Board & Governance
BoardSource — http://www.boardsource.org/
BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.
boardnetUSA — http://www.boardnetusa.org/public/home.asp
A unique website dedicated to the express purpose of connecting nonprofit boards and new leaders.
Triangle BoardConnect — http://www.triangleboardconnect.org/
TechSoup — http://www.techsoup.org/
Offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support.
Nonprofit Technology Network — http://www.nten.org/
NTEN aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. We are the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
Salesforce Foundation — http://www.salesforcefoundation.org/nonprofit/
Salesforce is a sophisticated contact management system for integrating contact management, impact monitoring, and program operations. The link above takes you to their nonprofit product donation and grants program.
Webmonkey — http://www.webmonkey.com/
The web developer’s resource for anyone who needs a reference for building his or her web site. WebMonkey contains helpful links and information about web site development for beginning, intermediate, or advanced webmasters.
Communication / Marketing
The Center for Plain Language — http://www.centerforplainlanguage.org/
To be transparent, you must speak and write clearly. That’s plain language. The Center for Plain Language wants government and business documents to be clear and understandable. We support those who use plain language, train those who should use plain language, and urge people to demand plain language in all the documents they receive, read, and use.
The Goodman Center — http://www.thegoodmancenter.com/resources/
Helps nonprofits recruit, propose, persuade, and present more effectively. Many useful resources to improve communications including Free-Range Thinking – a free monthly journal on public-interest communications.
AdCouncil — http://www.adcouncil.org/
Produces, distributes and promotes thousands of public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventative health, education, community well being, environmental preservation and strengthening families. Nonprofits can apply to be an AdCouncil campaign.
SPIN — http://www.spinproject.org/
The SPIN (Strategic Press Information Network) Project provides comprehensive media training, intensive media strategizing, and resources to community organizations across the country. SPIN helps grow the capacity of grassroots groups to shape public opinion and garner positive media attention.
Independent Sector — http://www.independentsector.org/
Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Independent Sector is a nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations.
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest — http://www.clpi.org/
CLPI works to promote nonprofit advocacy and create systemic change by partnering with organizations to develop messages and conduct outreach, providing training and presentations, and by protecting and expanding nonprofit lobbying rights.
Nonprofit Finance Fund — http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org/
NFF is a national leader in helping nonprofits strengthen their financial health and improve their capacity to serve their communities.
Guidestar — http://www.guidestar.org/
Posts the IRS 990 forms for all nonprofits, including lists of grants; also allows nonprofits to create their own organizational profile and online newsletter. This can be used to market your organization and provide donors with accurate information about your nonprofit. Registration required. Some services require a fee.
Association of Fundraising Professionals — http://www.afpnet.org/
AFP represents more than 30,000 members in 206 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
Foundation Center — http://www.fdncenter.org/
A comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. The Center also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.
Network for Good — http://www1.networkforgood.org/for-nonprofits
Great fundraising resource! A secure, convenient donation system that makes it possible for visitors to donate online to your organization.
Groundspring — http://www.groundspring.org/index_gs.cfm
Offers low-cost bulk email services and donation-collection, as well as training and information about internet in fundraising.
Grantsmanship Center — http://www.tgci.com/
The Grantsmanship Center conducts some 150 workshops annually in grantsmanship training and earned income strategies for nonprofits. Resources available at the Grantsmanship Center’s website include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register, archives of The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, indexes of funding sources at the local, federal and international levels and more.
The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training — http://www.grassrootsfundraising.org/
GIFT promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. Provides training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color.
General Nonprofit Resources
Annie E. Casey Foundation Knowledge Center — http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter.aspx
Provide advocates, policymakers, practitioners, the media, researchers, and community members with a range of Foundation resources to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities.
Panel on the Nonprofit Sector — http://www.nonprofitpanel.org/Report/index.html
The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector is an independent effort by charities and foundations to ensure that the nonprofit community remains a vibrant and healthy part of American society.
NEW — http://www.new.org/
NEW helps nonprofits succeed by providing resources, technology, and services that meet the challenges of doing more with less.
Fourth Sector — http://www.fourthsector.net/
Over the past few decades, the boundaries between the public (government), private (business), and social (non-profit) sectors have been blurring as many pioneering organizations have been blending social and environmental aims with business approaches. There are many expressions of this trend, including corporate social responsibility, microfinance, venture philanthropy, sustainable businesses, social enterprise, privatization, community development and others. As this activity matures, it is becoming formalized as a ‘Fourth Sector’ of the economy.
