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
• Courses, seminars, workshops, and executive
programs for prospective leaders in the U.S. and
• Financial support for scholars and practitioners,
which includes research grants, doctoral fellowships,
and programs for visiting scholars and leaders in
• 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
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,
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
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
• the physical and economic resources of local
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
• 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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
• Achieve greater impact in their communities.
Network for Good provides easy and affordable online
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
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