NCCS Community Platform

The Nonprofit FAQ: National Organizations

Select an FAQ   (26):

What is National Volunteer Week?
Background on this annual event
Are Board members personally liable? Do we need D & O Insurance?
There are national organizations that offer answers to questions like this one.
Are there membership associations for fundraisers?
There are several associations for fundraisers as well as exciting opportunities to connect with fellow fundraisers via Web 2.0.
Are there scholarly journals in the field?
Several are listed here by a long-term scholar and observer in the field; additional notes describe other publications.
Do I need a lawyer to form a nonprofit? How much should it cost?
Some people can do it on their own. Others find a lawyer very useful. There are legal referral services which sometimes can help locate low-cost or even free assistance.
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Bars Percent Fees
ECFA -- http://www.ecfa.org/ -- certifies and audits the financial affairs of about 800 Evangelical Organizations. In 1998, ECFA's standards were revised to bar percentage fees.
How are nonprofit organizations classified?
Many systems of classification (taxonomies) are in use for various purposes. These notes mention several of them.
How can I find a list of all nonprofit organizations?
No single list of nonprofits is available. This item offers some suggestions of ways to look for information about organizations online.
How Can I Track Postal Issues Affecting Nonprofits?
The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers is an information and advocacy group that focuses on postal rates and related issues.
How can we be listed in the Encyclopaedia of Associations?
The Encyclopaedia of Associations is a directory of national non-profit groups in the United States.
How do I find a volunteer accountant?
There are some organizations that offer help in making connections.
Is there a good resource on activism for young people?
There are several.
Local Organizations State-by-State: A through M
A listing of statewide associations of nonprofits and other organizations active in the sector that work primarily at the state level.
Local Organizations State-by-State: N through Z
A listing of statewide associations of nonprofits and other organizations active in the sector that work primarily at the state level.
National Support and Advocacy Organizations: A through M
A list with brief program summaries of some of the organizations that support and assist nonprofits in the US.
National Support and Advocacy Organizations: N through Z
A list with brief program summaries of some of the organizations that support and assist nonprofits in the US.
Nonprofit Support Organizations
Resources for nonprofit organizations that are active internationally and in countries throughout the world.
Online Advocacy for Nonprofit Associations
There are informative websites that support nonprofit policy initiatives at the national and state levels plus online information on the subject of doing advocacy work online.
Sources of local community information
There are many resources available online and in print that can help create community profiles. This item lists some hints about how to do this sort of research compiled some time ago.
Statement about Importance of Policy Advocacy
The Alliance for Justice, the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, and OMB Watch jointly issued this statement in the Summer of 1998. It provides a rationale for and guidance about policy advocacy for charitable nonprofits in the United States.
What are the current trends in philanthropy in this tough economy?
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University calculates a semiannual fundraising confidence index. This item also offers thoughts on redesigning a fundraising strategy for these difficult times.
What is American Humanics?
A description of a curriculum used by many undergraduate programs that connect with nonprofit careers.
Where are nonprofit conferences listed?
Conference and seminar listing services on the Internet.
Where can I find pro bono legal advice?
The American Bar Association maintains a state-by-state list of organizations that facilitate finding pro bono assistance. This item also includes advice on other strategies for finding low-cost assistanct that may be useful.
Where can I get more information about planned giving?
There are several associations, email discussion groups and websites related to the topic.
Where can I learn more about service learning programs?
A couple of useful links