Nonprofits are big business. It might not feel like big business if you are a volunteer on your HOA Board or Treasurer of a Little League team, but the internet is full of information that you might find useful in improving your nonprofit organization. Tips on organization, fundraising, and community engagement are all simply a click away. Out of the hundreds of nonprofit blogs on the internet we have narrowed it down to the 5 most important blogs that you should be reading.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Admittedly the Chronicle falls out of the blog category, it is more of a digital newspaper, but the content is some of the best on the web. The subscription price of $79/per year hard copy or 2 years of digital for $138 is well worth it. A typical issue features national philanthropic issues and international highlights. There is a grant search engine on the site, webinars, a job board and lots of helpful articles from everything from budgeting to ethics. www.philanthropy.com
Huffington Post Impact
The most popular nonprofit blog on the internet, Impact is a great source for breaking nonprofit news. The blog features lots of information for small businesses and start-ups. It’s more of a source of information for the bigger picture rather than providing the everyday tools that a small nonprofit would need for day to day functionality. www.huffingtonpost.com/impact
Beth’s blog is simple and straightforward, as she is basically sharing the tips and tricks she’s learned in her 30 plus years as a nonprofit professional. It also focuses on how nonprofits can use social media, taking much of the guess work out of this constantly evolving tool. Her “How-To” blogs are practical and easy to follow. She can break-down a Twitter Feed and explain why it’s important and how to get Twitter to work for you in a very accessible manner. www.bethkanter.org
Guidestar is a great resource for research. Subscriptions are free and you can access an incredible amount of data. You can find financials on Foundations, Corporate Giving entities and competing nonprofits. They also publish very helpful articles on their blog on everything from press releases to engaging Board Members. trust.guidestar.org
Amy Eisenstein: Nonprofit Development Made Simple
Amy’s website is about fundraising. Her blog breaks fundraising down into helpful categories and readers offer insightful comments that are sure to assist others in attaining funding goals. She offers real world tips and examples, especially about working a Board of Directors and Donors. www.tripointfundraising.com/fundraising-tips
A sixth blog worth mentioning is Nonprofit Central. The very blog you’re reading offers specialty advice for PTA’s, Rotary Clubs and other groups. Read information on insurance, tax help, budgeting and reporting. www.nonprofitcentral.biz/blog/
The good news is that there are plenty of resources for the nonprofit of any size. Follow the links to these blogs and you’ll find lots of helpful information. Communication, marketing, social media and budgeting advice is at your fingertips whether you are an army of one or many.