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2007 Websites of the Week

December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

MicroEnterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination

FIELD's mission is to identify, develop and disseminate best practices in the microenterprise field, and to educate funders, policy makers and others about microenterprise as an anti-poverty strategy. FIELD is a project of the Economic Opportunities Program (EOP), which is a policy program housed at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. EOP focuses on advancing strategies that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy. FIELD was created in 1998 to build on the momentum generated by the Self-Employment Learning Project (SELP), an evaluation and public education program that was the leading information resource on microenterprise in the U.S. at that time. Given those origins, many of SELP's senior staff and consultants played critical roles in the creation of FIELD, and remain in key positions today. Go to: fieldus.org
 

December 23 - 29, 2007

MarketingPower.com

The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been a leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession. The AMA's website, MarketingPower.com, supplies marketing professionals and AMA members with the information, products and services required to succeed in their jobs and careers. The site offers a comprehensive collection of articles, reports, webcasts and a newsletter focused on marketing, public relations, advertising, trends and industry news. While some of the resources are available to members of the AMA only, many resources can be accessed through a no cost registration on the website. Go to: www.marketingpower.com
 

December 16 - 22, 2007

Child Welfare Information Gateway

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, and search and reunion. Go to: www.childwelfare.gov
 

December 9 - 15, 2007

The NonprofitCenters Network

The NonprofitCenters Network is a community of Multi-tenant Nonprofit Centers and their philanthropic, government, academic and real estate partners. Through conferences, peer networking, mentoring and the internet, The Network provides education and resources for the creation and operation of quality nonprofit office and program space. Go to: www.nonprofitcenters.org
 

December 2 - 8, 2007

Centre for Non Profit Management 

The Centre for Non Profit Management (CNPM) builds leadership and management capacity in the non-profit sector. CNPM offers support to executive directors, boards and staff through, training, research, and preparing resources and materials. CNPM’s ultimate goal is a creative and well run non profit sector that engages in open dialogue with governments as funders and authors of public policies affecting non-profits. The Centre hosts the Voluntary Sector Knowledge Network (VSKN), a website designed to help leaders build the capacity of non-profit organizations. It is of specific interest to smaller organizations, especially those that are volunteer led and those in rural and remote areas. Go to: www.vskn.ca
 

November 25 - December 1, 2007

National Youth Development Information Center

The National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC) is a one-stop website for youth workers with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth development field and has one of the largest online libraries, providing practice-related information at low-cost or no cost. NYDIC provides constant opportunities for practitioners to share knowledge and experience, enabling them to build the best practice in the field of youth development. NYDIC is an initiative of the National Collaboration for Youth.  Go to: www.nydic.org
 

November 18 - 24, 2007

Youth Service America

Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Founded in 1986, YSA’s mission is to expand the impact of the youth service movement with communities, schools, corporations, and governments. YSA envisions a global culture of engaged youth who are committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement and works toward that mission through four core strategies:

bullet Organizing public policy and awareness campaigns
bullet Convening the field
bullet Offering incentives and recognition
bullet Providing information and educational resources

Go to: ysa.org
 

November 11 - 17, 2007

Texas Commission on the Arts Tools for Results Tool-kit

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is the state agency charged with the development of a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. For more than 30 years, the Texas Commission on the Arts has accomplished its mission by providing grants, information, and technical assistance to artists, arts organizations, and the general public.

The TCA Tools for Results Tool-kit was developed as a resource for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Texas and beyond. TCA uses in-text citations throughout the Tool-kit in acknowledging those sources. The Tool-kit covers six topic areas: Fundraising & Development, Programs & Exhibitions, Cultural Tourism, Marketing, Advocacy, and Nonprofit Basics. Each section covers the basics, relevant concepts, best practices, things to consider, ideas for implementing change, common mistakes, ways to get started, do’s and don’ts, and how-to’s on a variety of topics. The “tools” are the sample forms, letters, documents, checklists, templates, and other resources. The intention is for nonprofits to take these “tools” and adapt them for their own purposes. Go to: www.arts.state.tx
 

