Nonprofit Resources

Association for Fundraising Professionals is an association of professionals throughout the world that advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

Better Business Bureau sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to the organization’s high standards.  The BBB also helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that are not, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews.

Blue Avocado is a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. It publishes every third Tuesday through an HTML newsletter delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Thanks to its sponsors and members, Blue Avocado subscriptions are free.

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

Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving.  Their team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents.  Using this knowledge, they have developed an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess more than 7,000 of America's best-know and some lesser know, but worthy, charities.  The organization's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance:  their Financial Health and their Accountability and Transparency.

Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. For more than 20 years, The Chronicle has been connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs and ideas.

Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector.

Great Nonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review and share information about great -- and perhaps not yet great -- nonprofits.

Guidestar encourages nonprofits to share information about their organizations openly and completely. Any nonprofit in their database can update its report with information about its mission, programs, leaders, goals, accomplishments and needs—for free.

HandsOn Network is the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million.

Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Its nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens and mobilizes the nonprofit and philanthropic community to fulfill its vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions and vibrant communities.

National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

National Council of Nonprofits is the nation’s largest nonprofit network, working through its member State Associations to amplify the voices of America’s local community-based nonprofit organizations, helping them engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, and achieve greater impact in their communities.

Nonprofit Quarterly is a source for information and dialogue about democratic activism and about the organizations and movements that are a part of that.

TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities.