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Museums that are nonprofits hold not only financial resources but collections including historic buildings and the board of directors is entrusted with ensuring the financial health of the organization as well as the proper care of the collections. Is there any reason why you should not call the Board members TRUSTEES? They are entrusted with more than financial responsibilities including oversight and fundraising. They must also be responsible for the collection.
  • Building Leadership
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Sat, 02/02/2019
Hello! I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles. I'm working on an article advising women on conflict resolution at home and at work. Please let me know if there's an expert or advisor available to provide a few insights by next week (2/7). I would just need 15 minutes or so by phone or email. I'm at 805-405-9675 or kristinmarguerite at

Thanks very much,
Kristin Marguerite Doidge, MA
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Tue, 01/29/2019
I am very interested in talking to one of your advisors. I see that you have worked with a group within our region-- Seymour Arm Seniors. I was pleasantly surprised to discover your work being done/ used so closeby.
A group of us are attempting to obtain a long term care facility for our community of Chase and area and your resources and information could be very useful to us.
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Mon, 01/28/2019
I am looking to design a program specifically for homeless families in Atlanta. I am very interested in the Housing First initiative. I want to use this approach as my first point of help for these individuals then follow up with a plan to improve other areas of their lives like education, job skills, health etc. I wonder if you can point me in the right direction to initiate contacts that offer assistance with making Housing FIrst a part of our program. Any advice on how we can go about developing a program with that in mind will be appreciated. thanks

My name is Roxshawn Shilt. My email is
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Thu, 01/17/2019
I cannot understand the issues affecting poor marginalized coommunities ...i want to determine the issues that can affect the poor people a d i want to know the meaning of marginalized communities ..can you help me on my report ?
Analyzing Problems and Goals Sun, 01/13/2019
Good morning,

I am looking for a breastfeeding community needs assessment. Do you happen to know of any or could you point me in the direction of who I could ask? It would be greatly appreciated if the assessment was tested or used in more than one community (perhaps across states).

Best Regards,
Wendy Avila Rodriguez
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Wed, 01/09/2019
Hi, I would like some advice/help in developing a program for positive change in Zimbabwe. After nearly 40 years of oppression and corruption, the country is facing yet another crippling economic crisis. I have observed that the general population has given up hope and there is an atmosphere of despair and negativity coupled with the feeling of powerlessness. The people of Zimbabwe need a common vision of hope for the future.
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Building Leadership
  • Advocating for Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Fri, 01/04/2019
Optimal petetion format and method of circulation..
Purpose of petetion - demonstrate community support to obtain federal historic preservation status
and federal historic Landmark distinction . Petetion will be presented to elected government representatives of community to enlist support.

Method of delivery? Looking for template and process to circulate petetion electronically ...all suggestions grestly appreciated.
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Influencing Policy Development
Mon, 12/31/2018
I want to do outcome evaluation on malaria program at community level. Would you mind sending resources related to outcome evaluation, please?
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Evaluating the Initiative Mon, 12/24/2018
A group of moms in my local community and i have started a bullying support group for families. We have gained about 200 members so far and we are constantly working on compiling a list of resources from extra curricular activities to counseling services. My question is considering we in no way wish to do any kind of fundraising do we need to take any legal steps to being a support group?
Developing an Intervention Sun, 12/23/2018
i am the head of a section in my company and i have noted that members in my unit are not aware of the safety procedures and i therefore decided to make them aware.Among the three types of communication which one would i use? and why?
Improving Organizational Management and Development Mon, 12/03/2018
I am developing a community-based learning support club as my post graduate studies project. I am a vocational educator and trainer in Australia in our community health services sector. I would like to incorporate the Community Toolbox into my blended learning workshops under licensed authorisation. Can you advise if this type of license is firstly possible for here in Australia, and under what license agreement this would occur.
Sat, 12/01/2018
I want to become a community leader, how do I get started? Who do I talk to? Building Leadership Mon, 11/19/2018
I am organizing a March for Light in response to the murders in Pittsburgh. It will be tied into Chanukah, the festival of light. How do I go about quickly organizing events in five major cities in the U.S.? Do I need an experienced organizer? I have people in various cities who are willing to be captains of the events in their cities. Time is of the essence. Chanukah is four weeks away. Thank you.
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Advocating for Change
Wed, 11/07/2018

I searched about multicultural Therapy in the Community tool Box website but I"m still confuse about strategies for client engagement, exercises and techniques in the multicultural perspective.

May you help me wih this issues?

Best wishes,
Beatriz Melo

Enhancing Cultural Competence Wed, 11/07/2018
Do you have an APA citation for this source? Writing a Grant Application for Funding Tue, 11/06/2018

I am part of an organization that is seeking to purchase a house to create a youth-centered community space in Detroit, Michigan. Do you have any information about how groups have converted different spaces to community centers and the challenges they faced and how they were successful?

