We value and honor the vital role – or spoke – each nonprofit organization plays in the community it serves. Here are a variety of free resources to keep your organization moving toward its goals. Click on one of the categories below to browse this extensive list of resources. Become a member to access our Online Resources Library for more extensive resources, tools, and templates.
Spokes’ Online Resources Library
This members-only library provides access to operating documents, such as Conflict of Interest Policies, Contractor Agreements, IRS regulations for raffles, and hundreds more – from your home or office 24/7!
Searchable database of all IRS-recognized agencies, including foundations. Includes information from IRS tax form 990. Can conduct free searches based on keyword and city.
About Nonprofit Charitable orgs is a large and up-to-date source of information about and for nonprofit organizations.
California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide organization of 2,000 nonprofit organizations with a mission to strengthen and expand the professionalism, governance, influence, and effectiveness of California nonprofit organizations.
Council on Foundations – A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.
Foundation Center offers grant maker information, an online library, fundraising news, books, CD-ROMs, and seminars.
Idealist (Action without Borders) is a global directory of nonprofit-related information, including non-profit organizations, consultants, products, services, publications, events, and jobs and internships.
Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits offers a free management library for nonprofits with 75 categories and an index of 675 topics.
Authenticity Consulting’s free web resource with topical listings covering most key issues and concerns of organizational managers.
Blue Avocado is a free online magazine for community nonprofits. Published on the 1st and 15th of every month through an HTML newsletter.
The National Council of Nonprofits is the nation’s largest nonprofit network, and works through its Member state associations to help community-based organizations manage more effectively and engage in policy issues.
Joyaux Associates: Consultants for the nonprofit sector.
The Nonprofit Quarterly, a print and online magazine, has an overarching editorial goal to strengthen the role of nonprofit organizations to activate democracy.
Foundation Center’s blog that features books, articles, and pamphlets in its collection.
Blogs managed by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change
Allison Fine’s blog about social media and social change
The mission of the Institute for Global Communications is to promote movements for economic and social justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability by providing and developing accessible computer networking tools.
Tech Soup is a portal for all topics dealing with nonprofits and technology.
Nonprofit Technology Network is dedicated to connecting and supporting individuals and organizations that empower non-profits to use technology to achieve their missions.
Aidmatrix uses technology to facilitate the donation and allocation of humanitarian aid and offers solutions for distribution fundraising needs.
Association of Fundraising Professionals represents 26,000 members in four countries working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, education, and certification programs. AFP offers professional development resources for fund development personnel.
Grant Proposal.com is a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grant writing consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.
The Grants Information Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison includes newsletters in print and electronic format containing nonprofit news, funding updates, and related items about philanthropy, fundraising, and specific grants.
GuideStar is a searchable database of nearly one million nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Internet Prospector was produced by a network of volunteers for 14 years who mined the Internet for prospect research nuggets. You can view the archives of their findings here.
Nonprofit Matrix is an online directory of digital tools and services for nonprofits.
Find new prospects or research the giving patterns of your current donors instantly and easily with NOZA, the world’s largest searchable database of charitable gifts; more than 21 million individual, corporate and foundation donation records.
An annual report that is published by the Giving USA Foundation to inform the public, nonprofits, and funders about trends in charitable giving.
Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online provides the most accurate details available on U.S. funders and their grants.
The Grantsmanship Center offers training courses and resources for grantseekers.
The Gevirtz Research Institute Contracts & Grants Office at UCSB maintains a list of ongoing funding opportunities.
The George Lucas Education Foundation
The Grassroots Fundraising Journal provides informative articles for fundraising professionals and staff and volunteers who raise money for nonprofits.
givezooks! offers social fundraising for nonprofits, connecting individuals and organizations online to increase charitable giving.
Stanford Graduate School of Business offers annual programs including Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (EPNL) and Nonprofit Management Institute.
Casa Pacifica offers continuing education and training for parents and child-serving professionals.
Harvard University Kennedy School of Business offers nonprofit executive education programs focused on giving leaders the skills and analytical understanding necessary to manage and lead results driven agencies and organizations, and to better serve their communities.
The Santa Barbara Foundation help nonprofits operate at peak efficiency through grants and technical assistance as well as identify critical community issues in our county and mobilize forces to address them.
The Fund consciously commits staff and volunteer time to support community activists and organizations with skills-building opportunities, informational resources, and advice through its Technical Assistance (T.A.) Program.
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Ventura County Community Foundation provides training, technical assistance and access to resource materials to organizations in Ventura County.
Courage to Lead is a year-long leadership and renewal program that consists of retreats and small group Leader Circles designed to provide the practices of reflection, journaling, and deep listening.
Center for Courage and Renewal works to foster personal and professional renewal through retreats and programs that offer the time and space to reflect on life and work.
