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Cal Wellness is aware of the importance of comprehensive resources and tools for our community partners and philanthropic colleagues. This page features helpful websites and links to the best resources in the sector, including advocacy tips; advice on how to navigate nonprofit and philanthropic law; public health research; and technology recommendations for today’s digital world.

  • Berkeley Media Studies Group — an organization that monitors the news media, studies the process of news gathering, and analyzes media content to support media advocacy training, professional education, and strategic consultation for community groups, journalists and public health professionals.
  • Blue Avocado — an online magazine for leaders of nonprofit organizations.
  • BoardSource — a technical assistance provider that offers trainings, workshops, webinars and certificate programs related to board governance.
  • Bolder Advocacy — a project of Alliance for Justice that offers a searchable database of resources and tools to help nonprofit organizations navigate complex advocacy rules and regulations. Staff attorneys also provide workshops, trainings and one-on-one technical assistance over the phone and by email, to promote civic engagement.
  • California Association of Nonprofits — a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofit leaders together to discuss and debate issues, think through the implications of government and philanthropic actions, and build networks that support their work and the communities they serve. California Association of Nonprofits is part of the National Council of Nonprofits.
  • California Civic Participation Funders — a collaborative of funders supporting civic participation among communities of color that has produced two reports, “Bolder Together” and “Bolder Together 2,” to share lessons learned.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention —a federal resource for data, publications and other information related to violence prevention.
  • CharityLawyer: daily dose of nonprofit law — a blog that clearly explains a wide range of legal issues for nonprofit organizations.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy — an independent news organization that provides a monthly print publication and daily web updates for fundraisers, grantmakers and others involved in the philanthropic sector.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services — a technical assistance provider in the Bay Area that offers teaching, coaching, consulting and peer learning for leaders at all levels of nonprofit organizations on topics such as governance, communications, finance, fundraising, strategic planning and leadership development.
  • Council on Foundations — a national membership organization that offers a wide range of events, online exchange forums, leadership programs and publications to help philanthropic organizations expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
  • Foundation Center — a resource center that provides up-to-date information for grantseekers through its research and reports, its daily Philanthropy News Digest, a full curriculum for classroom and online courses, and its searchable database, the Foundation Directory Online.
  • Grantmakers In Healthan educational organization that uses meetings, webinars and publications to help foundations and corporate giving programs increase their knowledge, skills and effectiveness in improving health.
  • Health Affairs Blog — a vehicle for commentary and analysis on health policies and issues affecting health and health care that features posts from noted health policy experts and commentators from a wide variety of perspectives.
  • Healthy Equity Institute, San Francisco State University — an institute that creates multimedia communications tools, pursues original research, partners with communities, and provides training and education related to health equity.
  • Independent Sector — a leadership network for nonprofit organizations and foundations that provides convening opportunities, works to protect advocacy rights of nonprofit organizations, develops and disseminates strategies covering a wide range of topics, and encourages ethical practices.
  • National Academy for State Health Policy — an online network that provides maps, charts, statistics, reports, a weekly blog and webinars on health care reform, and as well as online discussion groups within several different categories.
  • National Immigration Law Center — an organization that defends and advances the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, communications, trainings and educational materials.
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund — a financial institution that provides loans and financing, consulting, group learning and education to help nonprofit organizations protect themselves from economic ups and downs and strategically grow when they’re ready.
  • Nonprofit Resource Center — a membership organization providing resources and events for nonprofit organizations in the northern Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.
  • The Opportunity Agenda — a national organization that uses trainings and retreats to help social justice leaders shape compelling narratives and messages in order to counter well-financed communications campaigns that support inequitable and unjust policies.
  • Productive Much? — a four-part blog series on how to manage technology, including accessing files on the go, taking control of your email, making the most of the Internet and using a virtual notebook.
  • Public Health Improvement Resource Center, Social Determinants of Health — a resource that provides data, model programs, tools and policy recommendations for using the social determinants of health framework to improve wellness.
  • Red Star Innovations — a public health consulting firm for tribes, tribal nonprofit organizations, and federal, state and local governments to advance community wellness among indigenous people. Services include public health accreditation readiness, capacity-building assistance, public-health related projects and meeting facilitation.
  • Society for Nonprofits — a national membership organization that publishes Nonprofit World Magazine and offers e-newsletters, bulletins, job listings, trainings, webinars and more for professionals in the nonprofit sector.
  • Spitfire Strategies — a communications consulting organization that provides a number of communications tools, case studies and blog posts for free on its website.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review — a magazine and website for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social and economic justice issues.
  • UCLA Center for Health Policy Research — a resource for research on a variety of national, state and local health policy issues, including health insurance, health care reform, health economics, health disparities and chronic disease, as well as a searchable database of results from the annual California Health Interview Survey. 
  • The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California — a research center that informs philanthropic decision-making and public policy by conducting research, presenting speakers’ series and holding forums and roundtables.
  • ZeroDivide — a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and resources on technological advances, changing market realities, social trends and public policy to help build opportunities for social change in civic engagement, economic inclusion and health improvement within underserved and vulnerable communities.

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