There is a great deal of information on line about board work and best practices. Here are a few web sites
we think you’ll find helpful, whether you’re new to board work, or have been serving on a board for any length of time.
Howard Stevenson, author of the book “Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way” writes a blog on fundraising, and has a newsletter you can sign up for on his website.
The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Their website has a host of good articles as well as case studies, strategic planning, funding a mission and managing performance. You can sign up for their newsletters on the home page of their website.
As Greater Boston’s community foundation, the Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. Their website has an extensive list of free downloadable publications, as well a community resources and newsletters. You can also link to videos of TBF sponsored forum discussions through their website.
About.com’s listing about the nonprofit world is vast. Check out the tabs at the top of the page that will lead you to more information about startups, as well as fundraising. This site will keep you busy for hours, and provides many useful links.
You can get lost on this website for hours. There is an amazing amount of information, not just about nonprofit issues, such as fundraising, but about management, HR, leadership and much more.
According to the organization’s own description of the site: “the Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). There are approximately 650 topics in the Library, spanning almost 10,000 links. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related Library topics. The Library focuses especially on free, online and practical information that visitors can quickly apply.”
BoardSource supports, trains, and educates more than 60,000 nonprofit board leaders from across the country each year. Click the resource tab on their website to access an extensive collection of articles, papers and even e-books. They also have a monthly e-newsletter you can sign up for on their site.
The mission of the Foundation Center is “To strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.” Click on the “Gain Knowledge” tab on their home page to access a large catalogue of nonprofit literature, blogs, information on grants, research studies and a daily digest of philanthropy-related articles.
The mission of the National Councils of Nonprofits is “To advance the vital role, capacity, and voice of the charitable nonprofit organizations through our state and national networks.”
Click on the “Member Central” tab to find a state chapter of the organization. The “Resources” tab has links to a great deal of free information, as well as a link to the National Council’s bookstore. You can sign up for their newsletter to learn more about nonprofit trends and resources.