Online Resources

The web is full of advice and tools for nonprofit organizations. Which ones can you trust? Search no more.

Following is the quintessential list of nonprofit resources. Contact us if we have missed anything.

General Resources

IdeaEncore: IdeaEncore is quickly becoming the most popular user supported on-line library of nonprofit resources. You can find templates for many organizational and program management needs.

Nonprofit Quarterly: The leading paper and online magazine, covering all things nonprofit. The NPQ Newswire delivers an analysis of nonprofit news to your email box each morning.

Free Management Library: The Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop people, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of articles and resources.

National Center for Charitable Statistics: NCCS is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

Independent Sector: Independent Sector is a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs. This nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence: This is our counterpart and partnering program located in Albuquerque. CNPE is a program of United Way of Central New Mexico, in partnership with the Albuquerque Community Foundation. CNPE offers tools, training and networking opportunities to build the capacity of nonprofits in central New Mexico. CNPE’s website is also home to the NM Nonprofit Directory. Create a profile for your organization if you haven’t done so yet !

Young Nonprofit Leaders Network: National Network with 47 chapters all over the country. “We engage and support future nonprofit and community leaders through professional development, networking and social opportunities designed for young people involved in the nonprofit community.” The Central NM Chapter offers peer-networking and many other opportunities.

Advocacy: The most effective way for nonprofits to advance their mission and serve their communities “Advocacy” encompasses a broad range of activities that can influence public debate, funding and policy decisions. Through advocacy, people and organizations seek to influence the laws, policies, and systems that affect entire communities.

Alliance For Justice: A national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. They are experts on legal framework for nonprofit advocacy and provide information, resources and technical assistance to encourage nonprofit advocacy.

Bolder Advocacy: Promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. They offer information and tools for advocacy.

Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement: An Institute dedicated to the art and science of community engagement and collaborative leadership, providing articles and tools for community engagement research.

National Council For Nonprofits: The Council’s mission is to advance the vital role, capacity, and voice of charitable nonprofit organizations through our state and national networks by providing research, toolkits, and publications for nonprofit advocacy. The Council publishes the “Advocacy Matters!” newsletter.

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest: A national, nonprofit organization that helps charitable organizations increase their effectiveness and impact through advocacy. Site has tips on using data, working in coalitions, and understanding the legislative process.

New Mexico Secretary of State (SOS): Click on “Elections” — Here you’ll find the information on registering as a lobbyist in New Mexico, as well as the links for filing your lobbying documents, expenditure reports, and the law regulating lobbying.

New Mexico Legislature

Free Management Library: How to start an Organization

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC): Form and instructions for incorporating as nonprofit corporation in New Mexico.

Internal Revenue Service Form 1023 and Instructions: Form and instructions needed to apply for tax-exempt status with the IRS.

New Mexico Attorney General’s Office: Online process for registering your charitable organization with the Attorney General- required before you start soliciting donations.

Technology

Idealware: Helping nonprofits make smart software decisions. Lots of free online trainings as well.

Techsoup: Once qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access 400+ technology products from more than 40 donor partners; including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. All donated and discounted products are available for a small administration fee.

Nonprofit Start-up: Starting a nonprofit organization should only be done after a diligent process evaluating need, feasibility and available resources. Please consult our TA Services Menu for assistance with start-up.

Governance

BoardSource: BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders. (The TWC Resource Library contains many of the templates provided by BoardSource, so check with us first)

Resource Development: Grants

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Leading paper and online publication on all things philanthropy. Discusses trends in giving, policy and nonprofit management. Contains grant listings and job listings. (Some items require subscription, access from TWC Resource Center)

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers: This website contains a free searchable directory of Foundations and other grantmakers funding programs in NM.

Foundation Center: The Foundation Center offers a variety of resources for grantseekers, most importantly the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). It is the best, most up-to-date database powered by the most advanced search engine. (You can access FDO from the TWC Resource Center.)

Grantstation: Membership based service including newsletters containing recent grant opportunities, trainings and a searchable grants database. Sign up free for their newsletter through our partnership with Grantstation.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: CFDA is a listing of all federally funded programs. Look here first, before going to grants.gov, which is useless as a search engine.

www.grants.gov: Database of all open, closed and archived grant opportunities, and submission mechanism for most federal grant proposals. Use the CFDA number to find grants.

www.USASpending.gov: Here you can research where federal funds are going to. Good tool to get a picture of funidng streams and grantees for grant programs your organization might be interested in. Again, it helps to have the CFDA number.

Seliger and Associates: Tucson-based father and son grant writing firm. These guys publish the best blog on the issue, amusing and educational for the aspiring proposal writer.

Resource Development: Fundraising

Association of Fundraising Professionals, NM Chapter: AFP is the largest professional fundraising network in the world! And one of the greatest benefits of AFP membership is the opportunity to network — to exchange information with one’s peers, to learn from those who are more experienced, and to help those who are just getting started in professional fund raising.

Network for Good: This site offers the tools to solicit and manage online donations, and to conduct email campaigns and surveys. Donors can research charities, set up monthly donations and pull reports for their tax return. NfG is a nonprofit organization!

Nonprofit Ethics, Accountability and Law: Gene Takagi Nonprofit Law Essentials: This San Francisco based nonprofit law firm has assembled a great collection of basic information on start-up and other legal issues. Get help with the reality check needed before starting a nonprofit. Excellent blog, too.

Internal Revenue Service: The IRS site for Exempt Organizations (EOs). Find resources and information on how to obtain and maintain your 501(c)(3) status, all the forms, and the place for online submission of your IRS 990 postcard.

Guidestar: This is the central data repository on all nonprofits. This is one of the places where funders go to research potential grantees. All nonprofit tax returns are posted on this website, and are accessible to the public. Use this free marketing opportunity by creating an account and completing your organization’s profile. You can even upload documents, financial reports and volunteer kudos.

Consulting

Alliance for Nonprofit Management: The Alliance is the professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.

The Nonprofit Resource Group’s Consultant Directory: The nonprofit consultants listed therein serve nonprofit organizations in Southwest New Mexico.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence: A statewide directory and for a national database for consulting.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management: Gives tips on working effectively with consultants, see the Free Management Library.

Nonprofit Careers Job Sites

www.idealist.org: Largest nonprofit job and resume positing site.

www.craigslist.org: Each regional and city page has a category for nonprofit job listings.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence: NM nonprofit job listings

Other Career Resources

Bridgestar: An initiative of the Bridgespan Group, provides a nonprofit management job board, content, and tools designed to help nonprofit organizations build strong leadership teams and individuals pursue career paths as nonprofit leaders. Check out their nonprofit career path stories.

Idealist.org Career Center: From this portal you can find a variety of resources to help you explore meaningful career transitions, whether this is your first or 21st.

Nonprofit Careers Video: Lisa Dietlin highlights some of the features of working in the Nonprofit Sector and dispels some of the myths.

Nonprofit Career Coach: Tons of resources for young people, including a “Life After AmeriCorps” page.

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