Approximately 9-11% of the economy (GNP) of the United States of America is made up of not-for-profit organizations. These organizations comprise charitable, educational, public sector, and public health organizations, among other types of nonprofit organizations, including social enterprises.
Here are a few resources to learn more about the nonprofit sector in the United States.
Charity Navigator: The quintessential organization that evaluates and reports on nonprofits in the U.S. They are a nonprofit organization and do not allow advertising. If you are researching the finances, donors, mission, and tax reporting of a nonprofit organization in the U.S., you will want to first start with Charity Navigator.
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has a mission of reporting on “well-run” nonprofits and has a reputation for evaluating nonprofits from a financial perspective. Nonprofits are required to file a 990 with the IRS in the U.S., and this site allows you to search for and view the 990 reports for nonprofits. With the 990 reports, you can learn the salary for many nonprofit executive director jobs all over the country.
The National Council of Nonprofits produces is a network of many state councils of nonprofits and curates resources, samples, and tools for nonprofits. Their various resources are organized by categories such as employment, ethics and accountability, advocacy, fundraising, boards and governance, diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership, and financial management.
They produce a report entitled Nonprofit Impact Matters that provides the story of nonprofits told from their perspective and invaluable data about the sector. They also have a job board for careers in nonprofit organizations.
Some of the other tools and resources the Council provides are related to fundraising, how much independent audits should cost, best practices for telecommuting and remote workers, sexual harassment in the workplace. Also, they provide an overview of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) new standards. On their site, you can find a director of the various state nonprofits associations in the United States of America.
They are based in Washington, District of Columbia. Some of the more popular topics that their resources cover include: financial management, IRS reporting, working with volunteers, managing employees, fundraising standards, governance practices, accountability, and ethics.
The Network for Good hosts a free fundraising resources library. They also provide webinars and events on fundraising, a variety of guides and templates, case studies, and updated blog posts on topics ranging from recession fundraising strategies, thanking donors, and data on how Americans donate.
They host virtual conferences, and this year they are producing Small nonprofit fundraising benchmarks for the first time. Most of their posts can be characterized as best practices, marketing, news and research, and fundraising-related.
The Society for Nonprofits also holds a virtual conference on the topic of compliance and whether or not nonprofits are vulnerable to fraud and conflicts of interest. Their national director assists nonprofits with engaging leading companies that offer a variety of products and services for the not-for-profit sector.
On their website, you can find book reviews, job listings, a national directory of nonprofits, sample handouts and documents, links to various social media accounts of top nonprofit professionals, and answers to frequently asked questions about starting a nonprofit.
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