November 4 - 10, 2007

David Lamb's Prospect Research Page

Lamb, a former development officer at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, has developed a collection of truly useful Internet sites for researching corporations, foundations, and individual donors. David Lamb's Prospect Research Page includes links to directories of doctors, judges, lawyers, and airplane owners; online news sources; and corporate and public records databases. What's nice about the Prospect Research Page is that Lamb has distilled the vast number of potential sources of information on the Internet into a relatively small selection of annotated sites. Go to: www.lambresearch.com
 

October 28 - November 3, 2007

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

The mission of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, located at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities and countries. The RGK Center supports the nonprofit sector with education, research and outreach by expanding the academic base for the growing study of policies and practices affecting nonprofits, and by contributing to national and international debates about the future of the sector. RGK Center initiatives emphasize collaborative approaches and international perspectives in order to foster research and dialogue across fields and across borders. Among its many projects is ServiceLeader.org, which provides information on all aspects of volunteerism, in particular virtual volunteering. Go to: www.utexas.edu
 

October 21 - 27, 2007

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The mission of the Institute for Women's Policy Research is to conduct rigorous research and disseminate its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation. The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. IWPR, an independent, non-profit, research organization also works in affiliation with the graduate programs in public policy and women's studies at The George Washington University. Go to: www.iwpr.org
 

October 14 - 20, 2007

Latino Issues Forum

Latino Issues Forum (LIF) is a non-profit public policy and advocacy institute dedicated to advancing new and innovative public policy solutions for a better, more equitable and prosperous society. Established in 1987, LIF's primary focus is on the broader issues of education, health care, the environment, telecommunications, and civic participation.  LIF also serves as a clearinghouse to assist and provide the news media with accurate information and sources in Latino community for fair and effective coverage of issues. LIF addresses public policy issues from the perspective of how they will affect the social and economic future of the Latino community. Go to: www.lif.org
 

October 7 - 13, 2007

Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) serves as a rural health and human services information portal which helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents. Services provided include RAC's web site, electronic mailing lists, and customized assistance. RAC's website includes funding opportunities, topic-specific information guides, news and events, publications and maps, experts and organizations, an online clearinghouse and a success stories database. Go to: www.raconline.org
 

September 30 - October 6, 2007

Capaciteria: Administrative Resources Database

Capaciteria is a comprehensive, searchable database directory of administrative resources that help nonprofits leverage their own capacity. It promotes peer review because members can comment on and rate individual resource links as well as add useful new links. Like Google, search requests return link results weighted to rise based on ratings and popularity given to them by nonprofit users. Members can use the 'Favorites' feature to personalize their list of easily accessible links in Capaciteria. Learn about Capaciteria's unique features and 90 categories of information, go to www.capaciteria.org.
 

September 23 - 29, 2007

Governance Matters

Governance Matters provides nonprofit leaders with the governance resources they need to build more effective boards. Through advocacy, peer learning roundtables and workshops, and educational resources such as this Web site, Governance Matters fosters an open exchange of ideas throughout the nonprofit sector. Though the focus of the organization is New York, the website is rich with resource that will be of great use to all nonprofits. All are free unless otherwise noted. The links are organized in the following categories: advocacy, board development, ethics, financial oversight, foundation boards, general governance resources, human resources, legal oversight, mission definition and strategic planning, and resource development/fundraising. Go to: www.governancematters.org
 

September 16 - 22, 2007

AllianceStrategy.com

AllianceStrategy.com offers resources and readings on alliance strategy and management. The site is maintained by Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and co-author of Mastering Alliance Strategy, a professor at Brandeis University, and the principal of Alliance Strategy Consulting. Most of the information on this site is provided free of charge. Go to: www.alliancestrategy.com.
 

