Resources


The following is by no means a comprehensive list of nonprofit resources.  There are many great websites available, but these are just a few that the Dyson Foundation staff have referenced and found useful.  Inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement by the Dyson Foundation.

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General Nonprofit Issues

Catchafire - Connects pro-bono professionals looking to donate their skills to nonprofit organizations. Professionals are available to support organizations with marketing, web design, database customization, fundraising, and more.

Foundation Center – The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy.

GuideStar – GuideStar is the complete source of information about U.S. nonprofits with a database of 1.8 million IRS-recognized organizations for finding a charity, to benchmark your nonprofit's performance, to research the sector, and more.

Idealist.org – Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

Independent Sector – The Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

IRS Charities Bureau – Tax information for charities and other nonprofits.

NYS Charities Bureau - The New York Attorney General's one-stop resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grantmakers and members of the public. Their site also provides a detailed list of helpful nonprofit resources.

New York Council of Nonprofits – NYCON works to build the capacity of nonprofits and communities, providing specialized training and technical assistance services, including legal and financial, to nonprofits of all kinds. NYCON also provides an array of group purchasing, insurance and employee benefits for member nonprofits. Their site also contains information specific to the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

Nonprofit Information - This site provides a range of information for leaders of nonprofit organizations on topics including business strategies, leadership, and fundraising guidance.

NonprofitReady.org - NonprofitReady.org provides free customized curriculum to support the most common job families in the sector: Development, Leadership, Accounting and Finance, Operations.

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Financial Management

Alliance for Nonprofit Management – The Alliance for Nonprofit Management promotes quality in nonprofit capacity building. The Alliance convenes a major annual conference, networks colleagues year-round online, and provides member discounts on books and other publications, as well as visibility to its members in its online directories.

Fiscal Management Associates - FMA offers nonprofits advisory services and practical tools to surmount challenges and navigate significant financial decisions.

Free Management Library – The Free Management Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

New York Council of Nonprofits - NYCON's Budget & Cash Flow Toolkits were designed for smaller to medium sized nonprofits to help them deliver streamlined, compliant and easy to understand budgets.

Nonprofits Assistance Fund – The Nonprofits Assistance Fund provides loans that help nonprofits realize their visions; financial management training and resources that promote healthy financial practices; and guidance to nonprofit staff on strategic financial planning and management.

Nonprofit Finance Fund – the Nonprofit Finance Fund serves both nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services, including facilities and working capital loans and lines of credit; asset-building programs; intensive workshops; nonprofit business analyses, and other consultations to help nonprofit management understand the impact on their finances of management and program decisions. A newly launched entity, NFF Capital Partners, helps nonprofits attract equity-like growth capital.

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Governance

BoardNet USA – A website that brings together people looking to serve on the boards of nonprofits with the nonprofits who seek them.

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

Governance Matters – Governance Matters, a subsidiary of NYCON, will support good governance practices through programming, events, educational tools, publications, templates, one-on-one guidance and practical solutions designed to help nonprofits solve real world problems.

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Leadership Transition & Succession Planning

National Council of Nonprofits– The National Council of Nonprofits offers nonprofit succession planning best practices, planning tips and resources to assist nonprofits through leadership transitions.

Nonprofit Quarterly – NPQ offers several free webinars on a variety of leadership transition and succession planning topics, including: Preparing for the Inevitable: The Board’s Role in Succession Planning, The Common (and Sometimes Pernicious) Traps in Executive Transitions, CEO Confidential: Planning, Communicating and Implementing Your Organizational Exit and, The End Game: An Organizational Sustainability Framework for Executive Transitions.

The Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy offers Executive Search services to organizations experiencing executive transition to help ensure appropriate future leadership is selected. The Support Center also provides an Interim Executive Director program to assist organizations who may benefit from stable, interim leadership during an executive transition period. Experienced nonprofit professionals and consultants interested in serving as an Interim Executive Director may wish to explore the Support Center’s Interim Executive Director training program.


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Legal

Hurwit & Associates' Nonprofit Law Resource Library - Contains information on a number of subjects pertaining to nonprofit law including nonprofit start-up issues, state filing and compliance, governance and board questions, mergers and affiliations, nonprofit entrepreneurship, charitable contributions and more.

New York Council of Nonprofits – NYCON offers a range of technical assistance, including legal services, providing member agencies access to attorneys who practice exclusively in nonprofit law.

Pro Bono Partnership - Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits. PBP recruits and supports volunteer attorneys with a range of specializations to help nonprofits in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They also offer workshops and webinars on a variety of legal issues for nonprofits.


