The following are links to sites that you may find useful in your nonprofit operations (in no particular order):
Internal Revenue Service—Information for Tax-Exempt Organizations
This site explains the different types of tax-exempt organizations and how to apply for tax-exempt status. It also includes answers to frequently asked questions about tax-exempt organizations, IRS forms that can be downloaded, and articles on topics such as unrelated-business income tax, lobbying by tax-exempt organizations, and charitable remainder trusts.
GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Each year, millions of people use GuideStar information to make decisions about nonprofits and the work they do. Donors explore charities and issues they want to support. Nonprofit leaders benchmark their organizations against their peers. Funders research grantees. GuideStar strives to provide the highest-quality, most complete nonprofit information available.
Standards for Accountability
This BBB site describes the standards that NFPs must strive to follow to be ethical and accountable in their service operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising.
Nancy Bell Evans Center
University of Washington's Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy maintains an annotated and up-to-date bibliography of on-line resources for nonprofit organizations. This comprehensive listing, available through the Center's website, includes resources from local, regional, and national organizations.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
This center helps charities identify and reduce the legal and financial risks facing their organizations. It has a newsletter, lists of books that can be purchased and some free articles on on risk subjects.
Idealist connects people and organizations. In the last 25 years Idealist has connected more than 130,000 organizations with tens of millions of people: posted close to a million jobs and hundreds of thousands of internships and volunteer opportunities; organized more than 250 graduate-school fairs; and built a grad-school directory to help people advance their social impact career.
Tech Impact’s Idealware is the authoritative source for independent, thoroughly-researched technology resources for the social sector. Their publications, assessments, and training can save you time and money by providing impartial guidance that gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to decide what’s best for your organization.
Founded in 2005 as a Myspace Page by Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good focuses on providing useful, easy-to-understand news and resources related to nonprofit technology, online communication, and mobile and social fundraising. Today, with 50,000+ monthly visitors and more than one million followers on social networks, Nonprofit Tech for Good is a leading technology resource for nonprofit professionals.
NPQ uses a range of media channels to help advance critical conversations that can refine nonprofit and social movement policy and practice. NPQ seeks to be a challenging voice that helps to advance conversations in the sector, especially, as is too often the case, when they are “stuck.” In addition to the work of NPQ editors and staff, they rely heavily on the contributions of volunteer writers, contributors, and advisers, who push them to think about ideas in new ways.
BoardSource and its global network of leaders represent a broad and diverse cross-section of the social sector. They are committed to providing support that is relevant and accessible to organizations of every size, stage, geography, and programmatic focus. BoardSource works in partnership with individuals and organizations that share their belief in the power of nonprofit organizations and leaders to advance the public good and that are working to create positive change in their communities and our world more broadly.
501 Commons is a nonprofit that provides expertise to nonprofits through 30+ services, including a full range of management consulting; technology consulting (IT planning and database development); outsourced HR, accounting, IT infrastructure, and database management services; professional development and board training; and free information and referral services.
As the state association for all nonprofits, Washington Nonprofits makes sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed through learning, advocacy, and collaboration. Washington Nonprofits envisions a strong, united nonprofit sector that is a valued partner in creating thriving communities across Washington.
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written by and for social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society—nonprofits, foundations, business, government, and engaged citizens. With print and online articles, webinars, conferences, podcasts, and more, SSIR bridges research, theory, and practice on a wide range of topics, including human rights, impact investing, and nonprofit business models. SSIR is published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.
'GlobalWA' is a member organization that also provides resources and events to the public. Global Washington is the only organization in Washington state that makes connections among companies and nonprofits working in global development, leading to partnerships that result in innovative products and solutions and a greater impact in the world.
A weekly blog by Vu Le, former ED of Ranier Valley Corp. Vu is known for his no-nonsense approach with sharp injections of humor.
A blog about racial equity and its nemesis Fakequity. Some of the posts may veer off towards equity’s siblings and cousins diversity, inclusion, culture, community engagement, accountability, etc. They are all related and we need to understand and think about a lot of different things in order to get towards equity.
Blue Avocado is an online magazine fueled by a monthly newsletter designed to provide practical, tactical tips and tools to nonprofit leaders. A small but mighty team of committed social sector leaders produces the publication, enlisting content from a wide range of practitioners, funders, and experts.
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations working to strengthen civil society and ensure all people in the United States thrive. As the vital meeting ground, we advance our mission by fostering a sense of belonging, catalyzing action, and providing policy leadership across the full breadth of the charitable sector.
A subsidiary of Future Plc, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief delivers the most relevant industry news – curated daily from thousands of sources – in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporations to nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals.