space . . . that the visual and natural integrity will be sustained."

For the first seventeen years, the organization was run entirely by volunteers. The first part-time staff member was hired in 1988.

Today, SMD is seeking to fill a new position, bringing the total members of the staff to 7.
SMD works with the California State Parks, the East Bay Regional Park District and local open space programs to achieve Dr. Bowerman’s dream. From just 6,788 acres of protected public lands in 1971, today there are nearly 90,000 acres of protected land in 29 Parks and preserves.

SMD accomplishes its objectives through land acquisition from willing sellers and through land use advocacy with Contra Costa County and the 19 local cities. To help accomplish its work, SMD forms alliances with other environmental groups, neighborhood coalitions, labor unions, developers and the greater business community.

For information about Save Mount Diablo, visit our web site at:
A job description for the position can be obtained by going to our web site (see below) and by clicking on the “Job Opportunities” heading in the “News” section of the home page.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, salary history and references to

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