Helpful Websites - Resources for Nonprofits

Alliance for Nonprofit Management - www.allianceonline.org/ - The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association of individuals and organizations whose mission is improve the management and governance capacity of nonprofits. Its web site includes information about resources available to not-for-profit organizations.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - www.aicpa.org - The AICPA's web site has extensive information on accounting standards and procedures. It is a valuable source of a wide variety of information on accounting issues for board members.

Boardnet USA - www.boardnetUSA.org - Boardnet USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the governing and management capability of nonprofit boards of directors by bringing qualified leadership into service as board members. Boarnet assists boards in defining their board recruitment objectives and then conducting a targeted search for business, professional and community leaders with the desired expertise, diversity of perspective and resources. Its web site is a resource designed to enable potential board members--and nonprofit boards needing leadership--to find each other.

BoardSource, Inc. - www.boardsource.org - has a wide range of material designed to assist board members in carrying out their duties. Its nine pamphlet Governance Series,beginning with Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, is a source of basic information for board members and includes other suggested resources.

charitySTRONG - www.charitystrong.org - charitySTRONG is a New York not-for-profit corporation designed to assist nonprofit organizations in achieving the highest standards of board leadership, governance and oversight. charitySTRONG will help nonprofits build strong and diverse boards of directors through an innovative recruitment program and easily accessible director training. charitySTRONG encourages nonprofit board service, while educating nonprofit boards of directors on their responsibilities.

CompassPoint - www.compasspoint.org- CompassPoint is an electronic newsletter for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Board Café offers a menu of ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources to help board members in carrying out the responsibilities of their board service.

Council on Foundations - www.cof.org - The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities, among other services, to its members and to the general public. Its web site contains information of interest to not-for-profit boards.

Foundation Center, The - www.foundationcenter.org - The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. It collects, organizes and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, provides education and training on the grant seeking process and promotes public access to information and services through its web site and print and electronic publications and five library/learning centers.

Governance Matters - www.governancematters.org - Governance Matters is an organization whose purpose is to encourage and promote good governance in the nonprofit sector. Its web site posts information on good governance, links to other sites of interest to not-for-profit boards and information about courses and conferences for nonprofit board members.

Independent Sector (IS) - www.independentsector.org - is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations of all sizes as well as Fortune 500 corporations with commitments to community involvement. IS advocates on behalf of and provides educational services to the nonprofit sector.

National Association of State Charity Officials - www.nasconet.org. This site is maintained by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO). NASCO members are employees of state agencies that regulate not-for-profit organizations and their fund raisers. The site provides information concerning the registration and reporting requirements applicable to not-for-profits that conduct activities and/or raise funds in the various states.

New York Council of NonProfits (NYCON) - www.nycon.org - NYCON is a statewide association of over 3,100 charities and provides products, services, information and advocacy designed to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. Services include group purchasing and insurance or benefit options, governance and management training and technical assistance, and community planning. NYCON has offices in Albany, NYC, Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, Rochester and Oneonta. NYCON's website contains information concerning membership and resources for nonprofits.

New York State Society of CPAs, The (NYSSCPAs) - www.nysscpa.org - NYSSCPA is a membership association of certified public accountants. It has resources available to answer technical inquiries, offer training in financial and tax areas and provides referrals for audit and tax services.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) - www.npccny.org - NPCC is a nonprofit membership corporation of exempt organizations. Its goal is to protect and help the city's nonprofit sector by offering management services to its members. It also monitors governmental actions on the city, state and federal level to promote the needs of nonprofit organizations. It holds workshops and roundtables on managerial and organizational issues and posts publications of interest to nonprofits.

Urban Institute, The - www.urban.org - The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges. It maintains extensive databases of information on the not-for-profit sector.

Unified Registration Statement - http://www.multistatefiling.org/ - This site posts the registration that is accepted in most states that require registration of charitable organizations. It also contains information concerning the registration and reporting requirements of the states.

Legal Assistance For Nonprofits

Lawyers Alliance of New York (LANY) - www.lany.org - LANY is a not-for-profit corporation whose staff attorneys and 650 volunteer lawyers from private firms and corporations provide pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations. LANY's publications provide guidance for organizations in drafting by-laws, applying for tax exempt status, securing fiscal management and other aspects of nonprofit governance.

Legal Aid Society Community Development Project Legal Aid Society Community Development Project www.legal-aid.org/en/civil/civilpractice/communitydevelopmentproject.aspx
The Community Development Project (CDP) provides support for three client groups: low-income not-for-profit organizations, low-income entrepreneurs, and low-income housing cooperatives.

New York City Bar Justice Center - The Public Service Network -http://www.nycbar.org http://www.nycbar.org/citybarjusticecenter/city-bar-public-service-network - The Public Service Network, a program offered through the City Bar Justice Center, matches attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profit sector.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) - http://www.vlany.org/aboutus/index.php
VLA provides legal services and information to the arts community each year.

Government Agencies

Federal Trade Commission - www.ftc.gov - Information for donors about charities.

Internal Revenue Service - www.irs.gov - posts all of its forms and instructions and many brochures drafted to assist not-for-profit boards in completing their annual financial filings with the IRS and in carrying out their other responsibilities. If you can't find the information that you want on the IRS web site, call its toll-free number - 1-877-829-5500 - set up especially for those who have questions about tax-exemption and tax-exempt organizations.

New York State Department of State (Secretary of State's Office) - http://www.dos.ny.gov/ - Organizations that want to incorporate must submit a Certificate of Incorporation to the Department of State.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - http://www.tax.ny.gov/ - Organizations seeking sales tax exemption should contact te Department of Taxation and Finance.

New York State Racing and Wagering Board - http://www.gaming.ny.gov/ - Charities planning to conduct raffles must apply to this agency for authority to do so.

New York State Commission On Public Integrity (NYS Lobbying Registration)
http://www.jcope.ny.gov/

New York City Lobbying Bureau (NYC Lobbying registration) - http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/

Watchdog Organizations/Information for Donors

American Institute of Philanthropy - www.charitywatch.org

Better Business Bureau Metro New York - www.newyork.bbb.org

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - www.bbb.org
The BBB publishes standards for not-for-profit organizations that are used in its evaluations of charities and which are posted on its web site. The standards address issues such as governance, financial accounting, program efficiency and public disclosure. The web site also contains guidelines for implementation of the standards.

Charity Navigator - www.charitynavigator.org - Charity Navigator rates organizations that solicit the public and provides information to prospective donors.

Economic Research Institute (ERI) - http://www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com/ - ERI posts Internal Revenue Service reports of charitable organizations.

GuideStar - www.guidestar.org - GuideStar is a national database of that posts financial reports and other information on over 850,000 tax-exempt U.S. charitable organizations on its web site. It is a source of information about the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations.