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Nonprofit Resources

Open Source

Social Innovation/Social Enterprise




Data and Accountability

Community Engagement Platforms/Giving Portals

Community Planning Resources

Books and Articles

Nonprofit Resources 

Blue Avocado 
practical, provocative and fun food for thought for nonprofits

IdeaEncore Network
Experience Sharing, Nonprofits Documents

Build Effective Nonprofit Boards of Directors

Outsourcing Back-Office Services in Small Nonprofits - Meyer Foundation

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Open Source 

Open Culture

The non-profit empowering educators to deliver and share curricula 

Open source is key to innovation - Knight Foundation

Social Innovation/Social Enterprise

The philanthropic arm of Google, develops technologies to help address global challenges and supports innovative partners through grants, investments and in-kind resources. 

Morino Institute

Visit Venture Philanthropy Partner's (VPP) website. Click here to read the latest issue of VPP News, VPP's monthly electronic newsletter with the latest on VPP, its investment partners, and innovations in philanthropy and strengthening nonprofit organizations. Sign up to receive VPP News.

Venture Philanthropy Partners

Outcome Management

The New Measures for Improving Nonprofit Performance:  

SOCAP – Social Capital Markets

A growing market for investing in social solutions. Watch conversations from our SOCAP events on shaping this new market.

Social Venture Network: Transforming the Way the World Does Business


Insight Labs on How to Solve the World's Toughest Challenges - Forbes


Social Innovation | McKinsey on Society | Home

Join in our mission to bring human-centered design to the humans who need it most — those facing poverty every day. We’re teaming up with nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations to innovate solutions to the world’s most dire poverty-related challenges. Imagine, a world without poverty. Now let’s create it.


Facilitators Without Borders


Stanford Social Innovation Review


reSET Social Enterprise Trust
Our mission is to promote, preserve and protect Social Enterprise. While there will always be a place for the traditional approach to business, we believe that there will be an increasing demand for socially conscious businesses, and we want to help demonstrate that this model is not only much more deeply satisfying to work for, it is ultimately more sustainable and often even more profitable than the more traditional approach.


Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service


The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation


Opportunity Collaboration 
A four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and social investors engaged in economic justice enterprises.


The Aspen Institute 
 The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.


PSFK consulting
Since 2004, the team at PSFK have been inspiring creative professionals around the world by showcasing progressive and innovative ideas on our daily updated site and newsletter.


Initiative for a Competitive Inner City 
Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.


The Opportunity Agenda 
The Opportunity Agenda was founded with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America.  Through our active partnerships with advocates, organizers, researchers, and policymakers, we tell a new story to the American people:


Advertising for Humanity  
We help humanitarian organizations succeed by transforming their brands. We help consumer brands succeed by transforming their social initiatives. We marry marketing and meaning.


Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project 
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.



Tips to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media -


National Creativity Network


Creativity Selected as Most Crucial Factor for Future Success - United States 
IBM News room - 2010-05-18 IBM 2010 Global CEO Study:

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action | Video on


The Creativity Post

Quality content on creativity, innovation and imagination


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues.



Taproot Foundation - MAKE IT MATTER
Got Skills? Join talented design, technology, marketing, human resources and strategy professionals strengthening your community.


Encore Careers
Helping people move into the nonprofit field after a career in business.


HandsOn Network
In 1987, a group of friends came together to research ways they could address New York City's serious social issues. Finding few established options to help, they took matters into their own hands and founded New York Cares. Their initiative has now become the city's leading volunteer organization.


Volunteer Match



Key Trend: Using Gaming To Promote Fundraising @PSFK
In the course of our research for The Future Of Gaming report, the PSFK consulting team noticed that game experiences are enabling organizations and charities to reach potential donors through new channels, often connecting in-game actions with micro-donations to make the process of financial contributions more convenient and enjoyable.


Rockefeller Foundation's push toward design and innovation - BusinessWeek


Funders' Committee for Civic Participation 
Bringing Together Grantmakers Committed To Enhancing Democratic Participation In All Aspects Of Civic Life


Funding Exchange
Change Not Charity
FEX is proud to announce the launch of a new social media campaign! The No Small Change campaign is about sharing the real life stories of organizers, activists, donors and visionaries who are part of the FEX Network and passionate about building vibrant movements for social and economic justice. Visit today!


Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is a community of more than 350 grantmakers challenging the status quo in their field to help grantees achieve more. The newest publication from GEO and Monitor Institute explores what it takes for grantmakers to cultivate a network mindset, and offers recommendations for how funders can effectively build the capacity of networks and share what they’re learning with the broader field.


Council on Foundations


Monitor Institute


The Center for Effective Philanthropy
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) provides foundations and other philanthropic funders with comparative data to enable higher performance. Through our research, assessment tools, and programming and communications, CEP's data and insight helps funders achieve the most positive outcomes on issues, fields, communities and people. CEP's work spans the toughest challenges facing leaders of grantmaking institutions:


What is Effectiveness in Foundation Work? - Transparency Talk


Infographics - GOOD


National Conference on Citizenship
NCoC was chartered by Congress in 1953 to harness the patriotic energy and national civic involvement surrounding World War II, and we’ve been invigorated by this charge ever since. In 2009, Congress recognized the importance of our role once again and expanded our Civic Health Assessment to become the nation’s largest and most definitive measure of civic engagement. Today, we continue to discover and share best practices in civic engagement.


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
The Foundation of Entrepreneurship

Data and Accountability 


Money for Good II: Driving Dollars to the Highest-Performing Nonprofits

 A study that delves into donors’ motivations and identifies ways to make researching donations and nonprofits easier to increase giving to high-impact nonprofits


Philanthropedia - find the top non-profit organizations
We rate verified, financially responsible charities according to how much great work they're doing. Donate to top nonprofits in a cause you care about. Smart, easy, legitimate. Today, 2422 experts have participated in our research, providing reviews on 404 top nonprofits across 27 causes.

rating nonprofits


Nonprofit listings, Research, Tracking Impact – a program that focuses on effectiveness. Guidestar Mission: To revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.


Become a Data-Driven Nonprofit | NTEN
Your data can help you achieve your organization's mission and demonstrate your impact. How do you make sense of your own data?


Community Indicators Consortium
The Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) is an active learning network and community of practice among persons and organizations interested or engaged in the field of community indicators and their application.

 CIC’s mission is to:

  • Advance the art and science of indicators;
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge about the effective use of indicators;
  • Encourage development of effective indicators;
  • Foster informed civic and media discourse about local, regional, national, and global priorities.


Connecticut Data Collaborative Community Platform
The Connecticut Nonprofit Strategy Platform is an open resource to assist nonprofits, elected officials and public policy makers, philanthropic funders and all Connecticut citizens to:

Get Data: Provides the capacity to map Connecticut state agency, municipal and nonprofit resources against social/economic needs and trends, and assess the financial strength of assets and gaps in service.

Communicate: Provides an effective communication tool for strategic planning and the sharing and storage of data/documents for statewide agency collaboration.

Act: Through shared data and communication, coordinated action happens.


Urban Institute


Center for What Works 
To guide philanthropy, nonprofits, and communities to higher results, moving the needle on social issues.


Public Strategies Group 
Our mission is to transform government. We do this through consulting, writing and speaking.


Bridging the Information Gap in Philanthropy | McKinsey on Society
Developing a roadmap for high-quality information about the performance and impact of nonprofit organizations that flows freely among all stakeholders.

Each year, about $300 billion in philanthropic giving is distributed to more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States. While these organizations address some of the most challenging issues of our time and provide essential services to those in need, there is no way to gauge if resources are going to the highest performers.


CSR News & Media, Global 1000 ESG Rankings (Environmental Social and Corporate Governance)

Community Engagement Platforms/Giving Portals 

This one is NEW -

Looks like a Kickstarter for neighborhood projects - mainly in the U.K.


Audience Engagement Platform 
GoSeeDo is the marketplace for creative experiences. 

Discover unique experience gifts, tailored lessons, co-creation events, behind-the-scenes access, commissioned flash-mobs and more! Let your new relationship with the arts begin! 


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Guidestar have teamed up to create a giving platform that engages issues of nonprofit effectiveness.


Designed for young people ages 13-24 years, GivingPoint helps you find your passion and connect to community activities that interest you most. And, we'll reward you and your nonprofits of choice by giving support for causes that matter to you.
An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need


We built the Ushahidi platform as a tool to easily crowdsource information using multiple channels, including SMS, email, Twitter and the web. Manage the River of Information SwiftRiver is an open source platform that aims to democratize access to tools for filtering & making sense of real-time information. Ushahidi is one of the few social enterprises that has, in just a few short years of existence, dramatically changed the face of how individuals and communities can influence democracy and economic development around the world.


Votizen Connects Voters And Their Elected Officials @PSFK

Votizen is an online community where people sign up and pledge to vote. Once you’ve made this commitment and joined the movement you can look at your official voting record, learn about important political issues, campaign for your candidates and write to your representatives, inviting others to add their signature to your letter. Votizen is an independent company backed by the original investors in Facebook and Twitter.


Open Jumo – A Partnership with Good (not yet functional)


The currency of giving | Helping over 2 million charities and causes worldwide.
KULA is the world’s first global currency for charitable giving. We serve over 2 million causes, based in 5 countries, and operating in virtually every corner of the earth.
Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

Google+ could become a key social network for charities | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional


Fundchange - sponsored by Telus


Civic Engagement Hub/West Virginia Center for Civic Life
The West Virginia Center for Civic Life is the hub of a network of people who want to improve their skills in engaging citizens in the civic life of their communities and of organizations that are working to engage productively with the communities they serve.

Community Planning Resources 


National Association of Planning Councils 
NAPC is a national non-profit organization which seeks to improve the human condition through encouraging research-based community planning and action.


Community Planning and Development/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Practitioner Resources


community planning  (in the U.K.)


Community Toolbox - Bringing Solutions to Light
Promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources


Books and Articles 


Sanford, Carol, The Responsible Business is the future of business and is changing the conversation about responsibility.,


Collective Impact - Two articles

Mark KramerJohn Kania

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. Substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public were brought together around a common agenda to create collective impact. Published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2010


Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work | Stanford Social Innovation Review Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011

Kanter, Beth, Fine Allison, The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change


Pallotta, Dan, Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential (Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives)


Morino, Mario, Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes In an Era of Scarcity,     


Crutchfield, Leslie R., Kania, John V., Kramer, Mark R., Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World


Christensen, Clayton M., Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators           


Neff, David J., Moss, Randal C., The Future of Nonprofits: Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Age,

Arrillaga-Andreessen,  Laura, Giving 2.0, Transform Your Giving and Our World


Shirky, Clay, Cognitive Surplus, Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age,


Howard, Alex Data for the Public GoodData Holds Immense Potential to Help Citizens and Government,  Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Released: February 2012


Reiss, Eric, The Lean Startup


Blue Avocado, practical, provocative and fun food for thought for nonprofits 


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