September 9 - 15, 2007

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is co-directed by John L. McKnight, director of community studies at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, and his long-time collaborator in community research, John P. Kretzmann , an  Institute for Policy Research, 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. Expanding from the hundreds of talks given by McKnight and Kretzmann at a wide range of domestic and international institutions, the ABCD Institute has developed a North American ABCD Faculty. This adjunct faculty group has 32 highly skilled practitioner/trainers who have worked as consultants, workshop leaders, and speakers for the many and diverse constituencies interested in ABCD ideas. The Institute also shares its findings in the ABCD Workbooks series and in various related publications . The workbooks provide practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets. Go to: www.northwestern.edu
 

September 2 - 8, 2007

Nonprofits Assistance Fund

The Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that fosters community development and vitality by building financially healthy nonprofits.  NAF provides financing for working capital, cash flow, equipment and facility projects with a focus on strengthening the operation and mission of nonprofits.  The organization also offers financial management workshops and advice that improve nonprofits’ capacity to carry out their mission. While the focus of the organization is on nonprofits in Minnesota, most of the resources will be of great use to other nonprofits. Go to: www.nonprofitsassistancefund.org
 

August 26 - September 1, 2007

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With 45 years of service, the organization is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Americans for the Arts maintains the National Arts Policy Database, a comprehensive research/resource tool containing approximately 9,000 items documenting information on the arts and culture in the United States. Go to: www.americansforthearts.org
 

August 19 - 25, 2007

Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance Risk Retention Group

The Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, Risk Retention Group (ANI-RRG) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit insurance company whose mission is to be a stable source of reasonably priced liability insurance for 501(c)(3) nonprofits. ANI-RRG and an affiliated reinsurance captive company, have been capitalized with $10 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Modeled after the Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC), which was founded in 1989 and which has brought stability in price and coverage to thousands of nonprofits in California, ANI-RRG is also governed by its nonprofit organization members. ANI-RRG also assists nonprofit organizations to develop and implement effective loss control and risk management programs. ANI-RRG is currently writing coverage for 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. www.ani-rrg.org

August 12 - 18, 2007

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center conducts research and develops policy options to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. Over the past two decades, the Center has gained a reputation for producing materials that are balanced, authoritative, accessible to non-specialists, and responsive to issues currently before the country.  The Center’s materials are used by policymakers and non-profit organizations across the political spectrum, as well as by journalists from a variety of media outlets. Go to: www.cbpp.org
 

July 29 - August 11, 2007

American Evaluation Association

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is an international professional association of evaluators who assess the effectiveness of programs, policies, personnel, technology products, and organizations. The AEA Web site has a variety of evaluation-related resources, including information about the association's annual conference and other related events, topical interest groups, published books and journals, the full-text of key documents for evaluators, a list of job postings and training institutions in the field, links to other sites of interest, a listing of ongoing degree programs of relevance to evaluation, and the EVALTALK Listserv, an open discussion list devoted to issues in the field of evaluation. The AEA member newsletter, first published in the winter of 2001, is also available on the Web site. Go to: www.eval.org

July 22 - 28, 2007

KnowledgePlex

KnowledgePlex is designed to support practitioners, grantors, policy makers, scholars, investors, and others involved in affordable housing and community development. Goals of KnowledgePlex include:

bullet Promote standards across philanthropy and the public sector for sharing knowledge.
bullet Maximize impact and aggregate the costs of philanthropic and public sector investments in technology infrastructure, information collection and distribution.
bullet Provide the learning platform that will enable the best minds to interact, participate, and build new solutions.

The site includes case studies, best practices, news, discussion forums, and a calendar. www.knowledgeplex.org
 

July 15 - 21, 2007

onPhilanthropy

onPhilanthropy.com is a global resource for non-profit and philanthropy professionals. It is free of charge and features several industry-leading e-mail newsletters. onPhilanthropy.com is published by Changing Our World, Inc., a leading U.S. fundraising and philanthropic services company. onPhilanthropy.com began publishing in 1999 with a monthly e-newsletter and has now grown to five different newsletters and RSS feeds. More than 100,000 non-profit and philanthropy professionals use the website, blogs, and newsletters each month.  Go to: www.onphilanthropy.com

