Selected "First Stop" Web Resources for Non-Profits

Here are some great online starting points for and about non-profit organizations. Given the vast array of information available on the Internet, this is by no means a complete list. See the Center's other links pages or contact the Center for additional suggestions or consultant resource lists. Inclusion does not imply endorsement by the Center for Non-Profits, nor should any value judgment be inferred from an entity's omission from this list.

  1. MultiFaceted Non-Profit Resources
  2. Fundraising
  3. Job Resources
  4. Government
  5. Non-Profit news
  6. Data

Multifaceted Non-Profit Resources

Center for Non-Profits - http://www.njnonprofits.org
Host of this site and page, the Center is New Jersey's state association of non-profits. Founded in 1982, the Center exists to build the power of New Jersey's non-profit community by serving as the premier voice and comprehensive resource for and about our sector. Center programs include advocacy and public education, legal and management assistance, research, and member services. Browse our website and contact us to find out more!

Free Management Library for Non-Profits - http://www.managementhelp.org
Hosted by the Management Assistance Program for Non-Profits in St. Paul, MN. Contains an extensive collection of articles and resource links on all aspects of non-profit operations - fund raising, evaluation, human resources, communications and much more.

BoardSource - http://www.boardsource.org
National membership organization offering comprehensive support and training for non-profits and their boards of trustees; website includes useful Frequently Asked Questions area about board roles and responsibilities.

GuideStar - http://www.guidestar.org
Clearinghouse of financial and programmatic information on 600,000 501(c)(3) organizations nationwide.

Idealist - Resources for Nonprofits - http://www.idealist.org/info/Nonprofits
Clearinghouse of financial and programmatic information on 600,000 501(c)(3) organizations nationwide.

Innovation Network (InnoNet) - http://www.innonet.org
A streamlined collection of information for nonprofit organizations and people who work, volunteer, and care for them.

The National Council of Nonprofits - http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/
The Council of Nonprofits' website has a wealth of information about charitable non-profits, resources for a wide variety of topics, updates and analysis of public policy issues, capacity building and more.

The Nonprofit FAQ - http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/PubApps/nonprofitfaq.php
A Network of non-profit state associations that provides Large website includes library of publications and data on finance, volunteering and charitable giving; through NCCS provides information on a wide range of nonprofit topics.

American Philanthropy Review's CharityChannel - http://charitychannel.com
Website hosting variety of non-profit discussion forums on fundraising, marketing, academic research, legal issues and more; also has booklists, consultant registers, events listings, job listings (career_search) and numerous links.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide - http://www.npgoodpractice.org
Run by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, this site contains clear explanations and links to external resources on many non-profit topics.

About.com - http://www.nonprofit.about.com
Non-profit section has info and links on all aspects of non-profit arena: grantwriting, job-seeking, volunteer opportunies, salaries/benefits, discussion groups, etc.; continuously updated.

Pro Bono Partnership - http://www.probonopartner.org/Pages/nonprofitsclients/legal-services-we-provide
Provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - New Jersey Chapter - www.facebook.com/ynpnofnj; YNPN National: http://www.ynpn.org
YNPN NJ strives to connect and develop young professionals in the nonprofit sector. YNPN NJ provides opportunities for nonprofit professionals to network with other likeminded individuals, enhance their communities, and develop professional skills.

 

Fundraising

Nonprofit Fundraising 101 - http://www.amazon.com/Nonprofit-Fundraising-Darian-Rodriguez-Heyman/dp/1119100461
Based on expert advice and insights from a variety of respected industry experts, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 is an essential text for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, activists, and social entrepreneurs who want to leverage best practices to promote their cause. Free chapter available, Event-Based Fundraising.

The Foundation Center - http://www.fdncenter.org
Comprehensive source of information on foundation and corporate giving, as well as other areas of interest to non-profits; publishes wide array of important reference books, directories, analyses; website includes electronic reference desk, online librarians, donor databases, articles, news services and more.

networkforgood.org - http://www.networkforgood.org/
E-philanthropy portal sponsored by America Online in partnership with Independent Sector and other groups; aims to facilitate on-line donations and volunteering. Has numerous links covering variety of non-profit management issues.

Association of Fund Raising Professionals (NJ Chapter) - http://www.afp-nj.org/
State chapter of national membership organization of fund raising professionals (consultants and development employees of charitable organizations. Activities include monthly member meetings and an annual Conference on Philanthropy. National AFP website can be accessed at http://www.afpnet.org/ .

Grant Professionals Association - New Jersey Chapter - http://www.grantprofessionalsnj.org/
A nonprofit professional association of grant writers, grant managers, and grant consultants offering networking, resources and educational programs.

Grants.gov - http://www.grants.gov
Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies.

State of New Jersey Grants Page - http://www.nj.gov/nj/gov/njgov/grants.html
Links to grant information from most of the major New Jersey state departments and agencies.

 

Job Resources for Non-Profits

Idealist Nonprofit Career Center - http://www.idealist.org/career.html
Jobs section of comprehensive Action Without Borders website, lists job openings nationwide and also has a wealth of links to other job-related sites around the world.

Center for Non-Profits Jobs Page - http://www.njnonprofits.org/Jobs.html
Jobs section of the Center's website, updated regularly. The Center will post New Jersey non-profit job openings free of charge to member organizations and for a nominal fee for other 501(c)(3) organizations. Contact the Center for additional details.

 

Government

U.S. Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov
Federal government site includes links to the White House, both houses of Congress and special section, "Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet." Also historical information, copyright information/forms and more. U.S. Internal Revenue Service - http://www.irs.gov/
Includes a wealth of taxpayer information, including exempt organizations section with downloadable publications and forms.

U.S. Nonprofit Gateway - http://www.nonprofit.gov
Portal to numerous federal departments and government information of interest to non-profits.

State of New Jersey Home Page - http://www.state.nj.us
Official state site includes links to state departments/agencies, the Legislature, judiciary and much more. To access the Legislature directly including information about NJ legislators, New Jersey statutes, pending legislation and legislative calendars, go to www.njleg.state.nj.us .

State of New Jersey NonProfit Information Center - http://www.state.nj.us/state/nonprofit.html
New Jersey’s Nonprofit Information Center portal is as a one-stop shop for nonprofits in New Jersey seeking to utilize various funding sources and volunteer opportunities available through the State.

Charities Registration Section, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs - http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/ocp.htm
Most New Jersey Charities are required to register with this office, which is part of the Department of Law and Public Safety. Site includes a searchable database of registered charities and downloadable registration forms (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

 

Non-Profit News Resources

See this page for additional media links

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - http://philanthropy.com
Online version of major non-profit trade publication, with news, commentary, grants, events and help-wanted listings; e-mail updates are available. Parts of site restricted to paid subscribers.

NonProfit Times - http://www.nptimes.com
Online version of monthly newspaper which focuses on management and funding issues.

The Nonprofit Quarterly - http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/
Quarterly publication offering insight, commentary and analysis of current news and issues affecting the sector.

Philanthropy Journal - http://www.philanthropyjournal.org

Council of Foundations - http://www.cof.org/
Print magazine of the Council on Foundations, reproduced online; contains news and commentary.

 

Non-Profit Data

GuideStar - www.guidestar.org
Clearinghouse of financial and programmatic information on 501(c)(3) organizations nationwide. Registration and fees required for portions of site.

National Center for Charitable Statistics - http://nccs.urban.org
National clearinghouse of data on the non-profit sector in the United States. NCCS is a program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute.