Resources Library: Model Policies & Best Practices

Black Women are Leaders in the Movement to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Added Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Action Alliance

This poster highlights the contributions and leadership of black women in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence throughout history, and features short biographies of Ida B. Wells, The Combahee River Collective, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Loretta Ross, Harriet Jacobs, Tarana Burke, and Rosa Parks.

Feel free to download and print this poster to display in your organization.

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations

Added Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Action Alliance

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations is provided by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  This 8-page document provides an overview of the budget development process, including the role of the budget committee, setting budget priorities and realities, preparation timeline, how to use the budget as a management tool.  Great resource for new directors and financial managers!

Building Consentful Tech zine

Added Monday, February 26, 2018 by Action Alliance

(as originally posted on GutsMagazine.ca on 2/22/2018)

Our data can be so many things: our locations and travel times tracked by Uber, our search and browsing histories on Google, and the words we use frequently in our Facebook posts. Building Consentful Tech prompts tech creators, such as app and platform developers, to reflect on how they can give users more agency and information on how (and whether) they share their personal data.

Building Thriving Communities Toolkit

Added Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by Action Alliance

A toolkit to help unlock the power of individuals and communities to create a world in which all of us thrive.

The Building Thriving Communities: Civic Engagement Toolkit seeks to transform Virginia communities by increasing public participation in voting for candidates who align with their values and other means of civic engagement that promotes healthy futures. 

Download the entire toolkit all at once to find all of these resources (below) designed to support you in increasing community engagement with voting, the formation of public policy, and becoming active participants in democracy. Or you may download the handouts and guides separately.

The core component of the campaign is to build authentic connections between people, across differences, and around issues that make communities healthy, safe, just, and compassionate for all. 

This is a long-term campaign that draws upon the strength of the movements to end domestic and sexual violence: each person having a voice that is valued and respected, sharing stories as a tool for building understanding and mobilizing action, and empowering individuals and groups to bring about change in their own lives, in communities, and in the world.

The toolkit provides educational resources on civic engagement and strategies to engage communities and candidates.

Toolkit features:

  • * guide for facilitating community conversations around civic engagement;
  • * questions for candidates to build trauma-informed communities and systems;
  • * legislative advocacy guide;
  • * voting basics handout;
  • * print-ready posters to encourage voting for a #radicallyhopefulfuture;
  • * print-ready handout about why voting matters.   

CHANGING MINDS: Preventing and Healing Childhood Trauma State Policy Guide

Added Friday, March 02, 2018 by Action Alliance

From a national stakeholders gathering of state and local leaders, federal partners, philanthropy, and others, this guide was developed to address how health, education, child welfare, justice, and child development organizations can further the prevention and healing of childhood trauma at the state level.

The objectives for this state policy guide are to outline approaches that can be adapted based on a state’s circumstances and community needs, and address the reality that children grow up and develop in the context of their families, communities, and cultures. Let’s work to prevent and end childhood trauma together.

Click here to access this resource from Futures Without Violence.