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Nonprofit Virtual Library


This web site focuses on nonprofit directories and other web sites (over 100 in all) providing advice or information about running nonprofits. For a directory of organizations providing assistance to nonprofit managers, see Nonprofit Resource Guide.


Databases


Catalog of Nonprofit Literature
Chronicle of Philanthropy
GuideStar 990 Nonprofit Search Engine
IRS List of Tax-Exempt Organizations
IssueLab : A Repository of Foundation-Sponsored Reports
Nonprofit Literature Blog
NOZA 990-PF Search Engine
Philanthropic Studies Index (PSI)
Philanthropy Resources Online (PRO)
Worldwide NGO Directory


Additional Resources


7 Essential Tips for Starting a Nonprofit
About.Com Guide to Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Ahern Communications, Ink. Nonprofit Communications
Are You Ready for Enterprise?
Business Planning (for nonprofits or for-profits)
Changing Our World, Inc.
Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest
Charity.notcom
Checklist of Nonprofit Indicators
Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp Online
Crain's Detroit Business : Nonprofit News
DMOZ Open Directory's Nonprofit Resources Links
Establishing a Nonprofit Organization : Foundation Center Tutorial
Establishing a Nonprofit Organization (Foundation Center FAQs)
Foundation Center FAQs
Free Management Library
Help4Nonprofits Nonprofit Library
History of Nonprofit Boards in the United States
How Do I Start a Nonprofit Organization?
How Do I Start a Nonprofit Organization in Michigan?
How Donors Can Keep a Lid on Charity Costs
Idealist.org
IKnow : Interactive Knowledge for Nonprofits Worldwide
InnoNet: Helping Agencies Succeed
Internet Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
Internet Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
Job Information
Labyrinth Inc.
Life Cycle of a Private Foundation
Michael Stein's Online Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations Blog
National Directory of Service/Product Providers
Network for Good
NonProfit Expert.Com's Starting a Nonprofit
NonProfit Charitable Organizations
Nonprofit Fundraising and Accounting Software
NonProfit Good Practice Guide
Nonprofit Law Resource Library
Nonprofit Matrix
Nonprofit Start-Up Resources by State
Nonprofit Times
Nonprofit Times Resource Marketplace
Nonprofit World Article Index
North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
OMB Watch Nonprofit Issues News
Online Compendium of Federal & State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations
Open Directory's Nonprofit Resources
Philanthropy.Org
Reference Guide for Starting a Nonprofit
Starting a Non-Profit Organization
Starting a Non-Profit Organization (BoardSource)
Starting a Non-Profit Organization : A Resource List
Strategic Solutions
TechSoup.Org
Top Five Myths Regarding Nonprofits
TransitionGuides.com
University of Wisconsin Extension Learner Resource Center
USA.gov for Businesses and Nonprofits
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
What Are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Becoming a Nonprofit Organization?
What It Takes to Be A Good Nonprofit Director
Where Can I Find Information on Nonprofit Boards
Where Can I Find Information on Starting A Foundation?
Working With a Consultant or Technical Assistance Provider
WorldLawDirect.Com Nonprofit Law


Source Links With Annotations


7 Essential Tips for Starting a Nonprofit
http://nonprofit.about.com/od/gettingstarted/tp/tipsstartup.htm
The number of new nonprofits has proliferated in recent years. Unfortunately, not everyone who starts a nonprofit has thought out his or her enterprise. Don't make the mistake of just jumping into the nonprofit arena. Think hard before starting your nonprofit. Article by Joanne Fritz, About.Com.
(Last checked 06/04/13)



About.Com Guide to Nonprofitable Charitable Organizations
http://nonprofit.about.com/
A compilation of web resources on nonprofits, fundraising, and related issues by Joanne Fritz. Current categories include:
  • Find Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Information About Starting a Nonprofit
  • Fundraising Help and Information
  • Fundraising on the Web
  • Help with Grant Proposals
  • Information about Foundations
  • Information about Boards of Directors
  • Search for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Online Donation Sites
  • Evaluating Charities
  • Links to Government Resources
  • International Nonprofit Links
  • Legal Resources
  • Listservs and Discussion Groups
  • Nonprofit Education and Training
  • Nonprofit Management Information
  • Nonprofit News Sources
  • Management Consultants for NPOs
  • Organizations Serving Nonprofits
  • Planned Giving
  • Public Relations
  • Software for Nonprofits
  • Technical Computer Support for NPOs
  • Venture Philanthropy
  • Information About Nonprofit Accounting
  • Information for Volunteers
  • World Humanitarian Relief Organizations
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Ahern Communications, Ink.
    http://www.aherncomm.com
    Free how-to newsletter by one of North America's recognized authorities on effective nonprofit communications, Tom Ahern. Samples of fundraising materials (case statements, solicitation letters) he has written for organizations like yours. Check out Tom's Love Thy Reader workshop handout in the PDF Archive under Miscellaneous.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Are You Ready for Enterprise?
    http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/124/fundraising.html
    Ten questions to ask yourself before starting a nonprofit venture. Article by Andy Robinson, Shelterforce Online, # 124, July/August 2002.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Business Planning (for nonprofits or for-profits)
    http://managementhelp.org/businessplanning/index.htm
    Advice and examples from the Free Management Library.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Catalog of Nonprofit Literature
    http://catalog.foundationcenter.org/
    A searchable database covering the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries and contains more than 24,900 full bibliographic citations, of which more than 17,000 have descriptive abstracts. Updated daily. Items covered deal with everything from the theory and philosophy of philanthropy, biographies of philanthropists, administration and management of nonprofits, and materials issued by foundations or nonprofit organizations.
    Periodicals Covered.
    For a discussion of the latest trends in published works about philanthropy, consult a new spinoff called the Nonprofit Literature Blog.
    The Catalog was formerly known as Literature of the Nonprofit Sector (LNPS).
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Changing Our World, Inc.
    http://www.changingourworld.com/
    Changing Our World Inc. is the publisher of the CW Network, a leading online resource for non-profit and philanthropy professionals. CW publishes some of the largest and best-read e-mail newsletters in the sector. A few are available free, including : Observations in Philanthropy, Inside Corporate Philanthropy, and The Internet Fundraiser.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest
    http://www.clpi.org/
    Offers advice on how to lobby and explains the federal laws that govern lobbying and voter-education activities by charities. It also features six essays by charity leaders and volunteers on why they think lobbying is an important way for charities to fulfill their missions. Additional contents include:
  • IRS Letter Alleviates Charities' Concern About Lobbying
  • About Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest
  • Charity Lobbying: Its the Right Thing to Do
  • Getting Started
  • Lobby Legally! A step-by-step guide for following federal law governing charity lobbying.
  • Educate Voters and Candidates
  • What's New in Charity Lobbying and Voter Education
  • Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest Advisory Committee Members and Staff
  • Training and Workshops on Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Links to Other Organizations Working to Help Charities Participate in Democracy
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Charity.notcom
    http://www.fund-online.com/musings/notcom.html
    Watch out for tempting offers by dotcoms. Advice from Adam Corson-Finnerty of the Online Fundraising Resources Center.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Checklist of Nonprofit Organizational Indicators
    http://managementhelp.org/organizationalperformance/nonprofits/index.htm
    The following checklist is a resource developed by staff and volunteers of the United Way of Minneapolis Area for internal use by nonprofit organizations. Management can use the checklist to identify their organization's administrative strengths and weaknesses. United Way staff and community volunteers intend this too to strengthen their administrative capabilities. It is believed that widespread use of the checklist ultimately results in a more effective and efficient nonprofit community. The checklist is not intended to be used as a tool for external evaluation, or by grantmakers in making funding decisions. This tool will be used to assist nonprofit organizations to gain a better understanding of their management needs and/or make improvements to management operations. Prepared by Carter McNamara, PhD, February 23, 1998.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Chronicle of Philanthropy
    http://philanthropy.com/
    Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp Online
    http://www.craigslistfoundation.org/index.php?page=Nonprofit_Boot_Camp_Online
    Nonprofit Boot Camp Online offers you free access to presentations, handouts, podcasts, and session notes from Nonprofit Boot Camp. All podcasts are listed by Boot Camp below, or by browing through various categories such as: Keynotes, Big Ideas, Board Governance, Board of Directors, Fundraising, Generations, Legal & Accounting, Lobbying & Advocacy, Lunch Discussion Forums, Marketing, Nonprofit Basics, Social Entrepreneurship, and Technology.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Crain’s Detroit Business : Nonprofit News
    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=nonprofit
    Features news stories compiled by Crain's about nonprofits and philanthropy targeted to a Michigan audience of nonprofit managers, foundation executives, business leaders, and philanthropists.
    (Last checked 05/10/06)