Compasspoint — http://www.compasspoint.org/
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a nonprofit training, consulting and research organization with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Through a broad range of services, they provide nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.
Authenticity — http://www.authenticityconsulting.com/
Authenticity provides consultation, coaching, facilitation, leadership and management development, organizational development and change management.
Human Capital Institute — http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org/
The Human Capital Institute is a membership organization, think tank and educational resource for the professionals and executives in management, HR/OD and recruiting, who are at the forefront of this new movement.
Chronicle on Philanthropy — http://philanthropy.com/
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
Stanford Social Innovation Review — http://www.ssireview.org/
SSIR an award-winning magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.
Nonprofit Quarterly — http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/
Nonprofit Quarterly is a forum for the critical thinking and exploration needed to help nonprofits achieve their potential as effective, powerful, and influential organizations in concert with their constituencies.
Philanthropy Journal — http://www.philanthropyjournal.org/
The Philanthropy Journal is a publication of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and provides a free, weekly email bulletin for nonprofits featuring news, resources, announcements and job listings.
Idealist.org — http://www.idealist.org/
Idealist.org is a portal for everyone interested in nonprofit organizations and issues, nonprofit careers, volunteering, events and resources. Idealist.org provides services to the global community in an effort to connect people, resources and nonprofit organizations.
Council on Foundations — http://www.cof.org/
The Council on Foundations provides the opportunities, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. Over 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide are members of the Council on Foundations.
The Philanthropy Roundtable — http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of individual donors, foundation trustees and staff and corporate giving officers. The Roundtable puts donors in touch with peers who share similar concerns and interests. Members of the Roundtable have access to a range of ideas and information on what does and does not work well in philanthropy.
Charity Channel — http://www.charitychannel.com/
Data Gathering / Evaluation
National Center for Charitable Statistics — http://www.nccs.urban.org/
The National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.
Innovation Network — http://www.innonet.org/
Innovation Network is a national 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping other nonprofits and funders measure their own results. Offer program planning and evaluation consulting, training, and Web-based tools.
The Center for Evaluation Innovation — http://www.innonet.org/index.php?section_id=2&content_id=722
The Center works with other organizations to develop and then share new ideas and solutions to evaluation challenges.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations — http://www.geofunders.org/
The Standards of Excellence Institute — http://www.standardsforexcellenceinstitute.org/
The Standards for Excellence Institute is a national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofits. They also publish the Ethics and Accountability Code for Nonprofits.
Giving Institute — http://www.aafrc.org/
The American Association of Fundraising Counsel and Giving USA educate and engage members in the ethical delivery of counsel and related services to nonprofit organizations through research, advocacy and best practices.
Center for Ethical Leadership — http://www.ethicalleadership.org/
What kind of leadership does the common good need at this time in this place?
The Ethics Resource Center — http://www.ethics.org/
Free Management Library — http://www.managementhelp.org/
The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of resources.
Alliance for Nonprofit Management — http://www.allianceonline.org/
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.
Bridgespan Group — http://www.bridgespan.org/
The Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the hard work of developing strategies and building organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Provide strategy consulting, executive search, and philanthropy advising.
Network for Good — http://www1.networkforgood.org/
Index of nonprofit job resources and listings
Idealist.org — http://www.idealist.org/
Jobs and career-building in the nonprofit sector
Opportunity NOCs — http://www.opportunityknocks.org/
The Internet’s leading source of nonprofit jobs and career opportunities. To find your perfect job, do a quick keyword search or use their Advanced Search to see job listings by city, state, or organization or position type.
Bridgestar — http://www.bridgestar.org/Library/CareerPaths.aspx
Nonprofit Related Blogs
Robert Egger — http://www.robertegger.org/blog/
Founder and president of DC Central Kitchen and award-winning author Robert Egger maintains an engaging blog about the nonprofit sector and legislation that affects it.
Give and Take – http://philanthropy.com/giveandtake/
“The Chronicle of Philanthropy” features a “roundup” of nonprofit-related blogs and their current subjects.
Philanthropy 2173 — http://philanthropy.blogspot.com/
Named a “best blog” by Fast Company magazine, this blog contemplates the future of philanthropy.
PhilanTopic — http://pndblog.typepad.com/
Philanthropy News Digest and the Foundation Center manage a blog that features several lengthy, perceptive posts daily on philanthropy issues and news.
Nonprofit Blog Exchange — http://nonprofitblogexchange.blogspot.com/
This social bookmarking blog links to new posts from other nonprofit-related blogs.