Heller Key has researched and developed a wide range of publications, tools and products on a variety of topic areas, from research reports and white papers to toolkits and curricula.

Producing publications and other products that are both grounded in research and best practices and at the same time accessible and usable for audiences is a hallmark of Heller Keys’ approach.

Below are select examples of the types of publications and topic areas spanning Karen Heller Key’s career:


Research Reports, White Papers, Toolkits and Articles

Policy and Practice focused

Tool Kits

  • Retaining and Developing High Potential Talent: Promising Practices Onboarding, Employee Mentoring & Succession Planning
  • Children First National Campaign Guide - targeted at local community agencies responding to inquiries generated by a nationwide PSA campaign
  • Volunteer Center Start Up Kit
  • Campaign Volunteers Guide - case studies and best practices for engaging volunteers in fundraising campaigns
  • The Book of Days - how to run a successful community wide volunteer engagement day

Organizational - operations, talent, structures and processes

  • Dues Structures of federated national nonprofits
  • The Frontline Nonprofit Human Services Workforce: methods for increasing financial stability
  • Democratizing Access To Human Services Information - using technology to help all Americans access services
  • Systems Change and Results Measurement - outcomes of a national roundtable
  • Key Documents Reviews - bylaws, board documents and processes, senior staff positions and search options
  • Survey Findings - of staff, regional and national volunteer leadership, on a variety of topics