Board/Staff Support & Helpful Links

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General Resources

The Foundation Center – Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.

Guidestar revolutionizes philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving by gathering and publicizing information about nonprofit organizations.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)- Strategies, tools, and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.  SSIR is a journal geared towards leaders in the fields of nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.  The mission of SSRI is to share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.

Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) – NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN helps you do your job better, so you can make the world a better place.


Philanthropy/Foundation Resources

Council on Foundations is a membership organization that supports grantmakers in various aspects of foundation management.

Association on Small Foundations (ASF) – ASF is a membership organization for donors, trustees, employees and consultants of foundations that have few or no staff. ASF enhances the power of small foundation giving by providing the donors, trustees, and staff of member foundations with peer learning opportunities, targeted tools and resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.

The Philanthropy Journal – Delivering news daily through a website and weekly through their newsletter, the Philanthropy Journal aims to help people understand, support and work in the nonprofit and philanthropic world, and help them recognize and solve social problems.

Public Charity Resources

Board Source – BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.

Blue Avocado – practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.

What Gives!? – Do something good. Tell people about it. Do it again. WhatGives!? is more than just a website about causes. We are working every day to bring you information and tools that can help nonprofits to raise money and awareness; to encourage more people to get involved; to spread the word about how social media can work for social good. We see corporate philanthropy, social media, volunteerism, virtual fundraising, and cause marketing converging in our daily lives more than ever before. Are you on board?

Fieldstone Alliance – develops and distributes user-friendly publications that help nonprofit, community, funders, government, and business leaders improve their communities. Good selection of books and manuals for sale, plus some very helpful free materials.

IRS Resources

Form 990 Resources and Tools

Online Mini-Courses: Redesigned Form 990

Frequently Asked Questions about Tax-Exempt Organizations




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