Social Impact Resources

Nonprofit and Social Innovation News

Blue Avocado

Free e-newsletter on nonprofit management topics.

Bridgespan Group

A plethora or publications and tools for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit news for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Huffington Post

This popular online news source has a strong Social Impact section

The Nonprofit Quarterly

News related to nonprofit management.

The Nonprofit Times

News related to nonprofit management.

Social Earth

News and information about social entrepreneurship.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Strategies, tools, and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and socially enterprises.

Board Governance

Board Café

Free monthly e-newsletter on board governance topics.


Providing workshops, individual board training and consulting, a board matching service, and board resources to Southeast Michigan. BoardConnect is a program of NEW.

Providing a free online service to help nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other.

Board Source

The premiere voice of nonprofit governance, dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.

National Council of Nonprofits

Producing and curating tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

The Nonprofit Panel (convened by Independent Sector) established a best practice guide for governance, which outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders as they work to work to improve their own organizations.

Philanthropy and Foundations

Council of Michigan Foundations

A nonprofit membership association of over 400 grant-making organizations working together to strengthen, promote, and increase philanthropy in Michigan.

Foundation Center

The nation’s leading authority on U.S. philanthropy.

Global Philanthropy Forum

Building a community of philanthropists committed to international causes, strategic giving, and strategic social investing.

Living Cities

Founded in 1991, Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

National Center for Family Philanthropy

A national resource dedicated to serving the needs of families in philanthropy, with expertise in governance, grantmaking, planning, evaluation, and more.

Philanthropy Roundtable

The Roundtable works to foster excellence in philanthropy, to protect philanthropic freedom, to assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent, and to help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility in America and abroad.

Urban Institute

Urban Institute scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.

Additional Resources

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

An international interdisciplinary membership organization composed of scholars and nonprofit leaders fostering the creation, application and dissemination of research on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and civil society.

Searchable databases of information on U.S. nonprofit organizations.

IRS Compliance Guide for 501(c)3 Public Charities

IRS filing standards for 501(c)3 nonprofits.

Kresge Library Nonprofit Resources

Additional nonprofit resources, including nonprofit research databases.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a community of more than 100,000 students and young professionals who want to transform their passions into world-changing action.

NP Good Practices Guide

Providing easily accessible and continuous updated information on virtually all aspects of nonprofit information.


Providing a database of resources, a calendar of nonprofit related training throughout Michigan, and individual support. ResourceConnect is a program of NEW.

White Courtesy Telephone

News, opinion, and commentary from inside the third sector.