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:

  • American Nonprofit Academy offers many great courses around board recruitment and development, functions of board liaisons, tools and strategies.

  • 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. 

  • CalNonprofits is a fantastic resource for grant programs, COVID-19 impacts and updates as well as how to start a nonprofit in CA, compliance and resources for advocacy.

  • Compasspoint Nonprofit Services offers trainings, caucus-based networks, and a blog that address 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.

  • Impact Foundry builds sustainable nonprofit capacity by providing relevant consulting and programs and aligning nonprofits culturally to connect with their clients. Based in Sacramento.

  • is another great online resource. Their site features podcasts, webinars, courses, articles, and blog posts on everything from marketing to board development.

  • 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.

  • Oregon Association of Nonprofits offers a variety of resources for nonprofits; from current grant programs and up-to-date COVID-19 resources to resources for virtual volunteerism and inclusive leadership practices and more.

  • The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits including the impacts of COVID-19. The National Council of Nonprofits Connects policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, and keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions.

  • race forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, they build strategies to advance racial justice in policies, institutions, and culture through. Race Forward offers helpful reports, trainings and practice.

Racial Equity Resources


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

 BoardSource – Educational resources and tools, consulting, trainings, certificate program, and opportunities to problem solve with their network

Finance & Business Planning

Propel Nonprofits: 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

Leadership & Management

  • LeaderSpring Center transforms the systems in which they work by developing racial equity and inclusion as 21st century leadership competencies.
  • 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.

  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has a comprehensive blog page for nonprofit professional development, learning management systems, inclusion tools and best practices, remote working and more.


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.

• RoundTable Technology: RoundTable Technology is an IT service provider who focuses on bringing enterprise level technology assessment and planning to organizations that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford or implement it without strategic guidance. 

• Tech Impact: Tech Impact is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology. Tech Impact specializes in technology for nonprofits, from large-scale technology projects to technology maintenance and support. 


• 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!

Checking Nonprofit Status

 To check IRS tax exempt status, visit the IRS tax exempt organization search function

 You can also check GuideStar

 Check an organizations status with the state through the CA Secretary of State (SOS) site

Dissolving a Nonprofit


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