Nonprofit Resource Kit
We're always learning something new at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. These nonprofit resources are some of our favorites, and many of them are free. If you have favorite nonprofit resources to share, please let us know.
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- Publications, E-newsletters and Miscellaneous Nonprofit Resources
Links you to information on the basics of starting a nonprofit.
- Internal Revenue Service
Links you to timely Information on charities.
- National Center for Charitable Statistics
National clearinghouse gives data on U.S. nonprofits.
- Nonprofit Answer Guide
National resource website was created in 2012 by a collaboration of experts to give two-minute answers to all kinds of nonprofit questions .
- The Nonprofit Resource Center
Links you to a variety of nonprofit online resources.
- The Planning Council (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Evaluates regional community needs and plans solutions.
- Virginia Department of Taxation
Links you to details on nonprofit sales and use tax exemption status.
- Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs
Links you to Virginia laws regarding charitable solicitation and registration.
- Board Cafe
Free online newsletter is for your board members.
Resources help you build an effective nonprofit board.
- The Center for Public Skills Training
Tips help you learn to create a great nonprofit board.
- Executive Transitions Monograph Series
Download the latest publication on board transitions created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (Right here in Hampton Roads)
We partner with Tidewater Community College on these one-day, two-day and online classes for nonprofits that lead to a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
- Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Learn how to improve nonprofit management and governance.
- Blue Avocado
Delivers intriguing and uplifting nonprofit news and tips to help you stay ahead of the pack.
- Free Management Library
Connect with strategic planning and management tools.
- Independent Sector
Connects you with ways to strengthen and partner with other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
- Innovation Network's Point K Learning Center
Helps your organization set key metrics and evaluate effectiveness through a free online tool and a searchable database of resources.
- Leap of Reason (New addition to our resource page)
Provides free books, videos and other tools from Venture Philanthropy Partners to help your nonprofit improve its outcomes and performance.
- Nonprofit Finance Fund
Helps your organization strengthen its mission and services.
- Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Offers webinars on timely nonprofit topics.
Provides a free tool that enables human service nonprofits to measure program quality and outcomes.
- VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Half-day training sessions and other resources help nonprofits in southeastern Virginia.
- Charity Advantage
Helps with web site development, computer donations and computer purchase-assistance programs.
Helps you create easy-to-understand videos that make complex topics simple.
Gives insight into computer software that may help your organization.
- Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
A blog and free monthly newsletter keep you up-to-date with technology.
- Tech Soup
Helps your nonprofit get donated and discounted technology products.
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Our regional chapter strives to advance philanthropy in Hampton Roads.
- Community Foundations in the U.S. Locator
Has a link to connect you to more than 650 community foundations serving specific geographic regions of the United States.
- The Curtis Group blog (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Keep up with trends in philanthropy and fundraising by subscribing to this timely blog with regional ties.
- Community Foundations of Virginia Locator
Gives you contact information on the 27 community foundations serving specific geographic regions in Virginia.
- Endowment Development Consultants
Sign up for the free weekly tip from Helen Monroe and keep your development staff focused on what is most important.
- Fired-Up Fundraising
Sign up for the free weekly e-newsletter produced by Gail Perry, an expert in innovative ways to raise funds for nonprofits.
- The Foundation Center
Search the database to find grantmaking organizations nationwide. Access is available through VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads or the Virginia Beach Public Library.
Provides tips for both experienced and novice grant writers.
- Grant Resource Center (Right here in Hampton Roads)
The Virginia Beach Public Library offers a searchable database of grantmaking organizations from around the country and other information to help you master applying for nonprofit grants.
- Grant Seekers Gazette (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Susbscribe to this monthly e-newsletter from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and keep up with grant opportunities.
- Grassroots Fundraising Inc.
Gives you tips and tools for effective fundraising.
- Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Connects professionals interested in staying current on gift planning topics.
- Mal Warwick Associates
Check out the free resources and sign up for the free monthly e-newsletter created by Mal Warwick, an expert in using direct mail to raise funds for nonprofits.
- Michael Rosen Says
Subscribe to this blog on improving donor relations written by the author of Donor-centered Planned Gift Marketing."
- Netwits Think Tank
Subscribe to this blog from Blackbaud to keep up with trends in fundraising.
- Planned Giving Design Center
Provides current information on planned giving topics written by national experts.
- SOFII (Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration)
Lets you browse a database of the best nonprofit fundraising materials.
- Ahern Communications Ink
Learn from Tom Ahern, an expert on writing to your donors, by subscribing to his e-newsletter or blog.
- Beth Kanter's Blog
Keep up-to-date with help from a pioneer in the world of nonprofit blogging by subscribing to her posts.
