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Book offers guidance to New Mexico nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations in New Mexico just got a little guidance in how to be even better at what they do.

The New Mexico Nonprofit Principles and Practices Guide, and a companion workbook, have just been published by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the United Way of Central New Mexico.

bright spot“The intention is to support nonprofits throughout New Mexico to be more effective, efficient, sustainable, and compliant organizations,” center director Annie Sánchez said during a Tuesday news conference at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

“These tools offer standardized guidelines and actionable tools to support organizations with improving their operations and governance. Ultimately the Guide and Companion Workbook can enhance the effectiveness of the New Mexico nonprofit sector which is vital to our state’s ability to support and provide for each and every resident.”

The New Mexico Nonprofit Principles and Practices Guide has just been published by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the United Way of Central New Mexic0

The New Mexico Nonprofit Principles and Practices Guide has just been published by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the United Way of Central New Mexico. (Courtesy of United Way of Central New Mexico)

The workbook not only leads people through the guide, but it also allows people to determine “where their organization stands in relation to the guiding principles, legally required practices and recommended standard practices,” Sánchez said.

Ed Rivera, president and CEO of United Way of Central New Mexico said the guide paid particular attention to “legal compliance, transparency and accountability” to help organizations of all sizes “improve their operations and governance and to fine-tune strategic planning and evaluation processes.”

The guide was assembled with an advisory committee of 50 people, including experts, service providers and input from the state Office of the Attorney General and Office of the Secretary of State. It is divided into 12 chapters, each with a guiding principle for operating a nonprofit in New Mexico, and each chapter “has an associated set of legally required practices, the ‘musts’ regarding advocacy … and then a set of recommend standard practices,” Sánchez said.

About 600 of the first 1,250 copies of the book that were printed have already been distributed.

Anyone can order a hard copy of the book for $25 by going online to www.centerfornonprofitexcellence.org/guide. An electronic copy of the book can also be downloaded for free at the same website.

The New Mexico Nonprofit Principles and Practices Guide, and the companion workbook, were paid for by contributions from Comcast, United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of Southwest New Mexico, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Grant County Community Foundation, the Taos Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

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