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Non-Profit Resources

The following is a selection of resources we believe will benefit any non-profit organization that wants to improve and grow.


Ethical work and life learning resources. Interesting - Great Resource


The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research. It is equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.
CPL serves people in government, nonprofits, and business through:

• Courses, seminars, workshops, and executive programs for prospective leaders in the U.S. and abroad
• Financial support for scholars and practitioners, which includes research grants, doctoral fellowships, and programs for visiting scholars and leaders in residence
• Publications and international conferences
• Public events at the Kennedy School, including conversations about leadership with some of the world’s foremost scholars and practitioners.


At GBN, we advocate an alternative response: helping clients to systematically re-perceive and embrace uncertainty in order to achieve sustainable success. Since 1987, GBN has been internationally acclaimed for its leadership role in the evolution and application of scenario planning, a process that combines research, creativity, and ruthless curiosity to help organizations imagine, shape, and prepare for alternative futures.


The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.

The League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities.

The primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

Urban Strategies Council is a community building support and advocacy organization located in Oakland, California. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1987, the Council works with stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, and public systems to expand services for children and families, improve health, educational and other outcomes, and increase employment and economic opportunities.

This site aims to provide a practical resource for proponents of multi-stakeholder learning processes. It recognizes that social learning is an ongoing process, rather than an outcome to be achieved. Moreover, the process occurs as a result of many well-managed relationships and the provision of a range of interactive opportunities between different stakeholder groups. Social learning and empowerment are based on each other. In this sense empowerment is the process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.

EXCELLENT RESOURCE – Northwestern University, Illinois
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)is co-directed by John L. McKnight, director of community studies at IPR, and his long-time collaborator in community research, John P. Kretzmann, an IPR senior research associate. Challenging the traditional approach to solving urban problems, which focuses service providers and funding agencies on the needs and deficiencies of neighborhoods, Kretzmann and McKnight have demonstrated that community assets are key building blocks in sustainable urban and rural community revitalization efforts. These community assets include:
• the skills of local residents
• the power of local associations
• the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions
• the physical and economic resources of local places.

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values.

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:
• Strengthen American democracy;
• Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans
• Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Sustainable Communities Network
This organization links citizens to resources and one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities. They have a great link page.

Ideas and tools for community change
Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) is a national organization that helps local communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk and work together to solve problems. We work with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, helping them pay particular attention to how racism and ethnic differences affect the problems they address.

Common Sense California
Mission: Common Sense California seeks to strengthen civic engagement in order to solve public problems and strengthen citizen participation in and ownership of state and local government.

Peter Drucker site
The Leader to Leader Institute helps social sector organizations achieve excellence in performance and community building by providing guidance in:
• Managing for the mission
• Making innovation a part of all strategy
• Developing productive partnerships, collaborations and alliances
• Facilitating dispersed leadership
• Promoting and building richly diverse, inclusive organizations and communities
• Using self-assessment resources for establishing mission, goals, and objectives

The Berkana Institute connects and supports pioneering, life-affirming leaders around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in its people, traditions and environment.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is about local people working together for the well being of their home place. ABCD needs a home to work. ABCD is primarily relationship building for action for a collective purpose, a path to organize groups and people in a community to act together for the common good. The focus is upon building power (the ability to act effectively) through relationships.

The Shambhala Institute aspires to be a beacon and resource for leaders traveling the road towards more compassionate, life-serving, and sustainable organizations and community

Tamarack is a dynamic organization that develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community challenges, and to learn from and share these experiences.
We believe we can find a better way forward if different sectors work together strategically and comprehensively to build stronger communities.
The Institute sponsors projects and provides learning resources, training, coaching and strategic consulting that enable people to collaborate and learn with and from each other.



The mission of the Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council is to improve the quality of life in the Fresno Area through the enhancement of the nonprofit sector – through education, information, and representation.

Non-Profit Resource Center – Sacramento
Offering comprehensive resources, from a professionally-staffed library to grant funder databases, from fundraising workshops to management networking, the Center enables new and existing nonprofits to improve management, operations, fund development, marketing & public relations, board development and more.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

BoardSource, the premiere voice of nonprofit governance, is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. Its highly acclaimed programs and services mobilize boards so that organizations fulfill their missions, achieve their goals, increase their impact, and extend their influence.

Michigan State University – Nonprofit Center

Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

Blue Avocado is a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. We publish on the 1st and 15th of every month through an HTML newsletter delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers. Thanks to its sponsors and members, Blue Avocado subscriptions are free

Resource bank – large inventory
The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of you, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations.

Compass Point Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. They work with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology

Johnson Center for Philanthropy
The Guide provides easily accessible nonprofit resources and continuously updated information on all aspects of nonprofit management.

McKnight Foundation
Below are a variety of selected online resources in nonprofit management, linked by topic area.
These selected online resources are provided as a service to the staffs of nonprofit organizations. McKnight cannot endorse or control any information linked below; materials are strictly the property and responsibility of the linked organizations.

GrantStation is an interactive website that allows grant seekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grant seeking process.

Society for Nonprofit Organizations (membership, includes grantstation)
Since 1983, the Society has been providing nonprofit staff members, volunteers, and board members with affordable resources and information to work more effectively and efficiently towards accomplishing their mission.

The National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) is the network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving over 20,000 members in 41 states and the District of Columbia. NCNA links local organizations to a national audience through state associations and helps small and midsize nonprofits:
• Manage and lead more effectively.
• Collaborate and exchange solutions.
• Engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector.
• Achieve greater impact in their communities.

Network for Good provides easy and affordable online fundraising

The Great Valley Center is a nonprofit organization working to improve California's Great Central Valley. We manage leadership development programs, provide technical support, and hold events on issues important to the Valley's future.

The Foundation Center serves to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

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. This nonpartisan coalition leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill their vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.

The Council on Foundations is a Washington, DC, area-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,100 grant-making foundations and corporations. The assets of Council members total more than $282 billion. As the voice of philanthropy, the Council works to create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive, and to provide Council members with the products and services they need to do their best work.

Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.


Website looking at the world in 2025 – with seven areas of focus

Two video playbacks on statistical impact happening now in the world



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