Nonprofits provide a way for individuals to come together and work for a common good to strengthen our communities both for the present and future. However, maintaining that credibility and purpose takes constant awareness of the profession.
Whether you are experienced or new to the field, every nonprofit professional should stay up to date with the industry changes and the resources available. The nonprofit sector is constantly evolving, from the use of technology and social media to the way donors can show their support.
With so many options available, it can be challenging to find the most reliable resources with the information you need. To help narrow down resources, we have compiled a list of six top resources for nonprofit organizations.
The Internal Revenue Service website is the best place to find accurate and complete guidance on tax compliance and recordkeeping requirements. It also includes short webcasts on various topics, virtual workshops, and educational services.
Many local libraries throughout North Carolina have both online and reading materials for nonprofits. Greensboro Public Library, for example, has these resources and a free membership to the “Funding Information Network.”
The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is a resource that has been around for decades. Its mission is to educate, connect and advocate for NC nonprofits. There are a multitude of resources available to members, as well as some free content available for non-members as well.
This news source should be a go-to for every nonprofit professional. It provides a range of content that helps organizations across all sectors with technology advancements, human resources, and support opportunities. It can be checked daily for current updates, fundraising tips, and downloadable tools for your organization.
Subscriptions vary in price, but all subscriptions offer excellent resources. Non-subscribers can sign up for the free daily email newsletter and browse limited website content.
This online community provides organizations with technology solutions needed to maximize efficiency. Tech Soup provides articles, webinars, and blog posts to educate organizations on the benefits of technology. It also provides software and other tech services to its members at discounted prices.
The Storytelling Nonprofit helps organizations to communicate with donors the importance of their mission through workshops, webinars, and articles. Nonprofit experts share different ways on how story telling can tie in fundraising, strengthen your communications to increase engagement in the community and ultimately strengthen your ability to raise funds.
It is the belief of the Storytelling Nonprofit that personalized stories help you make meaningful connections with your donors, thus spurring action.
This is not an exhaustive list of reliable resources for nonprofit organizations, but we hope it helps you find somewhere to get started. All the information at our fingertips can sometimes be overwhelming, and it can be hard to determine what to rely on. We hope this list provides a starting point for you and your organization to spark continuous learning and growth as you serve the communities around you.
Please contact the Not-for-Profit Niche team at Gilliam Bell Moser LLP for further guidance.