Knowledge Center

Resources on Starting a Nonprofit

National Council on Nonprofits

Risk Management

Nonprofit Risk Management Center


Tech Soup




GrantStation (sponsored locally by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission)
Foundation Center

Nonprofit blogs


  • OsocioDedicated to social advertising and non-profit campaigns. It is the place where marketing and activism collide.
  • John Haydon’s BlogJohn Haydon, author of “Facebook Marketing for Dummies”, shares his tips on social media marketing for nonprofits.
  • Getting Attention: Helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing.
  • Frogloop: Multiple writers cover topics like social media, content marketing, and everything in between.


  • Social FishAll things related to social media implementation and strategy, community management, social tools and technologies for nonprofits, social business and more.
  • Big Duck Blog: Communications firm, Big Duck, shares insights from working with nonprofits to help reach supporters, raise awareness and raise more money.

Data & Analytics

Nonprofit Industry

  • Equals Change: The Ford Foundation blog covers a range of causes important to the nonprofit sector including education, arts and culture, sustainable development, media, technology and movements shaping the world.
  • National Council of Nonprofits BlogIdentifies emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Provides credible, research based articles for nonprofits about management, governance, philanthropy and public policy.
  • The Nonprofit TimesLeading business publication for nonprofit management targeting nonprofit executives.


  • Double the Donation:  When looking for insights and ideas on raising more money from corporate philanthropy programs there is no better source than Double the Donation’s blog.
  • #FundChatStories for fundraising professionals about donor-centric marketing and communications.
  • Future Fundraising NowBlog for the serious nonprofit fundraiser on topics ranging from donor demographics to creative tips for fundraising.
  • Nonprofit NateHear it from professional fundraiser and blogger, Nathan Hand. He talks causes, capacity and philanthropic change.


  • Independent SectorLeadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good.

Nonprofit Thought Leadership

  • Nonprofit Tech for GoodThis blog helps nonprofit marketers to stay on the tip of the cutting edge of tech and social media.
  • Nonprofit Marketing BlogThis blog aims to bring you the best in nonprofit marketing trends, fundraising techniques, technology developments and amazing nonprofit examples to help, encourage and inspire the do-gooders of the world.
  • Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog: As an award-winning author, trainer, and adviser to nonprofit marketing and fundraising professionals, Kivi Leroux Miller shares lessons and best practices from the field.

Nonprofit Life

  • When You Work at a NonprofitCollection of funny gifs that make fun of nonprofit life.
  • Nonprofit AF: Humorous site that explores what it is like to work in nonprofit, including fundraising, working with donors, special events, community engagement, donor cultivation, program implementation, outcomes and metrics, who should staff the board, when staff are bored, bored board, board-staff relations, and unicorns.