Revised with new information as of January 01, 2013
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" 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.
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. Also, what I find valuable, you may find too basic; and what you find valuable may not be relavent 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.
An nonprofit organization with a web site offering extensive technology-related resources especially designed for mission-based organizations. Provides excellent information, worksheets, online discussion groups, and many other resources to help organizations with everything from technology planning to working with IT/ICT volunteers (and even has soup recipes!).
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.
Virtual Volunteering Project
Comprehensive, detailed resources to help your agency involve volunteers working from home or work computers. Includes extensive information on managing, recognizing and recruiting online volunteers, creating online assignments, the realities of online culture, and organizations already engaged in virtual volunteering. This particular section of the web site is no longer updated, yet, it remains an excellent resource.
Nonprofit Indicators (an internal evaluation tool)
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. An excellent resource developed by staff and volunteers of the United Way of Minneapolis Area for internal use by nonprofit organizations.
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
The web site you are reading now: An ever-increasing number of tip sheets to help mission-based organizations with a variety of issues, including to use technology more effectively. The tip sheets, which are revised monthly, include:
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