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Academic research focusing on nonprofit organizations.
International organization promoting citizen participation in non-governmental agencies.
A membership organization for grantmaking foundations. A good place to find general
information about foundation giving.
The American Association of Fundraising Counsel produces an annual report, Giving USA, on charitable giving in the United States
Information about charitable giving and issues important to nonprofit organizations.
Research and information dissemination about nonprofit organizations.
Searchable database of nonprofit publications from the Foundation Center.
A program of The Aspen Institute supporting research about nonprofit organizations.
Addressed to Canadians, the guide asks good questions about how and when and whether to start a nonprofit whether in Canada or the United States.
Initiative on Social Enterprise
Program of the Harvard Business School with links to social enterprise research and resources.
Internet Nonprofit Center Starting a Nonprofit FAQs
Basic questions about starting a nonprofit are answered.
Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right
The San Francisco Study Center is publisher of Gregory Colvin’s classic book outlining various fiscal sponsorship arrangements.
Among other articles from the Grantsmanship Center’s newsletter, find Anthony Mancuso’s advice to help determine whether you should start a nonprofit.
Forming a Nonprofit Organization
BoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, offers an array of publications about nonprofit formation and management. When starting a nonprofit, particularly check out, “Board Q&A” and “Topic Papers.” You can find these by using the topic search function on its web site and selecting “Organizational Issues.”
Home page for the IRS including information for nonprofit organizations.
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits provides a toolkit of articles and forms for creating nonprofit organizations.
How to Develop a Mission Statement
Advice from the Leader to Leader Institute
How to Write a Mission Statement
Janel M. Radtke gives advice in the Grantsmanship Center Magazine.
Questions to Help Create a Mission Statement
From Student Organization Solutions at Vanderbilt University
Sample Mission Statement
Clear, straightforward mission statement from the Fire Museum Network.
IRS Publications and Forms
The home page for finding forms or publications for download from the IRS Web site.
IRS Tax-Exempt Organizations
Convenient download page for nonprofit forms and publications.
Complete and electronically file your 990 online.
Look at 990 Reports
View thousands of completed 990 forms at Guidestar
Select “Fed Form 990” for answers to frequently asked questions about 990s from CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie.
Lots of information about 990s at this site.
U.S. State Charity Offices
Links to state offices regulating nonprofits and fundraising.
Monthly electronic newsletter about boards of directors from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
Board Source, the former National Center on Nonprofit Boards, provides extensive publications and online information about boards. Check the “Board Information” section of the web site for Board Essentials, Nonprofit Essentials, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Governance of Nonprofits
Duties and responsibilities for board officers from the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits.
Comprehensive Web site for volunteer managers
Useful information about using online volunteers.
Look for your local volunteer center through this national resource
An article by Betty B. Stallings on corporate volunteer programs.
Scan this useful library of resources about working with volunteers, including
James D. Dewitt’s book about volunteer legal issues.
Search for professional associations at Association Central.com
Among other resources about and serving the nonprofit sector, you can search here for jobs and volunteer opportunities
MAP for Nonprofits’ web site includes a library of useful articles about management topics, along with links to helpful national organizations.
Personnel Policy Example
From this page you can view PDF files Stanford University’s personnel policies.
Format for presenting a job description from Rice University.
Tips for Interviewing Job Candidates
Good step-by-step overview of the interview process from Georgia State University.
Checklist for Planning
Carter McNamara planning checklist.
Example of an Organizational Plan
Pacifica Radio’s strategic plan
See the National Association of Media Arts and Culture’s “Deep Focus” report by Andrew Blau that looks at one agency’s plans in the context of a rapidly changing external environment
The “Point K” section of the Innovation Network Web site offers tools for planning and evaluation
The National Endowment for the Arts has gathered articles and guides to help organizations plan.
Preparing a Nonprofit Business Plan
Search the Community Technology Centers’ site for advice about technology planning.
Resources by Carter McNamara for doing good program planning.
Strategic Planning FAQs
Get your strategic planning questions answered at this Alliance for Nonprofit Management site.
Information to help understand nonprofit accounting standards
This Unified Chart of Accounts for nonprofit organizations, is a bookkeeping chart of accounts freely available on this site and designed so that nonprofits can can quickly and reliably translate their financial statements into the categories required by the IRS Form 990, the federal Office of Management and Budget, and into other standard reporting formats.
Select the Learning Lab section of the Foundation Center’s web site and click on “Virtual Classroom” for an on-line tutorial on creating project budgets.
See how your organization stacks up.
Look at copies of nonprofit 990 reports.
Sample project budget for a program from the Texas Humanities Council.
Cash flow form used by applicants to Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund (document in Excel format and including formulas).
The American Land Rights Association gives good advice on writing press releases.
