Tools That Promote Efficient and Effective Operations

General Nonprofit Resources


Chronicle of Philanthropy - - The single most important source for information on the nonprofit sector. This journal is standard reading for those of us working in the nonprofit sector.

Charity Channel - - A great place to network with nonprofit managers from around the country. Their eNewsletters are informative and a great way to keep on top of specific issues.

Standards for Excellence Institute - - This group is changing the way nonprofits are managed and how they are perceived by the general public, one certified nonprofit at a time. Probably our most frequently used resource. Every nonprofit should have their Ethics and Accountability Code and you should review it with your board to ensure you are in compliance with all items noted in the code.

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Fundraising and Grantwriting

Associated Grant Makers - - Associated Grant Makers is a regional association of grant makers, foundations and corporations with giving programs for organizations serving in, or making grants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Their site has a “Resource Center for Philanthropy” filled with useful information for grantseekers.

GuideStar - -This site allows the user to search public documents of private foundations and nonprofits. Don't forget to look to see how your nonprofit looks on this site-remember, grantmakers have access to this as well and they are examining your 990 while you are looking at theirs.

The Foundation Center - - This is the most commonly used resource for identifying foundations and specific requests for proposals (RFPs) put out by grantmakers. You can conveniently access their database of over 78,000 grantmakers from your computer. If you only research grant opportunities on occasion, you can take advantage of their inexpensive monthly subscriptions.

The Federal Government - - Every single grant that is put out by the government must be posted to the public through this convenient central site. That means you can now research grants from Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and United States Agency for International Development at the same time, using key words, topics, etc.

Association of Fundraising Professionals - - The professional association for those involved in raising money.  They have excellent guidelines on ethics.

Giftworks - - Giftworks is the best low-cost database software for smaller organizations for tracking donors and donation history that we have found.  Their pricing is very competitive and their support is excellent.

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Major Donor Cultivation

David Lamb’s Prospect Research Page - - This site has general information and useful tips on prospect research put together by an APRA-award winning professional.

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) - This association website has current fundraising news and other useful information for prospect research.

Forbes - - This site lists the richest Americans and also the top 500 companies.

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NonProfit Marketing and Communications

Nonprofit Marketing - - This site catalogs useful publicly available materials for nonprofit marketing.

Article on Nonprofit Effective Nonprofit Web Design - - This article gives a useful overview of what to consider when embarking on designing an effective non profit website.

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning - - This site catalogs useful publicly available materials for strategic planning.

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Business and Financial Management

The Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy - - While this Center of the UI provides a wealth of information on management, capacity building and other topics, we have found their publication on financial management to be especially useful.

Board Source - - Their name tells you what you need to know-their materials focus on your board of directors. A good starting place if you want to motivate, increase or reinvigorate your board.

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Organizational Assessment and Program Evaluation

The Kellogg Foundation - - The Kellogg Foundation is a leading resource for program evaluation and design. Their Logic Model (c) provides a systematic approach to setting your program for success.

Organizational Assessment - - This site catalogs useful publicly available materials for organizational assessments.

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