September 30, 2006
DESCRIPTION: From the site: "ConsultantCommons provides an online collaboration space and community for non-profit technical assistance providers to collaboratively build and share knowledge. The goal of ConsultantCommons.org is to provide a resource for nonprofit technology assistance providers to share and develop consulting tools and resources. The system is designed so that consultants can find, contribute and collaborate on tools and information they use to maintain a consultancy and provide services to nonprofits."
Also from the site:
"The key features of this systems:
-The system is highly collaborative (a near wiki environment where consultants can directly edit content and content structure on the site toward building and refining tools)
-Open source, open content: Built with open source software, and applying a creative commons license to govern the content.
-Community owned: While Compumentor is powering the site and providing community management support, it is hosted at a non-profit and environmentally friendly ISP; and we intend to work toward establishing some sort of community governance structure in the near future."
September 24, 2006
CPANDA (Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive)
SITE: CPANDA (Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive)
DESCRIPTION: From their site:
"CPANDA, the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive, is the world's first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. A collaborative effort of Princeton University's Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, CPANDA is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Great source for researching cultural organizations in the United States and Canada. Of primary note are the following resources on the site:
National, state and local data sets focusing on marketing and population studies for numerous nonprofit cultural organizations (dating primarily through 2002).
Quick Facts including data and links to publicly available reports on the arts.
Resources (Guides to available research data on arts and cultural policy issues, in the areas of artists, audiences, arts and cultural organizations, and support for the arts).
This entry was posted in the following categories:
Free Internet Resources
Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Policy Organizations (includes links to many organization that support and fund the arts as well as general sites useful for studying nonprofits).
September 22, 2006
Nonprofit Finance Fund
SITE: Nonprofit Finance Fund
DESCRIPTION: From their site: "For 25 years Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has helped nonprofits match their passion
and dedication with financial strength and sustainability. We provide impartial analysis and flexible, frequently unsecured, financing that nonprofits typically can't get from other sources. Nationwide,
NFF works with over 170 funders including financial institutions, foundations and government agencies to develop new ways of meeting the capital growth needs of the nonprofit sector."
Website is useful for not only information about the Fund and its operations in various cities including Detroit and Chicago, but also for the following:
Articles by President CEO Clara Miller
Online Reports (on education and arts funding). These reports include information on museums and the performing arts.
Documents for organizations working on facility projects or moving
September 11, 2006
The NGO Café
SITE: The NGO Café
DESCRIPTION: The NGO Café provides a means for sharing information and resources for NGOs to succeed. It is a project of the Global Development Research Center (GDRC).
From their site:
"Realizing the growing importance and voice of NGOs in development in general, the NGO Café was set up on the internet as a think tank for NGOs to discuss, debate and disseminate information on their work, strategies and results.
"The basic objectives of the Café are to assist NGOs in enhancing and improving their programmes and activities; to effect a better understanding of NGOs in general; and to enable NGOs to network at local, regional and international levels.
The site has the following sections:
NGO Pigeon Holes (Definitions and other descriptions of NGOs and related organizations)
Kickstart an NGO
Strategies, tools, evaluations and other resources for an NGO.
NGO Wise Words
Documents and NGO information related to UN conferences, summits and other events.
NGO Bungee Jumps
Links to various NGO indices and resources on the internet.
Events, news and press items on NGOs and related affairs.
NGO Databases and Directories
Of the many queries that the NGO Cafe regularly receives, one of the most frequent is requests for contact information of NGOs in a particular country or region. This is a meta-directory of such NGO databases and directories in different regions of the world.
Non-governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University Libraries)
SITE: Non-governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University Libraries)
DESCRIPTION: From Duke University Libraries, this guide provided excellent information and online resources for studying Non-governmental Organizations. Included are valuable features including a 'Full' List of NGOs ; lists of NGOs broken down by issues they seek to resolve, geography of their activity, affiliation; sources with strong statistical data on NGOs; and other information.
An excellent resource that all students and faculty will find useful.This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources , NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations)
September 10, 2006
NGO Global Network
SITE: NGO Global Network
DESCRIPTION: NGO Global Network contains a great deal and information relating to NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) across the globe. One of the best features is the links page that includes an alphabetical listing as well as numerous subject listings
Children & Youth; Disaster Relief; Environment; and Sustainable Development just to list a few.
This site belongs to the NGO community in conjunction with EXECOM - The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations Associated with The United Nations Department of Public Information.This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources
September 01, 2006
National Center for Charitable Statistics
SITE: National Center for Charitable Statistics
DESCRIPTION: The National Center for Charitable Statistics is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. NCCS is a program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP) at the Urban Institute.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
Working closely with the IRS and other government agencies, private sector service organizations, and the scholarly community, NCCS builds compatible national, state, and regional databases and develops uniform standards for reporting on the activities of charitable organizations.
The site also has information on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE). The NTEE "offers a definitive classification system for nonprofit organizations recognized as tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. These charitable organizations are exempt from federal taxes because of their religious, educational, scientific, and public purposes. The broad range of their activities includes health, human services, arts and culture, education, research, and advocacy. The use of NTEE is key to illuminating the diversity of the nonprofit sector."This entry was posted in the following categories: Free Internet Resources
Guidestar (New Electronic Resource from University Libraries)
URL for University as a whole: http://www.GuideStar.org/ipLogin.do (IP authentication from three campuses)
Description: Guidestar features a searchable database of over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, including foundations. Users can search this database by keyword and by information such as geographic location, type of nonprofit (categories), IRS Subsection (501(c)3, etc.), NTEE (National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities) codes, etc. For these organizations, Guidestar offers financial data, including revenue tables, expense tables, and balance sheets; organization overview (mission, audience, etc.); annual reports, lists of officers and other key personnel, and access to IRS 990 Forms (typically all available forms since 1997).
Access: Open to the entire University of Michigan system (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint); 5 concurrent users; resource paid for by the University Libraries and the Kresge Business Administration Library.This entry was posted in the following categories: Library Internet Resources (via Univ. Libraries or Kresge Library)