Outside Resources

We establish strong partnerships with our clients and are eager to help overcome any challenges they’re facing, even if it falls outside of our “official” scope of services. Check out the links below to find insights, resources, and services your nonprofit may need in areas outside of fundraising.

If you have other needs, let us know. We’re happy to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Starting a New Nonprofit

Recommended Reading
Don’t Do It: Don’t Start a Nonprofit – This may not be what you wanted to hear but it’s an important point of view to keep in mind when deciding the best way to move forward.
How to Build a Nonprofit Organization – The individual steps needed to build a new nonprofit organization vary depending on your location. This article gives an easy to follow “big picture” overview.
Starting a Charity? Here’s What to Do, and What Not to Do – Starting a nonprofit is hard work. This article examines four common mistakes people make when starting a charity and how you can avoid them.

Charitable Solicitation Registration

Recommended Reading
Charitable Solicitation Registration – Being registered with the IRS is not enough to begin fundraising. Many states regulate fundraising activities. It’s important to know the laws in your state. The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a great primer with links to additional resources.
Companies That Can Help
Affinity Fundraising Registration – Provides state charity registration services to nonprofits.
Foundation Group – Provides state charity registration services to nonprofits.
Labyrinth, Inc. – Provides state charity registration services to nonprofits.

Grants

Find A Grant
Foundation Center – They maintain a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants. Access is subscription based.
GrantStation.com – They help identify potential funding sources for your programs and projects as well as providing resources to mentor your nonprofit through the grantseeking process. Access is membership based.

Marketing and Website Development

Companies That Can Help
25th Hour Communications – Specializing in the community college industry, their services include marketing and strategy, communications and public relations, web services, social media, advertising and digital media, and branding.
Black Bear Design – Do you like our website? This is the team that designed it! And if you found us via Google search, you know their SEO services are effective as well. They specialize in web design, graphic design, and internet marketing.
Brand Acceleration – Specializing in the economic development industry, their services include brand profiling research, community branding/logos, websites, public relations, email marketing, video, social media, and brochures.
ChamberSpeak – Specializing in the chamber of commerce industry, their services include video production, social media content, and blog articles. See an example of their testimonial videos here.
Golden Shovel – Specializing in the economic development industry, their services include content and strategy, web development, marketing, lead generation, and PlaceVR.

Strategic Planning

Companies That Can Help
Camoin Associates – Services include economic development strategic planning facilitation, economic base analysis, targeted industry and cluster analysis, supply chain analysis, workforce assessment, real estate market opportunity analysis, financial feasibility analysis, and marketing, communications, and engagement strategy development.
Creative Economic Development Consulting – Services include strategic planning, product development, organizational development, economic impact analysis, and the proprietary Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program.
TadZo – Services include strategy development, group empowerment, event design and facilitation, and a variety of technical services in economic development and workforce development.
TIP Strategies – Economic strategy firm with deep experience in strategic planning, economic and demographic analysis, workforce analytics, target sector analysis, competitive benchmarking, and military communities.

Other Fundraising Services

Recommended Reading
Professional Compensation,” a Position Paper – AFP holds that percentage-based compensation can encourage abuses, imperils the integrity of the voluntary sector, and undermines the very philanthropic values on which the voluntary sector is based.
Additional Resources
Fundraising Consultants and Resource Directory – A free service provided by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, this directory will allow you to search for consultants that provide a wide range of fundraising related services that we do not, such as special events, auctions, direct mail, etc.