July 8 - 14, 2007

NPAction

NPAction is an online resource for nonprofit advocacy launched by OMB Watch. NPAction was developed as a vibrant central advocacy hub to provide nonprofits access to information about rules governing policy participation, examples of successful and unsuccessful efforts, and identification of key resources. The goal is to increase the awareness of groups already engaged in public policy participation, and to, thereby, enhance opportunities for building communities of interest among new and emerging and existing public policy participators. Committed to continuously improve the site’s offerings,  nonprofits are encouraged to actively explore what's available, suggest their own ideas for resources to add, and provide comments on the work to date. Go to: www.npaction.org
 

July 1 - 7, 2007

The Communications Network

The Communications Network is an association of foundations that provides training and resources in public relations and strategic communications. While the focus of the site is philanthropy much of the information will be useful to all nonprofits. The public resources section of the website includes information organized in the following categories: Job Bank Tools, Tips, and How-To's, Opinions, Reports, Research, and Sharing Ideas and Practice.  Go to: www.comnetwork.org
 

June 24 - 30, 2007

Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development is an intermediary organization that unleashes the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society. In 1996, the Innovation Center was launched as a division of National 4-H Council as an “idea incubator” for new theory and practice in youth development. As its work with communities across the United States grew, the Innovation Center became an independent organization, and obtained 501c3 status in 2003. The Center seeks to strengthen the work of hundreds of organizations, impacting thousands of young people in communities across the country by providing capacity building assistance, making connections between grassroots organization and new resources, and bringing new knowledge and ideas from the community level into the field. The website offers a variety or resources, many of them available at no charge.  Go to: www.theinnovationcenter.org
 

June 17 - 23, 2007

Clearinghouse for Volunteer Accounting Services

The Clearinghouse for Volunteer Accounting Services provides accounting services to nonprofit organizations nationwide by matching accountants with organizations in need of accounting services. All accountants work on a volunteer basis, and offer their services free of charge to eligible nonprofits. The Web site includes information on how to find an accountant, as well as the accounting services they provide. Go to: www.cvas-usa.org
 

June 10 - 16, 2007

Catalog of Nonprofit Literature

The Catalog of Nonprofit Literature is a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. It incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries and contains more than 25,000 full bibliographic citations, of which more than 17,000 have descriptive abstracts. It is updated daily. The Catalog was formerly known as Literature of the Nonprofit Sector (LNPS). Go to: lnps.fdncenter.org
 

June 3 - 9, 2007

Resources for Retention Website

The Corporation for National and Community Service has developed the "Resources for Retention" website that includes information that will help you recruit and retain volunteers for your program. The 2007 Volunteering in America report by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 1 out of 3 volunteers who volunteered in 2005 did not in 2006, the highest dropout rate of the last four years. Sound recruitment and retention strategies are an important part of any well-designed and well-managed program. The site includes an extensive collection of resources organized into two main categories: the first category, Volunteer Management Practices includes recruiting, screening and matching volunteers, training and volunteer development; and recognizing volunteers. The second category, Effective Organizational Practices includes organizational culture and resource management. Go to: www.nationalserviceresources.org
 

May 27 - June 2, 2007

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

The Center on Philanthropy’s mission is to increase the understanding of philanthropy, to improve its practice, and to enhance participation in philanthropy. Research is at the core of all three. Through basic and applied research, the Center creates new knowledge that increases understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Its credibility and methodological rigor set the standard for the field. Cutting-edge information developed by the Center’s in-house research staff and peer-reviewed faculty studies identifies emerging trends, challenges conventional wisdom, and provides invaluable insights into philanthropic organizations and practices. Leading national and regional organizations also contract with the Center to analyze the dynamics of changes taking place in philanthropy, assess the philanthropic landscape, and evaluate their programs. The Center shares knowledge widely, with nonprofit professionals around the world and with the general public, through a variety of means, including: training, academic and practitioner publications, electronic communications, and the mainstream news media. Go to: www.philanthropy.iupui.edu
 