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Management

Alliance for Nonprofit Management– The Alliance for Nonprofit Management promotes quality in nonprofit capacity building. The Alliance convenes a major annual conference, networks colleagues year-round online, and provides member discounts on books and other publications, as well as visibility to its members in its online directories.

The Free Management Library - provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

National Council of Nonprofits – The National Council of Nonprofits is a network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving more than 20,000 member organizations, helping small and midsize nonprofits manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, and achieve greater impact in their communities.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center – The Nonprofit Risk Management Center offers services from technical assistance, to software, to training and consulting on a vast array of risk management topics from employment practices, to insurance purchasing, to internal controls and preventing child abuse.

New York Council of Nonprofits - NYCON works to build the capacity of nonprofits and communities, providing specialized training and technical assistance services, including legal and financial, to nonprofits of all kinds. NYCON also provides an array of group purchasing, insurance, and employee benefits for member nonprofits. Their site also contains information specific to the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act.

Resource Center – The Resource Center offers online training tools and publications, an events calendar, the Effective Practices Collection, and a library of printed publications, videos, and other media. It also serves as an information exchange where individual programs can share innovations and effective practices with others.

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Marketing & Communications

Big Duck– Big Duck works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to transform the way they communicate. Combining expert strategy with award-winning creative, they deliver communications to raise money and visibility.

Case Foundation - This site offers a good collection of information on using social media, from the basics to emerging technologies.

Nancy Schwartz – Getting Attention– The Getting Attention blog is a source of ideas, tactics, and tips for nonprofit communicators focused on helping their organizations succeed through effective marketing.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide – Training tips for do-it-yourself nonprofit marketers.

SPIN Academy – The SPIN Academy is dedicated to working with social justice organizations ready to deploy communications strategies for social change, focusing on the development of communications skills, infrastructure and leadership, and leaving stronger organizations with the ability to amplify their work with messages that evolve from their grassroots.

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Resource Development

Association of Fundraising Professionals– The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. AFP provides a Code of Ethical Standards for fundraisers to advance and foster the highest ethical standards in the field. 

Cause Effective - Cause Effective helps nonprofits raise money, activate their boards, and get the greatest value from special events and anniversaries. Their Coach on Call program offers flexible, customized assistance, serving as an on-call fundraising and governance coach.

Chronicle of Philanthropy– The newspaper of the nonprofit world.

Grants.gov – A source to find and apply for federal government grants.

The Network for Good's – The Network for Good's mission is to make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and to make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.

Poughkeepsie Public Library District - Adriance Memorial Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. This guide takes you to the library's resources for nonprofit organizations, which includes on-site access to the Foundation Center's database.

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Strategic Restructuring, Alliances & Mergers

Advice to Strengthen Strategic Mergers and Collaborations - This report provides step-by-step guidance for nonprofits interested in exploring collaborative ventures and includes reflections from funders on what it takes to support this work. The report is a culmination of the Nonprofit Finance Fund's knowledge and experience working with 80 Boston-area nonprofits, through the Catlaysts Fund's five-year initiative.

How to Fund Nonprofit Mergers and Partnerships from the Stanford Social Innovation Review– This brief article from SSIR offers four important sources for nonprofits to consider when seeking funding for a merger or alliance.

La Piana Consulting – This site offers a range of articles, publications, and other information, including a FAQs section, primarily on the subject of nonprofit mergers and alliances, but touching upon governance and capacity building as well.

New York Council of Nonprofits - NYCON provides training, technical assistance, and integrated professional services for nonprofit organizations seeking affiliation and collaborative support.

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Technology

Idealware - Idealware provides thoroughly researched, impartial, and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions. 

Tech Impact - Tech Impact works to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world.

TechSoup – Offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support as well as a product philanthropy where nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products.

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Local Foundations and Philanthropic Organizations

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation – provides access for both donors and grantseekers in Berkshire County, MA, Columbia County, NY, northeast Dutchess County, NY, and northwest Litchfield County, CT. Areas of interest include: education, health care, basic human services, transportation, the arts, youth and senior programs.

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley – provides access for both donors and grantseekers in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster Counties. Areas of interest include: the arts, education, community development, conservation, health and human services.

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan - provides access for both donors and grantseekers in Orange and Sullivan Counties. Areas of interest include: the arts, education, community development, conservation, health, and human services.

New York Funder's Alliance - supports and promotes effective philanthropy in New York State.

Philanthropy New York – Previously known as the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG), Philanthropy New York is a professional association of grantmakers in the New York City region which strives to strengthen the capacity of grantmaking organizations to fulfill their respective missions.

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