Helpful links for Nonprofit Organizations (and volunteers, too)

There is a wealth of information via the internet on everything you can think of related to strengthening nonprofit programs, getting the word out about your mission, attracting volunteers, and much, much more. We have put together a list of some helpful sites that will give you valuable, applicable information in accordance with best practices in the nonprofit field.  We will add more to the list as we find additional resources. Stay tuned and enjoy!

Energize, Inc. 
Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. If these words are in your vocabulary–community service, membership development, auxiliary, community organizing, service-learning, lay ministry, pro bono work, supporter, friends group, political activist, service club— we can help!! Founded in 1977, Energize has assisted organizations of all types with their volunteer efforts–whether they are health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, or schools.

Greenlights strengthens nonprofits for extraordinary performance and impact by providing a valuable array of free or very affordable services and resources, thanks to the generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals who support our work.

The Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO) is the statewide membership association reflecting and promoting Texas’ growing nonprofit community in all its diversity.

Envisioning a Texas Nonprofit Sector that works together to be among the healthiest and most vibrant in the nation, TANO’s concern and focus is every nonprofit entity within our state no matter its size or budget, urban or rural location. Our mission is to connect, strengthen, and support the nonprofit community for the public good of Texas.

OneStar Foundation
Texas has thousands of nonprofits. Each has a different mission, but we are all working toward the same goal: helping to improve the lives of Texans. OneStar supports the nonprofit sector and its stakeholders through initiatives that increase civic engagement, research, rigorous evaluation and nonprofit organizational excellence. OneStar’s  goal is to achieve sustainable social impact throughout the larger nonprofit infrastructure.

Independent Sector
Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. The nonpartisan coalition of approximately 550 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill our vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.

Case Foundation
Jean and Steve Case established the Case Foundation in 1997 to reflect their family’s commitment to finding lasting solutions for complex social challenges.

The Case Foundation purpose is to expand giving, promote everyday philanthropy, deepen civic engagement, and broaden the use of new technologies to make giving more informed, efficient, and effective. We seek to do this while emphasizing the value of collaboration across all sectors, individual and organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship.

United Way of Williamson County
United Way is evolving from it’s image of “fundraiser.” Our experience tells us that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the underlying causes of the most serious problems. To do this, we partner with diverse groups (government, schools, faith groups, businesses, non-profits and individuals) to identify solutions that will bring lasting positive change to our community.

Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute embraces service and civic engagement as fundamental to a purposeful life and essential to a healthy world. We have the history, the scale and reach, the leadership and the strategy to mobilize millions of people to tackle concrete, significant challenges.

With more than 20 years of history, a bi-partisan presidential legacy, the largest national volunteer footprint in the nation, Points of Light has the vision and strategy to create a quantum leap for the service movement through 2012
Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the 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. The 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. Thousands of people visit the Center’s web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond.

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 Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. For more than 20 years, The Chronicle has been connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

The Harwood Institute
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks nothing less than to spark fundamental change and authentic hope in American public life.

Founded by Richard C. Harwood twenty years ago in reaction to the cynicism and distrust that permeates much of politics and public life, the Harwood Institute is today a leading change organization, recognized nationally for a unique approach to breaking down barriers and empowering people to make progress in improving their communities.


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