Directory of Links and Resources

Board Governance

Corporate Resources

Ethics and Accountability

Funders and Foundations

Government

Grants and Funding

Management Resources

Marketing and Public Relations

News

Organizational Development/Starting a Non-Profit

Philanthropy

Research Resources and Databases

Strategic Planning

Technology

Training

Volunteerism

Volunteer Management

Recognition

Risk Management

Miscellaneous Resources

Web Site Development

Youth

Volunteer Center Web Sites


Board Governance (Top of page)

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management Professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. FAQ topics include Board Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Risk Management, and Credit Card Acceptance.

Board Cafe Offers a menu of ideas, opinion, news, and resources to help agencies board members give and get the most out of board service.

Boardsource BoardSource supports, trains, and educates more than 60,000 nonprofit board leaders from across the country each year. With more than 20 years of experience, BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools and resources — including Webinars, in-person training sessions, original publications, consulting services, and customized diagnostics — to increase their effectiveness and magnify the impact of their mission. BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Governance Governance refers to the planning, influencing and conducting of the policy and affairs of an organization. In the not-for-profit sector specifically, governance refers to the actions of the volunteer board of directors of an organization with respect to establishing and monitoring the long-term direction of that organization.

BoardSource Formerly the  National Center for Nonprofit Boards, provides answers to a range of questions about nonprofit boards.  Areas covered include: Board Composition and Structure, Board Development, Board Member Responsibilities, Board Meetings, Financial Issues, Fund-raising, and Legal Liability Issues.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management  The Alliance is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building. We improve the effectiveness of individuals, groups, and organizations helping nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change.

Policy Governance in a Nutshell Generic framework, applicable to all governing boards-business, nonprofit, and governmental by John Carver.

The Volunteer Consulting Group A nonprofit organization that works regionally and nationally to strengthen the governing and management capability of nonprofit boards of directors.


Corporate Resources (Top of page)

Corporate ResourcesThePoints of Light, Corporate Institute Resources

 

 



Ethics and Accountability (Top of page)

Compendium of Standards, Codes, and Principles Independent Sector developed this comprehensive list of resources created by and for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to help guide their ethical practices.

EthicsWeb Bookstore List of books and resources regarding ethics and nonprofit organizations.

NonProfit Ethics P urpose of this site is to serve as a starting point for those interested in ethical challenges faced in the world of nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund Organizes convenings to expand knowledge of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, improve nonprofit practices, and inform public policy related to nonprofits.

Standards for Excellence This is the Web site for an ethics and accountability code for the nonprofit sector that was developed by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (their model is being replicated in several other states).



Government (Top of page)

About.com/U.S. Government Information & Resources Extensive list of government resources.

The Administration for Children and Families A federal agency funding state, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia ); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States ; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

The Federal Register T he official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Solicitation Of Contributions and http://www.doacs.state.fl.us: All charitable organizations, sponsors, solicitors, and fundraising consultants must register prior to engaging in solicitation activities in Florida, and renew annually thereafter. The expiration date for charitable organizations and sponsors is one year from the initial date of compliance with registration requirements. Solicitors and fundraising consultants expire on March 31 of each year.

Nonprofit Gateway A network of links to Federal government information and services.

OMB Watch Has a number of dedicated staff devoted to budget, regulatory, nonprofit advocacy and information policy and right-to-know issues. Formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which oversees regulation, the budget, information collection and dissemination, proposed legislation, testimony by agencies, and much more.

Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement Provided by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, contains information on the Poverty Guidelines, the Poverty Thresholds, and the Development and History of U.S. Poverty Lines.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

U. S. Census Bureau Provides access to statistical data collected by the United States Department of Commerce.

Volunteering in the United States Statistical information provided by the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Grants and Funding (Top of page)

Research and Resources

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management Professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits - to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. FAQ topics include Board Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Risk Management, and Credit Card Acceptance.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals For more than 40 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising.

 The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia ); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States ; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Information available on applying for assistance and writing proposals.

Charity Channel Grants & Foundation Review E-Newsletter Leading source of insightful articles and reliable information on the world of grantsmanship. In collaboration with The Foundation Center, we provide you with the latest RFP information and deadlines. (Membership Fee.)

Council on Foundations A membership organization that provides assistance to foundation staff, trustees and board members in day-to-day grant making activities through one-to-one technical assistance, research, publications, conferences and workshops, legal services, and a wide array of other services.

Elements of a Grant Proposal Outline of information that can be included in a grant proposal as well as helpful tips.

Evaluation Toolkit The Evaluation Toolkit is designed for professionals who work with college outreach programs that are interested in conducting small scale, high quality evaluations of their programs. 

