Useful Links for Nonprofits

Here are a number links which nonprofit organization staff and board members might find especially helpful:

THE FOUNDATION CENTER
Provides news and research about philanthropy in general, tools for finding funders, and online tutorials for everything from proposal writing to nonprofit management.

THE PLANNED GIVING DESIGN CENTER
The PGDC provides services designed to assist gift planners in implementing gifts. The website has case studies, articles, news and tools that include an online calculator that computes sample charitable deductions for charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, and retained life estate agreements.

INDEPENDENT SECTOR
Independent Sector is a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.  It sponsors research, encourages public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and creates resources for staff, boards, and volunteers to improve their organizations and better serve their communities.

GUIDESTAR
The most comprehensive online database of information on nonprofits across the country, including foundations.

NEW YORK SECRETARY OF STATE
This website provides assistance to start, expand, or dissolve a nonprofit organization and includes forms, a checklist of considerations for starting or expanding a nonprofit, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to other helpful sites.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON PLANNED GIVING
The National Committee on Planned Giving is an association for professionals in the charitable gift planning field.

LEARN HOW TO BECOME
A guidebook for students and young professionals seeking careers in the non-profit sector. It includes a detailed rundown of specific fields, organizations, and job titles with strong connections to non-profit work. It also discusses the importance of volunteering, and how donating time can serve as a bridge to a full-time, paid position.