Just Communities offers cultural competency training to organizational leaders, education seminars for the general public, leadership training institutes for students and teachers, and customized consultation to local agencies for diversity and organizational change initiatives.
Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog
Mission-Based Management by Peter Brinckerhoff
The Tides Blog
The Nonprofit Centers Network provides information for creating affordable office and program space for nonprofit organizations. It contains information and tools for managing multi-tenant facilities and explores the policy and business decisions necessary to meet the real estate needs of nonprofits.
Fair Data will show you where there are pockets of poverty, low education levels, and where different ethnic groups congregate. These Socio-Economic Contrast Charts were developed for groups who need to present census info quickly and don’t have access to planners and GIS software.
Management Assistance for Nonprofits offers the Free Management Library, including articles, templates, and other materials for nonprofits.
National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the US.
Network for Good is a tool for nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, volunteers, and advocacy which provides online registration of nonprofits in order to receive donations through the site.
TechSoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology planning needs by providing free information, resources, and support. It also offers a service called TechSoup Stock, where nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products that are generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners. www.calchamber.org Business, human resources, advocacy and government service resources.
Board Source (formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards) is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. Provides topic papers, books, and other publications.
A newsletter for nonprofit boards that is included as a regular column in the online magazine, Blue Avocado.
Action Without Borders/Idealist.org maintains a huge directory of nonprofit and volunteering resources.
Energize is an international training, consulting, and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism.
VolunteerMatch assists individuals nationwide find volunteer opportunities posted by local nonprofit and public sector organizations.
A resource provided by the State of California Governor’s office to help California’s nonprofit and human service providers find volunteers.
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management maintains an FAQ on basic financial management issues.
Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits offers a detailed, basic guide on non-profit financial management.
Online resource for legal information. Users can purchase books or request free books that span a variety of legal and financial topics related to nonprofit management. Also features blogs specific to law.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center helps minimize risks for nonprofit staff and volunteers, offering publications, a newsletter, library, consulting, and audits.
Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California provides information and works with local brokers to provide insurance coverage exclusively for the needs of California nonprofit organizations.
Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil mental health, women’s, children’s and consumer advocacy organizations working to advance justice for all Americans. Offers free resources and information on how nonprofits can lobby.
Independent Sector is a membership group of nonprofit organizations, foundations and corporate philanthropy programs working to promote a just society of active citizens, healthy communities and a vibrant democracy. Offers free data on the nonprofit sector.
A concise guide for nonprofits developed by the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance allows you to search a database to find assistance programs meeting your requirements and eligibility. Includes several aids to guide in the writing of proposals.
GetGrants! (Governor’s Office for Innovation in Government) allows users to identify grant sources within California’s departments through a single search.
Internal Revenue Service – Charities & Non-Profits has tax exemption information to determine if an organization is eligible to apply for recognition of exemption from Federal income taxation.
Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more.
Office of the Attorney General-State of California list of laws and regulations related to establishing and operating charitable trusts.
Community Career Center is dedicated to the employment needs of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit world.
Opportunity Knocks lists classified ads for jobs nationwide in the nonprofit sector.
A resource offered by the “Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative”, a collaboration of Management Service Organizations from across the United States
Nonprofit job board free to both job seekers and nonprofits offering jobs.
California Association of Nonprofit’s (CAN’s) New “Job Seeking” and “Recruitment” resource focused on California employment opportunities.
Charity Channel offers discussion forums on grants and foundations, law of tax-exempt organizations, college and university advancement, health care philanthropy, arts and social organization fund raising, and mentoring.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a widely read bi-weekly news publication.
Formerly The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofits. Its mission is to “help the social sector achieve excellence in performance and build responsible citizenship” through seminars and publications.
Nonprofit Times, published biweekly, provides news to nonprofit executive managers.
Philanthropy News Digest is the news digest of the Foundation Center.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine that covers best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.
Fund for Santa Barbara acepta propuestas en espanol y ofrece clases de la escritura de la propuesta libres en espanol.
Lector virtual del entrenamiento del activista: “Usando Internet para el alcance y la organizacion”, por NetAction, una organizacion sin animo de lucro basada en San Francisco cuyo fin es ensenar a los activistas en el uso de internet para la organizacion, alcance y cabildeo.
“Financiamiento Sustentabilidad de las Organizaciones Sin Fines de Lucro.”
The San Luis Obispo Newcomers Club is a social organization whose purpose is to extend a welcoming hand to people in the San Luis Obispo area.
Every year since 1991, Leadership San Luis Obispo has brought together a group of 36 strangers from across the Central Coast and asked them to step out of their everyday lives, open their everyday minds, and imagine a better San Luis Obispo county—and their role in creating it.