    DMOZ Open Directory's Nonprofit Resources Links
    http://dmoz.org/Society/Organizations/Nonprofit_Resources/
    With the motto "humans do it better", this organization is relying on humans to pick out outstanding resources on the web.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Establishing a Nonprofit Organization : Foundation Center Tutorial
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/establish/
    This tutorial describes 12 tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Establishing a Nonprofit Organization: Foundation Center FAQs
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/section_4a.html
    A collection of Foundation Center FAQs with answers.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Foundation Center FAQs
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/
    Provides questions and answers on the following topics: the Foundation Center, Funding Research, Individual Grantseekers, Nonprofit Organizations, and Corporate Philanthropy.
    (Last checked 03/16/06)


    Free Management Library for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations
    http://www.managementhelp.org/topics.htm
    The Nonprofit Manager's library has increased almost ten fold. Developed by Carter McNamara, PhD, and hosted by the Management Assistant Program for Nonprofits, this online library offers tools and resources for topics such as career development, legal information, program management, public and media relations, starting an organization, training basics, and many more. The second link provides an index of topics covered.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    GuideStar : Donors' Guide to Charities and Nonprofits
    http://www.guidestar.org/
    Donors and philanthropists can now more easily compare and monitor organizations to which they may contribute, while nonprofit organizations can perhaps spend less of their resources on fundraising. These are the goals of Philanthropic Research, Inc's GuideStar, a clearinghouse of information on more than 600,000 charities and nonprofit organizations. GuideStar hosts a searchable database, a newsletter, employment and volunteer opportunity listings, and valuable articles in addition to lists of links for both donors and nonprofit organizations. Database information includes brief descriptions of the charities/nonprofits and their programs, funding sources, geographic location(s), and income/asset statements. GuideStar derives its information from 990 tax submissions to the IRS as well as directly from the nonprofit organizations themselves. For more information, contact Kim Reardon, kreardon@seva.net; (804) 229-4631. [Also listed under Charities; Nonprofit Resource Guide]
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Help4Nonprofits Nonprofit Library
    http://www.help4nonprofits.com/H4NP.htm
    Practical advice from Hildy Gottlieb, Help 4 Nonprofits : Community-Driven Institute, features articles on board governance and mechanics, fundraising, marketing, personnel, startup and program development, and more.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    History of Nonprofit Boards in the United States
    http://www.boardsource.org/dl.asp?document_id=11
    Part of the BoardSource E-Book Series, Peter Dobkin Hall transcends the history of the nonprofit board to answer “Why Do Boards Exist?” The 30-page E-Book discusses various eras throughout US history and the boards needed during that particular time and why.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    How Do I Start a Nonprofit Organization?
    http://www.grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Nonprofit-Management/Establishment/Starting-a-nonprofit
    A frequently asked question (with answers) from the Foundation Center / Grant Space. Contains a short list of web links and a short bibliography to additional resources addressing this issue.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    How Do I Start A Nonprofit (In Michigan)?
    http://www.mnaonline.org/startinganonprofit.aspx
    Advice from the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    How Donors Can Keep a Lid on Charity Costs
    http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Donors-Can-Keep-a-Lid-on/51260/
    Online article from October 21, 1999 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle of Philanthropy requires an ID and Password. MSU faculty and students can gain access in Main Library Reference; a paper copy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy is also available in the Funding Center.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Idealist.org
    http://www.idealist.org/
    Over the last ten years, Idealist has connected millions of people with thousands of organizations around the world. Now we are going a step further by building a global network of people who want to work together to change their communities and the world, online and face-to-face. Right now, 36,030 of us are involved in this project, and we invite you to make it 36,030+1.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    IKNOW : Interactive Knowledge for Nonprofits Worldwide
    http://www.iknow.org
    IKNOW is a free source of information on the web, expressly designed to give the nonprofit community information it can use. Unlike using a major search engine, the careful selection and organization of content on IKNOW is designed to save time usually spent weeding through tens and hundreds of pages that are not exactly what you were looking for. The editors of IKNOW seek out, identify, and organize only the best available information of concern to the nonprofit community into a dozen major categories: business services, education, fringe benefits, fundraising, governance, human resources, legal issues, legislation, marketing and media, strategic planning and volunteerism. The site has recently added a new category of information on state requirements for charitable solicitations. [Also listed under Nonprofit Resource Directory.]
