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Community Organization Representation Project (CORP)

Internet Resources for Nonprofits*

 

These organizations and agencies work to help individuals better manage and form nonprofit organizations.

Please email us at corp@sfbar.org if you have resources that should be added to this list.

In addition to the below resources, please visit CORP’s Model Policies and Legal Alerts.


General Resources


CompassPoint Nonprofit Services:
A nonprofit training, consulting, and research organization with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that provides nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.


California Association of Nonprofits Step-By-Step Guide
: A convenient primer on forming a nonprofit corporation in California, including important questions to ask, a ten-step list for incorporating as a nonprofit, and many useful links.


San Francisco Office of the Controller’s Resources for Nonprofits
: An array of valuable resources for local nonprofits, including information on finance, board governance, insurance, and more.


NoLo Press:
Helps organizations handle their own every day legal matters, or learn enough about them to make working with a lawyer a more satisfying experience. They specialize in publishing reliable, easy to understand books and forms. Of particular interest is their book How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California.


Insight
Center for Community Economic Development: Works to develop and promote innovative solutions that help people and communities become, and remain, economically secure.



 

Legal Aid and Assistance

 

California Lawyers for the Arts
California Lawyers for the Arts is a non-profit service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to people in the creative arts and arts organizations.

 

Public Counsel
Public Counsel works to advance equal justice under the law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.  Public Counsel’s Community Development Project (CDP) works to develop the capacity of underserved and low-income communities by advancing affordable housing production and preservation; strengthening the healthcare safety net; and building foundations for financial independence.

 

Alliance for Justice
This project works to strengthen the voice of the nonprofit sector in important public policy debates by giving tax-exempt organizations a better understanding of the laws that govern their participation in the policy process.

 


Legal Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations Outside California

 

Legal Assistance for Domestic Organizations

 

American Bar Association
For a listing of pro bono business law programs by state, please visit the ABA’s business law pro bono program directory.

 

Legal Assistance for International Groups

 

Lawyers Without Borders
The world's largest group of volunteer lawyers from around the globe, this organization offers pro bono service to international projects and initiatives.

 

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
An international nonprofit organization that provides legal counsel in intellectual property matters.  The organization’s goal is to work with developing countries and public interest organizations that seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture and the environment.

 


Self Help Resources for Nonprofit Incorporation

 

Nolo Press
Nolo Press Helps organizations handle their own every day legal matters, or learn enough about them to make working with a lawyer a more satisfying experience.  They specialize in publishing reliable, easy to understand books and forms.  Of particular interest is their book How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California.


Classes and Workshops

 

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
A nonprofit training, consulting and research organization with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that provides nonprofits with the management tools, concepts and strategies necessary to shape change in their communities.

 

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) provides the nonprofit community of Silicon Valley and the Peninsula with in-depth leadership development and improvement programs through an innovative learning community model.


Fiscal Sponsorship Information

 

The Tides Center
Tides Center partners with individuals, groups and funders to implement programs that accelerate positive social change. Please note that the Tides Center is only considering projects that have at least $100,000 in confirmed funding and a minimum first year operating budget of $200,000.

 

Community Initiatives (CI)
Community Initiatives works to support and provide services to unincorporated nonprofit projects in California that benefit the community. CI serves as a fiscal sponsor to various nonprofit projects that benefit arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public affairs. 

 

Fiscalsponsordirectory.org
This website is a tool created by the San Francisco Study Center to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors; it is also a forum for fostering understanding of the fiscal sponsorship relationship and its impact on the nonprofit sector.

 


Health Insurance Questions

 

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)
CHFC's is designed to help California business owners with 50 or fewer employees make informed decisions about offering health benefits.

 

HealthCoverageGuide.org
This site is a one-stop source for unbiased health coverage information. Site visitors are guided through a series of considerations to help them decide whether health insurance is right for their business, and then offered step-by-step support for choosing and implementing a coverage plan.



Liability Insurance Questions

 

Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California
NIAC serves as a liability insurance pool for 501(c)(3) organizations and provides a stable source of reasonably priced liability insurance coverage tailored to nonprofits.  NIAC also helps organizations develop risk management programs.



Risk Management Questions

 

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center
A source for tools, advice and training to control risks.



Board of Director Resources

 

Boardnet USA
This site is designed to be a common technological platform for a national collaborative network of communities working locally to enhance nonprofit board governance. This growing network of community partners work together on common themes of populating board rooms as well as individually developing services tailored to their local market.

 

Craigslist Foundation's Volunteer Center's Board Match
The Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties plays a critical role in fostering a strong network among nonprofit, public, and business sector organizations and ordinary citizens, united by the overarching goal of improving local communities.

 



State and Federal Agencies

 

Office of the Attorney General
Regulates charitable activities-refer for questions regarding regulations and possible violation of law

Telephone: Public Inquiry Unit: (800) 952-5225

 

Franchise Tax Board
Form 3500 state tax exemption application and other information

 

Internal Revenue Service: Section on charities and nonprofits. 

 


Resources for New Foundations

 

The Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities –  among other services – to its members and to the general public.

 

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG)
NCG is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other public and private grantmakers. NCG's work is focused in two broad arenas: enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy and strengthening the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia and the public at large.

 


Salary Information

 

JobStar Central
National salary surveys and information for the nonprofit sector

 

Guidestar
Guidestar publishes the Form 990s of nonprofit organizations across the country.  The Form 990 includes the salaries of each nonprofit’s highest compensated employees. 



Funding Resources

 

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

 

Taproot Foundation
The Taproot Foundation strengthens nonprofits by engaging business professionals in service.

 

SRA International Grants
A great tool and overview of government and private funders.

 

Excess Access
Excess Access links donations of business and household items / materials with the wish-lists of nearby nonprofits that can provide pick-ups or accept drop-offs.

 

Good360
Gifts in Kind International's mission is to link donor resources to enhance, empower, and restore communities and people in need.



Volunteer Recruitment

 

Volunteer Match
A national online service that connects volunteers with local nonprofit and sector organizations.

 

OneBrick Volunteer Center
One Brick is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that brings volunteers together to support other local non-profit organizations. Through their volunteer projects, they provide non-profits with the much-needed labor to carry out their visions. At the same time they also foster an environment in which to meet new people, both socially and professionally.


 

Business Services Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

 

Taproot Foundation
The Taproot Foundation strengthens nonprofits by engaging business professionals in service.


* Note: This information is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the Volunteer Legal Services Program and whilst we endeavor to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.