There are many respected organizations dedicated to helping you make a difference. We’ve listed our favorites below so you can take advantage of their valuable advice:
- Center for Nonprofit Management
A Southern California nonprofit support organization
- The California Association of Nonprofits (CAN)
California Association of Nonprofits (CAN) is a statewide membership network, creating sector-wide responses to the important issues facing nonprofit organizations and providing valuable resources and tools that empower nonprofits to achieve their missions. Join us as we work together to protect, strengthen and promote California nonprofits.
- Southern California Grantmakers
Southern California Grantmakers is a regional membership association of private-sector grantmakers whose mission is to support and advance effective and responsible philanthropy for the public good.
- Community Partners
We act as a catalyst for community change, civic action and readiness by offering critical support, guidance and training to a range of nonprofit organizations, initiatives, foundations, government agencies and social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for building communities. We work to recognize, invest in and celebrate the critical role individuals and groups play in achieving a just, vibrant civil society.
- Los Angeles Social Venture Partners
Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (LASVP) is a diverse network of professionals who are pioneering a new model of giving—Venture Philanthropy. We bring our collective expertise and resources to innovative nonprofits in Los Angeles, collaborating with them to strengthen their organizations and expand their capacity to transform local communities.
- California Secretary of State
Everything you need to know regarding your California Corporation can be found here including start-up and other legal forms and procedures.
Foundation & Operating Nonprofit Resources
- Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 of America’s largest charities.
GuideStar is the source of information about U.S. nonprofits. Search our database of 1.8 million IRS-recognized organizations to find a charity, benchmark your nonprofit’s performance, research the sector, and more.
- Council of Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of more than 2,000 grant-making foundations and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, we strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing our members with the services and support they need for success.
- Association of Small Foundations
The Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is a membership organization of more than 3,000 foundations with few or no staff. We provide our members with peer learning opportunities, targeted resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.
- Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.
- National Center for Family Philanthropy
Nonprofit resource dedicated exclusively to philanthropic families and those who work with them.
- National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits is the network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving more than 20,000 member organizations. By linking local nonprofit organizations across the nation through state associations, the National Council helps small and midsize nonprofits manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, and achieve greater impact in their communities.
- Women’s Funding Network
Affinity group of grantmakers focused on women and girls.
BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.
- Philanthropy Roundtable
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of individual donors, corporate giving officers, and foundation trustees and staff. The Roundtable attracts philanthropists who benefit from being part of an organization dedicated to helping them achieve their charitable objectives. In addition to offering expert advice and counsel, the Roundtable puts donors in touch with peers who share similar concerns and interests. Members of the Roundtable gain access to a donor community interested in philanthropic strategies and programs that actually work.
GrantStation is an interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process.
Corporate/Business/Social Enterprise Resources
- Net Impact
Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business.
- Business for Social Responsibility
A global company with the mission to work with business to create a just and sustainable world.
- Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
We inspire and educate social innovators, providing knowledge and ideas that strengthen the capacity of current and future leaders to champion social change.
- Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative
Grounded in Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, the Social Enterprise Initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support current and emerging leaders in all sectors to apply management skills to create social value.
- Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship offers a broad and objective perspective on the role of business in the 21st century. Our business-savvy insights and practical management tools are provided in a context and a community that shares the highest standards and a passion to continuously improve.
- Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
The CECP is dedicated to raising the level and quality of corporate giving and focuses on representing the CEO voice, promoting business discipline in corporate philanthropy, and setting the standards for philanthropy practice and management.
- Business Civic Leadership Center
The Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) is a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation. BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests.
- Social Enterprise Alliance
Global economic trends, an increasingly competitive environment, and mounting social challenges and opportunities are spawning interest in social enterprise as a strategy for addressing some of our most pressing problems. Social enterprise describes any nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid corporate form that utilizes market-based strategies to advance a social mission.
- Social Fusion
Social Fusion is an incubator for entrepreneurs to grow for-profit and nonprofit businesses that produce sustainable social and environmental impact.
- Social Venture Network
Social Venture Network inspires a community of business and social leaders to build a just economy and sustainable planet.
- The Nonprofit Times
Bi-weekly business publication for nonprofit management
- The Nonprofit Quarterly
Quarterly magazine on nonprofit management
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Bi-weekly newspaper for charity leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and others interested or involved in philanthropic work
Quarterly magazine published by the Philanthropy Roundtable