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Innovation Network (InnoNet): Helping Agencies Succeed
    http://www.innonet.org/
    InnoNet, a six-year-old nonprofit offering free online tools that other nonprofits can use to create and assess their own programs, has added budgeting and fundraising plans to its self-help toolkit. Founded in 1993, InnoNet initially helped grass-roots service agencies identify the best practices in their field of interest. Based on that work, one year later the group began helping nonprofits evaluate their own programs. While InnoNet generates significant revenue through consulting fees, its self-management tools are available free at its recently expanded website. At InnoNet's site, visitors will find a "workstation" they can use to create their own plans for programs, including how to structure them and put them into place, as well as plans for evaluating those programs. InnoNet then reviews those plans for free. The site also features a "repair center" that visitors can use for quick answers on topics ranging from how to collect data to how to revamp old survey forms! For more information, call 202/728-0727.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Internet Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
    http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/feb04/cameron.shtml
    Article from InfoToday.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Internet Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
    http://www.actiondonation.org/articles/internet-resources-for-non-profits.html
    Another compilation of resources by Action Donation Services, which seeks donations of cars and boats to fund charity work around the country.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    IRS List of Tax Exempt Organizations
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html
    The IRS has mounted a search engine on its web site to allow donors and others to search electronically to find out whether a charity or a foundation is considered by the government to be a legitimate non-profit organization. By filling in a simple form, you can search through a list of nearly 500,000 nonprofit groups to find a specific organization or to locate all groups in a particular city or state. Information will be updated quarterly. Similar information is available in the Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenune Code of 1986. The books are also referred to as Publication 78. [Also listed under Charities]
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    IssueLab
    http://www.issuelab.org/home
    An annotated collection of approximately 12,000 foundation-sponsored reports, case studies, white papers, evaluations, fact sheets, issue briefs, annual reports, and toolkits from social sector organizations, foundations, or university-based research centers. Represents the merger of PubHub and IssueLab. Each report can be downloadeded in pdf format.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Job Information
    http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/jobs.htm
    Looking for job information? Try out this web page which lists both web sites and books.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Labyrinth Inc.
    http://www.labyrinthinc.com/sharedcontent/charitystatecontactinfo.asp?Page=4&subs=2
    If you are going to solicit funds you will likely have to register in each state in which you intend to solicit funds. This useful site directs you to the registration contacts for each state. This web site also contains a list of the public disclosure statements which must appear on all solicitation materials. Plus it has a link to may web sites of interest to nonprofit organizations.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Life Cycle of a Private Foundation
    http://www.irs.gov/charities/foundations/article/0,,id=127912,00.html
    The IRS has released a new web-based tool to help private foundations navigate federal tax rules throughout their various stages of development. Called "The Life Cycle of a Private Foundation," the tool was launched in October and provides information pertaining to five stages of a foundation's growth. The lifecycle information starts with creating an organization and filing for tax-exempt status, then moves to filing requirements and ongoing compliance and finishes with information for closing down organizations. Specific issues addressed include obtaining a employer identification number, protecting a group's charitable status and meeting disclosure requirements.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Michael Stein's Online Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations Blog
    Also called Web Sites for Fundraising
    http://michaelstein.typepad.com/
    Since the creation of the World Wide Web in the late 1990s, organizations of all shapes and sizes have struggled with a few constant questions: Is our Web site as effective as it can possibly be? Is it helping us meet our goals for information dissemination and community engagement? More recently, online fundraising has become a part of organizations’ development strategy, and this has added some complexity to the Web equation. Now people are also asking: How do we raise money with our Web site? Is the structure and content of our Web site effective in encouraging potential donors to give gifts online? Advice from Michael Stein, California consultant.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    National Directory of Service/Product Providers
