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Governance / Boards of Directors

BoardSource – Empowering Boards & Inspiring Leadership

Corporate Governance  (lot of resources on accountability and governance)

National Council of Nonprofits  (governance, operations, development resources)

Statutes and rules governing Oregon nonprofits – Oregon Department of Justice

A Guide to Nonprofit Board Service in Oregon (PDF) – Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Division

Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) – Directory of Consultants

Development Professionals Groups

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Emerald Valley Development Professionals

Center for Nonprofit Stewardship (Oregon)

Puget Sound Grant Writers  (good recommendations for compensating grant writers)

Nonprofit Capacity-Building

Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO)workshops, guides, newsletters, legislative advocacy

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training – Kim Klein

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based wisdom for organizational capacity

Good explainer on the Lifecycles concept from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Blue Avocadotactical, practical tips and tools for small- and mid-sized nonprofits.

Propel Nonprofits

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Community-Centric Fundraisingoutstanding resource! A movement to evolve how fundraising is done in the nonprofit sector

Nonprofit AF blog – exploring the fun and frustrations of nonprofit work – Vu Le

20 Facts About U.S. Inequality Everyone Should Know – The Stanford Center

Equity and Inclusion Lens Guide – NAO (PDF)

Diversity, equity & inclusion resources – Meyer Memorial Trust

Our 3-year diversity, equity and inclusion plan – The Collins Foundation

Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion – Oregon Community Foundation

Grant Lead Databases

021 (affordable paid database to research mostly foundation grants)

FundsNet  (Oregon grants page)

Foundation Directory Online  (paid database for grants; gold standard; expensive but available at some public libraries at no cost)

Philanthropy News Digest (to find federal grant opportunities)

Nonprofit Association of Oregon Funding Opportunities page

Oregon Foundations

Top Giving Foundations in Oregon – Grantsmanship Center

Oregon Community Foundation

Meyer Memorial Trust

The Collins Foundation

Ford Family Foundation


Demographic Data

U.S. Census Data

Most recent national Census data (states, counties, cities, towns)

American Community Survey (estimates from statistical surveys of small population groups, measured every year)

Oregon Data

Live Healthy Lane – Community Health Needs Assessment

Oregon Healthy Teens Survey – 2019

Oregon Student Health Survey – 2022

Oregon Department of Education Data & Reports

Oregon Facts – Secretary of State

Oregon Congressional District Maps

 Other U.S. Data Sources

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts

USDA Food Desert Locator and Food Access Research Atlas

VA National Homeless Assessment Reports

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Local Area Unemployment Statistics


Donor Resources – Vetting Nonprofits


Giving Compass


Charity Navigator

IRS Exempt Organization Search  (check the current status of tax-exempt organizations; formerly called Select Check)

Oregon Secretary of State (lists of nonprofits and businesses registered in Oregon, with status)

Additional Resources for Fundraising Professionals

Instrumentl (database to research and track grants)

Little Green Light (donor management software for nonprofits; good reviews)

990 Finder – Foundation Directory Online / Candid  (IRS tax returns and grant schedules for foundations, nonprofits, and other tax-exempt organizations)

Department of Health & Human Services – Tips on Applying for Federal Grants

Meyer Memorial Trust – Sample budgets and financial worksheets