On-Line Discussion Groups, Portals, Mailing Lists
and Newsletters for Nonprofits
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The number of on-line discussion groups, mailing lists and newsletters continues to increase -- and differences between them and how they work continue to blur. The following lists by no means includes all groups, mailing lists and newsletters. However, many of the major ones are listed below. New ones are often announced in some or all of the following, as well. (Thanks to Jayne Cravens for suggesting some of the following.)

On-Line Discussion and News and Usenet Groups
On-Line Mailing Lists, Newsletters, etc.
Nonprofit Portal

Extensive list of sites that have extensive lists of general newsgroups, listservs, etc.
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On-Line Discussion and News and Usenet Groups
1. Probably the largest, is the newsgroup soc.org.nonprofit. Note that key points from questions in soc.org.nonprofit are collected and well-organized in the Nonprofit FAQ.

2. There are numerous discussion groups in regard to fundraising and grantwriting, with a few on board matters and nonprofit research. See the Nonprofit Nuts and Bolts annotated Web site and that of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

3. Readers can also glean a great deal of useful information about nonprofit management from on-line groups that are focused on both for-profit and nonprofit issues, e.g.,
TRDEV for trainers and development professionals
HRNET for human resources professionals
ODNET for organization development professionals

4. news.alt.activism Usenet group. (Note that the preceding link may not work for you. To read newsgroups, you must have a newsreader. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more information.)

5. Charity Channel provides numerous on-line groups.

6. alt.activism.community (Note that the preceding link may not work for you. To read newsgroups, you must have a newsreader. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more information. If you don't have newsreader software, you can also
access it by clicking here.)

7. alt.activism.student (Note that the preceding link may not work for you. To read newsgroups, you must have a newsreader. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more information. If you don't have newsreader software, you can also
access it by clicking here.)

8. misc.activism.progressive (Note that the preceding link may not work for you. To read newsgroups, you must have a newsreader. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more information. If you don't have newsreader software, you can also
access it by clicking here.)

9. soc.activism (Note that the preceding link may not work for you. To read newsgroups, you must have a newsreader. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more information. If you don't have newsreader software, you can also
access it by clicking here.)

10. If you're starting a nonprofit, see the Starting a Nonprofit discussion group.

11. If you're starting an earned-income venture for your nonprofit, join Nonprofit Social Enterprise (also see vast "links" at this site!).

On-Line Mailing Lists, Newsletters, etc.
1.
PULSE
on-line newsletter published by the Support Centers of America and the Nonprofit Management Association. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to "sca@supportcenter.org" and, in the body of the message, type "SUBSCRIBE PULSE!". Or, call (415) 541-7708.

2. Nonprofit Online News
service of the Gilbert Center. Subscribe by using the form at the Nonprofit Online News web page at "http://www.gilbert.org/news" or send e-mail to autoshare@gilbert.org and enter in the body of the message: "subscribe non".

3. Board Cafe
is a free on-line newsletter for nonprofit boards of directors, edited by Jan Masaoka, The Executive Director of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management (an affiliate of the Support Centers of America). To subscribe, send an e-mail message to "msimpson@supportcenter.org" and in the body of the message, type "SUBSCRIBE BOARD CAFE". Or, call (415)-541-9000.

4. Board Sense NOTE: THIS NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.
by Andew Swanson provides extensive coverage of (usually) one topic per issue. To subscribe, send e-mail to andrew@azstarnet.com.

5. Chronicle of Philanthropy
provides summaries of key articles from this major newspaper. To subscribe, send e-mail to chronicle-request@nonprofit.com and enter in the body of the message: "subscribe chronicle" following by your name and organization.

6. Philantrophy Journal
provides information on philanthropy trends and issues. To subscribe, send e-mail to pjalert@mail-list.com and don't include any text in the body of the message.

7. Impact Online
provides information about volunteer-related on-line newsgroups. To subscribe, send e-mail to majordomo@impactonline.org and enter in the body of the message: "subscribe news".

