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Updated on: Feb 16, 2022 at 00:04

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/

Academic research focusing on nonprofit organizations.

Civicus

http://www.civicus.org/

International organization promoting citizen participation in non-governmental agencies.

Council on Foundations

http://www.cof.org/

A membership organization for grantmaking foundations. A good place to find general

information about foundation giving.

Giving USA

http://www.aafrc.org

The American Association of Fundraising Counsel produces an annual report, Giving USA, on charitable giving in the United States

Independent Sector

http://www.independentsector.org/

Information about charitable giving and issues important to nonprofit organizations.

Institute for Policy Studies, John Hopkins University

http://www.jhu.edu/~ccss/

Research and information dissemination about nonprofit organizations.

Literature of the Nonprofit Sector

http://lnps.fdncenter.org/

Searchable database of nonprofit publications from the Foundation Center.

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund

http://www.nonprofitresearch.org/

A program of The Aspen Institute supporting research about nonprofit organizations.

Charity Village Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization

http://www.charityvillage.com/cv/guides/guide4.asp

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

http://www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/

Program of the Harvard Business School with links to social enterprise research and resources.

Internet Nonprofit Center Starting a Nonprofit FAQs

http://www.nonprofits.org/npofaq/keywords/1l.html

Basic questions about starting a nonprofit are answered.

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right

http://www.studycenter.org/

The San Francisco Study Center is publisher of Gregory Colvin’s classic book outlining various fiscal sponsorship arrangements.

501(c)(3): To Be or Not To Be

http://www.tgci.com/magazine/agency.asp

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

http://www.ncnb.org

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.”

Tax-Exempt Organization Information

http://www.irs.gov/

Home page for the IRS including information for nonprofit organizations.

Toolkit for Starting a Nonprofit Organization

http://www.mncn.org/info_start.htm

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits provides a toolkit of articles and forms for creating nonprofit organizations.

How to Develop a Mission Statement

http://www.pfdf.org/leaderbooks/sat/mission.html

Advice from the Leader to Leader Institute

How to Write a Mission Statement

http://www.tgci.com/magazine/98fall/mission.asp

Janel M. Radtke gives advice in the Grantsmanship Center Magazine.

Questions to Help Create a Mission Statement

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sos/missionstatements.htm

From Student Organization Solutions at Vanderbilt University

Sample Mission Statement

http://www.firemuseumnetwork.org/

Clear, straightforward mission statement from the Fire Museum Network.

IRS Publications and Forms

http://www.irs.gov/

The home page for finding forms or publications for download from the IRS Web site.

IRS Tax-Exempt Organizations

http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/formspubs/index.html

Convenient download page for nonprofit forms and publications.

File your IRS 990 Online

http://efile.form990.org/

Complete and electronically file your 990 online.

Look at 990 Reports

http://guidestar.org

View thousands of completed 990 forms at Guidestar

990 FAQs

http://www.genie.org/

Select “Fed Form 990” for answers to frequently asked questions about 990s from CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie.

Quality 990s

http://www.qual990.org/index.html

Lots of information about 990s at this site.

U.S. State Charity Offices

http://www.nasconet.org/agencies

Links to state offices regulating nonprofits and fundraising.

Board Cafe

http://www4.compasspoint.org

Monthly electronic newsletter about boards of directors from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.

Board Source

http://www.ncnb.org/

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

http://www.mncn.org/info_principles_revisedgov.htm

Duties and responsibilities for board officers from the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits.

Energize

http://www.energizeinc.com/

Comprehensive Web site for volunteer managers

Virtual Volunteers

http://www.serviceleader.org/new/virtual/

Useful information about using online volunteers.

Volunteer Centers of America

http://www.pointsoflight.org/

Look for your local volunteer center through this national resource

Volunteers from the Workplace

http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itsv/0998/ijse/corp.htm

An article by Betty B. Stallings on corporate volunteer programs.

Volunteer Library

http://www.govolunteer.ca/library/Main.do

Scan this useful library of resources about working with volunteers, including

James D. Dewitt’s book about volunteer legal issues.

Association Directory

http://www.associationcentral.com/

Search for professional associations at Association Central.com

More Nonprofit Job Listings

http://www.idealist.com

Among other resources about and serving the nonprofit sector, you can search here for jobs and volunteer opportunities

Nonprofit Management Library

http://www.managementhelp.org

MAP for Nonprofits’ web site includes a library of useful articles about management topics, along with links to helpful national organizations.

