RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

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Research

This section offers research studies and provides Delaware data helpful for nonprofit planning.

State of the Sector Sheet
DANA crafted this summary of the Delaware nonprofit sector along with government funding trends.

DCF Delaware Focus
The Delaware Community Foundation offers insights on key social impact indicators with their Delaware Focus Initiative. Check back quarterly as they are adding new data. Visit delawarefocus.org for more information.

Delaware Population Consortium
This site is the go-to for population projections for the next several decades. The projections are segmented by county, age, gender and race. Data is available in downloadable excel sheets to use for planning purposes. Access the site here.

Urban Institute Center for Charitable Statistics
Provides easy look up of nonprofits in Delaware, and features easy access to their 990s. Visit the National Center for Charitable Statistics to learn more and begin your search.

Guidestar
Provides a means to review details about nonprofits in Delaware. Nonprofits have the ability to update their profiles with outcomes and other meaningful information for easy donor review. Visit guidestar.org to learn more.

Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Sector
This study provides insights on the financial position of nonprofits across the state. It has been surveyed for several years providing insights on trends. The data can be segmented by subsector (arts, health etc.) and by State. Click to learn more.

Philanthropy in the First State: A Post Recession Assessment
This 2012 report profiled the impact of the great recession on nonprofits and features insights on their impact.

We offer these helpful studies on nonprofit leadership.

Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspective of Nonprofit Board Chairs
This 2016 study provides insights on the role of the nonprofit board chair, their relationships with CEOs and the challenges they face.

Leading with Intent
This 2017 study by Board Source provides a performance index of nonprofit boards, their work and their relationship to organizational performance. This study is fielded every two to three years and provides trends in board performance.

Board Engagement in Delaware
This academic research study profiled factors that influence nonprofit board engagement in Delaware. This was the first study of its kind which looked at how degrees of identification of the board and nonprofit organization influenced board member engagement in providing resources or monitoring.

Collective Insights on Collective Impact
This publication from the Stanford Social Innovation Review provides a series of articles on collective impact, what it is, how to do it, and implications for mission advancement.

Looking for consulting support on leadership, strategy and organizational improvement? Contact Paul Stock, DANA’s Executive Vice President of the Excellence Academy.

These studies provide insights on giving trends in the U.S.

Bank of American U.S. Trust of High Net Worth Philanthropy
This 2016 study profiles giving trends and volunteerism of high net worth philanthropists.

Giving USA
Provides insights on giving trends nationally. One can access Delaware specific data for a fee. Click to learn more.

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Resources

Below find a series of resources to help you find funding, improve practices, or develop strategies in a host of topical areas.

Interested in Starting a Nonprofit
This robust collection of resources offers considerations for starting a nonprofit, formation document support and resources.

Standards for Excellence Accreditation (SFX)
Nonprofits with SFX accreditation will stand out from their peers as it indicates the nonprofit is operating at the highest level of transparency, accountability and ethics.  To learn more about DANA services to help with accreditation contact Paul Stock, our Executive Vice President of the Excellence Academy.

Standards for Excellence Education Packets
Over 25 comprehensive packets of instruction, templates and policies in all aspects of board excellence. Nonprofit & Emerging Nonprofit DANA Members can select 3 packets per year from the list. Not yet a DANA member? Join today!

Want support from a DANA consultant? Contact Paul Stock, DANA’s Executive Vice President of the Excellence Academy.

GrantStation
A GrantStation subscription service provides thousands of grant opportunities through private and government sources. DANA members can get an annual subscription of $75. For more information, visit our Member Services page, or grantstation.com.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Interested in best practices in fundraising? Check out the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and consider attending one of its local chapter events.

DANA Advocacy Toolkit
This toolkit offers practical steps and insights on preparing an advocacy plan in Delaware.

Advocacy Primer for Boards: Stand for Your Mission
This helpful guide from Stand for Your Mission is a resource for nonprofit boards and leaders to understand the difference between lobbying and advocacy, and why both may be critical for mission success.

Delaware State Budgets
Click to learn more about the Delaware State budget, and see historical spending.

Delaware Legislative Calendar
Access the Delaware Legislative Calendar to stay on top of key meetings by Delaware policymakers.

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits provides a host of information best practices and serves as a public policy coordinator at the federal level to help nonprofits understand federal policy and its impact in our communities. Visit councilofnonprofits.org for more information.

DANA can provide its members with services at reduced rates.

Directors & Officers Insurance
This insurance provides protection of nonprofit assets and nonprofit board members from expenses arising from allegations from wrongful acts. To learn more about Directors & Officers Insurance, please visit our Member Services page, or gorgesco.com.

Unemployment Services Trust (UST)
UST provides guidance for nonprofits to reduce unemployment expenses. To learn more about UST, please visit our Member Services page, or chooseust.org.

Benefits Connection
This resource provides a series of insurance offerings for Delaware nonprofits including health, dental, vision. To learn more about Benefits Connection, please visit benefitsconnectionexchange.com.

Rubric on Grantmaker and Nonprofit Relationship for Creating Community Impact
DANA and Philanthropy Delaware members partnered to develop this rubric to measure this outcome. Interested in developing outcome rubrics for your organization? Contact Paul Stock, DANA’s Executive Vice President of the Excellence Academy.

Catalytic Thinking: A Framework for Creating and Scaling Powerful Results
Planning begins with knowing what you want to accomplish. This blog outlines Hildy Gottleib’s Creating the Future model for outcome based planning.

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