Thank you!
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
Mon, 11/05/2018
Hello, checking on the best way to wrap into partnerships in a community to raise awareness, plan of action for assisting community to know and implement resources for at risk dual diagnosed youth to assist in keeping out of the pipeline to prison--
Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships Mon, 11/05/2018
Can you assist and partner to launch an international mission/leadership training center ?
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Improving Organizational Management and Development
Sun, 11/04/2018
I have used your Tool Box and would like to send you my Logic Model for review. Is there a mentor or someone that would be willing to review and provide feedback to me? I want to have the greatest impact on transforming math education for young children. Please let me know where to email my LM.
Thank you,
Barbara Pearl
Increasing Participation and Membership Mon, 10/29/2018
Are the terms program and intervention used interchangeably? I feel like a program is an intervention but an intervention may not be a program. I ask because I teach a program planning course, the name of the book is program planning, but as soon as we start talking about what will happen, the word changes to intervention. For me, an intervention is more research based where a program is more community based. I can't find the answer here or on the internet - what is the difference between the two?
Developing a Framework or Model of Change Fri, 10/26/2018
we are looking for funding opportunities as the NPO to help the community to generate funds through food garden?
Writing a Grant Application for Funding Mon, 10/15/2018
I have read a material in your right up that I want to use to review literature for my thesis.
please how should i write the reference?
Wed, 10/10/2018
How do I start my workshops in the school system, and what are the first things I need to do ?
Increasing Participation and Membership Wed, 10/10/2018
How can you someone who is suffering from social anxiety and improve his social activities and overall behavior?
What is the magic trick?
Fri, 10/05/2018
I sent you an e-mail but not sure if it would go to anyone who could have answered my question. I wanted to utilize the resources from your site to help me organize my thoughts and actions in creating a workshop we ( plan to hold in the spring of 2019. We are charging 20$ per head to cover costs. My concern is that because we are not a nonprofit, does this make use of your resources inappropriate?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Thu, 10/04/2018
Hello. I am a bilingual speech-language pathologist who's daughter is attending a new trailing acharter school. Her school is lacking parent involvement and I have volunteered to develop a parent informational group. I have a observed a lack of parent support regarding education on their misconceptions about multilingual acquisition and the expectations there of. I have received approval from the principal to submit an action plan. I am writing to you to inquire about consultation services as I complete the steps suggested on your website. Would this be a viable option? Thank you in advance.
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Tue, 10/02/2018
Hi, my name is Eric Rosin I work for Options for All, a non-profit organization that provides a multitude of services for adults with developmental disabilities. I am the program manager for our Mira Mesa day program located in San Diego CA, we work with our participants to provide vocational support through employment/volunteer opportunities. Currently, we are working towards developing a plan to start a culinary arts day program. I was doing some research and I stumbled upon Soups and Sweets/organization which seems really amazing. I was hoping to gain some insight into your program, and how you got started, funded, success, things that didn't work. etc. I am sure you are very busy, but any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Tue, 10/02/2018
Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm Thomas Salima from Papua New Guinea, a developing country in the pacific region. I come from a rural area in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. I am currently a bacherlor's degree holder and working in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. My village/community had faced a lot of social, economic issues in today's world and I would like to help set up a community development framework that will assist in reducing those issues and to increase the living standard of my rural community. Would you please help me with some advise on how or where i should start, what needs to be done to get the plan in place, the different components of the community development plan or framework, which people or organistion should i seek to gain help, and any donor agencies whom I should see if I needed help in terms of finance to establish special projects for the community. I sincerely await your reply. Kind regards, Thomas Salima
  • Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Developing an Intervention
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
  • Advocating for Change
Thu, 09/20/2018
I am looking for evidence on the use of Butterfoss and Dunet's "Plan Quality Index" for reviewing the quality of community health action plans. If not this tool, a recommendation for a similar qualitative assessment tool would be appreciated. Thank you!
Evaluating the Initiative Wed, 09/19/2018
What is the Homeless population in Durango, CO today? I need to know for a paper.
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Sat, 09/08/2018
I am needing to write a paper on my community to assess the population. For defining the community, the following are given to address. My community chosen, boundaries, etc are in all capitals. My problem is that I cannot find statistics. Any tips are appreciated. Thank you! Mary
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Sun, 09/02/2018
I have used your excellent toolkit for my graduate course on leadership and social justice. Previously, the toolkit had a complete example of a strategic plan (related to adolescent); however, I can no longer find that example. Was it been taken down or moved?

Developing Strategic and Action Plans Tue, 08/28/2018
How to present a survey report concerning the health of pregnant women and childrend to the audience.
  • Advocating for Change
  • Evaluating the Initiative
  • Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
Thu, 08/23/2018