The Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Useful Websites for the Nonprofit Concentration and Certificate

Rating System

Q- General Information, a possible starting place.
QQ- Need Ideas? This site may lead you in the right direction.
QQQ- Detailed. Complete. Chock full of useful information.
L- Great Links
E- Also has employment listings

Research

  • Independent Sector 
    Includes the Nonprofit Lobbying Guide that explains laws governing lobbying limits, ways nonprofits can use lobbying to advance their causes, and tips on how to mobilize citizen support at all stages of the legislative process. Q, E
  • Stanton Communications 
    Zoning in on non-profit organizations and industry coalitions, this agency provides media relations and crisis communications assistance. Check out case studies. QQ, L, E
  • Nonprofit Resource Guide
    “A Directory of Organizations of Interest To or Serving Nonprofits.” L, QQ

Professional Organizations

  • The Public Relations Society of America 
    The Public Relations Society of America. QQQ, L, E
  • The Center for Nonprofit Management 
    The Center for Nonprofit Management. Membership based organization for nonprofit agencies.QQ, L
  • Council on Foundations
    “A nonprofit membership association of grant making foundations and corporations.” Q, L, E
  • The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
    “A professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits – to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.” Q, L
  • BoardSource
    “The National Center for Nonprofit Boards (NCNB) is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.” QQ
  • MAP for Nonprofits
    “Unleashing the power of nonprofits to achieve their missions”

Careers & Jobs

Various Resources

  • NC Center for Nonprofits 
    Encourages support of the nonprofit sector and enhances the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people of North Carolina. Check out the information center. QQ, L
  • FireScience.org
    Guide to public service careers and volunteer opportunities QQQ, L
  • Public Affairs Council
    Provides products and services that help member organizations become more effective in their public affairs activities. Check out, “What is Public Affairs”. Q, E- must be a member
  • The Foundation Center 
    A comprehensive directory that offers links to private foundations, corporate-giving programs and other sources of non-profit funding. Check out the online library and online training. QQ , E
  • Guidestar.org
    A donor’s guide to non-profit organizations and charities, profiling their purposes, programs,revenues, expenses, and other financial information. Check out tutorials. QQ
  • Oneworld.net
    Latest human rights news from 200 non-profit organizations. Daily news updates, non-profit jobs, video, audio, and photos. QQ, E
  • Worldlink Media Consultants 
    An agency that primarily works with non-profit organizations, authors, and entrepreneurs. Peruse a list of case studies and articles. QQ
  • Image Marketing Concepts
    A full service web development company with clients from all sectors of the business and professional community. Develops custom web solutions for all types of non-profit organizations. QQ, E
  • Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
    “Guide to Nonprofit Advocacy”
  • Charity Channel
    “The world’s largest on-line community of nonprofit-sector professionals & trade.” QQ, L, E
  • Idealist Nonprofit FAQs
    “Information For and About Nonprofit Organizations.”  Q, L

Academic Journals

  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    “The first journal to bring together the best thinking and most advanced knowledge about the special needs, challenges, and opportunities of nonprofit organizations.” Q
  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
    ” The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is an academic journal designed to report research on voluntarism, citizen participation, philanthropy, civil society, and nonprofit organizations.” QQ, RL

News Publications

  • The Nonprofit Times
    “The Leading Business Publication for Nonprofit Management.”  QQQ, E, L
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
    “The newspaper of the Nonprofit World.” It is the No. 1 news service in print and online, for charity leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. QQQ, E
  • Coalition on Human Needs
    Promotes public policies that address low income populations