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Nonprofit Foundation & Grantwriting

Resources for Starting a Nonprofit Foundation

The Web and book resources in this section provide helpful information and support for those interested in starting a nonprofit organization.

Bridgestar - Founded in 2000 and incubated at Bain & Company, the Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders make strategic decisions and build organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. At the heart of their mission is the belief that a strong and effective nonprofit sector can be a powerful force for change as well as a source of human inspiration. Provides a free job board, hyperlinks to its nonprofit member organizations, free e-mail newsletter, excellent articles about the nonprofit sector, and more.

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits - The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits focuses on improving leadership and management in the nonprofit community. Its Web site outlines the management consulting, seminar, and workshop services that the Center offers. Also, find articles, book reviews, and their CEN e-Community newsletter. This site also has excellent links to organizations that deal with management and technical issues that confront nonprofits.

Council on Foundations - The Council on Foundations works with legislators, educators, and other leaders to create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive. They provide their members with the products and services they need to do their best work, including legal information, technical assistance, and networking opportunities. The Council welcomes as a member any vehicle that brings people together in a philanthropic endeavor—including private, community, operating, and public foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, and emerging giving and grantmaking organizations. At this site you will find over 2,000 member grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide and resources for philanthropic organizations, especially concerning grants.

Foundation Center Online - The Foundation Center describes its mission as fostering "public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects." The Foundation Center issues more than sixty informational publications each year, searchable on the PubHub section of their site. Also find out about trainings and seminars the Center offers. This site has an online library as well as articles from The Philanthropy News Digest, the Center's newsletter. The Foundation Center maintains five libraries around the country. The site will tell you where they are and how to use them.

The Grantsmanship Center - The Grantsmanship Center offers training around the country in grant writing and other topics of interest to those who are or who want to become involved in the nonprofit sector. This site has information on their training programs (including schedules and locations around the country), online excerpts from their magazine, nonprofit resources, publications, and more.

Idealist.org - Idealist.org is a project of Action Without Borders. This is a good first-stop site for those who want to familiarize themselves with what is going on in the nonprofit sector. It features an library, an extensive FAQ section, and links to resources of special interest to volunteers and donors. Resources include an online action center in which you can search for programs of interest, find volunteer opportunities and sign up to receive notices of new postings of possible interest.

National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) - The National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization of state and regional associations that represent thousands of nonprofits throughout the country. NCNA members work at the state and local level to provide training and technical assistance to improve the operations and effectiveness of organizations while promoting the value and accountability of the nonprofit sector. The mission of NCNA is to advance the vital role and capacity of the nonprofit sector in civil society and support and give voice to state and regional associations of nonprofit organizations. By representing the views and concerns of its state and local members NCNA serves as a credible voice and champion of the sector at the national level.

The Nonprofit Quarterly - Nonprofit Quarterly is committed to provide a forum for the critical thinking and exploration needed to help nonprofits achieve their potential as effective, powerful, and influential organizations in concert with their constituencies.