The Finance Project To support decision making that produces and sustains good results for children, families, and communities, The Finance Project develops and disseminates information, knowledge, tools, and technical assistance for improved policies, programs, and financing strategies.

The Forbes Fund A supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Forbes Fund advances capacity building within and among the region’s nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation Center Collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, provides education and training on the grant seeking process, and provides public access to information and services through our World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.

Fundraising Forum Library Provides fundraising information by Tony Poderis.

Fundsnet Provides information on various potential funding opportunities and other resources.

Grant Professionals NetworkThe mission of GPN is to provide a collegial forum to facilitate training and resource development for grant professionals. Goals: To provide a network for grant professionals serving the nonprofit community; to develop an awareness of resources and promote linkages within the nonprofit community; to strengthen ties with organizations that fund the nonprofit community; to improve the art of grantsmanship in the nonprofit community.

Grant Proposal.com Provides free resources for both advanced grant writing consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff. This site is designed for nonprofit organizations.

Grant Station GrantStation researches funding sources by interacting directly with funders nationwide. Member nonprofits have access to the industry's most up-to-date contact information, an accurate understanding of corporate funding philosophies, and valuable information on the most effective way to work with that particular founder.

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. We believe that how groups are funded is as important to achieving their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community support is central to long-term social change. We provide training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color.

LitLamp Corporate sponsorship is an important area to be aware of when considering fundraising options. This Web site lets you post sponsorship opportunities in listings used by corporate marketers.

SchoolGrants Site mainly focuses on grant opportunities for Pre-K through high schools; however, site provides access to grant writing information such as Grant Writing Tips and Sample Proposals.

Social Stimulus Sponsors social entrepreneurship through funds and in-kind services to 501(c)(3) organizations proposing new initiatives that demonstrate a social impact and financial sustainability, mentorship relationships between experienced private-sector entrepreneurs and emerging social organizations, and best-practice resources intended to support social entrepreneurship.



Funders and Foundations (Top of page)

The Andrew W. Mellon F oundation C urrently makes grants in six core program areas: higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, population, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Considers requests that fall within rebuilding distressed communities through initiatives such as Improving Major Systems Serving Disadvantaged Children and Families, Transforming Neighborhoods, and Promoting Accountability and Innovation.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Favors preventive approaches and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic and not-for-profit partners in the area of Global Health (Infectious Diseases; HIV/AIDS and TB; and Reproductive and Child Health).

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Major initiatives include the Unrestricted Biomedical Research Grants Program (cancer, cardiovascular, infectious, and metabolic diseases, neuroscience, and nutrition), the health of women, developing and transitional countries, science education, disaster relief, and local community initiatives.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Access to a database of all Federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia ); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States ; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation; Population; Science; Children, Families, and Communities; Arts; and Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy.

The Enterprise Foundation Assists community-based nonprofit organizations and state and local governments in funding and developing affordable housing and community services.

Florida Funding Publications Florida 's publishing authority on reference materials targeting grant-seeking and grant-making activities, includes grants, endowments, or other awards. Provides vital grant information easily accessible and affordable for nonprofits, foundations, and government organizations serving our communities.

Ford Foundation Accepts proposals in the areas of Asset Building and Community Development, Peace and Social Justice, and Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom.

The Foundation Center Collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, provides education and training on the grantseeking process, and provides public access to information and services through our World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.

The Global Fund for Women Supports organizations which demonstrate a clear commitment to women's equality and female human rights; show concern about the way women are viewed and view themselves in society; are governed and directed by women; consist of a group of women working together.

Hewlett Packard Philanthropy Philanthropy and Education resources are targeted to promoting educational opportunity and e-Inclusion for people in underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world.

IBM Philanthropy Program IBM counts not only education as the top priority in its philanthropic efforts, but also initiatives that fall under adult training and workforce development, arts and culture, and environment.

The J. Paul Getty Trust International philanthropic and cultural organization that supports three primary areas: Research, Conservation, and Leadership and Professional Development.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation A private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition.

Microsoft M akes monetary grants and in-kind donations of software to nonprofit organizations within the U.S. and internationally to help people and communities realize their potential through focused areas of giving.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention F unding opportunities from OJJDP, other agencies within the Office of Justice Programs or the Federal Government, or in the private sector.

The Pew Charitable Trusts Support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion.

Pfizer Inc. and The Pfizer Foundation Charitable giving programs provide grants through targeted initiatives focused primarily on health care and science education: Global Health Programs (Health Literacy, Strengthening Patient Organizations, HIV/AIDS, and Disaster Relief), Education Programs (targeting science), Community and Cultural Programs (targeting the communities in which Pfizer operates).