May 20 - 26, 2007

Civic Ventures

Civic Ventures is a think tank and an incubator, generating ideas and inventing programs to help society achieve the greatest return on experience. Founded in the late 1990s by social entrepreneurs John Gardner and Marc Freedman, Civic Ventures is reframing the debate about aging in America and redefining the second half of life as a source of social and individual renewal. Through research, publishing, conferences, and media outreach, Civic Ventures reports on the growth of the experience movement. Through programs and consulting, Civic Ventures brings together older adults with a passion for service and helps stimulate opportunities for using their talents to advance the greater good. Go to: www.civicventures.org
 

May 13 - 19, 2007

Balanced Scorecard Institute

The Balanced Scorecard Institute provides training and consulting services to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations in applying best practices in balanced scorecard, strategic performance management and measurement, and transformation and change management. The Institute provides public and on-site courses, facilitation services, consulting, and information and tools to executives, managers and analysts as they use strategic management concepts to transform their organizations into "performance excellence" organizations. Their website serves as a resource to obtain information, ideas and lessons learned in building strategic management and performance measurement systems using the award-winning Nine Steps to Success® balanced scorecard methodology. Go to: www.balancedscorecard.org
 

May 6 - 12, 2007

Outcome Indicators Project

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The Outcome Indicators Project is a joint project of the Urban Institute and The Center for What Works. The project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance. It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems. This website contains three primary elements:

bullet Building a Common Outcome Framework to Measure Nonprofit Performance: This paper describes the rationale for the project and the project components. It also suggests sources for the outcomes and outcome indicators included in the project to date.
bullet Outcomes and Performance Indicators for 14 Specific Program Areas: These reports apply the Outcome Framework to 14 program areas. For each program, there is a sample mission statement, an outcome sequence chart, a table of candidate program-specific outcomes, and data collection strategies with suggested data sources for each outcome indicator. For convenience, the outcome sequence chart and table of candidate program-specific outcomes are available for download. The sequence chart is an MS Word document and the table is an MS Excel spreadsheet. The program reports are available as PDFs.
bullet Nonprofit Taxonomy of Outcomes: This report provides basic, generic outcomes and performance indicators that can be used for any program.

Go to: www.urban.org
 

April 29 - May 5, 2007

University of Southern California Nonprofit Studies Center

The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision making and public policy to advance public problem solving. The Center acts as a catalyst for understanding and action at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors by providing information and analysis that is of value to decision makers in the three sectors. The Center does this in two ways. First, by conducting research on philanthropy, volunteerism, and the nonprofit sector. And second, by communicating the findings and their implications as well as surface emerging issues by convening key decision makers in forums, roundtables, and a distinguished speakers series. The website includes links to many resources organized in the following categories: databases and charitable statistics, nonprofit management and leadership, academic journals, nonprofit news and publications, professional associations and networks, and, research and education centers. Go to: www.usc.edu
 

April 22 - 28, 2007

PeriStats

Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, the PeriStats Web site provides free access to US, state, county, and city maternal & infant health data. Over 60,000 graphs, maps and tables available. You can select a region to get a complete list for the US or your state. This site allows users to easily access and use statistics related to infant and maternal health, such as preterm and low birthweight status, prenatal care and maternal health factors, infant mortality, and health insurance coverage. Peristats integrates data from over twelve government sources (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration) and offers data at the national, state, county, and city level across several years. Peristats provides the ability to quickly create graphs, maps, and tables by selecting a topic and a location. Users can print, copy and paste, or download PowerPoint slides of these figures to supplement their own reports. The website also offers the option to download selected data into an Excel file.

Peristats offers additional information about data definitions and methods of calculating data. In addition, users can receive updates on data and website changes by signing up for the Peristat Newsletter. Go to: www.marchofdimes.com
 

April 15 - 21, 2007

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national network of local leaders and organizations across the United States that support effective charitable giving. The Forum’s network focuses on the philanthropy of the city, state, and multi-state areas of the U.S. and encompasses 32 regional associations of grantmakers. These regional associations collectively represent more than 4,000 grantmakers and others interested in philanthropy. The website Knowledge Center includes resources that describe, support, and increase giving by foundations, corporations, and individuals. The site also includes a number of publications, many of them free, as well as e-newsletters. Go to: www.givingforum.org
 

