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Community Organizer’s Toolbox

The tools found below have been compiled by McCune consultants, grantees or funding partners/allies to better serve the nonprofit community. These materials are free to download and use. Please credit the authors/owners of documents as necessary.

Movement Building Best Practices

Meaningful successes in community organizing sharing power with the very residents who are being mobilized. This is challenging work that must be done with careful intentionality. The following articles showcase how McCune Foundation grantees approach some key aspects of their work.

Trainings & Capacity Building

Alliance for Justice
(Advocacy, Lobbying, Technical Assistance)
AFJ is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

Blue Avocado (Technical Assistance, Nonprofit Resources) Blue Avocado offers practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership/Ventura County
(Workshops, Technical Assistance)
The Center provides trainings, webinars, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities for nonprofit leaders.

Fund for Santa Barbara
(Technical Assistance, Workshops, Community Resources, Grants)
Nonprofit community foundation that provides grants and technical assistance to Santa Barbara County grassroots efforts. Monthly brown bag networking lunches held in Santa Maria and Lompoc.

Leading from Within
(Nonprofit leadership training)
The organization offers leadership development programs for nonprofit staff members in the Central Coast. Programs span many months with sessions on management and leadership, knowledge and insights about the distinctive characteristics and dynamics of nonprofit organizations; and approaches and skills to foster impact, effectiveness, collaboration, and sustained commitment.

Spokes Resources for Nonprofits
(Grants database, nonprofit calendar, nonprofit news)
A web-based communication and sharing platform for Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit sector.