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funds projects of many types, including service demonstrations, the gathering and monitoring of health-related statistics, training and fellowship programs, policy analysis, health services research, technical assistance, public education, communications activities and evaluations.

Social Stimulus Sponsors social entrepreneurship through funds and in-kind services to 501(c)(3) organizations proposing new initiatives that demonstrate a social impact and financial sustainability, mentorship relationships between experienced private sector entrepreneurs and emerging social organizations, and best practice resources intended to support social entrepreneurship.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grants available from the U.S Department of Environmental Protection Grants. Includes funding opportunities, current RFP's and how to apply.

Verizon Foundation Supports Literacy – link basic and computer literacy experts across the nation to create a more literate America; Digital Divide – decrease the digital divide in underserved communities; Workforce Development – invest in education programs that develop a prepared workforce; Community Technology Development – partner with the nonprofit community to expand their capacity through the use of technology; Employee Volunteerism – promote employee volunteerism for community support.

WalMart Foundation Funding initiatives include Community, Education, Environment, and Children.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation C onsiders requests that fall within their established or developing programming areas (Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education/Higher Education, Philanthropy and Volunteerism, the Greater Battle Creek Area, Devolution, Southern Africa , and Latin America ).



Marketing and Public Relations(Top of page)

MediaNet Online tutorial created to assist agencies on how to use the Internet to conduct research and shows you where to find national and local media on the Internet; how to write, pitch and distribute press releases; tools to help you find media coverage; ways to cater to journalists; several ways to bring more visitors to your Web site; and online resources that you can use to promote your issue or organization.

Nonprofit Times Published bi-weekly this publication includes a general news edition, direct marketing edition, and financial management edition.  Only part of each edition is available online.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Professional publication for nonprofit executives providing provocative ideas and practical case studies.


 

News (Top of page)

Charity Channel Provides access to numerous online forums and e-newsletters regarding the nonprofit community.

 The Chronicle of Philanthropy Site offers information on fundraising, gifts and grants, managing nonprofit groups, technology and jobs as well as general news about and for nonprofits.  There is a subscription fee to access the entire site however there is access to some free information.

 e-Volunteerism A quarterly “publication,” caters to volunteer leaders/managers who want to go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field.

Grassroots Fundraising Journal Site contains an online archive of excellent articles published in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine.

Nonprofit Online News Source of news, information, and opinion for the online nonprofit community.

Nonprofit Quarterly This magazine covers management practices for nonprofit leaders. Also offers a free e-newsletter.

Nonprofit Times Published bi-weekly this publication includes a general news edition, direct marketing edition, and financial management edition.  Only part of each edition is available online.

The Philanthropy Journal Site for general nonprofit news with sections on money, new ideas, people and technology.

Philanthropy News Digest Published weekly, this digest is produced by the Foundation Center.

Pulse Managed by The Alliance for Nonprofit Management. A nonprofit management and governance newsletter.



Organizational Development/Starting a Non-Profit (Top of page)

About.com/Nonprofit Charitable Organizations Provides information and links on nonprofit organizations.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management P rofessional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. FAQ topics include Board Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Risk Management, and Credit Card Acceptance.

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits P rovides the nonprofit community with in-depth leadership development and continuous improvement programs through an innovative learning community model pioneered by CEN.

Charity Channel Provides access to numerous online forums and e-newsletters regarding the nonprofit community.

CompassPoint A nonprofit training, consulting and research organization that provides nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.

Council on Foundations Provides assistance to foundation staff, trustees and board members in day-to-day grant making activities through one-to-one technical assistance, research, publications, conferences and workshops, legal services, and a wide array of other services.

Deliver the Promise Provides tips, techniques and case studies on all aspects of employee development, including employee retention, orientation, mentoring and coaching, and employer branding via a free email newsletter.

Employer’s Association of Florida An association of employers organized to provide a forum for the purpose of creating and maintaining a stable environment of positive employer/employee relations.

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Solicitation Of Contributions and (http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/onestop/cs/pdfs/10100e.pdf): All charitable organizations, sponsors, solicitors, and fundraising consultants must register prior to engaging in solicitation activities in Florida, and renew annually thereafter. The expiration date for charitable organizations and sponsors is one year from the initial date of compliance with registration requirements. Solicitors and fundraising consultants expire on March 31 of each year.

Filing for Nonprofit Status A guide to IRS Form 1023, the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation Center Collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, provides education and training on the grantseeking process, and provides public access to information and services through our World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.

Grant Smart An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community.

HandsNet Provides leadership in helping human services organizations use new information technologies to enhance communication, information sharing and collaboration.

Innovation Network, Inc. 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enabling public and nonprofit organizations to better plan, execute, and evaluate their structure, operations and services.

The Management Assistance Program Services range from accounting to Web site development. Houses a free management library.

MediaNet Online tutorial created to assist agencies on how to use the Internet to conduct research and shows you where to find national and local media on the Internet; how to write, pitch and distribute press releases; tools to help you find media coverage; ways to cater to journalists; several ways to bring more visitors to your Web site; and online resources that you can use to promote your issue or organization.

National Council of Nonprofit Associations A network of regional associations of nonprofits.

Nonprofit Financial Center Provides “online guides” in the areas of sample budget summaries, audit preparation checklists, reconciling bank statements, staffing, and starting a nonprofit.

Online Compendium of Federal and State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations 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 Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College Provides training assistance and network opportunities to nonprofits.

Starting a Nonprofit Organization: One-Stop Answer Page About.com has pulled together a map to Web sites with FAQs, advice, guidelines and example documents for starting a nonprofit.

University of Kentucky Center for Nonprofit Leadership P rovides educational opportunities and resources for Kentucky nonprofit organizations, their leadership and students interested in a career in the nonprofit sector. The Resources section contains information on the topics of boards, finances, fundraising, human resources, legal, planning, and public relations.

Volunteer Legal Handbook Materials that are intended to help agencies determine when to seek professional advice.



Philanthropy (Top of page)

Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Resource center with great information for starting, running, and funding an organization.

Council on Foundations Provides assistance to foundation staff, trustees and board members in day-to-day grant making activities through one-to-one technical assistance, research, publications, conferences and workshops, legal services, and a wide array of other services.

The Foundation Center Collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, provides education and training on the grantseeking process, and provides public access to information and services through our World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Dedicated to helping the philanthropic community advance the traditional values of social and economic justice for all Americans.

Network for Good An e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and speak out on the issues they care about. It also connects individuals to their favorite charities.

The Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College Provides training assistance and network opportunities to nonprofits.

Social Stimulus Sponsors social entrepreneurship through funds and in-kind services to 501(c)(3) organizations proposing new initiatives that demonstrate a social impact and financial sustainability, mentorship relationships between experienced private sector entrepreneurs and emerging social organizations, and best practice resources intended to support social entrepreneurship.

Southeastern Council of Foundations A membership association of grantmaking foundations and programs that promotes excellence throughout the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit the region.



Research Resources and Databases (Top of page)

About.com/Nonprofit Charitable Organizations Provides information and links on nonprofit organizations.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management P rofessional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. FAQ topics include Board Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Risk Management, and Credit Card Acceptance.

CareProvider A social and human service provider dedicated to strengthening and preserving communities, families, youth care, groups, organizations and schools, in partnership with their affiliates, by means of quality education, technology, research and resource availability. 

CGR D evelops in-depth, creative and workable solutions to public policy challenges.

Center for Law and Social Policy A national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children.

The Change Management Resource Library R eference sites for books, articles, training, web sites and consultants in the area of change management.

CompassPoint A nonprofit training, consulting and research organization that provides nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Resource Center O ffers both original research from CCCU scholars and external resources for the benefit of CCCU faculty, administrators, trustees and students.

Create The Future A collaboration of Creative Information Systems and the Center for Public Skills Training. Information includes strategic planning, training, and technology.

Enterprise Foundation Nonprofit, community-based organizations, public housing authorities and Native American Tribes from around the country creating powerful partnerships to rebuild communities and empower people in neighborhoods nationwide. Provides resource database, community development library, and other links.

Florida Impact B rings together groups and people across the state working on issues and policies concerning low-income people in Florida . The special focus is anti-hunger.

Generations United National membership organization that focuses solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.

Grant Smart An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community.

Guide Star Produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc., provides information about the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations.

HandsNet Provides leadership in helping human services organizations use new information technologies to enhance communication, information sharing and collaboration.

Idealist A project of Action Without Borders, provides a listing of more than 29,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 153 countries, information on volunteer opportunities, a nonprofit career center and other information.

IKNOW Provides interactive knowledge for nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Innovation Network, Inc. 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enabling public and nonprofit organizations to better plan, execute, and evaluate their structure, operations and services.

Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management Established in 1983 at the University of San Francisco , is a center for nonprofit management education and research.

Internet Nonprofit Center A resource of information provided by participants in many online discussions about nonprofits and their work, publishes the Nonprofit FAQ.

