Resources

In keeping with our mission to encourage organizational development, we are offering some of the documents that we’ve created for clients in the past that might be useful for your organization. To use this service, download the document you would like to access by clicking the name of the file you are interested in.

Illinois Non-Profit Legal Requirements

Summarizes the numerous legal and financial requirements that non-profit organizations must observe by Illinois law.

Mission, Vision, Values Worksheet

Poses a set of questions that enable organizations to crystallize their mission for use in guiding their use of organizational resources.

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Worksheet and inventory for Nonprofit boards to assess their current capacity and identify future investment of time and resources.


Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of external resources that we’ve found helpful in our practice over the years in the hopes that your organization will also find them of use.

CHICAGO AREA NONPROFIT RESOURCES

Association of Consultants to Nonprofits – the Chicago area’s premier meeting ground for nonprofits and the consultants who support them.

Axelson Gateway – Managed by the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University, this site provides easily-accessible nonprofit resources, workshops, and a job board for the local nonprofit community. Axelson also operates a blog on Chicago Now.

Careers In Nonprofits – Chicago’s premier non-profit staffing agency. Connects the best people to the best causes!

Community Media Workshop – provides nonprofit training for PR and communications and connects journalists to community groups.

CPAs for the Public Interest – the community service arm of the Illinois CPA Society, links financial management professionals with not-for-profit organizations and community service projects in Illinois.

Donors Forum – strengthens Illinois’ philanthropic and nonprofit communities through networking and educational opportunities and informational resources.

IFF – formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund, this local community development lender provides financial and real estate resources to nonprofits in Illinois and the Midwest.

Lumity – helps nonprofits to more effectively fulfill their missions through technology trainings and implementation and financial support services. Lumity also offers an active and affordable nonprofit job search site www.NPO.net.

YNPN Chicago – the Young Nonprofit Professional Network provides accessible professional development, resources, and networking opportunities for young professionals involved in the Chicago-area nonprofit sector.

NATIONAL NONPROFIT RESOURCES

A Matter of Fact – performs comprehensive employee and volunteer background checks nationwide.

Alliance for Justice – helps foundations and nonprofits influence policy and public opinion by offering advocacy and lobbying workshops and technical assistance.

BoardSource – strives to support and promote excellence in board service, and is one of the premier sources of cutting-edge thinking, tools, and resources related to nonprofit boards.

Bridgespan Group – offers articles and case studies of innovative nonprofit and philanthropy strategies.

Bridgestar – an initiative of the Bridgespan Group, provides a nonprofit management job board, content, and tools designed to help nonprofit organizations build strong leadership teams and individuals pursue career paths as nonprofit leaders

Blue Avocado – offers practical, provocative, and fun food-for-through for nonprofits. Sign up for their weekly eNewsletters!

Fieldstone Alliance/Turner Publishing – provides user-friendly and free tools, resources, and publications that help nonprofits improve their communities

Idealist – a “global clearinghouse of nonprofit and volunteering resources” that offers a directory of volunteer opportunities, a job board, and other resources.

The Nonprofit Times – the national business publication focusing on nonprofit management. NPT also operates a job board (http://www.nonprofitjobseeker.com/).

The Nonprofit Quarterly – their overarching editorial goal is to strengthen the role of nonprofit organizations to activate democracy.

Stanford Social Innovation Review – is an award-winning magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.