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Tools & Resources

We know that the tools and intelligence needed to do great work as a leader or volunteer with nonprofits is critical. CVNL’s staff, programs and services are crafted to help take you to the next level of performance.

Our team of professionals has extensive experience and deep knowledge of the nonprofit landscape. There are vast resources available online and physically at hundreds of sites. We’ve gathered some of our favorites here for quick access, and will continue to add new discoveries to the mix.

You’re invited to explore resources and tools.

In-depth nonprofit reports… a great place to start.

If you’re interested in nonprofit trends in Marin and Napa, we recommend you read two comprehensive studies that CVNL helped produce — the Marin County Nonprofit Landscape Study 2013, and Creating Community: Napa County Nonprofits at Work, the 2015 report.

CVNL’s Library Resources & Foundation Center

One of our most popular resources is our Library. It’s where individuals seeking to improve their grantwriting skills, development personnel, nonprofit executives, and Board members will find valuable information and intelligence to advance their knowledge and access valuable tools.

Free access to:

  • Books and periodicals on fundraising and philanthropy subjects including nonprofit management, board development, fundraising, grantseeking, nonprofit careers, volunteer programs, and how to start a nonprofit.
  • The Foundation Center’s electronic databases and online directory, with information on over 92,000 grantmakers across the United States.

Learn more.


Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World

(our CEO Linda Davis is a contributor to the book)

This book explores the innovative volunteer engagement approaches that are reshaping nonprofits and their communities, and shows how you can bring these approaches to your own organization. Curated and edited by VolunteerMatch, this insightful collection contains actionable advice on strengthening volunteer programs, as well as broader explorations on the nature of volunteer engagement. Contributors include 35 experts in the volunteer engagement field, from organizations such as CVNL,, NTEN, Realized Worth, LinkedIn and the Corporation for National Community Service.

The world of volunteerism is changing. How will your volunteer program grow and thrive? Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World gives you the innovation and inspiration — you just need to supply the action.

The book may be purchased online at, AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionIndie Bound, and Wiley. Get 25% Off through the Energize, Inc. Online Bookstore.

Contributors Include: Greg Baldwin, Robert Egger, Tobi Johnson -MA -CVA , Amy Sample Ward, Jennifer R. Bennett, Susan J. Ellis, Beth Kanter, Amy Smith & Sue Carter Kahl, Mike Bright, Aria Finger, John L. Lipp, Wendy Spencer, Katherine H. Campbell -CVA, Meg Garlinghouse & Alison Dorsey, Kelly Moran & Taylor Mallia, Beth Steinhorn, Carla Campbell Lehn -CVA, Alethea Hannemann, Angela Parker & Chris Jarvis, Mark Surman, Jayne Cravens, Scott Henderson, Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg -CVA, Joe Waters, Linda Davis & David Styers, Evan Hochberg & Mei Cobb, Holly Ross, Deirdre White & Amanda MacArthur

Regional, State & National Resources

Marin Health & Human Services

Community Resource Guide for Marin County. Includes information, services and resources including, carehealtheducationlegalemergencyfoodhousingmoney, and transit.


2-1-1 Marin County

211 in Marin County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and more. This resource is particularly beneficial for Marin families in need of assistance — a toll-free phone number that connects callers directly with local community services including, food, counseling, employment assistance, and quality child care.


Canal Alliance

A nonprofit organization that assists low income Spanish speaking immigrants with bilingual skills, technology skills, and access to resources.


Partnership HealthPlan of California

A health-related website which has various resources for health insurance, seniors, persons with disabilities, and offers mental health services.

Napa Health Matters

A program of Napa County Health & Human Services that assists the community through offering health services for those suffering from depression, substance abuse, PTSD, and stress.


Community Resources Guide

Provided by the Napa County Office of Education this comprehensive guide lists valuable resources for clothing, preschool, child care, women’s services, and youth after school activities.


Napa Health Matters, Healthy Communities

Disaster Preparedness resources.



Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you.


Community Resources for Children in Napa

Provides services including, children health and safety training, pursuit of child care in Napa, and a child care center directory.


Puertas Asabiertas Napa

A community resource center for Latinos that works hand in hand with Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and opportunities for leadership and community engagement. Includes programs such as, latino outreach, self-sufficiency support, and community engagement resources.

Foundation Center

A great resource for the intricacies of California nonprofits including tips for starting a nonprofit, and access to legal resources, management/technical assistance providers, and funding information.



Statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for communities. Great resource for connecting with other nonprofits.

Taproot Foundation

An organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society through professionals doing pro bono services. Learn more about, getting pro bono work done for you, doing pro bono work yourself, and supporting pro bono work.


The Center for Nonprofits

For tech in nonprofits. Also includes information on startup of nonprofit, etc.


The National Council of Nonprofits

produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits. Exceptional resource for various factors such as, accountability, governance, and ethics of nonprofits.

A national organization that can help those who are searching for volunteer opportunities outside of Marin and Napa.



Great site for learning the fundamentals of volunteerism with helpful guides such as What is volunteering? Why is volunteering important? Benefits of volunteering?


Energ!ze, Inc.

An international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Great resource for its library of sources and information on the intricacies of specific volunteer groups including, older volunteers, people with disabilities, and millennials, as well as various fields of volunteering.


Points of Light

An organization that helps mobilize people to take action to on the causes they have through innovative programs and campaigns. Resource for sparking the interest into a particular form of volunteerism.

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