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Information for and About Nonprofit Organizations   Tags: business, grants, grants_and_fundraising, social-work  

Links to resources for the study of nonprofit management, including suggested journals and online resources, resources on grants & funding; statistics and U.S. government information; management & best practices; and resources for Michigan nonprofits.
Last Updated: May 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Nonprofit Information on Social Media

  • Guidestar on Pinterest
    Includes board themes like "News You Can Use", "Great Reads", "Our Favorite Bloggers", "What is a 990 Form?" and other helpful pins.
  • Pinning 4 Good
    Pinterest collection of interest to nonprofits, collected by Julia C. Campbell, owner of J. Campbell Social Marketing in Boston.
  • @GuideStarUSA
    GuideStar on Twitter.
  • @npquarterly
    Nonprofit Quarterly on Twitter
  • @NonprofitOrgs
    "The mission of this Twitter profile is to serve as a portal to all nonprofit organizations on Twitter [by only following nonprofits and nonprofit staff]."
  • Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs
    List and links to the top 150 blogs and twitter accounts based on traffic, Google page ranking and other online metrics.

Nonprofit Word of the Day

Courtesy of Nonprofit Networks

General Information on Nonprofits

"The non-profit institutions are human-change agents. Their 'product' is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult: a changed human life altogether."

                        -- Peter F. Drucker, Managing the Non-Profit Organization


  • Kresge Business Library - Guide to Nonprofit Organizations & NGOs  
    Resources compiled by librarians from U-M Kresge Business Library. Categories include links to nonprofit organizations, nonprofit databases, and freely available resources related to financial management, regulations, board governance and fundraising.
  • GuideStar Premium (U-M login required)
    GuideStar is the best database for finding in-depth information about individual U.S. Nonprofits including an organization's mission, programs, officer's compensation, financial statements and IRS 990 forms. The site also provides free reports, news and other publications helpful to nonprofits.
  • GuideStar - General Public
    The free version of the website offers fewer search options and less information on individual nonprofits. If possible you should always use the U-M Library Premium version, linked above for the best results.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
    A project of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute, the NCCS provides brief information on nonprofit organizations including financial information, recent 990 forms and programming information. Search for nonprofits by name or by location or by National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code.
    Also find profiles of the U.S. and individual state nonprofit sectors and search for information on nonprofits by state, county or zip code.
  • Charity Navigator
    Charity Navigator evaluates and compares nonprofit charities for potential donors. Ratings include financial health, accountability and transparency. In addition to rating information sign up for a free login account to access past ratings, IRS information, including current and past IRS 990 forms and links to news articles about the charity.
  • Better Business Bureau For Charities and Donors
    Rates and grades charity organizations based on performance, a history of complaints against the organization and other criteria.
  • Legal Information Reference Center (UM login required)
    Find legal handbooks on nonprofit management by going to the Business & Corporations category and selecting Nonprofit Organizations.

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Contact Information

Corey Seeman
Director, U-M Kresge Business Library

Sue Wortman
Social Work Librarian

A special thank you to former U-M University Library Associate, Kelly Davenport for helping in the development and organzation of this guide.


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