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The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is pleased to provide charitable organizations access to numerous on-line resources that may provide assistance in their growth and management as they work to strengthen our community. The information listed below does not imply endorsement by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
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Basic Charities Information
The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.
GuideStar, the national database of nonprofit information, generates and distributes extensive programmatic and financial information about more than 1 million American charitable nonprofit organizations. Database information includes brief descriptions of the charities/nonprofits and their programs, funding sources, geographic location(s), and income/asset statements. GuideStar derives its information from 990 tax submissions to the IRS as well as directly from the nonprofit organizations themselves. GuideStar powers many on-line giving systems and distributes both free and subscription-based nonprofit data to grantmakers, nonprofits, donors, government charity regulators, and professionals serving the sector.
GrantSmart is an operating non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Its purpose is to facilitate communication between grantmakers and grantseekers by making public records filed by grantmakers available for public view. Unlike individual or corporate tax returns, Federal tax returns filed by non-profit organizations such as private foundations and charitable trusts are public records.
The Council of Foundations
The Council is a membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations whose mission is to promote responsible and effective grantmaking. The Council articulates a code of ethics for grantmakers, represents organized philanthropy to government and the media, and educates the public on the role and value of foundations in American life.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
PNNOnline delivers news, information, and resources to all segments of the nonprofit world in order to help them better achieve their goals. PNNOnline's constituents work in or are involved in other ways with the United States nonprofit sector, which is comprised of organizations that make up 6 percent of all organizations in our country and spend $500 billion to carry out their programs.
The Nonprofit Times
Contains useful business information on managing nonprofit organizations more effectively.
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www.IndependentSector.org INDEPENDENT SECTOR is committed to strengthening, empowering, and partnering with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their work on behalf of the public good. Its membership of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs collectively represents tens of thousands of charitable groups serving every cause in every region of the country, as well as millions of donors and volunteers.
http://blueavocado.org/ Blue Avocado is a free nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. They publish every third Tuesday through an HTML newsletter to more than 50,000 subscribers.
www.BoardSource.org BoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide. Through our highly acclaimed programs and services, BoardSource enables organizations to fulfill their missions by helping build strong and effective nonprofit boards.
www.idealist.org/en/about/firsttime.html - Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
Compass Point Nonprofit Services
www.CompassPoint.org - Through a broad range of services, we provide nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.
www.innonet.org - a nonprofit organization that provides evaluation consulting, training, and online tools.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
www.NonprofitRisk.com - The center's mission is to help nonprofits cope with uncertainty. It offers a wide range of services (from technical assistance to software to training and consulting help) on a vast array of risk management topics (from employment practices, to insurance purchasing to internal controls and preventing child abuse). The center does not sell insurance or endorse organizations that do.
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
http://www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org/ The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits mission is Better Communities through Effective Nonprofits. Continued service in consulting and training throughout the state of Oklahoma will be the first priority of the staff and volunteers.
The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
www.npgoodpractice.org is a free online project of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership of Grand Valley State University. The Guide is a one-stop shop for nonprofit and foundation information with widely accepted and innovative nonprofit practices including nearly 7,000 glossary terms, resources, web site profiles and more - all organized within 10 topic areas. The web site provides key information designed to help anyone manage a nonprofit organization efficiently and effectively.
http://www.glasspockets.org/ is a site created by Foundation Center and several partners to increase transparency and accountability among nonprofits and foundations and illustrate how philanthropy is relevant to critical issues.
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www.groundspring.org Groundspring.org is a nonprofit organization that sponsors Network for Good that provides simple, affordable, and integrated services for small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations to help them become effective users of internet technology in their fundraising and management of donors and supporters. Offers a free on-line monthly newsletter. Groundspring.org was founded by the Tides Foundation in 1999.
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www.CharityAdvantage.com Provides technology assistance to nonprofits through web site development, computer donations and computer purchase-assistance programs.
www.TechSoup.org Powered by CompuMentor, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies, TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, TechSoup.org also offers a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.
Nonprofit Technology Network - NTEN
http://www.nten.org/ - NTEN is the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN helps you do your job better, so you can make the world a better place. Supports organizations through discounts, conference, and online learning opportunities, and our ability to connect you to others, and more
This web site developed for community foundations provides valuable technical assistance and resources for any non-profit organization. CFTech.org offers insight, information and lessons learned regarding technology management issues.
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Association of Fundraising Professionals
National Website www.afpnet.org - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations. Founded in 1960, AFP (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through its more than 26,000 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter
www.afpoklahoma.org - Becoming a member of AFP brings a variety of benefits that include something for all fundraisers. Newcomers and seasoned professionals alike can gain from services that include:
- Library services, publications, and research that keep AFP members up to date on the latest information on fundraising practices.
- Continuing education opportunities offered locally and through the International Headquarters. Members receive discounts on registration fees.
- Members receive discounts on books through the AFP Bookstore, one of the largest offerings of specialized books on fundraising, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
- AFP offers a variety of member discounts and affinity programs, including overnight delivery discounts, rental car discounts, and more.
The Grantsmanship Center
www.tgci.com Offers grantsmanship training, publications and resources to nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
www.grantstation.com GrantStation quickly and easily links nonprofits to all current sources of grant money, while also teaching these organizations how to secure available funding. Developed and tested by fundraising professionals, it is the only tool on the market that is based on in-depth and ongoing research.
The Oklahoma Planned Giving Council
http://www.okpgc.org/ OPGC’s membership consists of estate and tax planning attorneys, CPA’s, trust officers, financial advisors, wealth managers, consultants and fund-raising professionals from the non-profit sector. This diverse group of individuals has shown a level of dedication toward planned giving while seeking to continue their education in the field. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned vet, our meetings are designed to bring thought provoking concepts and technical strategies that each of us can use in our gift planning.
About.com’s Nonprofit Charitable Orgs
http://nonprofit.about.com/od/pq/g/plangiv.htm has a complete section on planned giving for those new to the subject. It provides definitions and terms, examples, related reading and tools related to planned giving.
Legacy Giving @ www.occf.org
http://www.occf.org/legacyplanning.html The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is pleased to now offer Legacy Planning, a free comprehensive section of our website that is devoted entirely to information and tools for estate gifts including bequests, trusts and charitable gift annuities. Legacy Planning offers important resources for both donors and their professional advisors as they discuss estate plans and charitable giving.
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