The websites listed reflect those organizations and/or sites that provide information on issues relevant to non-profits. Some may require that you join or pay a fee to access materials so we encourage you to review what each site has to offer and consider the value in light of your organization’s needs.


  • Blue Avocado
    Blue Avocado is a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits-a practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought source of information.
  • Your Nonprofit Advisor
    A rich connection to resources (see “Resource Links”) by a consulting practice dedicated to the effective use of institutional resources to maximize the ability of nonprofits to accomplish their mission.
  • Master of Nonprofit Leadership
    The College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University offers a Master of Nonprofit Leadership program. It includes board training modules on critical topics and an expansive list of vital nonprofit resources.
  • BoardSource
    Provides white papers, and e-newsletter, training, etc. With membership ($99/year) you can have access to additional materials.
  • The Four Core Capacities
    The Core Capacities are based on the reasearch of the TCC Group and identify four core capacities that contribute to nonprofit effectiveness. They include Leadership, Adaptive, Management, and Technical Capacities.
  • The Dynamic Board: Self-Assessment Tool
    A report that includes a self-assessment tool to help boards evaluate their current performance against promising practices.
  • How to Start a Nonprofit in Washington
    This free guide will help you understand how to start your nonprofit in Washington and become 501(c)(3) tax exempt. You will find step-by-step instructions and get answers to common questions like “what does it cost?” and “how many board members do I need?”

Legal and Regulatory

  • Wayfind: Attorneys Supporting Communities
    Wayfind supports nonprofits so they can focus on their mission. They connect nonprofits with volunteer attorneys who help them with their legal needs. Their website has a number of resources and many links to even more websites providing support to the nonprofit community.
  • Washington Nonprofit Compliance
    This guide covers the required filings to maintain a nonprofit corporation in Washington. The steps apply to nonprofits that are both incorporated and foreign qualified.
  • Free White Paper: Charitable Solicitation Compliance
    Is your organization compliant with state charitable solicitation requirements? Harbor Compliance’s free white paper explains the requirements for ongoing charitable solicitation compliance.

Leadership and Management

  • 501 Commons
    Visit 501 Commons for information and best practice resources, Weblinks, and listings of selected nonprofits experts, consultants, and service providers who have been recommended by nonprofits. Check out the Technology Resources Center, Online Volunteer Management Handbook, Resources for Boards, and information in more than a dozen topic areas.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
    Compass Point NonProfit Services is a consulting research and training organization. It is a recognized leader in providing consulting and training programs in the area of succession planning and executive transitions that address turnover as an opportunity for renewal. Its website is rich with articles, checklists, templates and research.
  • Checklist of Nonprofit Organizational Indicators
    This provides a checklist for a nonprofit organization to identify its administrative strenghts and weaknesses.
  • National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise
    The mission of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise (NCNE) is to “help nonprofit organizations make wise economic decisions.” NCNE brings ideas from economics and strategic management to the specific application of issues faced by social purpose organizations across the board, especially not-for-profit organizations.
  • Free Management Library
    This is a free management library in the form of an integrated, online library for nonprofits as well as for-profits.

Financial Management

  • The Wallace Foundation
    A robust website that features resources for anyone involved in nonprofit financial planning, monitoring, operations, or oversight – particularly nonprofit afterschool program providers.


  • A Small Change
    A fundraising blog-making sense of fundraising for non-profits.
  • Grassroots Fundraising Training
    Provides resources, an e-newsletter and journal. Many articles are free and others are available at $3 each.
  • Fundraising Compliance
    This guide outlines the requirements and process for registering with the state charity official in Washington.