Running a Nonprofit

Operating a nonprofit is not easy.  The National Council of Nonprofits provides nonprofits with the tools, research, and resources needed to operate more effectively, efficiently, and ethically. To advance equity, we make these materials available for free to all nonprofits.

Our trusted resources in the categories listed below can help you grow your organization’s capacity to advance its mission.

Read about Administration and Financial Management

Administration and Financial Management

Resources on budgeting, business planning, compliance, filing state and federal forms, finance, strategic planning, tax issues, and much more.

Read about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Articles and resources on DE&I issues related to accessibility, boards of directors, communications, culture, employment and hiring, and more.

Read about Employment & HR

Employment & HR

Articles and resources on employee compensation, classifying workers correctly, managing employees, remote work, volunteers, and more.

Read about Ethics & Accountability

Ethics & Accountability

Articles and resources on conflicts of interest, governance policies, ethical fundraising, ethical leadership, and more.

Read about Fundraising and Resource Development

Fundraising and Resource Development

Articles and resources on fundraising, corporate sponsorship, compliance with charitable solicitation registration laws, and more.

Read about Governance & Leadership

Governance & Leadership

Articles and resources on board recruitment and engagement, governance policies, organizational self-assessments, and more.

Read about How to Start a Nonprofit

How to Start a Nonprofit

Five-step guide including questions to ask before starting a nonprofit, federal and state filings, policies and procedures that you may want your new nonprofit to have in place, and ongoing compliance.

Read about Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

Articles and resources on branding, communications, digital accessibility, social media, and more.

Nonprofit Audit Guide

The tools your nonprofit needs for successful independent audits

Visit the Nonprofit Audit Guide

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Subscribe to Nonprofit Champion

Nonprofit Champion

Free biweekly updates on local, state, and federal policy and advocacy issues affecting nonprofits.

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Nonprofit Essentials

Free monthly newsletter sharing trends, tools, and insights on nonprofit operations and compliance.


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