The Management Assistance Program Services range from accounting to Web site development. Houses a free management library.

My Region Launched by a group of key public, private and institutional leaders from the seven-county region to ensure Central Florida’s success in the 21st Century Global Marketplace.

National Council of Nonprofit Associations A network of regional associations of nonprofits. 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition Dedicated solely to ending America ’s affordable housing crisis. Have five policy committees that take into consideration the cross-cutting issues of fair housing, homelessness, rural housing, and choice of tenancy.

Nonprofit Genie Nonprofit FAQ link site.

Nonprofit Guides Provides access to grant writing tools for nonprofits including the Inquiry Letter, Full Proposal Components, Cover Letter, Budgets, and other useful links.

Nonprofit Leadership Bibliography List of books and other sources on nonprofits.

Nonprofit Management Education Center/Learning Resource Center Library of web-based articles.

Nonprofit Sector Research Fund Organizes convenings to expand knowledge of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, improve nonprofit practices, and inform public policy related to nonprofits.

Online Compendium of Federal and State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit Organizations 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.

Opportunity Nonprofit Organization Classifieds (NOCs) National, online classifieds for jobs in the nonprofit sector, links to printed versions for Atlanta , Boston , Dallas , Los Angeles , and San Francisco .

Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management Provides educational opportunities and resources, including conferences and video teleconferences, leadership and management resources and publications, the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, and the Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellowships.

The Pew Partnership A civic research organization whose mission is to identify and document promising solutions and strategies crucial to strong communities in the areas of Thriving Neighborhoods, Living-Wage Jobs, Viable Economies, Healthy Families and Children, and Collaborative Leadership.

The Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College Provides training assistance and network opportunities to nonprofits.

Promising Practices Network Highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Proposal Writing Internet Resources Hints, guides, and sample proposals will help first-time grant seekers of all kinds get the ball rolling.

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States Develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.

U. S. Census Bureau Provides access to statistical data collected by the United States Department of Commerce.

Special Collection on Volunteerism Regis University in Denver, Colorado has been amassing one of the field’s largest online depositories “to collect, preserve, promote, and encourage research and study in the field of volunteerism.” It also includes the Ivan Scheier Archive and a summary of student papers and Master’s theses that have an emphasis on volunteer subjects.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Professional publication for nonprofit executives providing provocative ideas and practical case studies.



Strategic Planning (Top of page)

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management Professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. FAQ topics include Board Development, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Risk Management, and Credit Card Acceptance.

Bibliography for Strategic Planning and http://www.geocities.com/ywca_berkeley/resourcesplanning.html: Provides names of books and other additional resources on strategic planning.

The Management Assistance Program Services range from accounting to Web site development. Houses a free management library.

Nonprofit Genie Nonprofit FAQ link site.

Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool: Strategic Planning An assessment tool for nonprofit organizations interested in evaluating their strategic planning efforts.

The Nonprofit Management Education Center/Learning Resource Center Provides links to other Web sites with information on strategic planning/program planning.

Strategic Planning in Smaller Nonprofit Organizations Short guide designed to help board members and staffs of smaller nonprofit organizations develop strategic plans that can help them strengthen and sustain their organization's achievements.

Strategic Planning Manual A self-published pdf document with several outstanding worksheets.

What is Strategic Planning Brief overview of strategic planning provided by the Nonprofit FAQ at the Internet Nonprofit Center .



Technology (Top of page)

Benton Foundation’s Best Practice Toolkit Tools to help nonprofits make effective use of communications and information technology.

Bobby Helps Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities. Has a free online evaluation tool.

CareProvider A social and human service provider dedicated to strengthening and preserving communities, families, youth care, groups, organizations and schools, in partnership with their affiliates, by means of quality education, technology, research and resource availability. 

CharityFocus A volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to empower nonprofits with Web-based technological solutions. Builds Web sites, provide technical assistance, and engage in a wide variety of projects designed to benefit the many non-profit organizations dedicated to public service.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Site offers information on fundraising, gifts and grants, managing nonprofit groups, technology and jobs as well as general news about and for nonprofits.  There is a subscription fee to access the entire site however there is access to some free information.

Community Technology Center Network A national, nonprofit membership organization of more than 450 independent community technology centers where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology.

CompuMentor Nonprofit technology assistance organization, offers a combination of hands-on consulting services and online resources.

Create The Future A collaboration of Creative Information Systems and the Center for Public Skills Training, information includes strategic planning, training, and technology.

HandsNet Provides leadership in helping human services organizations use new information technologies to enhance communication, information sharing and collaboration.