    http://www.snpo.org/directory/directory.pdf
    The nonprofit sector is served by a host of leading companies offering a wide range of products and services of use to the board members, paid staff, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. The following are featured in the most recent issue of the "National Directory of Service/Product Providers," as published in the Society's Nonprofit World journal. Courtesy of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Network for Good
    http://www1.networkforgood.org/
    Imagine what the world would be like if every time you were inspired to help someone or something, you could -- with just a few clicks of a mouse, anywhere online. That’s the mission of Network for Good. We make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and we make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
    http://nonprofit.about.com/business/nonprofit/library/weekly/aa072899.htm
    A compilation of advice from About.Com.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Expert . Com's Starting a Nonprofit
    http://www.nonprofitexpert.com/starting-a-nonprofit/
    Contains links to a number of sites offering advice.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Fundraising and Accounting Software
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/software.html
    A collection of resources compiled by the Foundation Center / Grant Space.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
    http://www.npgoodpractice.org
    Made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this web site is a project of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Knowledge Management Initiative at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University. The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide captures and organizes good practices to assist nonprofits and foundations in improving their efficiency and effectiveness. The free online Guide provides nearly 7,000 tips and resources organized within ten topic areas including Accountability and Evaluation, Advocacy, Communications and Marketing, Foundations and Grantmaking, Fundraising and Financial Sustainability, Governance, Management and Leadership, Staff Development and Organizational Capacity, Technology, and Volunteer Management. "Training Essentials" within each topic area offers a framework for capacity building and staff training.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Internships Search Engine
    http://www.idealist.org/
    Select from menu. Provides a search engine allowing one to restrict search by location, skills, or areas of interest. Sponsored by Action Without Borders (formerly called the Contact Center Network).
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Law Resource Library
    http://www.hurwitassociates.com
    Hurwit & Associates announces a new website which includes the Nonprofit Law Resource Library. The library includes topics on pertinent nonprofit and foundation legal issues including: nonprofit governance; mergers; risk management; charitable contributions; executive compensation; lobbying and advocacy; and taxes.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Matrix
    http://www.nonprofitmatrix.com/
    Guide to ASPs and Portals for the nonprofit sector.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Start-Up Resources by State
    http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/map/start-up-map.html
    The Nonprofit Startup Map provides links to helpful state resources such as nonprofit associations, legal support organizations and government agencies. Courtesy of the Foundation Center.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    The NonProfit Times : The Leading Publication for Nonprofit Management
    http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/
    A monthly trade journal by the Davis Information Group, Inc. focusing on current events and issues affecting the nonprofit industry. The online version offers selected articles from current and back issues, a directory of service providers and consultants in the nonprofit area, and links to other nonprofit sites on the web. Sample paper copies are available for examination in the Social Sciences/Humanities Reference Foundation Collection. A one-year subscription -- twelve issues -- costs $59. The NonProfit Times is also distributed free of charge in the U.S. only to qualified non-profit executives. To find out if you qualify, send an e-mail to nptimes@haven.ios.com or call 201-734-1700. [Also listed under Current Awareness Tools]
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit Times Resource Marketplace
    http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/marketplace
    A collection of links provided by the publishers of Nonprofit Times.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Nonprofit World Article Index
    http://www.snpo.org/publications/articles.php
    The Society For Nonprofit Organizations began publishing Nonprofit World in 1983. This web page sorts the articles into the following categories: accounting, boards, communications, computers, enterprise, ethics, finance, fundraising, future trends, global thinking, law and taxation, management, personnel, planning, profiles in excellence, public relations/marketing, relevant reviews, volunteers, case files. MSU faculty, staff, and students can access articles from Nonprofit World via the MSU Library Home Page, Electronic Resources, Electronic Journals Page.
    (Last checked 06/04/13))