Advice on audience surveys from Audience Dialogue.
The Answer Center provides a helpful overview of marketing and public relations topics and links to other useful sites.
Free Web service for press release distribution.
Do your own online survey using this low-cost service.
Check this site for the name of your state association and to see if it offers group insurance.
Check “Insurance 101” in the Consumer Information section of this Web site for Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie answers questions about insurance as one of many topics addressed in its FAQs section.
Nationwide assistance for nonprofits with capital and facility needs.
Control your risks and keep insurances low.
Read about “Fundraising Readiness” in the archived fundraising articles for the Grantsmanship Center Magazine.
Tony Poderis offers good advice in his fundraising forum.
Get help with planning at the Innovation Network site.
Carter MacNamara of Authenticity Consulting maintains the Free Management Library, a on-line collection of useful articles about fundraising and other topics.
U.S. State Charity Offices
The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) is an association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations in the United States. This site provides links to state offices regulating nonprofits and fundraising.
Terry Axelrod offers a free course in building individual giving programs.
In the ethics section of its web site, The Association of Fundraising Professionals offers a Donor Bill of Rights and an E-Donor Bill of Rights: each document offers ten rights every organization should respect in interacting with its donors.
Research potential donors using the resources listed on this Web site.
Some technical advice from the Association of Nonprofit Mailers
Michael Gilbert says e-mail is important.
CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie answers questions about fundraising.
Use the search function on the Tech Soup web site for information about software for nonprofits.
Research potential donors using the resources listed on this Web site.
See the fundraising article archives for the Grantsmanship Center Magazine for Kim Klein’s article, “Getting Major Gifts.”
Get information about online giving Web sites here.
Check the article archives of the Grantsmanship Center Magazine for discussion of special events that are the right fit for your organization
This searchable resource in English and French covers all aspects of nonprofit management and fundraising
The professional association for foundations with links to member organizations
You can find tons of information here about foundation grantmaking. Some search services are free and some require a subscription.
Foundation Grants Index
The Guide to U.S. Foundations
The Foundation 1000
National Directory of Corporate Giving
Search the 990 tax returns to fine-tune your foundation research. This is particularly useful if you are trying to learn about smaller foundations where little information is available in directories.
Search for tax returns of foundations and charitable trusts. As with GuideStar, you can see copies of their 990 tax forms
Among other data about charities, you can find on this Web site’s “classification” section the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities – Core Codes (or NTEE-CC). This NTEE-CC classification system is used by directories and databases to define nonprofit organizations by type. It divides the universe of nonprofit organizations into 26 major groups under 10 broad categories. Reviewing it can help you select the most appropriate subject categories and key words to use as you search for funding.
Look for possible government funding possibilities here
Provides an overview of the United States government – its branches and agencies. Also provides information about federal funding sources, Congressional bills, the Congressional Record, government regulations, and the Federal Register all of which can help inform your proposal development once you have identified a program to which you wish to apply.
Provides searchable information about government contract opportunities for all kinds of vendors, including nonprofits
Resource for information about the federal budget. You may use it to find out whether money has been allocated to a program to which you wish to apply. Some federal application forms also can be downloaded through this site.
Serving government agencies and nonprofit organizations, this site helps with federal funding searches and news about changing regulations
Foundation Center Learning Lab
The Foundation Center’s Web site includes a Learning Lab where you can find on-line courses in proposal writing, budgeting, and other useful skills. If you live near one of the Center’s branch libraries, you also can sign up for their workshops and classes.
Well-organized Web site with good tips about grant proposal writing. It describes itself as “a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grant writing consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.”
Portal for Grant writing Information
A user-friendly site that includes links to other grant writing resources
The Grantsmanship Center
Offers a training program and published resources about grant writing
Givespot provides links to an array of information for grant seekers from finding funders to writing and refining proposals
A free Web site for grant and proposal writers, that includes free information about what’s new in the grant writing world; a bookstore of grant writing materials, information about training in grant writing including open workshops, on-site programs, and Web-based instruction; and services for grantseekers
Consultant Deborah Kluge provides a search engine you can use to find grant information and a directory you can browse for a list of grants by government agency.
Deborah Kluge provides a checklist for grant proposals, focused primarily on social service and USAID proposals
Tony Poderis covers the basics of capital campaigns
Research potential donors – individuals and institutions – using the resources listed on this Web site
Major Donor Campaigns
Overview of the components of a major donor drive from Zimmerman & Lehman
Search the Grantsmanship Center’s archive of articles for pieces about capital campaigns and securing major gifts from individuals
Look for capital financing help, workshops, and information here
Special Project Fundraising
Western Michigan University’s Sondra Shaw-Hardy discusses the main points of campaign fundraising