April 8 - 14, 2007

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life — businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults — to volunteer. Based in Washington, D.C., the Foundation advocates community service through a partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network. Together, they reach millions of people in thousands of communities to help mobilize people and resources, which deliver solutions that address community problems. Go to: www.pointsoflight.org
 

April 1 - 7, 2007

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) promotes an efficient, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals. YNPN seeks to engage and support future nonprofit and community leaders through professional development, networking and social opportunities designed for young people involved in the nonprofit community.  Now with 10,000 members in over a dozen cities, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) strategy is to serve as a powerful, organic vehicle for retaining and strengthening the nonprofit sector’s next generation of leaders -- led by and directly responsive to the needs of early career nonprofit professionals. From its beginnings in 1997 as a small, informal gathering of peers in San Francisco, YNPN has grown to become one of the nation’s largest associations of nonprofit practitioners. Go to: www.ynpn.org
 

March 25 - 31, 2007

William E. Smith Institute for Association Research

The William E. Smith Institute for Association Research was created by SmithBucklin to underwrite original, practice-based research that will provide the latest, most useful information and insights to volunteer and staff leaders on topics and issues that help advance the growth of associations and enhance the value delivered to the constituencies they serve. The research studies will focus on trade, business and professional volunteer-governed organizations.

The Mission of the Bill Smith Institute is to provide the latest, most useful information and insights to volunteer and staff leaders on topics, issues and trends that help advance the growth of associations and enhance the value delivered to the constituencies they serve. Go to: www.smithbucklin.com
 

March 18 - 24, 2007

The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group

The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations, associations, institutions of higher education, the public sector and the professionals who make them run smoothly. The group also offers services for people nationwide who seek employment in the nonprofit sector -- resume writing, cover letter editing and job search consulting -- and for nonprofits themselves -- strategic hiring, search, training, planning, and communications counsel. The website also includes links to resources for nonprofit employers, search committees and human resource managers. Go to: www.nonprofitprofessionals.com
 

March 11 - 17, 2007

Social Edge

Social Edge, a program of the Skoll Foundation, is a site where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, philanthropists, and other practitioners of the social sector connect to network, learn, inspire, and share resources. Social Edge launched in June 2003 with the mission to: connect social entrepreneurs, their partners and allies to discuss cutting-edge issues shaping the field; foster frank dialogue, mutual respect and a sense of community among all in the sector; and promote learning from the best, promising and disastrous practices. The site attempts to strike a balance between the visionary and the practical, with discussions, blogs, many resource links, and online workshops and features. Social Edge has an audience of tens of thousands of social entrepreneurs around the world; it is particularly targeted at social entrepreneurs with limited access to other local resources and practitioners due to the nature of their work (e.g., international development) or their location (e.g., developing countries or in rural areas). Go to: www.socialedge.org
 

March 4 - 10, 2007

Not-for-profit Board Governance Institute

The Grant Thornton Board Governance Institute is designed to be a one-stop e-resource to keep board members and executive management of nonprofit organizations abreast of current and emerging issues such as accounting, tax, regulatory, governance and operational issues. The site includes board governance resources, nonprofit publications, thought leadership articles, regulatory alerts, the ForwardThinking newsletter, the Board Governance Institute Education Forum, and more. Go to:  www.gt.com
 

February 25 - March 3, 2007

Bureau of Justice Evaluation Website

While this website was designed to provide criminal justice planners, researchers and evaluators, as well as local practitioners with a variety of resources for evaluating criminal justice programs, it will be useful to others in the nonprofit sector. The site includes: an electronic roadmap for evaluation, which provides instructional materials to assist in planning, designing, and conducting evaluations of criminal justice programs; a glossary of evaluation terminology; evaluation resources, which includes a bibliography of evaluation materials organized by specific evaluation topics; evaluation reports on assessment, evaluation, and research; and useful links directs you to other evaluation sites and materials that will be useful to you as you develop and enhance your evaluation capabilities. Go to: permanent.access.gpo.gov
 