- Cause Communications
Here are links to three of our favorite nonprofit publications: "Why Bad Ads happen to Good Causes and How to Ensure They Won't Happen To Yours," "Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes" and "Communications Toolkit: A Guide to Navigating Communications for the Nonprofit World." You can order free hard copies of these publications from this website.
- Chris Brogan’s Blog
Learn from this social media expert new ways to put your organization's social marketing tools to work.
Read the best of current online articles related to marketing, communications and public relations aggregated by the Commintelligence Learning Academy.
- Communications for Good
Use these helpful online tools to evaluate the effectiveness of your communications efforts.
- The Communications Network
Check out this nonprofit communications advocacy organization's blog and other helpful resources.
- The Duck Pond e-newsletter
Free resources on this website come from acompany that focuses on nonprofit communications.
- Fenton Studios
Offers free downloadable publications focused on improving nonprofit communications.
- Free-Range Thinking newsletter
Communications expert Andy Goodman. Monthly e-newsletter shares his tips for effectively using storytelling to connect people to your organization.
- Getting Attention
Subscribe to the blog or e-newsletter created by Nancy Schwartz, a nonprofit marketing expert, and learn how to improve your nonprofit's marketing efforts.
- Jargon Finder
Use this handy jargon list provided by the Communications Network to banish words from your writing that make it hard for your audience to care about your organization. Links let you download three books that help you banish jargon.
- Media Evaluation Project
Go here to download the thought-provoking "Are We There Yet?" guide to evaluating your nonprofit communications efforts.
This free tool clues you into what media, bloggers and other online places aer saying about your organization.
- Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Nonprofit communications and marketing expert Kivi Leroux Miller gives you lots of helpful information through her blog, e-newsletter and webinars.
Check the results of recent polls by CNN, NBC, CBS and other organizations to see how people think about issues your organization may be tackling.
- PR Miscues and Marvels e-newsletter (Right here in Hampton Roads)
David Rourke, a Hampton Roads public relations professional, points out the highs and lows of public relations efforts in this blog.
- Press Release Grader
Grades your news release on a scale from 1 to 100 and tells you what to do to improve it.
- Public Relations Society, Hampton Roads Chapter (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Connect with other communications professionals in South Hampton Roads and learn from regular meetings. You can also buy an up-to-date media directory for Hampton Roads from this organization.
- Public Relations Society, Virginia Peninsula Chapter (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Meet other communications professionals working on the Virginia Peninsula and learn from speakers at regular meetings.
- The Rowan Report
Colin Rowan, a public interest communicator, offers best practices, tips and success stories about communicating in the nonprofit industry. Topics range from writing op-ed pieces to improving PowerPoint presentations.
- Social Media 4 Nonprofits
Subscribe to Rosita Cortez's blog and learn about online tools that improve nonprofit communications.
- Social Media Policy Tool
Use this free interactive tool to create a social media policy that protects your organization's brand.
- The SPIN Project
Check out the online tutorials that help you target audiences and develop relationships with key people.
- Spitfire Strategies
Use this free interactive chart to guide you as you create a communications plan.
- Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab
Use this checkoff list to check the credibility of your website.
- Straight Talk e-newsletter
Subscribe to nonprofit communications expert Rick Schwartz's e-newsletter for common sense public relations tips aimed at nonprofits..
- We Are Media
Use this toolkit to learn to use blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other online tools for listening and connecting people.
- Working Wikily
Blog focuses on ways nonprofits can harness social networking to advance their missions.
- American Institute of Philanthropy
Check here for rankings of your nonprofit's use of donations.
- Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance
Check to see evaluations on how nonprofits use donations.
- Charity Navigator
Look here for various nonprofit ratings and helpful tips.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
Check out the news published by this newspaper focused on the nonprofit world.
- Grant Seekers Gazette (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Subscribe to this monthly e-newsletter from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and keep up with grant opportunities.
- Guidestar (Based right here in Hampton Roads)
This clearinghouse based in Williamsburg provides nonprofit 990s and offers free newsletters and blogs to keep you up-to-date on nonprofit topics.
- News & Notes (Right here in Hampton Roads)
Keep up with what is new at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation by subscribing to its monthly e-newsletter.
- Nonprofit News
Covers news of the nonprofit community.
- Nonprofit Online News
Gives you daily news from the nonprofit world.
- The Nonprofit Quarterly
Offers a free online newsletter about nonprofit issues.
- The NonProfit Times
LInks you to timely nonprofit business stories.
- NonProfit Webinars
Offers free webinars on a variety of nonprofit topics.
- Philanthropy Journal
Gives you news about nonprofits.
- Philanthropy News
Delivers news, information, and resources about the nonprofit world.
- Philanthropy News Digest
Gives you online news from The Foundation Center.