Community Organizing & Outreach Articles


A one-to-one conversation is a key community organizing skill for building meaningful relationships. This short introduction by DivestEd will help get you started. 

Solidarity Not Charity: Racism in Katrina Relief Work
Molly McClure

The author reflects on how white supremacy played out in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans; these insights are important to anyone who engages in volunteer work. 

Understanding Key Audiences
Culture Surge

How do we break away from thinking as audiences only with respect to their demographics? This article shares audience profiles for artists and media-makers that break away from the demographic mold.


Non-Profit Resources

5 Steps to Starting a Nonprofit in East Central Illinois
Community Foundation of East Central Illinois 

Excellent three-page overview of steps to start a non-profit from scratch in Illinois. Find more non-profit start-up and Board of Directors support resources & events at the website for Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

How Funders Can Better Support BIPOC-Led and Serving Nonprofits

Aimed at funders, this list of suggestions highlights the challenges faced by emerging minority-led nonprofits and gives suggestions for ways to better support these critical leaders. 

Recruit the Board Your Organization Needs
Compass Point Nonprofit Services

Article with an overview of recruitment best practices for new board members. Produced by Compass Point Nonprofit Services and Blue Avocado, both excellent sources for articles on nonprofit management.