Nonprofit Management Basics

Nonprofit Management: Resources and Publications

Keep pace with current trends, discover new management techniques and explore fundraising resources. The following are links to dozens of national nonprofit management sites and publications that will help you answer questions like:

National Resources

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The Alliance is the leading national knowledge community dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities working to achieve positive social change and cultural enrichment. Using a “Research to Practice”  platform, the Alliance is committed to identifying and exploring both academic and practitioner research and field experiences in peer-to-peer exchanges designed to identify what we need to know to increase the effectiveness, capacity and impact of the social sector.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
For 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world.

With more than 25 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. BoardSource supports a community of more than 100,000 individuals with customized diagnostics, live and virtual trainings, membership programs, and a comprehensive library of governance resources and publications that include original content.

Center for Civic Partnerships
The Center for Civic Partnerships is a support organization that strengthens individuals, organizations, and communities by facilitating learning, leadership development, and networking. The Center has a proven track record of providing intensive technical assistance and consultation services (including one-on-one consultation, site visits and group facilitation) to over 150 cities and communities, both within and outside of California.

Council on Foundations
An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. The Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today's toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

The Finance Project
Sustaining your community initiative is much more than generating new revenue and staying afloat in the short term. Sustainability is a method and ongoing strategic process of building a constituency of support for a common vision. The Finance Project provides research, consulting, technical assistance, and training in the development of policies, programs, and financial strategies.

The Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. 

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. It provides as much information as it can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.

The Grantmanship Center
Helps private and public nonprofits make better communities by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.

Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration.

Independent Sector
Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good. 

National Center for Charitable Statistics
The NCCS is a national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. It provides a thorough Nonprofit FAQ.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Serves as the country’s independent watchdog of foundations. NCRP uses research and advocacy to urge the philanthropic community to provide nonprofit organizations with essential resources and opportunities to effectively serve disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and communities.

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Network for Good
Network for Good is a hybrid organization—a nonprofit-owned for-profit. Network for Good’s nonprofit donor-advised fund uses the Internet and mobile technology to securely and efficiently distribute thousands of donations from donors to their favorite charities each year. Our donor-advised fund is accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and meets all 20 of its standards for charity accountability.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide exists to help you understand how to build a stronger and more efficient nonprofit organization. The tools, tips and guidance available on this site have been vetted and proven worthy by a Michigan state-wide network of capacity-building organizations who are experts in governance and management.

TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with tech products and services, plus learning resources to make informed decisions about technology. Our free resources are available to all users. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.


Blue Avocado
Online magazine with 5-8 articles about life in the nonprofit sector. Taking a sabbatical during Spring 2015. Will be back with a new look!

Nonprofit Quarterly
The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is an independent, nonprofit news organization that has been serving nonprofit leaders, charitable foundations, educators, independent activists, and others involved in the civil sector for more than fifteen years.

Philanthropy Journal
The Philanthropy Journal serves nonprofits and their supporters by helping them tell their stories and increase their capacity through nonprofit news, resources, announcements and job listings. The Philanthropy Journal is a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years. It offers a robust advice section to help nonprofit workers do their jobs as well as one of the biggest listings of career opportunities.

The NonProfit Times
The leading business publication for nonprofit management.