The Philanthropy Journal Site for general nonprofit news with are sections on money, new ideas, people and technology.

TechSoup Offers nonprofits one-stop shopping for their technology needs.

Verizon Foundation Supports Literacy – link basic and computer literacy experts across the nation to create a more literate America; Digital Divide – decrease the digital divide in underserved communities; Workforce Development – invest in education programs that develop a prepared workforce; Community Technology Development – partner with the nonprofit community to expand their capacity through the use of technology; Employee Volunteerism – promote employee volunteerism for community support.



Training (Top of page)

American Society for Training & Development Professional association and resource on workplace learning and performance issues. Provides information, research, analysis and practical information derived from its own research, the knowledge and experience of its members, its conferences, expositions, seminars, publications, and the coalitions and partnerships it has built through research and policy work.

BoardSource Provides r esources to nonprofit leaders, governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization's needs, and tools on nonprofit governance.

CareerTrack & Fred Pryor Seminars Training solution providers.

Community Career Center Dedicated to the employment needs of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit world.

Diversity Training-Workplace Solutions, Inc. A consulting firm to assist employers with employment related risks in a proactive manner by establishing fair operating procedures.

Dot Org Jobs An online employment resource for the nonprofit sector.

Employer’s Association of Florida An association of employers organized to provide a forum for the purpose of creating and maintaining a stable environment of positive employer/employee relations.

ExecSearches.com Executive and senior management job listings and executive search services for nonprofit, human services, technology, fundraising, community development, transportation, public sector, higher education, advocacy, humanitarian, and other socially conscious organizations.

Free Management Library Complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits (managed by The Management Assistance Program).

IKNOW Provides interactive knowledge for nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Learning Disability Resources A learning disability is considered a classification and includes several disorders in which a person has difficulty learning in the normal manner. Learning disabilities are caused by an unknown factor and this factor or factors affect the brain's ability to process and receive information.

The Management Assistance Program Services range from accounting to Web site development. Houses a free management library.

Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management Provides educational opportunities and resources, including conferences and video teleconferences, leadership and management resources and publications, the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, and the Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellowships.

 



Volunteerism (Top of page)

AmeriCorps A network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Charity Channel Volunteer Management Review E-Newsletter Building and nurturing a strong volunteer force is one of the more oft-overlooked strategic assets of nonprofit organizations large and small. Volunteer Management Review will give you practical, usable advice from respected experts in the field.

Corporation for National and Community Service Engages Americans of all ages in service to help strengthen communities.

CyberVPM CyberVPM is the international discussion group for volunteer managers. Debate the topic of the moment, share resources, get answers to your volunteer management questions and find a community of support for those challenges and triumphs unique to volunteer management.

Do Something A premier provider of youth-led leadership and citizenship initiatives in schools.

Energize Inc. A n international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism.

e-Volunteerism A quarterly “publication,” caters to volunteer leaders/managers who want to go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field.

Helping.org Online resource designed to help people find volunteer and giving opportunities in their own communities and beyond.

Learn and Serve Supports service-learning programs in schools and community organizations that help nearly 1 million students from kindergarten through college meet community needs, while improving their academic skills and learning the habits of good citizenship.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Provides assistance to those who want to commit public service or enhance previously planned projects.

National Service Inclusion Project A training and technical assistance project to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.

Network for Good An e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and speak out on the issues they care about.

Points of Light Foundation A national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism.

Senior Corps A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges with Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

SERVEnet Web site on service and volunteering. Users can enter their zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations needing help. SERVEnet is also a place to search for calendar events, job openings, service news, recommended books, and best practices.

Service Leader Volunteer management and community engagement online resources that can be adapted for any program.

The Thanks Company A small business located in Cherryville , North Carolina , that creates, prints and mails thank you cards for volunteers.

USA Freedom Corps Created by President George W. Bush after he called on America to commit at least two years of our lives – the equivalent of 4,000 hours – to the service of others, works to strengthen our culture of service and help find opportunities for every American to start volunteering.

The Virtual Volunteering Project To encourage and assist in the development and success of volunteer activities that can be completed, in whole or in part, via the Internet.

Volunteer Legal Handbook Materials that are intended to help agencies determine when to seek professional advice.

Volunteering in the United States Statistical information provided by the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

VolunteerMatch A free service available to individuals nationwide looking for volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit and public sector organizations.



Volunteer Management (Top of page)

The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success by Tracy D. Connors. Drawing on the experience and expertise of recognized authorities on nonprofit organizations, The Volunteer Management Handbook, Second Edition is the only guide you need for establishing and maintaining an active and effective volunteer program. Written by nonprofit leader Tracy Connors, this handy reference offers practical guidance on such essential issues as motivating people to volunteer their time and services, recruitment, and more. Up-to-date and practical, this is the essential guide to managing your nonprofit's most important resource: its volunteers.

