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Tools and Resources to Help Local Agencies Understand Non-Profits

Local agencies and non-profits are complex and dynamic organizations. In this section, the Institute offers resources to help local agencies understand the rules and opportunities for working with non-profit organizations.


Non-Profits and Advocacy Activities: Resources on What’s Okay and What’s Not

As public agencies contemplate collaborations with nonprofits, it may be helpful to keep in mind that nonprofits typically exist to make the world a better place.  To do this, they sometimes engage in advocacy activities. 

The following resources help local agencies understand the parameters under which nonprofits operate.


Assessing a Nonprofit’s Financial Health: Understanding Form 990’s

The Internal Revenue Service requires 501(c)  nonprofit organizations to file a “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax” on Form 990.  Prepared annually, form 990s can provide local agencies considering collaborations with nonprofits a sense of a given nonprofit’s financial health and governance practices.


Local Agencies and Nonprofits Partner on Purchasing

U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance™ (“U.S. Communities™”) is a nationwide purchasing cooperative. Open to local and state public agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education and nonprofit organizations, U.S.


Tips on How to Work With Community-Based Organizations

Learn how local agencies can benefit from working with community-based organizations and suggestions for success when working with these organizations.


Key Steps in Creating a Partnership or Collaboration

Partnering with other organizations or agencies is essential to maximize your efforts at enrolling children in no- or low-cost health insurance or for any other joint efforts. Thinking of the relationship as a partnership rather than a contract will enhance the success of the effort. Learn steps that will help create a successful endeavor.


Improving Your Chances for Success in Partnerships

The key to success in engaging other organizations and agencies in a collaborative effort is in how you approach the collaboration both in terms of your actions and your attitude. Learn actions and attitudes that will support collaboration.


Understanding County Health Services in California: A Brief Overview

This resource summarizes the  responsibilities and services provided by county health departments.


Commitment to Nonprofit Causes and Public Service: Some Issues to Ponder

This three-part series alerts local officials to the complex issues that can arise when one combines local public service with commitment to charitable causes. 

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