The following organizations are professional groups focused on increasing the impact and improving the processes of the nonprofit sector. Most of them are nonprofits themselves, and all of them are used by me on a regular basis as I continue to keep up with changes and movements in the nonprofit sector (I personally vet each of these organizations, so bear with me as I build this list slowly, but meticulously). My personal goal is to help make improvements in the Florida nonprofit sector, as well as my own community… but whatever you use the information for, I promise you will be better off having learned it.
The Center for Social Philanthropy
(www.socialphilanthropy.org), a non-profit organization, provides innovative research, resources and tools to multiply philanthropy’s force for long-term social and environmental impact.
The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
(http://nonprofitprofessionals.com/) was founded from the simple notion that every organization, regardless of its budget or geographic footprint can better fulfill its mission with a highly tailored, innovative, and strategic approach to acquiring and retaining its most important resource: talent. They have an incredible library (http://nonprofitprofessionals.com/library_main.htm) with free articles written for both nonprofit job seekers and employers, as well as a regularly maintained recommended list of books.
New Philanthropy Center (NPC)
(www.philanthropycapital.org) is a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping funders and charities achieve a greater impact. Their mission is to put effectiveness at the heart of how all charities work and how all funders give. They have done a great deal of research they make available, and have a long list of must-read publications for policy makers, funders, charities and individual donors (www.philanthropycapital.org/publications/default.aspx).
(www.socialedge.org) Funded by the Scoll Foundation, Social Edge is a blogging and discussion site dedicated to advancing social impact.
(www.nonprofitready.org) NonprofitReady provides more than 300 online courses, videos, and how-to guides to help you make an even greater impact in the nonprofit sector.
The National Council of Nonprofits
(www.councilofnonprofits.org) The National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits. View the most recent additions, browse by category or tag, or search for the specific information you are looking for. Find tools and resources at: www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources#sthash.2L2vzS1d.dpuf
(www.grantspace.org) The Foundation Center provides free funding information through more than 450 Funding Information Network locations (formerly called Cooperating Collections) — libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers located across the U.S. and several countries. Use the site locator to find a network location near you to access for free a suite of our trainings, books, and databases.
(www.topnonprofits.com) The quality of research and data is important for today’s nonprofits. From gaining useful information to using research in daily operations, great resources can help improve your organization.
(www.npengage.com) npENGAGE is the premier nonprofit resource for trends, best practices, and need-to-know news. With five unique categories, you can easily immerse yourself in the topics most relevant to you as well as access new ideas.
(www501commons.org) Check out recommended resources – some of the best available on the nonprofit topics below. They include downloadable documents, webpages on our site, and resources on other websites. Also, try the websites featured on our Best of the Web page or ask your peers on the Nonprofit Networking Group listserv.
Nonprofit Recycling Network
(www.recycles.org). The Nonprofit Recycling Network, focused on the productive transfer and reuse of office and school equipment, assists teachers, technicians, schools, churches, and community leaders who are interested in reusing office and school technology.
(www.techsoup.org). Everything about technology, specifically for nonprofits from tech discussions, to how-to tutorials, products, and links to services.
(www.idealware.org) A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions.
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
(www.nten.org). NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
(www.spiceworks.com). A free IT community designed to assist nonprofit organizations with technology planning needs. Spiceworks provides diagnostic and planning tools, and a framework for evaluating technology needs.
(http://www.idealist.org/). A website that connects volunteer opportunities with those interested in volunteering.
Network For Good Recruiting Volunteers
(http://www.networkforgood.org/npo/volunteers/). Provides articles, resources, tools, and success stories about volunteer recruitment.
(http://www.serviceleader.org/new/managers/index.php). Information on all aspects of volunteer management getting an organization ready to involve volunteers, screening, matching, record-keeping and evaluation, legal issues, and more. (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas)
The Evaluation Exchange
(www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/eval.html). Harvard Family Research Project’s evaluation periodical, The Evaluation Exchange, addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, and highlights innovative methods and approaches to evaluation. (Harvard University)
Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
(www.wkkf.org/knowledgecenter/). Guides grantees through the entire external or internal evaluation process. Based on Kellogg’s evaluation philosophy and written for their grantees, but useful to anyone seeking to design a productive evaluation. (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
(www.npgoodpractice.org/Topics/Evaluation/)Provides access to copious information on data collection, legal considerations, outcome evaluation, process, and types of evaluation. (Nonprofit Good Practice Guide)
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