Resources for Nonprofits

Looking for more information on increasing nonprofit capacity? Check out these resources.

Please note that the Foundation does not necessarily endorse the resources or organizations listed. We provide them as a service to our nonprofit partners. If you have questions or comments please be in touch.

Rhode Island Nonprofit Directory

The Foundation has decided not to renew its nonprofit directory. To find information on nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island, you might consider visiting:

  • GUIDESTAR provides comprehensive information on the more than 1.7 million nonprofits registered with the IRS. You can do an “advanced search” by state to find organizations in Rhode Island.
  • RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY JOBS is an email list of nonprofit and public interest job opportunities.
  • SERVE RHODE ISLAND connects volunteers with nonprofits.
  • 211 is a free and confidential information and referral line and online directory that helps people connect to social services.
  • To request a complete list of Rhode Island nonprofits, contact the SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE.

Rhode Island Organizations and Programs

Regional Organizations

  • At this Bank of America website, nonprofit organizations can search and apply to nearly 70 foundations managed by the bank, including those that serve Rhode Island.
  • The Executive Service Corps of New England  provides nonprofits with affordable management consultants.
  • The Technical Development Corporation  is a consulting and research group dedicated to improving nonprofits’ business and management skills.
  • Third Sector New England  provides capacity building services that help nonprofits and the nonprofit sector engage people in community and public life. Their Executive Transitions Program  places expert transition consultants and interim executive directors to help organizations strategize and search for new leadership.

National Organizations

  • The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is devoted to improving nonprofit management and governance. The Alliance holds a major annual conference and hosts a database of nonprofit consultants. 
  • The American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership produce conferences, publish journals, and provide tools and resources.
  • Board Source strengthens boards of directors through consulting, publications, and tools.
  • The Bridgespan Group provides strategy consulting and shares knowledge. Their Bridgestar initiative helps nonprofits nurture strong leadership teams.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. Its research has had a major effect on nonprofit practices nationwide.
  • The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center uses its "expertise to train, support, and empower arts managers and their boards locally, nationally, and internationally."
  • The ePhilanthropy Foundation helps large and small nonprofit organizations utilize the best Internet practices to build relationships and raise money. The Foundation offers more than 50 online courses.
  • The Foundation Center , with 600 supporting foundations, is the nation’s leading resource connecting nonprofits to grantmakers. The Center maintains five regional libraries of grant programs.
  • Interaction Institute for Social Change “builds the capacity of people to collaborate for greater social impact by modeling, practicing, and teaching the skills and tools of collaboration.”
  • The Nonprofit Center at Idealist.org is packed with news and innovative programs. 
  • The Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network "partners with state programs...to increase voter participation among nonprofit constituents – whose needs are often the most urgent.
  • IKnow is a clearinghouse for links to web sites on nonprofit information.
  • Independent Sector is committed to research, national advocacy, nonprofit support, and convening nonprofit leaders.
  • Innovation Network helps nonprofits and funders measure results, make informed decisions, and create lasting social change. They provide consulting, training, and web-based tools.
  • The Nonprofit Risk Management Center provides assistance and resources for nonprofit organizations.
  • St. Paul Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits provides management consulting services to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Their website includes tools and a comprehensive inventory of national support organizations.
  • The TCC Group prorovides strategic planning, program development, evaulation, and management consulting services to nonprofits.

Assessment Tools

Nonprofit leaders can gauge their organization’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement by completing a self-assessment. There are many excellent self-assessment tools available for free over the web, including those described below.

  • INE Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool  is a derivative product of the Capacity Assessment Tool created by McKinsey and Company for Venture Philanthropy Partners (www.vppartners.org) and published in Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations (2001).
  • United Way of Minneapolis Area Nonprofit Indicator is an extensive checklist developed by Authenticity Consulting LLC can assess an organization’s board, legal, human resources, volunteer management, planning, finances, and fundraising capacity. The Indicator can be completed online.  
  • Free fundraising thermometer  is an online tool from school-fundraisers.com allows you to track and display your group's fundraising progress online.

Social Media Tools

Social networking and discussion forums

  • All for Good is a service to help you find volunteer events in your community and share those events with others.
  • Big Tent combines social networking features with group management tools to help communities share, communicate, and organize online and in-person.
  • Facebook for Nonprofits is a resource for nonprofits and other organizations for social good, Facebook for Nonprofits works to help bring positive change to the world.
  • NING is a technology platform for people to join and create new social networks based on their interests and passions. Ning also integrates with other social media services.
  • Socializr is a free online invitations, party planning, and event sharing.
  • Twitter is a real-time short messaging service for individuals and organizations to connect with others.

Photo/video

  • Flickr is an online photo and video management and sharing application that combines visual storytelling and social networking.
  • Slide Share allows individuals and organizations upload presentations to share ideas and connect with others; others can tag, download, or embed presentations into their blogs and websites.
  • YouTube Nonprofit Program is a video site which allows organizations - through a designated nonprofit channel - to highlight needs and impact.
  • YouTube Video Volunteers enables connections between nonprofits with video needs and skilled video makers who can help.

Web communities

Web tools

  • Google Analytics tracks and measures your website traffic including unique visitors, most viewed pages, how long visitors spend on your site, and much more.

Technology Needs

  • Citizen Speak is a free email advocacy service for grassroots organizations.
  • The Community Technology Center Network is a national membership organization of more than 450 independent community technology centers where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology.
  • Google for Nonprofits  has a number of tools to help nonprofit organizations promote their work, operate effectively, and raise money.
  • TechSoup is dedicated to helping nonprofits enhance productivity through sustainable technology. The site offers free information, resources, support, and a portal to donated and discounted technology products.

Leadership Development Resources

Bridgestar is an initiative of the Bridgespan Group, which provides a nonprofit management job board, content, and tools designed to help nonprofit organizations build strong leadership teams and individuals pursue career paths as nonprofit leaders.

General Web Libraries

  • The Association for Community Organization & Social Administration is a membership organization of community organizers, nonprofit administrators, policy practitioners, and educators – links to websites on more than 25 capacity-building topics.
  • Capaciteria sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is a free service to help nonprofits find capacity-building resources.
  • The Free Management Library is one of the world’s largest collections of organizational leadership and management resources. The site also offers diagnostic tools.
  • The Nonprofit Gateway is a network of links to Federal government information and services.

Research Sources

  • The Center for What Works looks at outcome indicators and performance measures. The Center offers the first sector-wide framework to measure outcomes in 14 program areas.
  • Guidestar  provides comprehensive information on the more than 1.7 million nonprofits registered with the IRS. The site also offers tools for nonprofits, such as salary data.
  • The Human Interaction Research Institute helps nonprofits, funders and communities deal with change.  Its website includes a database of 398 capacity-building programs.
  • The National Center for Charitable Statistics is a national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector.

Best Practices

New information on best practices comes out regularly. Check out these publications for constantly updated information:

Other Resources

  • Starting a Nonprofit Organization Resources for those thinking of starting a nonprofit organization, including articles/checklists and toolkits/guides.
  • Recommended reading by INE Faculty Member Frank Monti, CPA:The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand, by Judith Orloff and Darrell Mullis
  • This article,Public Administration and the Impact Economy, looks at the emergent impact economy and the role public officials and nonprofit managers will have in it.
  • Boards of all-volunteer organizations
  • Nonprofit Startup Guide via Harbor Business Compliance: If you’re looking to start a nonprofit, you’re in the right place. This guide will help you choose a nonprofit structure, file formation documents, register for taxes, and register for fundraising. This article offers an overview of the process, including who’s who in a nonprofit

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Rhode Island Nonprofits At-a-Glance

Did you know…

  • In 2012, there were 3,286 501(c)(3) public charities in Rhode Island?
  • RI nonprofits employ 18% of the state’s labor force?

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2014 Best Practice Awardee

2014 INE Best Practice Award Winners

Sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Best Practice Awards recognize outstanding practices by Rhode Island nonprofits in advocacy, collaboration, communications, innovation, and leadership.

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