|Many parts of the job of running a nonprofit organization are little different from the things managers of any sort of organization do every day. There are some links to online resources about management in general at http://www.idealist.org/npofaq/0/1556.html. The list below links to online resources that are focused on the management of nonprofit organizations in particular.
Comprehensive Nonprofit Management Sites
- Carter McNamara's Free Management Library includes explanations of scores of management issues for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. (Search the index for "nonprofit" to locate items that concentrate on the nonprofit side of the question.)
- The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide is a comprehensive online resource directory and capacity building tool. Tips, articles and profiled links lead nonprofit managers to sources that contain information which can be applied to improving their organizations' performance.
- Idealist.Org's Nonprofit FAQ includes discussions of many management topics arranged in categories.
- McKnight Foundation toolkit
- Nonprofit.About.com is a commercial site with a lot of useful information, and a lot of advertising
- Guides for nonprofits in Canada are available from Charity Village.
- The online version of the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom has a special section on nonprofit and charity management.
- Similar resources for many other countries can be found in the list of Support Organizations published by Action Without Borders // Idealist.Org.
Associations and Management Support Organizations
- The membership of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management includes management support organizations (MSOs), consulting firms and individual consultants who work with nonprofits to build capacity.
- CompassPoint is a San Francisco based MSO that offers many online services useful to organizations anywhere. The Nonprofit Genie assists with searching CompassPoint's database for specific advice.
- The Society for Nonprofit Management is another MSO. On its website, there is a collection of links to materials addressing management issues; also the publisher of Nonprofit World, a bi-monthly magazine.
- In many US states, an association of nonprofits supports the field with advocacy and a menu of services. The National Council of Nonprofit Associations has online resources drawn from these organizations and a list with links their own websites.
Universities and Libraries
- There are a large number of university programs in nonprofit leadership in the US (and increasingly in other countries as well). Graduate degree programs often publish online resources by faculty and students and the libraries at these institutions may offer online directories of useful materials as well. The Nonprofit FAQ has a list of links to US programs.
- Some examples:
- The Nancy Bell Evans Center at the University of Washington.
- Western Connecticut University Library.
- The Utica (NY) Public Library.
- FirstGov provides a gateway to the United States Government sites of interest to nonprofits (which include many management resources)
- A large part of the framework within which US nonprofits operate is based on the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS website offers links to relevant publications and forms.
- The National Association of State Charity Officials provides some guidance about the specifics of state regulations in the US and links to state government websites.
Specific Management Topics
- Carter McNamara's "Basic Guide to Non-Profit Financial Management".
- The Nonprofit Financial Center provides loans to Illinois nonprofits for capital projects. It has a good deal of useful information about nonprofit finances on its website.
- Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Interactive Management Tools
- The Innovation Network offers free (registration required) interactive tools for organizational self-assessment, planning, and evaluation.
- http://www.innonet.org (use the Tools link in the left margin) The Point K Learning Center (free registration required) includes a logic model builder to guide users through through a process that maps the connection between program activities and outcomes.
- SmartChart from Spitfire Strategies is a planning tool for communications campaigns.
Newspapers, Magazines and Journals
- Management ideas (and fads) change all the time. There are several periodicals that publish information that can help nonprofit leaders stay current with new developments and assess new techniques. They often also post content online alongside encouragement to sign up to receive the publication regularly (through the mail or via the internet). The Nonprofit FAQ includes links to many of these sites.
Reference to the Good Practices Guide posted 3/16/04; page completely revised and extended 6/4/06; Innovation Network entry updated 9/11/08 -- PB