Formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, BoardSource has an extensive FAQ section and a section on Board Essentials, such as “What should I know before joining the board?”
National coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations dedicated to strengthening the voluntary sector. Website includes checklist for accountability and tools to develop ethical codes.
Extensive section of links to online resources on governance, legal and financial oversight, and other topics.
Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
A web-based resource by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. Great compilation of articles on a range of nonprofit management topics.
Texas Nonprofit Management Assistance Network
Statewide professional membership organization for nonprofit management assistance centers. Members provide workshops, consulting services, libraries, and information for nonprofit staff and directors. Search the Texas Network site to find a management assistance center in a city near you. Network members include:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
“The Newspaper of the Nonprofit Sector.” Bimonthly newspaper covering the breadth of the sector, including public charities, private foundations, and corporate givers. Online version of the paper also includes searchable database of archives, recent grants from major foundations, job listings, and other information (some information available only to subscribers).
Association of Small Foundations
Membership organization for small private foundations.
Conference of Southwest Foundations
Regional association of grantmakers (RAG) covering Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Offers training conferences and online resource library for members, such as a checklist for foundation directors. (There are RAGs covering other parts of the country if you are a board member of a foundation outside the Southwest.)
Council on Foundations
National membership association of grantmakers of all types. Offers multiple training conferences, Foundation News & Commentary magazine, and online resources.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership organization of funders committed to improving their organizational effectiveness. Website includes a due diligence tool for pre-grant assessment available by free download.
The Foundation Center PubHub
A project of the Foundation Center, a national clearinghouse of information about grantmaking foundations. PubHub is a repository of reports on a range of topics, created or funded by foundations.
The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization based in Washington. The Institute researches a wide range of social issues, including crime, health, and welfare. In addition to its issue research, the Urban Institute sponsors two other valuable research tools:
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Academic center researching the role and impact of nonprofit organizations.
National Center for Charitable Statistics
National clearinghouse for data on the nonprofit sector, including state-by-state profiles.