Personnel Policy Example

http://adminguide.stanford.edu/ch2contents.html

From this page you can view PDF files Stanford University’s personnel policies.

Sample Job Description Form

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~humres/Training/HowToHire/Pages/6.shtml

Format for presenting a job description from Rice University.

Tips for Interviewing Job Candidates

http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwhre/interviews.html

Good step-by-step overview of the interview process from Georgia State University.

Checklist for Planning

http://www.mapnp.org/library/org_eval/uw_plng.htm

Carter McNamara planning checklist.

Example of an Organizational Plan

http://www.pacifica.org/board/docs/avision.html

Pacifica Radio’s strategic plan

Example of an Organizational Plan

http://www.namac.org/

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

Innonet

http://www.innonet.org/

The “Point K” section of the Innovation Network Web site offers tools for planning and evaluation

Planning Toolkit

http://www.nea.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html

The National Endowment for the Arts has gathered articles and guides to help organizations plan.

Preparing a Nonprofit Business Plan

http://www.ctcnet.org/

Search the Community Technology Centers’ site for advice about technology planning.

Program Planning

http://www.mapnp.org/library/prog_mng/prog_mng.htm

Resources by Carter McNamara for doing good program planning.

Strategic Planning FAQs

http://www.allianceonline.org/FAQ

Get your strategic planning questions answered at this Alliance for Nonprofit Management site.

Accounting Standards

http://www.1800net.com/nprc/

Information to help understand nonprofit accounting standards

Bookkeeping Tool:  Unified Chart of Accounts

http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/FAQ/index.php?category=31

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.

Budgeting Basics Tutorial

http://www.fdncenter.org

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.

Checklist of Financial Indicators

http://www.mapnp.org/library/org_eval/uw_fnce.htm

See how your organization stacks up.

Nonprofit 990 Forms

http://nccs.urban.org/990/

Look at copies of nonprofit 990 reports.

Sample Budget (Community Project)

http://humanitiestexas.org/grants/prog_budget1.htm

Sample project budget for a program from the Texas Humanities Council.

Sample Cash Flow Worksheet

http://www.ncg.org/services_alf_projection.html

Cash flow form used by applicants to Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund (document in Excel format and including formulas).

Effective Press Releases

http://www.landrights.org/prleases.htm

The American Land Rights Association gives good advice on writing press releases.

Know Your Audience

http://www.audiencedialogue.org/kya9.html

Advice on audience surveys from Audience Dialogue.

Nonprofit Marketing

http://www.delawarenonprofit.org/PRFaq.html

The Answer Center provides a helpful overview of marketing and public relations topics and links to other useful sites.

PR Web

http://www.prweb.com/

Free Web service for press release distribution.

Zoomerang – Online Surveys

http://www.zoomerang.com/

Do your own online survey using this low-cost service.

Directory of State Associations

http://www.ncna.org/

Check this site for the name of your state association and to see if it offers group insurance.

Insurance Basics

http://www.iiaa.org/na/default?ContentPreference=NA&ActiveTab=NA&ActiveState=0

Check “Insurance 101” in the Consumer Information section of this Web site for Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

Insurance FAQ’s

http://www.genie.org/

CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie answers questions about insurance as one of many topics addressed in its FAQs section.

Nonprofit Finance Fund

http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org/

Nationwide assistance for nonprofits with capital and facility needs.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/

Control your risks and keep insurances low.

Assess Your Readiness for Fundraising

http://www.tgci.com/magazine/archives.asp

Read about “Fundraising Readiness” in the archived fundraising articles for the Grantsmanship Center Magazine.

Get Ready to Fundraise

http://www.raise-funds.com/a98forum.html

Tony Poderis offers good advice in his fundraising forum.

Innonet

http://www.innonet.org/

Get help with planning at the Innovation Network site.

Nonprofit Management Library

http://www.managementhelp.org

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

http://www.nasconet.org

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.

Building an Individual Giving Program

http://www.raisingmoremoney.com/rmm/index.shtml

Terry Axelrod offers a free course in building individual giving programs.

A Donor Bill of Rights

www.afpnet.org/ethics_and_donors

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.

Internet Prospector

http://www.internet-prospector.org/index.html

Research potential donors using the resources listed on this Web site.

