Virtual Volunteering Guidebook available
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Revised with new information as of January 5, 2016
to know when this web site is updated, new resources are launched, etc.
I endorse the following Web sites as the BEST Internet-based resources for mission-based organizations (non-profits, non-governmental organizations/NGOs, civil society, public sector agencies). The following were chosen to be listed here as the "best", in my opinion, because they are all or most of the following
The resources below are not only the ones that stand out -- I use them frequently myself.
This is not a comprehensive list. It's a subjective list, based entirely on my opinion.
Many, many links to other suggested sites are also included within the my web site's other pages. But remember -- no one site can list every valuable link on a subject as broad as nonprofits. Also, what I find valuable, you may find too basic; and what you find valuable may not be relevant to my own experience. Finding the information you need most means researching sites yourself . And, finally as mentioned earlier, you have to READ the information (or, in some cases, listen to it):
Free Management Library
This extensive web site includes excellent information from nonprofit professionals all over the U.S.A. on:
and much more! Whatever you are looking for relating to nonprofits, look here first. Compiled by Carter McNamara.
Organizational Effectiveness Series
The National Minority AIDS Council offers a series of free manuals in PDF ready to download. They include manuals on board development, fiscal management, grant writing, human resources, leadership development, needs assessment, volunteer involvement, strategic planning, surviving an audit and more. There are 14 "Organizational Effectiveness Series" manuals in all. You have to register for a user account, but registration is free.
TechSoup Community Forum
An online discussion group to discuss issues related to computers, smart phones, software, social media, digital engagement, tech4good, tech-related policies and more as used by and at nonprofits, NGOs, government agencies, libraries, schools or any other mission-based organization. Great place to ask or answer questions relating to tech in some way.
Alliance for Justice Resources & Publications
Provides high-quality resources and trainings to ensure that all nonprofit organizations in the USA understand how they can engage in advocacy activities with greater efficiency and entirely within legal limits and more aggressively.
A series of checklists that can help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your agency's governance (board), human resources (including volunteer management), planning, financial activities, fund raising and legal protection.
The Foundation Center
This site offers an overview of the not-for-profit funding process, including a proposal-writing course, a directory of libraries and resources by region, a philanthropy news digest, funding trends and analyses, and a page of links to corporate grant makers and private foundations, some with downloadable grant guidelines and applications. It also includes information for organizations outside the USA.
NonProfit Gateway Network
Links to charity-related Web pages maintained by various USA federal agencies and departments. Users may search more than 3,000 federal Web pages, as well as federal grant announcements and information about federal volunteer programs and how to comply with laws pertaining to nonprofit organizations. As of November 1999, it was a rather jumbled compilation, but I'm so thrilled to the government doing this that I'm giving them an "A" for effort, with high hopes that this site will get better in the coming months.
Jayne Cravens - Coyote Communications Web Site
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