CosEffect is Mary Costello’s blog in partnership with CEC. Starting in January of 2016, new CEC articles will appear there rather than on the CEC website. Podcasts will also be available. In addition to content specific to non-profit needs, the blog focuses on social justice issues, policy, and many other topics relevant to the non-profit sector. Check it out!
This organization provides very helpful, free webinars on a regular basis. Many topics are related to fundraising, and are perfect for new Executive Directors, Development Directors, and Board members. Sign-up for their email alerts. It is definitely worth it.
Research foundation giving through 990 reviews, but also lots of helpful articles for non-profit leadership. When you visit this site, you can search non-profit organizations too. If you are a 501(c)(3), you will find your own agency there. Since many funders/donors will check you out on this site before giving a grant or contribution, make sure you claim your profile and that it is is up-to-date/accurate.
Leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. It sponsors research, encourages public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and creates resources for staff, boards, and volunteers to improve their organizations and better serve their communities.
This link will take you right to the charities page. It offers information about becoming and remaining a tax-exempt non-profit organization. There is also a section for educational products, workshops, and seminars for non-profit leaders.
An extended network of providers of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations around the country. This page offers a search feature to find pro bono assistance in your area.
National repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
As the name indicates, this is an association for professionals in the charitable gift planning field. CEC does not have expertise in this area of fundraising, and does not know anything about this resource. Perhaps it will be of benefit to you, however.
Through the Power of Us program, non-profits can (through a VERY EASY grant application) get use of the Salesforce platform for their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) needs. You need to reapply each year, but your receive 10 free user accounts for your organization’s customizable cloud-based system. This is highly recommended by CEC. This system does it all. But, it is complex and you will likely need training for your staff. Several consulting firms are recommended by Salesforce for this purpose (and are listed on the site), and each charge a flat rate fee of $5,000 for the two-week training (which is not all day, every day). We rarely endorse a specific product or service, but, if you do not already have a CRM tracking system, you need Salesforce.
Newspaper of the nonprofit world, published every other week and available at the Philanthropy Center Library. The Chronicle's website provides a summary of the contents of the current issue, as well as a calendar of upcoming conferences and workshops, job listings, links to additional nonprofit resources, and other useful information. Also an excellent place to post an ad when you are searching for a new Executive Director or need to fill other higher-level management positions.
The GO TO source for foundation/corporate funding prospect research. (There are reasonably-priced subscription plans to access the databases. There is no free access to this information. But, there are a lot of free resources on their website as well.) The Foundation Center also has walk-in resource libraries in a five major cities that offer free access to information resources and educational programs.