The web sites listed provide a variety of resources and information of interest to development professionals and the nonprofit and philanthropic community. Please contact us at with suggestions of other sites that should be added to this reference list.

Financial/Business Information

Fund-Raising and Philanthropy-Related Organizations

General Nonprofit Research

New Giving Tools/Trends

Online Journals

Professional Associations and Membership Organizations

Prospect Research

Executive Survey


Financial/Business Information

AndrewTobias: – Business advisor Andrew Tobias shares information and advice.

Biz Journals: – Business news from 42 local markets and 64 publications nationwide.

DowJones Collection and Library:

Yahoo! Finance: – Stock market and financial information and news.

Fund-Raising and Philanthropy-Related Organizations

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts: – A regional association of grantmakers, this nonprofit provides services for grantmakers and informational and capacity building services for nonprofits. Website provides a list of MA nonprofits and links to national and local foundations. Provides Common Proposal and Report Form and list of resources available at AGM such as the Janet C. Taylor Library and Associated Grant Makers Directory. Also includes limited listing of Job Postings in nonprofit organizations.

Exponent Philanthropy: – National nonprofit that provides information and assistance related to the quality of philanthropy for foundations with staff members of 5 or fewer persons, handling all administrative aspects of foundation work. Lists Association members by state and has suggestions regarding what makes a good grant.

Council on Foundations: – Nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.

Executive Service Corps of New England: – ESCNE is a regional nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable consulting services, resources, and mentors to nonprofits and educational leaders seeking to address critical organizational and management issues.

The Foundation Center: – Comprehensive site providing resources for and about grantmakers and general resources and information related to philanthropy.

The Giving Forum: – 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 Inheritance Project: – The Inheritance Project explores the emotional and social impact of inherited wealth. Site includes variety of publications and information on presentations and consulting services on this topic.

National Center for Family Philanthropy: – The National Center for Family Philanthropy, the only national resource center dedicated to family philanthropy, was founded to encourage families and individuals to create and sustain their philanthropic missions. Through research, educational materials and programs, the Center helps families better understand their philanthropic inclinations and maximize these interests to make a positive impact in their community.

New Profit, Inc.: – Based in Cambridge and NYC, New Profit, Inc. is a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm committed to the practice of venture philanthropy and the evolution of a new market for social change. Dedicated to performance-based funding with management support and partnering, New Profit uses benchmarks to hold organizations accountable for social change.

The Philanthropic Initiative: – Nonprofit organization established in 1989 to increase donors’ impact through the development of innovative and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Provides consulting services for individuals, foundations, and corporations, and focuses on donor education through conferences, newsletter, and publications.

The Philanthropy Roundtable: – Site includes online version of newsletter as well as information on upcoming seminars and meetings of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College: A multidisciplinary research center specializing in the study of spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence.

General Nonprofit Research

Guidestar: – This website of Philanthropic Research is a database of over 850,000 nonprofits in US. Lists information provided by charity including IRS financial information. Mission is to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector via the collection and presentation of comprehensive information.

Independent Sector: – Website of this national organization, a “leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good”. Site includes links to related publications, conferences, and charity lobbying in the public interest.

National Center for Charitable Statistics: – Project of the Center of Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the NCCS is the repository of national and state information related to nonprofits.

Supporting Advancement: – Resources for those supporting advancement and development organizations.

New Giving Tools/Trends

Asset Stream: – Online vehicle for stock gifts. Shows examples, methods, and advantages of giving stock vs. cash, and provides forms and process for online stock donations.
Leave A Legacy: – A community-based cooperative program to help people learn about charitable giving through a will or from an estate.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center: – This website helps charitable organizations identify ways to improve operations and strengthen accountability toward their donors.

Online Journals

Chronicle of Philanthropy: – Site includes highlights of monthly issues.

Contributions Magazine: – Site includes highlights of monthly issues.

PhilanthropyJournal: – Digest of national, international, and regional news stories related to philanthropy.

NonProfit Times: – Online version of this “leading business publication for nonprofit management.”

Professional Associations and Membership Organizations

APRA: As the premier organization for advancement research and relationship management, APRA’s mission is to promote the value and impact of its members.

Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP): The ADRP is a nonprofit business league that supports the professional development of people working in the field of donor relations and stewardship. The authoritative organization and advocate for the donor relations and stewardship profession, ADRP promotes the professional status of donor relations and stewardship offices through educational, professional development, and networking opportunities.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): – International professional association of development professionals. Website includes links to a variety of online resources and publications related to fund-raising and philanthropy.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE): – Association of educational advancement professionals worldwide who work in alumni relations, communications, and development. Mission is to advance and support education, and organization offers a wide variety of publications, conferences, and other resources to support this goal.

New England Development Research Organization (NEDRA): – Regional nonprofit association of professionals with interest in development research. Job Notebook and useful links.

New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP): – Nonprofit professional membership association for people engaged in the business of raising money for nonprofit healthcare organizations. NEAHP is the northeast region affiliate of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE): – Association of charitable gift planning professionals from throughout New England which provides a forum for education and professional development of members in all aspects of planned giving.

Women in Development, New York (WIDNY): – Nonprofit membership organization for fund-raising professionals in the New York metropolitan area. Dedicated to promoting the highest standards in the field and providing education and leadership for the next generation.

Prospect Research

APRA: This association for advancement research website has numerous resources listed. Portico: This is a collection of web sites containing publicly available information, compiled for the use of the advancement community.

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