Philanthropy and Nonprofits
We all like to do things that make us feel good about ourselves. And what better way to feel good about yourself than to help others? Whether you're looking for a new charity to give to or want to check the legitimacy of one to which you already give, the resources you need are online. You can find a place to volunteer at home or abroad, research and apply to education programs in philanthropy and nonprofit studies, read up on the latest in nonprofit news, or even find ways to better run or start your own nonprofit.
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If you're already in the world of nonprofit or philanthropy, the Web has enormous resources that will help you to excel. Whether you're starting a new organization, have a legal issue, want to manage your nonprofit more efficiently, or are struggling to keep up technologically, these sites will help you solve your problem so that you can get back to making a difference.
- Many organizations designed to help nonprofits are nonprofits themselves. If money is tight, as it always is in this business, these can help you out with little cost.
- An informative Web site is no substitute for qualified personnel. Don't go shedding those accountants and lawyers after finding that tidbit of tax advice on the Web.
- Most of these sites provide excellent information for American organizations, but laws from country to country vary greatly. If you're planning on having an international presence, you'll need to expand your research.
To start a nonprofit ...
features a charity start-up guide that illuminates the lengthy and hairy process required to gain charitable status. For a preliminary look in plain English as to what the daunting task requires, take a look here. For similar information on starting a 501c3 nonprofit check out the equivelant guide
Internal Revenue Service
has a charity page that brings you all the tax information you need to know as a nonprofit worker or contributor. Besides informative guides, all the relevant IRS forms are available here as well. The "Lifecycle of a Public Charity/Private Foundation" guide will be particularly useful to those starting new nonprofits.
For philanthropic foundations ...
The Council on Foundations
has been around for almost 60 years, providing guidance specifically for philanthropic foundations with leadership and legal issues. The site contains many guides and tutorials, and also facilitates networking among its thousands of member foundations.
For volunteer organizations ...
is an online library of resources for the volunteering world. The library is well organized, and many of its titles are free to download, while others are for sale on Amazon.
Points of Light Foundation
mobilizes and engages volunteers through a nationwide network of local community volunteer centers and a number of programs for volunteer managers. Information on all its programs and networks is available here along with a large library of educational publications and resources.
For help with grant and proposal writing ...
has a straightforward site that contains a number of guides for nonprofit organizations on grant/proposal writing, as well as a good list of grantmakers and resource sites.
For nonprofit management software ...
is sort of the Consumer Reports
of nonprofit software. If you're a nonprofit worker or manager who's struggling with the technological aspects of your organization or simply want to keep up to date on what's available, this site's articles, reviews, and online seminars can be invaluable.
For charities in Canada ...
is a broad charity resource site for Canada. Here you can find many sites and resources for the Canadian charitable sector.
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