Sample Volunteer Applications : Volunteer application used by the Massachusetts General Hospital Volunteer Department () and Reach Out and Read ( http://www.reachoutandread.org/coordinator-orientation/downloads/volunteerapp.pdf).


 

Sample Volunteer Manuals: (Top of page)

http://www.tempe.gov/volunteer/handbook.htm

http://www.furryfriends.org/volunteers/volunteermanual.pdf

http://www.sos.state.mo.us/wolfner/volunteer/handbook.pdf


 

Mentoring: (Top of page)

http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hand/forms.html: Sample forms

http://www.helpfamilies.org/pdf/CFCS%20Mentor%20Application.pdf: Sample forms

National Mentoring Center Sample forms are available for use by youth mentoring programs. They have been developed by the Center and are copyright free. They may be used directly or can be used as a guide for developing your program's own forms. Forms include mentor application, reference check form, interview questions, preference form, mentor and mentee profile forms, parent permission slips, activity log, and referral forms.

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership An advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.

Mississippi Mentoring Network Includes information on starting a mentoring program, performing background checks on potential mentors, and other links.



Recognition (Top of page)

National Volunteer Week This link has information to plan projects and also has the official National Volunteer Week logos.

President’s Student Service Awards The President’s Student Service Awards is a White House initiative which recognizes young Americans with awards for outstanding community service, while encouraging more young people to serve.

The Governor’s Points of Light Award Presented weekly to recognize the state’s exemplary volunteers. Floridians of all ages have been spotlighted for the service they provide in their local communities.

Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network Daily Points of Light Award Honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities. It focuses on the goals for children and youth set by the President’s Summit for American’s Future. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort in the country receives a Daily Point of Light Award.

Energize, Inc. Provides recognition event success stories, ideas, and links to recognition gifts.

The President’s Volunteer Service Awards Recognize the millions of people who serve their communities for their dedicated volunteer service.

WESH News Channel 2 Home Town Heroes

Hometown Heroes is a program to honor the unrecognized citizens who enrich communities across Central Florida with their dedication to volunteer service.



Risk Management (Top of page)

Nonprofit Risk Management Center No Surprises Volunteer Risk Management Tutorial.


Management Resources (Top of page)

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively  This is a comprehensive resource list for helping anyone improve their writing process from start to finish - compiled by Claire Morgan, a researcher for various education programs.

Top 20 Success Tips for New Managers Professional management training and skills in the work place blog

PhD in Management Information Guide A Doctor of Philosophy degree in management (PhD) is the highest educational credential that can be achieved in the field. Common variants include Doctor of Management (DMgt) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

 



Miscellaneous Resources (Top of page)

Energize Inc – Hot Topic The goal is to stimulate thoughtful – and hopefully useful – discussion on these topics. Susan Ellis will begin the dialogue with an opening commentary on the month's topic. Then you can read responses posted by previous Web site visitors and, then, add YOUR thoughts to the mix! Return during the month to see what folks thought of your comments and to read other points raised.

e-Volunteerism A quarterly “publication,” caters to volunteer leaders/managers who want to go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field.

Managing Volunteer Programs Miscellaneous information relating to risk management, recruiting, general overview of Volunteer Management Programs, and evaluating your volunteer program.

Volunteer Today! Monthly Web magazine by well-known trainer on volunteer program management: covers volunteer recruitment, training and recognition, as well as the latest news, links to valuable Internet resources, and access to MBA Publishing catalogue.

Volunteer Legal Handbook Materials that are intended to help agencies determine when to seek professional advice.



Web Site Development (Top of page)

Web Style Guide Provides information on basic Web site design principles as well as tricks of the trade, ranging from interaction design to typography, so that you can develop your own Web site or better understand and communicate with the people who are doing that work for you.



Youth (Top of page)

America ’s Promise The Alliance for Youth is dedicated to mobilizing individuals, groups and organizations from every part of American life, to build and strengthen the character and competence of our youth.

Child Trends A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children.

Children Now A research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families, where parents can go to work confident that their children are supported by quality health coverage, a positive media environment, a good early education, and safe, enriching after-school activities.

Children’s Campaign, Inc. A nonpartisan statewide community empowerment and education project to ensure voter and candidate attention to Florida 's 3.6 million children who have no political voice of their own.

