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Online Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Foundation for Roanoke Valley is pleased to provide nonprofit organizations access to numerous on-line resources that may help them in their growth and management as they work to strengthen our community. These links are intended only as a courtesy, as we cannot vouch for the content or accuracy of the individual sites.

Update Nonprofit Information

GuideStar – Every day, nearly 22,000 people come to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofits.  Many are donors and grantmakers seeking information on organizations to support. Reach out to them by updating your organization's nonprofit report.

2-1-1 Virginia Southwest Region - 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia.  Government, nonprofits, community-based agencies, and businesses that provide health and human services to the citizens of Virginia are encouraged to list its services.


Starting a Nonprofit

Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC) of Western Virginia - The Nonprofit Resource Center is a one-stop resource for board members, staff, and volunteers of nonprofit agencies searching for ways to strengthen and grow their organizations and to enhance their resources.

Starting a Nonprofit: What You Need to Know - In the spring of 2005, the students in the Law of Nonprofit Organizations class at the University of Richmond created a manual on how to start a nonprofit organization. One of the goals in creating the manual was to make it available to individuals interested in starting nonprofits or in learning about the legal issues relating to nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Virginia - The Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations is a statewide association of nonprofit leaders.

The Nonprofit Resource Center - Features links to a variety of online resources for nonprofits.

National Center for Charitable Statistics - The national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

Internal Revenue Service - Tax information on charities and other nonprofits.


Creating an Effective Board

BoardSource - Provides information about building effective nonprofit boards.

Board Café - Provides a free online newsletter for nonprofit board members.


Strategic Planning and Management

Alliance for Nonprofit Management - This professional organization is devoted to improving the management and governance of nonprofits.

The Nonprofit Genie - Sponsored by the California Management Assistance Project, this site provides a variety of information to help nonprofits accomplish their missions.

Free Management Library - Provides a variety of links to help nonprofits with strategic planning and management.

Internet Nonprofit Center - Publishes Nonprofit FAQs and links users to numerous sites dealing with strategic planning and management.

Nonprofit Finance Fund - Provides capital and advice to help nonprofits strengthen its mission, improve its capacity to deliver services and strengthen its communities.


Technology Improvement

Tech Soup - Connects nonprofits with donated and discounted technology products.

Charity Advantage - Helps nonprofits with web site development, computer donations and computer purchase-assistance programs.

CFTech - Developed for community foundations, this site provides valuable technical assistance and resources for any nonprofit organization.



Grassroots Fundraising Inc. - Provides tips and tools for effective fundraising


Communications and Marketing

Nonprofit Communications Center - Online resource with a variety of information about nonprofit communications.

Spitfire Strategies - Provides a free interactive chart to guide nonprofits through the communications planning process or to evaluate a campaign that is in progress.

Press Release Grader - Grades your new release on a scale from 1 to 100 and tells you what to do to improve it.

The Communications Network - Helps foundations and nonprofits communicate more effectively by providing web-based seminars, links to publications and The Jargon Finder, an online tool that helps nonprofits avoid using abstract, meaningless words.


Publications and Other Resources

HandsOn Blue Ridge - HandsOn Blue Ridge is a way for people in the Roanoke valley to connect with organizations that are seeking volunteers to help make our community the best it can be. We provide easy access to a wide range of activities, linking individuals, families, students, groups, and businesses to opportunities that can effectively use their time, talent and interests.

Center for Nonprofit Management - Resources that assist in strategic planning, day-to-day tasks and management of nonprofits.