Direct Mail Information

http://www.nonprofitmailers.org/tools.html

Some technical advice from the Association of Nonprofit Mailers

Email May Be Your Most Important Online Tool

http://news.gilbert.org/features/featureReader$3608

Michael Gilbert says e-mail is important.

Fundraising FAQs

http://search.genie.org/genie/ans_result.lasso?cat=Fundraising

CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Genie answers questions about fundraising.

Fundraising Software

http://www.techsoup.org

Use the search function on the Tech Soup web site for information about software for nonprofits.

Internet Prospector

http://www.internet-prospector.org/index.html

Research potential donors using the resources listed on this Web site.

Major Gifts

http://www.tgci.com/magazine/archives.asp

See the fundraising article archives for the Grantsmanship Center Magazine for Kim Klein’s article, “Getting Major Gifts.”

Nonprofit Matrix

http://www.nonprofitmatrix.com/

Get information about online giving Web sites here.

Choosing the Right Event

http://www.tgci.com/magazine/archives.asp

Check the article archives of the Grantsmanship Center Magazine for discussion of special events that are the right fit for your organization

Canadian Fundraiser

http://www.canadianfundraiser.com

This searchable resource in English and French covers all aspects of nonprofit management and fundraising

Council on Foundations

http://www.cof.org/

The professional association for foundations with links to member organizations

Foundation Center

http://fdncenter.org/

You can find tons of information here about foundation grantmaking.  Some search services are free and some require a subscription.

Foundation Directory Samples (Acrobat Reader Required)

            Foundation Directory

            http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/fd_smpl.pdf

            Foundation Grants Index

            http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/gia_smpl.pdf

            The Guide to U.S. Foundations

            http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/gus_smpl.pdf

            The Foundation 1000

            http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/fd1_smpl.pdf

            National Directory of Corporate Giving

            http://fdncenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/cg_smpl.pdf

GuideStar

http://www.guidestar.org

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.

GrantSmart

http://www.grantsmart.org/

Search for tax returns of foundations and charitable trusts.  As with GuideStar, you can see copies of their 990 tax forms

National Center for Charitable Statistics

http://nccsdataweb.urban.org

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.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

http://www.cfda.gov/

Look for possible government funding possibilities here

Government Printing Office

http://www.gpoaccess.gov

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.

Federal Business Opportunities

http://www.FedBizOpps.gov

Provides searchable information about government contract opportunities for all kinds of vendors, including nonprofits

Office of Management and Budget

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/

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.

Guide to Federal Funding

http://www.grantsandfunding.com

Serving government agencies and nonprofit organizations, this site helps with federal funding searches and news about changing regulations

Foundation Center Learning Lab

http://www.fdncenter.org/learn/

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.

Grant Proposal.com

http://www.grantproposal.com/

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

http://www.libraryspot.com/features/grantsfeature.htm

A user-friendly site that includes links to other grant writing resources

The Grantsmanship Center

http://www.tgci.com

Offers a training program and published resources about grant writing

Give spot

http://www.givespot.com/resources/grantseekers.htm

Givespot provides links to an array of information for grant seekers from finding funders to writing and refining proposals

An Array of Services for Proposal Writers

http://www.Grantwriters.com

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

Proposal Writer Search Engine

http://www.proposalwriter.com/search.html 

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.

Proposal Checklist

http://www.proposalwriter.com/checklist.html

Deborah Kluge provides a checklist for grant proposals, focused primarily on social service and USAID proposals

Capital Campaigns

http://www.raise-funds.com/1099aforum.html

Tony Poderis covers the basics of capital campaigns

Internet Prospector

http://www.internet-prospector.org/index.html

Research potential donors – individuals and institutions – using the resources listed on this Web site

Major Donor Campaigns

http://www.zimmerman-lehman.com/mdcampaign.htm

Overview of the components of a major donor drive from Zimmerman & Lehman

Major Gifts

http://www.tgci.com

Search the Grantsmanship Center’s archive of articles for pieces about capital campaigns and securing major gifts from individuals

Nonprofit Finance Fund

http://www.nonprofitfinancefund.org/

Look for capital financing help, workshops, and information here

Special Project Fundraising

http://www.wmich.edu/nonprofit/Guide/guide3.htm

Western Michigan University’s Sondra Shaw-Hardy discusses the main points of campaign fundraising