Community Partnerships With Youth, Inc. A nonprofit national training and resource development organization whose services include Training for Youth and Adults, Consulting, Technical Assistance, Writing Resource Materials, Conference/Camp Planning, Project Work.

SparkAction An online journalism and advocacy center by and for the child and youth field.  This web site and e-newsletters connect concerned adults and young people—whether they’re new to the issues or already activists—to compelling stories, context and accurate information on children’s issues, as well as tools to take action, from volunteering to advocating for better policies and programs.

Forensic Science.Net  Focused on juvenile offenders and troubled teens, this site offers resources dedicated to protecting young offenders and bringing about effective change in their circumstances. Here are several links to the best online resources for minor offenders and teenagers in trouble.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities Information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues to families, educators, administrators, journalists, and students. Special focus is on children and youth (birth to age 22).

National Network for Youth More than 800 organizations, young people and individuals joined by a common commitment to creating opportunities for America ’s youth.

The National Youth Development Information Center Provides information on evaluation, research, publication, careers, programs, funding, policy, directories, and statistics pertaining to youth.

Search Institute Independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the wellbeing of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application.

What Kids Can Do A national nonprofit organization that documents the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose for an audience of educators and policy makers, journalists, community members, and students.

Working with Students with Disabilities  Children with disabilities are at a disadvantage and may need to work harder to achieve his or her goals. It is in this setting that a thoughtful, caring and well-educated teacher may become a shining example of excellence in an otherwise darkened world. Students with disabilities need patience, time, someone who understands their needs, and an educator that is willing to institute various methods of instruction until finding the most effective teaching strategy.

Youth Service America A resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people in America , ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

Youth Venture A national, nonprofit organization that empowers young people, ages 12-20, by providing them all the tools necessary to create civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses that achieve a lasting benefit for their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.



Volunteer Center Web Sites (Top of page)

2-1-1 Provides information concerning United Way ’s 2-1-1 system. Anyone living in Northeast Florida can dial 2-1-1 for free information, referral, and access to health, social, and human services.

AmeriCorps A network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Association for Volunteer Administration An international professional membership association for individuals working in the field of volunteer resource management.

BoardSource Provides practical information, tools and best practices training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Charity Channel The Charity Channel community is comprised of nonprofit sector professionals from around the world who volunteer their time, advice, information, tips and articles for the benefit of the community.

City of Jacksonville The official Web site for the city of Jacksonville , Florida .

Corporation for National and Community Service A government service that matches talented, motivated people with opportunities to serve their community and nation, engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their community.

Energize, Inc. An international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Web site includes excerpts from books and articles on leadership, development and volunteer trends.

Florida Times Union Florida Times Union online

Freedom Corps Coordinating council, operating from the White House and chaired by President Bush, works to strengthen our culture and help find opportunities for every American to start volunteering.

GuideStar The national database of nonprofit organizations.

Hands On Network Hands On Network organizations, known as “Cares” or “Hands On” organizations, engage more than 350,000 volunteers in direct service to their communities each year. In cities large and small, 42 Hands On Network organizations have been established in the U.S.

Hope Fund The Hope Fund offers an annual distribution of basic necessities such as clothing, utilities and food through participating nonprofit agencies.

Independent Sector Committed to strengthening, empowering, and partnering with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their work on behalf of the public good.

Make a Difference Day Created by USA WEEKEND magazine. An annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. It is the most encompassing national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, everyone can participate.

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida The center enables a thriving nonprofit community by equipping nonprofit leadership, facilitating collective action, and enhancing public understanding.

The Nonprofit Times A popular monthly newspaper covering all aspects of nonprofit work, including volunteers.

One Day’s Pay Honors the victims, family members, and survivors of the attacks on America , as well as the rescue and recovery workers and thousands of volunteers who gave so much on and following September 11, 2001 .

Points of Light Foundation Engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. The national resource center for volunteers across the country.

ServiceLeader.org A project of the RGK Center for philanthropy and community service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin , provides information on all aspects of volunteerism.

TechSoup The technology place for nonprofits.

United Way of Northeast Florida Unites people and resources in building a stronger and healthier community, serves Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau , and northern St. Johns counties.

Victim Assistance Online An information, research, and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology.

Volunteer Connection The ultimate resource for people who want to make a difference through volunteering and for organizations that want to engage volunteers to support their mission. Provides volunteers with a direct connection to local volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Florida The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) strengthens Florida ’s communities through volunteerism and service. Volunteer Florida partners with volunteer centers across the state to provide extensive training for national service participants, community volunteers, and volunteer program staff and directors.

VolunteerMatch A free service available to individuals nationwide looking for volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit and public sector organizations.

 

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