February 18 - 24, 2007

USF International Nonprofit Management Teaching Resource Center

The USF International Nonprofit Management Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is a comprehensive source of nonprofit management teaching cases, course syllabi that are available for use by teachers, trainers, consultants, practitioners, and students to enhance the development of nonprofit management education. You may browse and search the educational materials of the TRC. Once you find a teaching case or course syllabus that you would like to use, you may download it, for free, as a PDF. Go to: www.inom-trc.org
 

February 11 - 17, 2007

Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools. The Partnership includes over 140 organizations that are national in scope and impact. It also includes state and local partnerships focused on influencing educational policies and practices to promote quality arts education. Go to: www.aep-arts.org
 

February 4 - 10, 2007

HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector

The HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector is a national, non-profit organization committed to the enhancement and development of a highly skilled workforce that is focused on building better communities and improving the lives of Canadians. Through partnerships with a range of stakeholders, the HR Council aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable, vibrant and confident voluntary/non-profit sector by providing leadership, knowledge and opportunities for collaboration on issues related to paid employment. The Council website is the new home of HRVS, a collection of practical tools and information on human resources management for non-profit organizations including, sample documents, tools and templates, HR policies, guidance on training and education of employees, and more. Go to: www.hrcouncil.ca
 

January 28 - February 3, 2007

The Future of Philanthropy

The Future of Philanthropy web site is built around a report that explores the ways in which the future of U.S. foundations and giving are being shaped and transformed by long-term trends. This website is designed for individuals who want to do a better job of using their own resources (money, time, expertise) and for those who are employed as philanthropy professionals or advisors. It is primarily constructed to help improve the practice of philanthropy. But it also contains material for those who are working to change philanthropy.  Go to: www.futureofphilanthropy.org
 

January 21 - 27, 2007

The Aspen Institute

The mission of the Aspen Institute is to foster 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 Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program (NSPP) will be of special interest to nonprofits. The NSPP seeks to improve the operation of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy through research, leadership education, and communication initiatives focused on critical nonprofit issues. The program’s major projects are: Nonprofit Sector Research Fund; Aspen Philanthropy Letter; Kellogg-Kauffman Seminar Series for Mid-America Foundation CEOs; State of America’s Nonprofit Sector Project; Fast-Growth, High-Impact Nonprofit; Community Giving Resource, and the Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group. Go to: www.aspeninstitute.org 
 

January 14 - 20, 2007

Philanthropy Journal

The vision of the Philanthropy Journal is to help people understand, support and work in the nonprofit and philanthropic world, and help them recognize and solve social problems. Philanthropy Journal delivers daily online news to help people better understand, support and work in the nonprofit sector. In addition to news, Philanthropy Journal features job openings, events calendars and announcements about grants/gifts and people working in the nonprofit sector. Philanthropy Journal also offers free weekly and biweekly newsletters. The Philanthropy Journal is a publication of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh, N.C., that supports the Foundation’s mission and grantees. Go to: www.philanthropyjournal.org
 

January 7 - 13, 2007

The Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center was founded in 1972 by Norton J. Kiritz to offer grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Today The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) conducts some 150 workshops annually in grantsmanship training, as well as earned income strategies for nonprofits. Over 100,000 people have received training thought Grantsmanship Center programs. Graduates of The Grantsmanship Training Program also receive a membership package that includes discounts on future trainings for themselves and colleagues, discounts on publications, access to an exclusive online databases of Government, Foundation and Corporate funding sources, and annual proposal reviews by TGCI trainers. There are also numerous resources for grantseekers available at no cost on the website. These include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register, archives of The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, indexes of funding sources at the local, federal and international levels, and more. Go to: www.tgci.com
 

December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota, area since 1906. The Foundation operates dozens of programs that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing.  Wilder is not a grant-making foundation. While the focus of the Foundation is the St. Paul region, many of the resources available on the site will be of use to a wider nonprofit audience, in particular the research conducted in a number of critical issue areas. In June 2005, the publishing and consulting programs of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation spun-off into a new, independent organization called Fieldstone Alliance. Go to: www.wilder.org
 

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