    North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
    http://www.ncnonprofits.org/
    Check out the extensive set of resources and FAQs.
    (Last checked 07/28/06)


    OMB Watch Nonprofit News
    News and Analysis on Issues Affecting Nonprofits
    http://www.ombwatch.org/npadv/
    OMB Watch was created when the Reagan Office of Management and Budget proposed a rule, first hatched by the Heritage Foundation, that would have "defunded the left," and in the process, a substantial segment of the nonprofit community generally. Since then OMB Watch has been a leader in the fight against proposals that would limit nonprofit advocacy rights. OMB Watch now co-chairs the Let America Speak Coalition along with Independent Sector and Alliance for Justice to fight such proposals. OMB Watch's involvement in nonprofit issues, however, is no longer limited to nonprofit advocacy. OMB Watch also works to increase nonprofit access to the latest communications technology, including the Internet. Nonprofit America is the latest initiative OMB Watch is engaged in to further this goal.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Online Compendium of Federal and State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations
    http://www.muridae.com/nporegulation/main.html
    This Web site provides a central resource for nonprofit organization (NPO) administrators, regulators and the interested public to find information about the laws and regulations controlling NPOs in the U.S. The site has three major sections: a set of informational pages about various general topics, a section of pages each dedicated to an individual jurisdiction (e.g. states) that describe the regulations of those jurisdictions, and a section devoted to current issues in NPO regulation and the efforts being made to minimize the regulatory burden that NPOs face. This Web site is very new and many parts still exist only in outline form. Compiled by Eric Mercer.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Open Directory's Nonprofit Resources Links
    http://dmoz.org/Society/Organizations/Nonprofit_Resources/
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Philanthropic Studies Index
    http://cheever.ulib.iupui.edu/psipublicsearch/
    The Philanthropic Studies Index (PSI), which indexes the growing body of articles written on topics and issues concerning the nonprofit sector, is compiled and produced by the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library staff. PSI is published to serve as a resource for helping people study philanthropy.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Philanthropy Resources Online (PRO)
    http://ulib.iupui.edu/collections/special/psl/pro
    PRO is a digital library of primary and secondary sources that supports teaching and learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Although providing access to the content of materials is our primary goal, the project also serves to preserve the ideas contained in rapidly deteriorating texts. The PRO collection is made up of images of the pages in the books, journals, and pamphlets. What you see is a scanned image of the actual pages of the original volume. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts. Compiled and produced by the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Philanthropy.Org
    http://www.philanthropy.org/
    Philanthropy.org is your source for information on the world of philanthropy: what is happening, who is making it happen, and where the action is. Sponsored by the City University of New York, Center for the Study of Philanthropy.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Reference Guide for Starting a Nonprofit
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/guides/nonprofit.html
    If you are considering establishing a nonprofit organization, the Foundation Center / Grant Space has identified a number of useful resources. The following is a list of resources that discuss how to incorporate as a nonprofit organization. Some technical assistance organizations provide assistance in starting a nonprofit organization. Check with your local bar association or the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Starting a Nonprofit Organization
    http://managementhelp.org/startingorganizations/start-nonprofit.htm
    This topic in the Library provides comprehensive advice and materials for anyone who is considering starting a nonprofit organization. The reader can use the free information in this Library topic, along with other Library topics that are referenced later on below. In addition, the reader can utilize a range of publications that provide highly practical, step-by-step guidelines and materials about all of the most important activities in starting and managing a nonprofit. The publications include the following and are applicable in the USA and Canada. Courtesy of Carter McNamara, Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits, 1999.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Starting a Nonprofit Organization
    http://www.boardsource.org/dl.asp?document_id=17
    Compliments of Board Source.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Starting a Non-Profit Organization : A Resource List
    http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/znpbib.htm
    Identifies organizations and book resources that can assist in starting a nonprofit organization.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Strategic Solutions
    http://www.lapiana.org/
    A five-year, foundation-funded initiative dedicated to achieving a major and lasting positive impact on the nonprofit sector’s perception, understanding and use of strategic restructuring, thereby increasing the capacity of organizations to advance their missions. A collaborative effort of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and La Piana Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in the issues faced by nonprofit organizations in today’s challenging and ever-changing world.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    TechSoup.org
    http://www.techsoup.org/
    TechSoup Learning Center
    Designed as a one-stop portal for nonprofit technical assistance needs - software, hardware, humanware, technology planning, and technology recommendations, TechSoup.org, a project powered by ComuMentor, began in May 2000. TechSoup.org offers resources and advice to nonprofit professionals so that they can become proficient, effective, and efficient users of technology. Also offers a free subscription to "By The Cup", TechSoup.org's electronic newsletter delivered via email once each month. "By The Cup" offers: links to nonprofit technology news; stories about technology in action at NPOs; a feature article from one of their specialists; quick answers to pressing questions; and links to recommended resources. Visit the TechSoup.org portal and subscribe online to "By The Cup."
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    The Top Five Myths Regarding Nonprofits
    http://users.livejournal.com/_greenlights_/1721.html
  • Myth #1 -- Nonprofits Cannot Make a Profit
  • Myth #2 -- Nonprofits Are Small in Number and Size
  • Myth #3 -- Nonprofits Deal With Charity
  • Myth #4 -- Gifts Account for Most Nonprofit Revenue
  • Myth #5 -- Most Gifts Come from Corporations and Foundations
  • Adapted from commentary by Kathleen S. Kelly, Ph.D.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)



