Online Resources

The Community Foundation is pleased to provide nonprofit organizations access to numerous online 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.

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 – 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 their services.

Starting a Nonprofit

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.

Center for Non-Profit Excellence – Located in Charlottesville, CNE is the area’s primary resource for nonprofit management, leadership and collaboration. CNE strengthens nonprofits by sharing information, providing training and professional development.

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 – Short enough to read over a cup of coffee, Board Café has everything you need and want to know to help you give and get the most out of board service.

Strategic Planning and Management

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

Free Management Library – The Library provides free, accessible online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest collections of these types of articles and resources.

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 a nonprofit 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 website development, computer donations and computer purchase-assistance programs.


Grassroots Fundraising Inc. – Provides tips and tools for effective fundraising. – Offers information for both experienced and novice grant writers.

Movie Mondays – Each Monday, hear inspiring and reassuring stories from some of the most successful fundraisers in the industry.

Communications and Marketing

Spitfire Strategies – Provides a free interactive chart to guide nonprofits through the communications planning process or to evaluate a campaign 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.