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Compiled By Corey Seeman & Laura Berdish



[edit] Kresge Library/University Library Databases


OneSource Global Business Browser

  • Excellent resource for nonprofit searches in the United States.
  • Ability to create the "corporate family" for connected nonprofits - excellent for health organizations
  • Easy ability to find related organizations, especially by location.

Foundation Center

  • The Foundation Center provides a comprehensive source for news and information on U.S.based foundations.
  • The site includes: searchable archives of Philanthropy News Digest, Foundation Finder, Philanthropy Search Engine for the web (Sector Search), 990-PF forms, a virtual classroom with online tutorials for proposal writing, bugeting and more.

ebrary (an online book collection through Kresge Library) / UM Users Link

University Library Resources

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Center for Nonprofit Management

  • Resource from California that provides resources, especially to smaller community organizations
  • Articles and Publications including speeches and white papers written by those in the field and in academics

National Council of Nonprofit Associations

  • Network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over 20,000 members in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Helps small and midsize nonprofits manage more effectively, collaborate, and engage in critical policy issues
  • Sponsors the annual Nonprofit Congress, a meeting on nonprofits for information sharing and local grassroots planning

Michigan Nonprofit Association

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Arizona State University Center for Nonprofit Leaders

  • Click on "Research that Matters" for research results, including a Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits report

Blue Avocado

  • New online journal for the people who work and volunteer in nonprofit organizations

CompassPoint Nonprofit Resources

  • Consulting, research and training organization for nonprofits features information on financial planning and strategic management, building and managing nonprofit boards

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (

  • From the Better Business Bureau, this site has numerous resources that provide information on larger nonprofit organizations in the United States.
  • National Charity Reports Index provide brief reports for leading nonprofits. Useful information includes financial reports as well as the percentage of the funds spent on programs vs. fund raising & administrative. The guidelines for their reports are found in clear documents on the standards employed in reviewing nonprofits.

  • Resource from Action without Borders features job postings, volunteer opportunities, a nonprofit directory and links to web information on management, regulation, and development

Independent Sector

  • Forum for a coalition of over 600 nonprofits includes news, government policy news and information, bookstore featuring nonprofit titles and more

Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library

  • Indiana University's Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library hosts this page which includes information on sources for nonprofit statistics and research, teaching and learning resources

Nonprofit Virtual Library (From Michigan State University

  • This web site focuses on nonprofit directories and other web sites (over 100 in all) providing advice or information about running nonprofits.

Nonprofit Resource Guide

  • For a directory of organizations providing assistance to nonprofit managers, see

Grant & Nonprofit Information Guide

  • Excellent web guide to internet resources for nonprofits. Includes links to foundations, grants and grantmaking guides, annotated listing of web sites of interest to nonprofits

National Center for Charitable Statistics

  • Clearinghouse for data on nonprofits in the United States. Includes U.S. and state profiles, access to the NCCS database and a searchable indexto filed IRS 990 forms
    • An example of the state profile for Michigan

The Nonprofit Times

Stanford Project for the Evolution of Nonprofits

  • Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation sponsored this research project, a multi-year study of nonprofits. The site offers access to research and other related web content, and an index to nonprofit case studies

The Urban Institute page for Nonprofits

  • The Institute's page includes links to nonprofit directories, research papers, internet resources and nonprofit statistics

[edit] Budgeting, Financial Management and Analysis

Basic Guide to Non-Profit Financial Management

  • Web guide from the Free Management Library covers the basics, budget creation, financial statements and analysis

Business Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

  • Guide published by SCORE includes information on strategic and business planning and feasibility studies for nonprofits

Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector: A Mission-Based Approach to Ratio Analysis in Membership Organizations

  • Paper from the University of Wollongong, Australia, addresses financial performance assessment for nonprofits

[edit] Regulatory and Taxation Information

Internal Revenue Service Topics for Charities and Nonprofits

  • Tax laws, links to state tax agencies and more

NPO Annual Informational Returns Links

  • Links to some nonprofit annual returns for Nonprofits

  • Links include tax information, incorporation information, and state forms and procedures

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NCNA: Federal Policy Issues

  • Information on policy affecting nonprofits, including oversight and accountability, advocacy, fiscal policy, charitable solicitations, government grant and contract issues for Nonprofits

  • Links to government agencies offering grants, grant writing assistance and funding directories

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Board Cafe

  • Electronic newsletter for nonprofit board members includes news, opinion and links to resources


  • Find a board to serve on, or search for potential board members on this site which includes over 12,000 candidates and boards


  • One of the premier websites dedicated to nonprofit governance, BoardSource provides access to workshops and training, governance consultants and a catalog of reference materials on nonprofit governance. The site also provides links to papers and articles, e-books, web resources and BoardSource research

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide

  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Initiative produces the guide, covering advocacy, financial and organizational management, fundraising and governance

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practices: A Guide for Charities and Foundations

  • Download the reference edition of the report produced by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector. Report outlines 33 practices to support board members and staff of charitable organizations

Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Strategies, tools and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses. Stanford's Center for Social Innovation in the Graduate School of Business produces the journal,an opinion blog and an "Ask the Expert" feature

White Courtesy Telephone

  • News, opinion and Commentary from Inside the Third Sector. Blog dedicated to nonprofit philanthropic organizations features commentary on all aspects of nonprofit management and governance