    TransitionGuides.com
    http://www.transitionguides.com
    A change in executive leadership is one of the most important, challenging and powerful opportunities a nonprofit organization will face. On average, more than one in 10 executive director jobs turns over each year. That number is projected to climb by 15 percent or more as baby boomers retire. TransitionGuides is a website developed by seasoned consultants, management support organizations and others who specialize in working with nonprofit organizations. Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the site includes a helpful overview of executive transitions for boards and nonprofit leaders, plus resources. You can ask questions and receive targeted information through the "Need Help Now" section.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    University of Wisconsin Extension
    Learner Resource Center
    Nonprofit Management Educational Resources
    http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cced/nonprofits/management/sites.cfm
    A compilation of resources by the University of Wisconsin Extension, Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. Categories include:
  • Board Development/Governance
  • Foundation Information
  • Fund-raising & Grant Writing
  • Getting Your Nonprofit Noticed On the Internet
  • Giving/Philanthropy
  • How To Start a Nonprofit Organization
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Employment
  • Outcome Measurement
  • Strategic Planning/Program Planning
  • Publications (Electronic & Print)
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Nonprofit Enterprise
  • State & Federal Government
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Volunteer Resources/Service Learning Centers
  • Other Nonprofit Links & Resources
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    USA.gov for Businesses & Nonprofits
    http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business_Gateway.shtml
    Provides a convenient directory of services and resources provided by the federal government.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    W. K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
    http://www.wkkf.org/knowledge-center/resources/2010/W-K-Kellogg-Foundation-Evaluation-Handbook.aspx
    This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. It was written primarily for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of W. K. Kellogg Foundation-funded projects.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    What Are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Becoming a Nonprofit Organization?
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/np_pro_con.html
    A frequently asked question (with answers) from the Foundation Center / Grant Space.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    What It Takes to Be A Good Nonprofit Director
    http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/1997/12/29/editorial3.html
    Some sound advice from the Portland, Oregon Business Journal.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Where Can I Find Information on Nonprofit Boards
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/nonprofit_boards.html
    A frequently asked question (with answers) from the Foundation Center / Grant Space.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Where Can I Find Information On Starting a Foundation?
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/start_foundation.html
    A frequently asked question (with answers) from the Foundation Center / Grant Space.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Working With a Consultant or Technical Assistance Provider: A Resource List
    http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/topical/consult.html
    If you are considering hiring a consultant or a technical assistance provider to assist your nonprofit organization with a particular project or problem, you'll find this resource list a useful tool in gathering information about how to make a selection, how to assess credentials and experience, how to structure fees, and other issues. If you are interested in becoming a consultant to nonprofits, there are materials to assist in your planning, as well. Bibliography by the Foundation Center.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    WorldLawDirect.com
    http://www.worldlawdirect.com/
    Check out the Nonprofit Law Directory for practical advice on starting a nonprofit organizations and other related topics.
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


    Worldwide NGO Directory
    http://www.wango.org/resources.aspx?section=ngodir
    Sponsored by the World Association of Non-Governmental NGOs (WANGO).
    (Last checked 06/04/13)


     

     

     

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