Planning Growth With Financial Stability
Association of Nonprofits: California's main association,
membership-based. They host a yearly conference and keep updated on issues
affecting the state's nonprofit sector.
Nonprofit Corporation Kit: The all-in-one kit for starting and running a
nonprofit that provides a corporate records binder and forms on CD-ROM.
from Nolo Press. Also see, "How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation"
Charitable Contributions: IRS Publication 526. Guide on how to claim deductions for making donations to nonprofit organizations.
Contributions: Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements: IRS
Publication 1771. Useful guide for understanding how to document and
acknowledge nonprofit contributions.
Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization: IRS Publication 557. A document outlining the qualifications for becoming a public charity.
Nonprofit Services: A prominent SF Bay Area center for workshops for
nonprofits. Some classes can be more theoretical than practical, others
are quite interesting. http://www.supportcenter.org
The San Francisco Foundation: Offers workshops on grant proposal development. Attending workshops helps to learn more about the foundation and meet staff.
San Francisco Foundation: Provides fiscal services for agencies and
organizations that have not yet received nonprofit designation from the
IRS. Focuses on community projects of limited duration that are efforts
responding to crises and urgent calls to action.
and Environmental Entrepreneurs: Fiscal sponsorship for nonprofits with an
application process that is simple, and sponsorship includes comprehensive
services for assisting new nonprofits.
Tides Center: Serves as a bridge between funders and projects (national
and international) by providing a wide range of services including
financial management, human resources management, grants and contract
administration, and project management, while encouraging projects to
focus on their programmatic work. http://www.tidescenter.org/index_tc.cfm
An initiative of Ashoka - Innovators for the Public that provides
“inspiration, resources, and opportunities” for social
entrepreneurship, nationally and internationally. http://www.changemakers.net/about.html
Access: Connects nonprofits with in-kind donations (i.e., office
equipment, furniture, etc.) http://www.excessaccess.com
Industrial Surplus Foundation: Has used furniture that it will donate to 501(c)(3) organizations. www.isfisf.org
Kantor's: Warehouse business in Alameda, California that has a large selection of new and used furniture at very reasonable, negotiable prices. Administrative offices in Oakland, California.
Management Library: General information library. Topics include boards to
fundraising to planning and much more! Developed by Carter McNamara, MBA,
PhD, and hosted by The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits. http://www.mapnp.org/library/index.html
NonProfit Gateway: Created by a White House Task Force, the site is designed as a central starting point to help nonprofit organizations access online federal information and services. Linked to all Cabinet Departments and many federal agencies, it contains information about grants, regulations, taxes, and other services, as well as information on a wide range of other topics and programs.
Business and Charity Reports: Information collected by the Better Business Bureau to help consumers make informed decisions in dealing with charitable organizations. The Charity Reports typically include information on the group's background, current programs, governing body, fund-raising practices, tax-exempt status, finances, etc.
International Directories and Resources for Nonprofits: A list of nonprofit resources in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, UK, and the U.S.
Internet Nonprofit Center: Includes the Nonprofit FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and Nonprofit Locator.
Action Without Borders: An
online directory of nonprofit resources arranged by both topic and
geographic location, a 'Virtual Contact Center', and web-based system that
allows any nonprofit or community organization - whether it has a website
or not - to have a presence on the Web through which to promote its
mission and activities.
for Good: An e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate,
volunteer and speak out on the issues they care about. The organization's
goal is to connect people to charities via the Internet — using the
virtual world to deliver real resources to nonprofits and
communities. Good nonprofit resources section.
Planning and Startup Manual: Guide to planning and starting nonprofit.
Includes planning materials and checklists. http://www.mapnp.org/library/strt_org/prep.htm
California Business Search: State of California site - Useful tool as a basic preliminary search of businesses and corporations in California. http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/corp/corp_artsnpinf.htm
California Trademark and Service Mark Office - State government site for for registering Trademarks and Servicemarks. http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/ts/ts.htm
IRS Charities and Nonprofits search: Federal government site for locating nonprofits. Useful as a preliminary name search. http://www.irs.gov/charities/page/0,,id=15053,00.html
Starting a Nonprofit Organization: Short overview by Stan Hutton, your nonprofit guide at About.com. http://nonprofit.miningco.com/business/nonprofit/library/weekly/aa101197.htm
United States Patent and Trademark Office: Federal government site for registering Trademarks, Servicemarks, and Copyrights. Useful as a preliminary name search. http://www.uspto.gov/
PR, et Cetera: An experienced public relations and marketing firm that serves the communications needs of nonprofit organizations, and small public, privately held firms. Specializing in written materials and custom e-marketing documents, the firm can address all business and personal communications needs - from press releases to personal biographies. PR, et Cetera distributes electronic promotionals to an email list of several thousand.
Deadlines List: Monthly newsletter providing information about exhibitions
and competitions, call for entries/proposals/papers, grants, writing
contests, jobs, scholarships, casting calls, and other opportunities for
artists, art educators, and art students. http://custwww.xensei.com/adl/
Software - Charity Village: Contains links to dozens of software companies
in all areas of nonprofit operations. Some software programs are more
affordable than others. http://www.charityvillage.com/marketplace/software.html
for Volunteer Accounting Services: Nation-wide online service that links
volunteer accountants to nonprofit organizations with annual
administrative budgets less than $500,000. http://www.cpateam.com/cvas/faqs.htm