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websites and articles to help your nonprofit
B. Cullman is one of this
nation’s major and most generous philanthropists as well as an author.
He has written a guide addressing the "Do's" and "Don'ts" of
to Succeed in Fundraising by Really Trying is a free 18-page
guide that offers practical advice to anyone asking for money for a
worthy cause. Based on Cullman’s years of experience raising money as
well as being asked for it, the booklet is a handy and plainspoken
guide for anyone soliciting money for a charitable cause. Visit the
website to download a free copy of the guide.
The Points of
Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network
engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve
serious social problems in thousands of communities. Their website
provides links to programs focused on volunteer
efforts, such as engaging families or seniors in volunteer activities.
A resources section lists over 150
articles covering topics such as age appropriate service activities for
various grade levels, creating a volunteer-friendly environment, tips
for group volunteer projects and much more.
Free Management Library provides easy-to-access,
comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of
yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is
relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or
small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Each category has many
topics, each with links to articles and other websites.
Examples of categories
||The IRS recently announced IR-2006-179 - a formula for charities to use to receive
a refund on telephone excise taxes paid. In May of 2006, the
Treasury Department announced that it would stop collecting the federal
excise tax on long-distance telephone
service. Refunds will be paid for these excise taxes billed during the
41 months between February 28, 2003 and Aug. 1, 2006. Few charities
took advantage of the refund because it was too complicated to
demonstrate that the money was billed and paid. The burden outweighed
the benefit. With this new formula, charities can benefit from the
excise tax refund.
request a refund, tax-exempt organizations must complete Form
8913, Credit for Federal Telephone Excise Tax Paid.
||Visit the AFP Fundraising
Resource Center for the
latest research and information on fundraising and philanthropy. The
site features questions from AFP members as well as FAQ's from the Foundation Center and the AFP website.
Hyperlinks to many other pages provide information on a wide variety of
BoardSource is an organization dedicated
to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by
strengthening boards of directors. Their website has a comprehensive selection of
material on nonprofit governance, including books, online tools, CDs
and videos organized by topics such as recruitment and orientation,
financial, fundraising, roles and responsibilities and others. BoardSource’s Knowledge Center
has a variety of resources such as topic papers and
articles, 150 frequently asked questions (and answers!) and much more.
Some items are member-only content, but much is free.
Examples of questions
Poderis is a development
professional, author and speaker whose website is a great nonprofit
fundraising resource. He offers free handouts to use for fundraising
meetings and there is an extensive library of easy to read articles on
many topics such as soliciting major gifts and setting up a capital
a resource that connects nonprofit colleagues around the world. It is a
place where nonprofit professionals can learn from each other, share
information and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy. The
members of CharityChannel offer advice, information, tips and articles
for the benefit of the community. CharityChannel hosts dozens of public
nonprofit discussion lists, offers e-newsletters, and provides updated
news links, book reviews, interviews with newsmakers in the nonprofit
sector, job postings, consultant listings and product/service listings.
CharityUniversity offers live classes by telephone and on-demand
classes via internet. A very modest subscription fee is requested using
the honor system.
Stock is an online product
donation service that connects nonprofits with technology product
donations from more than twenty leading providers. All products are
available either for donation, or for prices that are deeply discounted
just for nonprofits.
Idealware provides candid reviews
and information about software of interest to nonprofits. The website
offers product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software
“Reports and Articles” link gives you access to past issues of their
newsletters and articles. Examples of articles
Total Resources: A Guide for Nonprofits is an award-winning resource
development guide for nonprofit organizations produced by Mellon
Financial Corporation. Originally available only in hardcopy by written
request to Mellon, the guide is now available online as a pdf. The
purpose of the guide is to help you discover resources and techniques
that are used effectively by a variety of nonprofits. It covers areas
such as people, money, goods and services and includes information such
as ways to develop a better board, tips on internal money management,
income earning ideas and lists of resource books, directories and
Verizon Foundation Resource Center provides online tools,
guides, articles, reports and classes to assist nonprofits in many
areas of interest. The classes are offered through partner agencies,
with varying fees and many let you earn points for CFRE certification.
covers Planning (strategic, market research, etc.), Technology,
Communications (public relations, marketing, trademark protection,
etc.), Fundraising, Recruitment (info on Board development and
volunteers) and Evaluation.
News Digest (PND) is a great online
resource made available by the Foundation Center.
It provides all sorts of news articles which can be viewed by category
(e.g., Animal Welfare, Arts & Culture, Health, etc.) They also have
a calendar of events held across the country, several regular columns,
links to other philanthropy sites, a biweekly newsletter, RFP
bulletins, job postings and message boards. Check it out!
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