8. Nonprofit Nuts & Bolts
provides practical information about nonprofit management. See their web page at http://www.nutsbolts.com.

9. Fundraiser's Guide Online
provides ideas and guidelines directed at small nonprofits and written by experienced administrators. See their web site at http://www.fundraising-guide.com.

10. CYBERVPM
provides information for volunteer program managers. To subscribe, send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM and enter in the body of the message: "subscribe cybervpm" followed by your first and last name.

11. ARNOVA
(Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Discussions) group provides a mixture of practical and theoretical topics. To join, send a message to
rlohman@wvnvm.wvnet.edu and in the body of the message, enter "Subscribe ARNOVA-L".

13. Gilbert Center's On-Line Fundraising Mailing List.
TO SUBSCRIBE: Send email (from the address at which you wish to be subscribed) to autoshare@gilbert.org with the words "sub fundraising" (without the quotes) in the body of the message.

14. NPTalk
addresses use of technology by non-profits. To join, send e-mail to lyris@ombwatch.org and include the phrase "subscribe nptalk [Your Name]".

15. Philanthropy News Digest
To subscribe to the Philanthropy News Digest, send a message to: LISTSERV@LISTS.FDNCENTER.ORG with the words SUBSCRIBE PND-L [your name] in the body of the message.

16. About Nonprofits
This newsletter comes courtesy of About.com. To subscribe to more of
About.com's hundreds of other free newsletters go to http://home.about.com/gi/nletter/mmail.htm

17. 501(c)3 Newsletter
Provides information about nonprofit management and the Internet, and provided by Published monthly by Great Oaks Communications Services. Go to http://www.nishna.net/501c3/dec99a3.htm

18. Energize's newsletter about volunteer program management
To subscribe, you can send an email to <majordomo@energizeinc.com> with the following command in the body of your email message: subscribe energize-update

19. CUSSNET -- Computer Use in Social Services Network. For those who use computers as part of social service activities. For information on how to join the CUSSN discussion, visit http://www.uta.edu/cussn/cussn.html

20. CYB-ACC -- Cyber-Accountability Support Group
Forum to explore possible uses of information technology (such as the Internet or CDROMs) to enhance the accountability of nonprofit organizations. There's more information on: http://www.bway.net/~hbograd/cyb-acc.html

21. VIRTUAL VERVE
A monthly electronic newsletter providing information to encourage the development of opportunities that can be completed by volunteers working and reporting via home or work computers. To SUBSCRIBE, send an e-mail to: listproc@lists.cc.utexas.edu and in the body of the e-mail, type: subscribe vverve YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME

22. NONPROFIT (formerly USNONPROFIT-L)
One of the oldest and largest online discussion groups regarding nonprofit management is the soc.org.nonprofit group.

23. NONPROFITXPRESS
Publication of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. Publishes state, national and international news on fundraising, giving, managing, volunteering, innovation and technology in the philanthropic community. Go to http://www.npxpress.com/

24. What's New for Nonprofits @ Helping.org
A biweekly email that keeps you informed of new content added to the Web site. If you would like to receive this update, please send email to npupdates-request@list.benton.org with SUBSCRIBE NPUPDATES in the body of the message.

(Stan Hutton of About.Com provides a list of publications, too.)

Nonprofit Portal
Gilbert Center's Nonportal
(also see Learning Portals)

Finding On-Line Groups, Mailing Lists, Newsletters, etc.

1. The ForumOne search engine finds on-line chat/discussion groups.

2. A list of on-line groups, newsletters and mailing lists regarding nonprofit matters.

3. CharityVillage's listing of Online Publications for the Nonprofit Community

4. There is a list of listservers at http://www.liszt.com.

5. TILE.NET/LISTS

6. Infinite Ink's Finding News Groups

7. Reference.COM Search

8. MMG - The Online Agency - The A-List

9. Dejanews - Discussion Network

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