ResourcesPhilanthropic Resources

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Philanthropic Resources

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
To improve the management and governance capacity of nonprofits and to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.

Amherst S. Wilder Foundation
To promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means. Extensive series of handbooks in nonprofit management

Arts and Business Council

Brings business professionals and nonprofit arts administrators together to increase creativity and improve management using the complementary skills of each other. This organization also helps with board development.

Arts Consulting Group
To provide complementary information to all those who care about the arts and culture industry’s impact on a brighter future

Association of Association Executives
To provide resources for staff and Board members in the association world

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
To provide resources to the greater MD/DC grant-making and grant-seeking community as well as to offer extensive information about philanthropy

Association of Fundraising Professionals
To advance philanthropy through education, training, and advocacy.

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
To assist grantmakers, including foundations and corporations with giving programs, serving in, or making grants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
To advance philanthropy in the healthcare sector

Association of Philanthropic Counsel
To provide a resource for nonprofits to find consulting firms which provide philanthropic services

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
To help donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
To help thousands of donors achieve their charitable vision and hundreds of nonprofit organizations carry on their good work, particularly in Berkshire County, Mass., Columbia County, N.Y. and Northwest Litchfield County, Conn.

Board Café
To provide a resource for members of nonprofit boards of directors

To support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders

To develop leadership for the nonprofit sector

Center for Civil Society Studies
Johns Hopkins University
To improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or “civil society” organizations in the United States and throughout the world

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
To increase the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice through research, teaching, public service and public affairs

CFRE International
To demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector

Chronicle of Philanthropy
To inform charity leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise

Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Founded in 1974, conducts interdisciplinary research devoted to the study of gender. The Institute creates knowledge and seeks to implement change that promotes gender equality at Stanford, nationally and internationally.

Communications for Good – Cause Communications
To develop and budget a communications plan to what tools you need to help raise awareness and funds

Compumentor/ TechSoup Global
To bring technological empowerment and philanthropy to social benefit organizations  including nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, libraries, and other social change agents

The Connecticut Nonprofit Information Network
To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations in building and sustaining healthy communities in Connecticut

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
To help its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education

Council on Foundations
To create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive, and to provide Council members with the products and services they need to do their best work. A wide variety of interest groups and affiliated organizations

David Lamb’s Prospect Research Page
To provide a site with links to a wide variety of other Internet resources of interest to prospect researchers

Empower Success Corps (Formerly Executive Service Corps of New England)
To provide affordable management consulting for nonprofits.

Candid – in 2019 The Foundation Center and Guidestar combined forces
To strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. Candid gets you the information you need to do good.

Giving USA
To help nonprofit organizations learn more about and understand factors that affect fundraising success and to contribute to the historical record about charitable giving in the United States
To have an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
To build strong and effective nonprofit organizations

Grounded Visioning: A Quick Way to Create Shared Visions
By Jay W. Vogt, published in Society for Nonprofit Organizations

To revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving

Harvard Business School Association of Boston
Provides pro-bono business consulting to nonprofit organizations of the Greater Boston area.

Human Service Forum
To provide a voice for human service organizations through leadership, information, advocacy, recognition, public relations, and capacity building, in western MA
To offer articles about nonprofit administration and directories of consultants, organizations, volunteer opportunities, jobs, and other information.

Independent Sector
To advance the common good in America and around the world through charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs

Internal Revenue Service
To provide information for charities and non-profits and many resources for tax-exempt entities

Jossey-Bass Publishers
To publish books, training materials, periodicals, and other media for people interested in developing themselves, their communities and their organization

Lawyers Clearinghouse
The Lawyers Clearinghouse provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and groups seeking nonprofit status as well as educational programs for nonprofit organizations and lawyers.

Leave a Legacy
To inspire people from all walks of life and all income levels to think beyond their lifespan when doing good works

Learning to Give
To help girls and boys on learning about philanthropy

To catalyze the nonprofit community to do more good work by increasing the capacity of charitable organizations to more effectively fulfill their missions, through technology training, financial literacy and

The Management Assistance Program (MAP) for Nonprofits
To provide management consulting and board recruitment services to nonprofit organizations

Massachusetts Attorney General

Mass Development
To provide financing for Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for construction capital projects including bonds, direct loans, guarantees, and development assistance

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
A statewide network for nonprofits focusing on advocacy, public awareness and capacity building. Check out their resource directory- listing professionals and services in many different departments of nonprofit management.

Health Resources in Action (formerly Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities)
To develop and strengthen statewide coalitions through the MassForum, a series of training provided to coalitions throughout the state to create and sustain healthy communities in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Secretary of the State

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
To offer job descriptions for board members

Money For Good
The Money for Good project has conducted deep research on the market opportunity for impact investment products and charitable donations and has identified what organizations can do to “unlock” that market opportunity.

National Association of Independent Schools
To serve and strengthen member schools and associations

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
To monitor philanthropic practices and researches potential areas for reform that can make a positive, progressive difference for the nonprofit community

National Council of Family Philanthropy
To promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of philanthropists and their families

National Council of Nonprofit Associations
To help small and midsize nonprofits manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector and achieve greater impact in their communities

Network for Good
To provide information on volunteer opportunities, fundraising online, and the opportunity to add a free Donate button for a nonprofit’s website

Nonprofit Jobs in New England – through
Helping you find nonprofit careers or helping nonprofits post staffing positions.

To show how to write a mission statement, financial management, fundraising, board development, and other topics pertaining to nonprofit administration

Nonprofit Finance Fund
To provide financial and advisory services (often with partners) to plan, finance, and implement strategic vision by making the connection between money, management, and vision

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
To build a resource center with much information for starting, running, and funding an organization

Nonprofit National Resource Directory
An online resource providing a listing of hundreds of consultants, coaches, vendors, and specialists who assist nonprofits to maximize their effectiveness.

Nonprofit Net Inc.
This is a networking team that helps nonprofits fund-raise, find board members, recruit volunteers and improve operations.

The Nonprofit Quarterly
To provide nonprofit leaders at every level, paid or voluntary, a forum to exchange innovative ideas and informational resources so that they can more fully realize their organizations’ missions

The Nonprofit Resource Center
To learn how to form, manage and maintain a nonprofit organization

Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network
To share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively

The NonProfit Times
To provide up-to-date, useful information on the business of managing nonprofit organizations

To gather content from a wide range of organizations to connect nonprofits, experts, supporters and individuals interested in the sector

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
To offer training and membership to professionals in planned giving

Salem State University Enterprise Center
Offering more than 70 educational programs a year — most of them free — to small business owners and nonprofit managers in best business practices.

SCORE Northeastern Massachusetts
Free face-to-face business counseling services to non-profits and small businesses. Focus on planning, management of operations, financial management, and sales & marketing.

Free Management Library
To show every aspect of volunteer management, from screening, matching, record-keeping, and evaluation, to legal issues, risk management, and virtual volunteering

New England Nonprofit DirectoryA
To find local consultants, grant-writers, and other specialized services for nonprofits.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
To offer strategies, tools, and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses

Support Center for Nonprofit Management
To help nonprofit leaders and managers at all stages of their career develop practical knowledge, build productive relationships, and find the information and resources they need to further their professional development

To offer a major resource center for issues related to nonprofit technology

Third Sector New England
To provide capacity building programs and services for individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector

UMASS Center for Public Policy and Administration
To offer interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching, and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
This organization is a funding source for agencies in the above areas devoted to improving the quality of life for children and their families. for Non-Profits
To provide official information and services for non-profits from the U.S. government.

Volunteer Match
To offer volunteer opportunities throughout the United States, by ZIP code or area of interest