nonprofit resources

Tools & Information

People often contact NorCAN for information and resources on a variety of topics related to nonprofit administration and governance. Here are some of the online resources we regularly use:

  • Compasspoint’s blog features short articles on a variety of nonprofit operational, governance and leadership dynamics including exploring race/power/privilege, boards, coaching, sustainability, theory of change models, strategy and interpersonal communication.
  • GrantSpace is the Foundation Center's thorough online searchable library. Check out their incredible lists of tools, articles, and other resources on many things nonprofit.
  • is another great online resource. Their site features podcasts, webinars, courses, articles, and blog posts on everything from marketing to board development.
  • Blue Avocado is an online magazine with practical, provocative and fun food for thought on topics related to board development, human resources, volunteerism, finance and strategy. 
  • Nonprofit Quarterly is an online and print magazine focused on all aspects of nonprofit management, leadership and governance.
  • Nonprofit AF is a weekly blog featuring witty pieces that challenge the nonprofit status quo, encourage self care, and offer important consideration about leadership, management, board service, and community engagement.


• Successful Boards, Sustainable Organizations: A guide to Nonprofit Board Tools

Management Assistance Group– Tools such as Boards that Matter: Board Building Tools for the Busy Social Justice Executive, Board Membering, Three Key Stages in A Nonprofit Board’s Life Cycle, Leading Vs Following Boards, and More!

Finance & Business Planning

• Nonprofit Assistance Fund– So many amazing resources on everything from budgeting and managing cash flow to revisioning overhead, an ED’s guide to financial leadership, and developing nonprofit business plans.

• Nonprofit Finance Fund– Many helpful resources, some of which include: Cash Flow Projection Template; Assessing Program Profitability; Thinking Through the Business Model; Financial Self-Assessment; and so much more!

Fundraising & Fund Development

• GrantSpace – Information and sample documents related to grant research and writing, fundraising planning and strategy, events, collaborative fundraising, and donor development.

• Because Nonprofits Are Messy – Joan Garry’s blog has numerous posts about fundraising planning, annual giving, donor development, and engaging your board in fundraising.

Leadership & Management

• Management Assistance Group – Tools such as Advancing Your Cause through the People You Manage, How to Have Effective Staff Meetings, and Managing People: The Most Common Pitfalls

• Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap – Report by Building Movement Project, which describes why in order to increase the number of People of Color leaders, the nonprofit sector needs to address the practices and biases of those governing nonprofit organizations.

Compensation & Benefits

• Northern California Nonprofit Compensation & Benefits Survey Report– This Northern California report includes compensation information for a diversity of positions and sectors. A copy is available in the HAF Nonprofit Resource Center Library.

 Wage and Compensation Page for EDD



• Idealware: Help nonprofits make smart technology decisions through original research, insights, assessment tools, online learning programs and webinars. NorCAN members receive discounts on all online learning programs!

• Nonprofit Technnology Network (NTEN): NTEN offers in-depth training in all areas of nonprofit technology. Their website features product reviews, planning tools a jobs board, online learning groups and more. Plus they have one of the most amazing nonprofit conference you’ll ever go to.


• Bolder Advocacy: Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. So many tools and resources for your organization to use as you grow your advocacy, policy and lobbying skills and strategies.


Strategy, Planning & Creativity

• Management Assistance Group – resources such as Strategic Planning that Makes a Difference (English and Spanish), 10 most Common Organizational Problems, Leading Through Pivotal Transitions in Organizational Life, and more!


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