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Nonprofit Resources

Below is a collection of useful resources and information that may benefit you in your nonprofit work:

Fundholder resources

Grantee resources

General resources

About.com's Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
An updated collection of interesting nonprofit links and articles.

Akron Digital Media Center
The Akron Digital Media Center is a free resource that helps nonprofits spread their message to the community through video and written storytelling. The media center provides mentoring and training in video editing, audio, lighting and news writing. Its online platform, The Akronist, is an excellent way to promote your cause to thousands of people across Greater Akron.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library Nonprofit Resources Center
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is a member of a network of Cooperating Collections of the Foundation Center. Through the core collection, provided by the Foundation Center, the library offers free access to information and services to assist you in grant-seeking and funding.

Alliance for Justice
Information on lobbying, 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and PAC relationships.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management
FAQs and information about nonprofit management.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
International association for fund development professionals that provides some general resources.

Board Café
A free monthly electronic newsletter written for board members and executive directors.

Board Source
Formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, Board Source touts itself as “the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide.”

The Bridgespan Group
A nonprofit group that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders develop strategies for building their organizations.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
BVU: CNE provides a variety of services to help strengthen your nonprofit organization, including board matching, personalized consultations, and seminars covering a variety of areas in governance, nonprofit management, volunteerism and fundraising.

A peer-rated searchable directory of capacity-building resources for nonprofits.

Charity Channel
Join more than 45,000 of your colleagues on email forums discussing such topics as grants and foundations, the law of tax-exempt organizations, college and university advancement, health care philanthropy, arts and social organization fundraising, international fundraising, mentoring and more.

Community Technology Center Network
A national, nonprofit membership organization of more than 450 independent community technology centers where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet, together with learning opportunities that encourage exploration and discovery.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
A nonprofit training, consulting and research organization with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. It offers a broad range of services and helps nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.

The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
A local grant-making foundation that focuses on the areas of arts and culture, civic and community, education, environment, health care, housing, human and social services, medical research, and youth.

Corporation for National and Community Service
Service initiatives – Americorps, Learn & Serve America, Senior Corps.

Council on Foundations
A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It strives to increase the effectiveness, stewardship and accountability of the nonprofit sector while providing its members with the services and support they need to advance the common good.

Resources on volunteer management.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
This Kansas City-based foundation loves entrepreneurial activity.

Financial Stewardship
Financial stewardship resources.                               

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on grant-makers and also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

Free Management Library
A site of extensive information about managing a nonprofit organization.

GAR Foundation
GAR is the largest foundation in Summit County and one of the largest in northeast Ohio. Its philanthropic efforts primarily support the areas of education, health and social services, civic enhancement, arts and arts education, and nonprofit enhancement.

Getting Attention
Nancy Schwartz & Company blog that provides guidance on nonprofit communication and marketing.

Grantmanship Center
Training in grant proposal writing.

The largest nonprofit job bank on the Internet.

A clearinghouse for links to websites on nonprofit information. You can search these links by topic or keyword.

Internal Revenue Service
What you need to know if your organization plans to apply for tax exemption.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation makes grants for transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. 

Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits
Templates and materials for nonprofit managers.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports mental health, education and arts programs.

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits is a resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. They identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
National organization that helps nonprofits strengthen their financial health.

Nonprofit Gateway
A network of links to federal government information and services.

Nonprofit Genie
A collection of FAQs on topics such as board development, consultants, databases, DSL, entrepreneurism, Federal Form 990, financial management, fiscal sponsorship, fundraising insurance, Internet and telephone systems, strategic planning, technology planning and volunteer management.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Key information designed to help anyone manage a nonprofit organization efficiently and effectively.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Resources, articles and publications about protecting your organization.

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Network
Offers information and webinars on a variety of technology and communications.

Philanthropy Ohio
An association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other grantmaking organizations. Its mission is to provide leadership for organized philanthropy in Ohio and to enhance the ability of members to fulfill their charitable goals.

Opportunity Nonprofit Organization Classifieds
National, online classifieds for jobs in the nonprofit sector.

The Philanthropy Journal
Online publication that supports the nonprofit sector.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Information from the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

Tech Soup
Internet-based resource center that offers technology assistance and discounted software to nonprofit organizations.

United Way of Summit County
The United Way of Summit County is a nonprofit fundraising and community service organization supporting 114 programs provided by 57 affiliated and non-affiliated health and human service agencies in Summit County.

United Way of Summit County Volunteer Center
The Volunteer Center has a robust database of volunteer opportunities available in Summit County and provides services to help strengthen volunteer management.