4 Top Nonprofit Resources for your State: California
Whether you're a seasoned organization or an up and coming nonprofit, it can be hard to know which resources are worth your time. Below we'll detail several great resources based in California that will help your organization run more smoothly.
CalNonprofits is an awesome organization. A statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, they work to bring the full power of California's nonprofits together to strengthen and improve the communities they serve. They strive to speak with the collective voice of California nonprofits to the legislature, government agencies, philanthropy, and the public.
If you're a nonprofit in California, they are an excellent resource to aid your organization. As a member you'll have access to:
- Regular in depth, focused webinars
- An exclusive discount program that leverages group buying power for significant savings (companies include Sprint, Enterprise, and Alamo to name a few).
- Partner discounts on insurance, accounting (Jitasa offers members a discount), marketing, and law assistance.
- Articles, templates, and samples concerning financial management, board governance, and human resources to keep you in compliance.
Membership is tiered and based on budget; plans begin at just $75 a month.
The Taproot Foundation is based on a pretty basic concept, that there are individuals with professional skill sets interested in donating their time and knowledge. The Taproot Foundation works on connecting such individuals with nonprofit organizations that need professional assistance to improve their mission. They state that "when you select and scope a project carefully, secure the right professionals for the job, and manage the work effectively, pro bono can be even more effective than paid consulting—often at no cost. We've seen firsthand the way in which pro bono can help a nonprofit excel at what they do".
So far they have connected over 2000 nonprofit organizations with skilled volunteers. You'll be able to get assistance from business professionals that deliver marketing, strategy, HR, and IT solutions. At their site you can apply, find answers to FAQs, and find tips on achieving a successful pro bono partnership.
Compass Point is a fantastic statewide organization based in Oakland, California. They have been working to increase the impact of individuals involved in the nonprofit sector for over 40 years. They strive to strengthen nonprofit leadership by teaching them to operate strategically and adapt to the changing environment of the sector.
They do so by offering:
- intensive leadership development programs
- organizational and movement building focused coaching programs
- Extensive training sessions (150 a year) that focus on financial literacy, strategy development, coaching skills etc.
In addition, you'll find a library of useful information in their newsletter, blog, and e-Catalog, as well as access to downloadable resource material, consolation services, and peer to peer networking opportunities.
The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) is an excellent resource for the nonprofit sector. A multi-faceted management support resource, there is a reason we include them in blogs and on social again and again. They are continually doing great things for the nonprofit community. Their mission to "foster thriving communities in Southern California by ensuring that nonprofit leaders and organizations have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to excel in their mission" really resonates with us. The work that they do has measurable impact, and if you aren't using them as a resource, you should be.
They offer education and training that share the knowledge of respected nonprofit leaders and aid you in building leadership skills. With a focus on "action learning" their teaching style involves student participation and real life experiences, creating an interactive learning environment. They offer training in marketing, financial management, fund development, leadership, and management. In addition, members have access to consulting and executive coaching service, quarterly roundtables, publications, and a resource library. If you're not a member you can still partake in classes, their annual conference, and their informative blog. Membership is tier structured and affordable; follow this hyperlink to get your membership questions answered.
Renata Poe Massie, Content Creator for Jitasa