The Web and book resources in this section provide helpful information and support for those interested in starting a nonprofit organization.
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The Bridgespan Group is a global nonprofit that strives to make the world more equitable and just. Since 2000, they have had the privilege of advising and collaborating with many of the world’s most extraordinary social change leaders including philanthropists, nonprofit and NGO leaders, and impact investors. Their services include strategy consulting and advising, sourcing and diligence, and leadership team support. They take what they learn from this work and build on it with original research, identifying best practices and innovative ideas to share with the social sector.
Candid.org is the combined forces of The Foundation Center and GuideStar, who had both helped change the world by giving people the information they needed to do good. Given the growing challenges of polarization, climate change, technological revolution, poverty and inequality these organizations combined their talent, technology, data, and leadership to become a new organization to help get the information you need to create change.
The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits focuses on improving leadership and management in the nonprofit community. Its website outlines the management consulting, seminar, and workshop services that the Center offers. Also, find articles, book reviews, and their CEN e-Community newsletter. This site also has excellent links to organizations that deal with management and technical issues that confront nonprofits.
The Council on Foundations works with legislators, educators, and other leaders to create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive. They provide their members with the products and services they need to do their best work, including legal information, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. The Council welcomes as a member any vehicle that brings people together in a philanthropic endeavor—including private, community, operating, and public foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, and emerging giving and grant making organizations. At this site you will find over 2,000 member grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide and resources for philanthropic organizations, especially concerning grants.
The Foundation Directory Online, by Candid.org, provides your nonprofit with an extraordinary database and fundraising expertise as well as vast information on all 235,000 U.S. Foundations. It provides the most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grant-makers and the grants they've made. This comprehensive database and powerful search tools gives you what you need to get the funding you require for your organization, project, or client.
The Grantsmanship Center offers training around the country in grant writing and other topics of interest to those who are or who want to become involved in the nonprofit sector. This site has information on their training programs (including schedules and locations around the country), online excerpts from their magazine, nonprofit resources, publications, and more.
Idealist.org is a project of Action Without Borders. This is a good first-stop site for those who want to familiarize themselves with what is going on in the nonprofit sector. It features a library, an extensive FAQ section, and links to resources of special interest to volunteers and donors. Resources include an online action center in which you can search for programs of interest, find volunteer opportunities and sign up to receive notices of new postings of possible interest.
The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus organizational members - they identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
Nonprofit Quarterly is committed to provide a forum for the critical thinking and exploration needed to help nonprofits achieve their potential as effective, powerful, and influential organizations in concert with their constituencies.
Books on Starting a Nonprofit
Grant Writing Books