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The Nonprofit Organizations subject resource guide provides information about starting and operating a nonprofit. Topics addressd in the guide include incorporation, government compliance and legal concerns, grantseeking and fundraising, and corporate governance. The guide is divided into three sections: library catalog subjects, library databases, and internet websites. The section on internet websites consists of two parts: Alabama resources and national resources.

More in-depth information about grantseeking can be found on the "Grants and Fundraising" subject resource guide.
Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. -site
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Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a searchable database of the entire universe of over 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a searchable database of nearly 3,700 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a searchable database of over 1.3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 441,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
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Alabama Resources

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) was founded in 1996 under its former name of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama as a collaborative effort of Alabama Power Company, the United Way of Central Alabama and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The mission of AAN is a simple one – to strengthen the capacity of Alabama's nonprofit sector through professional development, advocacy and management support, all resulting in better communities and a stronger Alabama.
Alabama law requires that charitable organizations and institutions that solicit contributions in or from this state register with the Attorney General's Office.
National Resources

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

BoardSource is the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership and supports, trains, and educates nonprofit leaders from across the country and throughout the world. With almost three decades of experience, BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. It also serves as the national voice for inspired and effective board leadership. BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) organization.
BoardSource’s core offering is a year-round Board Support Program that provides assessment-driven board development and supports organizations through an affordable and scalable membership model. BoardSource offers additional membership programs, a wide range of diagnostic tools, educational programs, board support, and consulting services to strengthen board performance.
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