Family-Run and Nonprofit Organizations
Family-run organizations have been a strong voice during the development and implementation of equity in education for students with disabilities. Without the valuable contributions of families through family-run organizations and nonprofits, new and improving legislation, information and research would likely not have been as meaningful. The following resource list has been developed to help family-run organizations mobilize and maximize their passion and voice to influence systems of care that are responsive and increase successful outcomes.
Planning Tips and Information for Family-Run Organizations Providing Family-Centered Services
- Guide to Sound Business Practices for Family Run Organizations in Children’s Mental Health
Site is specific to family-run organizations dedicated exclusively to children’s mental health. Includes basic guidelines and lists of resources—books, documents and Web resources – in a variety of areas to increase knowledge and skills in business practices
- Indicators of Meaningful Family Involvement:
A Brief Guide for Individuals Looking to Understand How Meaningful Family Involvement can be Measured
Family leaders and communities might find that by reviewing the list of potential indicators, they might be able to more easily identify local examples of authentic family involvement
- National Center for Cultural Competence
The NCCC’s mission is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competence in service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.
- Quick Guide for Self-Assessment of Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care
This guide addresses important elements of family-run organization development and sustainability and represents components of effective family-run organizations in a system of care. Provides exercises designed to help your team begin the process of self-assessment and planning.
- The Role of Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care: How Partnerships with State’s Can Achieve Shared Goals
Describes the roles that family-run organizations fulfill within systems of care, and how family-run organizations and states can collaborate to achieve their shared mission of improving services and outcomes for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families using the system of care.
General Nonprofit Management Resources
- Information for Nonprofits from Minnesota Attorney General Office
Provides basic information regarding state rules and statutes governing nonprofits
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Resources
A list of resources for people who want to start a nonprofit in Minnesota
- Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
Thirty-three principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations are presented related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising
- Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
Based on the fundamental values of quality, responsibility and accountability, accountability principles distinguish the nonprofit sector from government and the business sector. Management practices provide specific guidelines for individual organizations to evaluate and improve their operations, governance, human resources, advocacy, financial management and fundraising
- "Start a Nonprofit" Online Resource from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
The process for transforming an idea into an operating organization takes time, planning and knowledge of Minnesota and federal regulations, as well as nonprofit best practices and provide accurate information on how to start a nonprofit organization in Minnesota.
Board of Directors
- All About Boards of Directors
Online guide to typical topics and functions in Board operations, and functions in an organization that a Board must oversee.
- Guide for Charity Board Members
Guide to help directors understand their role and responsibilities as stewards of the charitable organizations for which they serve. Under Minnesota law, directors of a Minnesota nonprofit corporation are responsible for the management of the business and affairs of the corporation.
- Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)
Organization for developing the leadership and organizational capacity of family‐run organizations for children’s behavioral health and statewide family networks
Video Series on Board of Directors Development
Boards of Directors play a critical role in providing overall leadership and strategic vision for nonprofit organizations. The videos below describe some important components of board development and engagement. To learn more about the topics discussed in the these videos, visit the Leadership & Governance Resources section of Minnesota Council on Nonprofit’s website.
- Successful Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers
This guide, for Faith- and Communty-Based Service Providers, is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Faith-Based and Community Initiative (2005).
Volunteers can be a valuable resource for nonprofits. The steps your organization takes to include volunteers should be well thought out and based on your organizations mission. For volunteers, the time spent should be meaningful and rewarding. The video below offers some suggestions on how to find, manage and support volunteers.
- Foundation Center
An innovative nonprofit that gathers and analyzes data, shares it worldwide, and empowers people to understand and increase philanthropy’s ability to improve the world. Targeted at fundraisers and grant writers
- Network for Good Fundraising Resources Library
An online resource for how to develop fundraising programs and measure their success in philanthropic organizations
Fundraising for Sustainability
Fundraising plays an essential part in maintaining the mission and work of a non-profit organization. Not only does it help to provide the money that is necessary to run your organization but it gives an opportunity to show the impact your organization is making year after year. This video discusses the steps in developing a fundraising plan that will help to sustain your organization.
Nonprofit Finance and Risk Management
- Becoming a Medicaid Provider of Family and Youth Peer Support: Considerations for Family Run Organizations
Provides guidance to family run organizations that are considering whether to become Medicaid providers, and uses examples from three states – Arizona, Maryland, and Rhode Island – to illustrate key aspects of this decision and process.
- Nonprofit Assistance Fund
A resource library of tools to help manage an organization's financial strategies and activities is essential to success with financial management and effective practices
- Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Enables nonprofit leaders to identify and manage risks that threaten their missions and operations, while empowering them to leverage opportunities and take bold, mission-advancing risks
- Tax Information for Charitable Organizations
Filing payments, refunds, credits and deductions, and other resources for IRS exempt organizations such as nonprofits
- Nonprofit Technology Network
Membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
- TechSoup (Nonprofit Technology Resources)
A help center that addresses technology-related problems for nonprofit organizations
Nonprofits and Diverse Populations
- Working with Culturally Diverse Families - Parent Perspective Videos - Parent Voices on Parent Involvement Series - PACER Center
Parent Focus Group Questions on Parent Involvement and Engagement with the School
- Parent Leadership and Systems Change
Parent leadership occurs when parents gain the knowledge and skills they need to function in meaningful leadership roles and represent the “parent voice” to help shape the direction of programs, policies, and laws. Historically, parents of children with special needs have taken on leadership roles in advocating for supports and services for their children. Many parent leaders started out trying to improve the quality of life for a family member but ended up improving the lives of many through their advocacy efforts.
- Tips for Emerging Family Leaders
As schools and other organizations recognize the importance of family engagement, new opportunities are being created for families to take on leadership roles or to demonstrate family leadership by becoming members of advisory boards or stakeholders on task forces or committees.
- Center for Health Strategies
A nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans, a nonpartisan organization, CHCS facilitates problem-solving exchanges and peer learning among a diverse range of health care stakeholders to improve access
- Colorado Federation
Advocates for children, youth, and families impacted by mental health issues while striving to improve and strengthen related systems, programs, and policies across the state of Colorado focused on families’ ability to be critical front line advocates for their children
- Georgetown Center for Childhood and Human Development Technical Assistance Center
Located in the nation's capital, this exceptional center both directly serves vulnerable children and their families, as well as influences local, state, national and international programs and policy.