Resources for Non-Profits
Our community’s ongoing success is supported by the many non-profits and schools in the region. The Community Foundation is dedicated to helping these important community cornerstones maintain their operations and programming
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association of individuals and organizations whose mission is improve the management and governance capacity of nonprofits. Its web site includes information about resources available to not-for-profit organizations.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The AICPA's web site has extensive information on accounting standards and procedures. It is a valuable source of a wide variety of information on accounting issues for board members.
This site offers practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.
Boardnet USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the governing and management capability of nonprofit boards of directors by bringing qualified leadership into service as board members. Boarnet assists boards in defining their board recruitment objectives and then conducting a targeted search for business, professional and community leaders with the desired expertise, diversity of perspective and resources. Its web site is a resource designed to enable potential board members--and nonprofit boards needing leadership--to find each other.
BoardSource has a wide range of material designed to assist board members in carrying out their duties. Its nine pamphlet Governance Series, beginning with Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, is a source of basic information for board members and includes other suggested resources.
CompassPoint is an electronic newsletter for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Board Café offers a menu of ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources to help board members in carrying out the responsibilities of their board service.
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities, among other services, to its members and to the general public. Its web site contains information of interest to not-for-profit boards.
The Foundation Center hosts a searchable database of more than 92,000 grantmakers, including public, private and corporate foundations. This grant research tool provides powerful insight into the diversity of sources of grant funding for your nonprofit. To access the Foundation Center's searchable grantmaker database:
- Visit the Southeastern Steuben Public Library to access the Foundation Directory Online Professional.
- Visit the Foundation Center for the Foundation Directory Online (a subscription-based service)
GrantSmart features a searchable database of tax-related information for more than 60,000 private foundations.
Governance Matters is an organization whose purpose is to encourage and promote good governance in the nonprofit sector. Its web site posts information on good governance, links to other sites of interest to not-for-profit boards and information about courses and conferences for nonprofit board members.
Independent Sector (IS)
IS is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations of all sizes as well as Fortune 500 corporations with commitments to community involvement. IS advocates on behalf of and provides educational services to the nonprofit sector.
Institute for Human Services
The Institute for Human Services is a non-profit management support organization founded in 1984. The Institute provides management support, information and referral, organizational development, research and technology services to planners, funders and providers serving the Southern Tier of New York State.
National Association of State Charity Officials
This site is maintained by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO). NASCO members are employees of state agencies that regulate not-for-profit organizations and their fund raisers. The site provides information concerning the registration and reporting requirements applicable to not-for-profits that conduct activities and/or raise funds in the various states.
National Center for Charitable Statistics
This site provides data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationship between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Promotes giving that addresses the needs of low-income communities and groups facing discrimination. It conducts action research, provides technical assistance to nonprofits and engages in policy advocacy.
New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)
NYCON is a statewide association of over 3,100 charities and provides products, services, information and advocacy designed to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. Services include group purchasing and insurance or benefit options, governance and management training and technical assistance, and community planning. NYCON has offices in Albany, NYC, Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, Rochester and Oneonta. NYCON’s website contains information concerning membership and resources for nonprofits.
This site connects nonprofits with technology products and free learning resources.
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges. It maintains extensive databases of information on the not-for-profit sector.
This site helps volunteers find nonprofits that need their help. through grant opportunities, trainings, educational opportunities, networking events, and much more.
Federal Trade Commission
Find information for donors about charities on this site.
Internal Revenue Service - www.irs.gov
The IRS posts all of its forms and instructions, and many brochures drafted to assist not-for-profit boards in completing their annual financial filings with the IRS and in carrying out their other responsibilities. If you can't find the information that you want on the IRS web site, call toll-free 1-877-829-5500, set up especially for those who have questions about tax-exemption and tax-exempt organizations.
New York State Charities Bureau – www.charitiesnys.com
This is the NYS Attorney General’s resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grantmakers and members of the public.
New York State Department of State (Secretary of State's Office) - http://www.dos.ny.gov/
Organizations that want to incorporate must submit a Certificate of Incorporation to the Department of State.
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - http://www.tax.ny.gov/
Organizations seeking sales tax exemption should contact the Department of Taxation and Finance
Watchdog Organizations/Information for Donors
American Institute of Philanthropy
This charity rating and evaluation service is dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions.
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB publishes standards for not-for-profit organizations that are used in its evaluations of charities and which are posted on its web site. The standards address issues such as governance, financial accounting, program efficiency and public disclosure. The web site also contains guidelines for implementation of the standards.
Charity Navigator rates organizations that solicit the public and provides information to prospective donors.
Economic Research Institute (ERI)
ERI posts Internal Revenue Service reports of charitable organizations.
GuideStar is a national database of that posts financial reports and other information on over 850,000 tax-exempt U.S. charitable organizations on its web site. It is a source of information about the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations.