Resources

 
 
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Impact Investing
 

  • B Lab’s “Impact Assessment Tool”: This free, confidential tool allows organizations to start assessing and managing their social and environmental impact.

  • Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN): This investor-focused resource aggregates key industry publications, research, and investment profiles that showcase thought leadership on key topics within the impact investing industry.

  • IMPACTBASE: This searchable, online database of impact investment funds and products is a resource for sourcing impact investments.

  • IRIS: This free public catalog of generally-accepted performance metrics is used by leading impact investors to measure social, environmental, and financial success of the impact investing industry.

  • Toniic E-Guide: Early-Stage Global Impact Investing: This e-guide provides a “7-Step Framework” aimed to help investors take action as global practitioners in impact investing

 
 
 

Social Enterprise
 

Finance & Accounting

Communications

  • Ashoka Guide to Pitching: This online manual offers steps on curating a compelling version of your pitch for social change.

  • Facebook Resources for Non-profits: Facebook Resources for non-profits provides guidance and tools to engage supporters, reach new audiences (including through ads), and raise funds.

 

Governance & Risk Management

  • A Call for Non-Profit Risk Management: This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review looks at when organizations should adopt a risk management program and how they can begin.

  • BoardSource: Boardsource is a resource for excellence in nonprofit governance and board and staff leadership, including best practices for Board recruitment, transparency, and advocacy.

  • Risk Management: This infographic from The Foundation Center features the 11 questions non-profits should ask to assess their risk management practices.



Technology

  • Google for Non-profits: Tools for fundraising more easily, collaborating more efficiently, and sharing your organization’s story with a wider audience.

  • Techsoup: This is a match-making site for non-profits seeking technology products and technical assistance.

 

Capacity Building & Scaling

  • Catchafire: This online platform connects mission driven nonprofits and social enterprises in need of support with pro bono professionals looking to donate their skills.

  • Foundation Center: This center features news, analysis, research, and commentary on the philanthropic sector, including a knowledge bank about grantmakers and their grants.

  • Guidestar: A database of information on IRS-registered nonprofit organization.

  • National Council of Nonprofits: This nationwide network of 25K+ nonprofits is a comprehensive resource that identifies emerging trends, curates tools, and shares proven practices.

  • NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits: NEW enhances non-profit organizational effectiveness through a broad range of services and resources, including consultation, in-person workshops, and online resources.

  • Nonprofit Startup Resources By State: This database helps new leaders and organizations locate resources in their state.

  • Philanthropy University: Philanthropy University offers free online courses on non-profit strategy, fundraising, organizational capacity, and leadership.

  • SCORE: As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE offers free business mentoring and education.

  • Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Hub: This resource hub highlights events, reading lists, funding sources, legal documents for taking a deep dive toward social impact.

  • Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy: The Support Center provides a number of resources on organizational effectiveness and growth, executive searches, staff training, and capacity. The majority of their work is in the Greater New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area, but does extend nationally.

  • Taproot: This online platform connects nonprofits and social change organizations with volunteers who share their expertise pro bono.

  • The Development Impact and You Toolkit: This toolkit offers 30 innovation tools designed for practitioners to invent and iterate on  ideas that can deliver better results.

  • The Social Impact Exchange: Co-founded by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, this center provides an extensive collection of resources on scaling.