Helpful Links

A Quick Internet Reference Guide for Non-profit Organizations

The Alliance for Non-Profit Management offers hundreds of online resources to help nonprofits manage their organizations more efficiently and effectively.

The Center for Community Change offers resources to help low-income people build powerful, effective organizations to help change their communities and public policies for the better.

Compass Point Non-Profit Services is a collection of FAQs on topics such as board development, consultants, databases, DSL, entrepreneurism, Federal Form 990, financial management, fiscal sponsorship, fundraising insurance, Internet and telephone systems, strategic planning, technology planning and volunteer management.

The Free Management Library is a community resource that is shared and contributed to by users and readers across the world.  The overall goal of the library is to provide leaders and managers (especially those with very limited resources) basic and practical information about personal, professional, and organizational development.  There are 675 highly integrated topics.

The Idealist has information on the issues of organization, management, regulation, resources, and development.

Financial Information

I Know is a clearinghouse for links to Web sites on nonprofit financial information.

Quality 990 offers many resources to assist the non-profit community in filing IRS 990s.  Find information on forming or joining a Nonprofit Accountability Collaborative for accountants, non-profit managers, and regulators, a comprehensive guide to the form, links to other sites that help in understanding the form itself, and a list of rules to its disclosure.


Giving Institute (formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel) leads visitors to useful data regarding trends in philanthropy and the distribution of the types of sources and the recipients of giving.

Associated Grant Makers lists detailed descriptions of the services it provides to nonprofits, an events calendar, books, and videos for sale, and links to online non-profit and philanthropy resources

Charity Channel features reviews of non-profit periodicals, books, and software written by nonprofit-sector professionals from the fundraising field; discussion forums with over 45,000 participants; and an online career search feature.

The Council on Foundations, an association of grantmaking groups, leads visitors to links of member sites, Regional Associations of Grantmakers sites, grantmaker "affinity groups," and to resources and research for and about non-profit organizations.

The Foundation Center offers an information clearinghouse that serves the philanthropic sector with an extensive online library, research desk, publications, and online training. Must have a subscription.

GuideStar is a searchable database of more than 700,000 US non-profit organizations that offers non-profit sector news and an online marketplace to find requests for donations, in-kind gifts, or volunteers.

The Independent Sector offers basics of lobbying by charitable organizations, facts and figures on the size and scope of the non-profit sector, and an overview of 1999 survey on giving and volunteering.  There are five online tools kits covering: Messages and the Media, Volunteering, Trust, Giving, and the Nonprofit Mosaic.

Internet Prospector is produced by volunteers who "mine" the Web for prospect research nuggets for non-profit fundraisers.  This site also offers newsletter, search engine prospecting and test results, tips for foundation searches and "Using Zip Code Demographics For Prospecting" a specialized Internet research tool.

Network for Good helps non-profit organizations increase their capacity, reach new audiences, and build Internet strategies.  This site is also for citizens to donate, volunteer, and speak out.  Nonprofits can use Network to receive these online donations, recruit volunteers, and encourage online advocacy.

The National Network of Grant-makers supports organizations working for economic and social change.  This site offers general information about the NNG, research, and publications.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a prime news source site for charity leaders, fundraisers, and grantmakers offers links to hundreds of Web sites on grant seeking, fundraising, managing non-profit groups, communications and technology, and information for social services and international-aid organizations.

Philanthropy Journal is a state, national, and international publication that covers fundraising, giving, managing, volunteering, and technology in the non-profit community.


The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance offers access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and non-profit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.  Contact the office that administers each program directly to find out how to apply.

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest offers several lobbying & public policy advocacy resources to educate charities about the important role lobbying can play in achieving an organization’s mission.

FirstGov is the U.S. government's official web portal. Check out the online information, services, and resources that connect users to all U.S. government sites.

Search the Library of Congress catalog, access the Congressional Record, and acquire copyright information.

Mass.Gov lists information about Massachusetts’ State Agencies, including branches of government, constitutional offices, and the departments under them.


MediaNet offers online tutorials and a media guide that discusses in-depth information on media relations, email press releases, clipping services, media contact databases, online publications, website development, and email lists.

Statistics and Demographics

The U.S. Census Bureau site is a good source for social, demographic, and economic information.

FedStats is the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.

The National Center for Charitable Statistics shares data on non-profit organizations and offers downloadable database documentation, data dictionaries, and blank IRS forms.


Tech Soup is a clearinghouse for computer software donated by manufacturers to nonprofits.  The site also hosts a forum for chatting with tech experts.


Volunteer Today is an electronic gazette for volunteer managers and volunteers including articles and links to other valuable resources.