Resources

We establish 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 organization may find useful in achieving growth and success. You’ll also find our Strategic Partners on this page. These are firms with which we have established strong relationships through the years and can confidently recommend.

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.


Grants

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

25 years providing creative communications for nonprofits. Clients think of ECI as their outsourced creative department and partner.


Specializing in the economic development industry, services include content and strategy, web development, marketing, lead generation, and PlaceVR.


Specializing in the economic development industry, services include brand profiling research, community branding/logos, websites, public relations, email marketing, video, social media, and brochures.


Strategic Planning

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 more.

Services include economic development strategic planning, product development, organizational development, economic impact analysis, and the proprietary Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program.

Services include nonprofit strategy development, group empowerment, event design and facilitation, and a variety of technical services in economic development and workforce development.


Other Nonprofit Services

Highly-respected construction firm specializing in challenging projects for healthcare, faith-based, education, senior care, and community nonprofits.

Financing Solutions began operations in 2012 and has since grown to be one of the top direct financing companies in the U.S. Click here to see if your nonprofit could benefit from a line of credit.


Specializing in the economic development industry, services include economic development software and advisory services.


The go-to resource for finding products and services for your economic development organization (EDO).