by Ronald J. Meshanko, President, ERC
ERC Newsbriefs Excerpt, February 28, 1995

The information super-highway is a gold mine of information for nonprofit organizations of all sizes and types. Through newsgroups mailing lists and discussion groups available on the Internet, you can access information on grants, loans, government RFP's, foundations, and resources. You can post a request seeking information and receive advice from nonprofits across the country. Some of the best nonprofit resources on the Internet are listed below:

Internet Prospector: Discussion group for prospect researchers. Post to: On first line type this command only: Subscribe prspct-L . To receive the monthly newsletter that lists the best Internet prospecting tools, use gopher and go to: Select server, and then select Association of Prospect Researchers-Eastern Canada. For more information send email to:

USNonprofit-L: Nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. This mailing list provides general information for all nonprofits on fund raising, management, grants, etc. The newsgroup is known as: To become a member of the group or be placed on the mailing list, send email to: with the following command on the first line: Subscribe usnonprofit-L "your name and organization".

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Mailing list providing regular summaries of information published in the Chronicle. To subscribe to this list, send email to: chronicle- with the following command on the first line: subscribe chronicle "your name and organization".

Guide to Internet Resources for Nonprofit Public Service Organizations: A 70-page article with the most commonly asked questions and answers by nonprofits on the Internet. Go to Gopher or FTP select, select line items 11 or 12, inetdirs (Gopher) or inetdirstacks (FTP).

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