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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.

Alabama Giving is an association of grantmaking organizations that works to increase, promote, and encourage philanthropy by helping its members share knowledge, collaborate and advocate to improve conditions in Alabama.

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network is funded and designed to assist for-profit small businesses and is not able to invest a significant amount of time working with non-profit organizations. However, network counselors are able to provide some guidance, and have provided some basic information on the website. Users may find the Internet links helpful in finding information on fundraising, management, starting a non-profit business, and other topics of interest to non-profit information seekers.

AFP of Alabama is an affiliate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) which is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world. Alabama is home to four chapters of the AFP: The Alabama Chapter based in Birmingham, the Central Alabama Chapter based in Montgomery, the Gulf Coast Alabama Chapter based in Mobile and the North Alabama Chapter based in Huntsville. These AFP Chapters promote philanthropy in their local communities, provide education and networking opportunities for fundraising professionals and support the fundraising profession both nationally and locally.

Candid provides trusted information, data-driven tools, research, analysis, best practices, and trainings to help the social sector increase its ability to affect change and transform lives. Their Alabama learning resources page can be used to find helpful information for starting a nonprofit, such as checklists, nonprofit associations, legal support, and government agencies.
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers at nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs working to strengthen civil society and ensure all people in the United States thrive. The organization maintains a website that includes information about nonprofit activity in each state, including Alabama.

With over 50 web properties, the Nolo Network is one of the web’s largest libraries of consumer-friendly legal information – all available for free. With oversight from Nolo’s editorial team, the network strives to deliver free legal information of the highest quality. The Alabama page provides step by step instructions on how to form a nonprofit organization, including links to the appropriate government agency websites.

IGNITE! Alabama is a holistic and supportive ecosystem designed to educate and bridge communication gaps between organizations, service providers, and minorities within the State of Alabama, especially African Americans and Female Business Owners and Non-Profit Executives.
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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.
Candid was born February 1, 2019, when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it. Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. We find out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.
Candid’s live and on-demand trainings, webinars, and other resources designed to improve your fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency.

Charity Navigator is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of over 9,000 charities and provides basic data on the rest of the 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.

For consumers, offers accessible information to enable everyone to better understand the law, make more informed legal decisions, and find quality legal help.

FindLaw's Nonprofit Organizations section contains information and resources for small business owners who are interested in forming a nonprofit (tax-exempt) organization. Here you will find tips on legal issues related to nonprofit organizations -- including making sure your company receives the 501(c)(3) tax exemption -- and a "Nonprofit QuickStart" tool that walks you through each phase of the start-up process.

For consumers, offers accessible information to enable everyone to better understand the law, make more informed legal decisions, and find quality legal help.

There are a number of reasons that people may be visiting your nonprofit's website. For example, they could be wondering where your business is located or are browsing around while doing some research. However, no matter what reason a visitor came to your website, you should not lose the opportunity to try to get another donation. provides tips that you can use to possibly obtain more donations through your nonprofit website.

The Google for Nonprofits program offers eligible organizations access to Google products and tools that can help nonprofits find new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and get supporters to take action.

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. GuideStar provides as much information as it can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, and governance. If you're new to GuideStar, search the site to find the nonprofit information you need—it's free. You'll get even more information if you create an account form and sign in—also free!

Nonprofits that raise funds from the public must comply with charitable solicitation registration requirements. Charitable solicitation is regulated at the state level, and the requirements vary by jurisdiction. Forty-one jurisdictions currently require nonprofits to register to solicit their residents, and 25 require certain information be disclosed on solicitation materials. This guide provides an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to maintain compliance nationwide.

Independent Sector (IS) is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. From the biggest foundations to local charities, with staffs from 35,000 to 2, its membership consists of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor. IS advocates for public policies that impact the charitable sector, builds knowledge on behalf of the sector, and connects the hard-working organizations and leaders within the sector.

The website of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is the authoritative source for federal tax laws and regulations governing the activities of charities and other nonprofit organizations.

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society. Working closely with the IRS and other government agencies, private sector service organizations, and the scholarly community, NCCS builds compatible national, state, and regional databases and develops uniform standards for reporting on the activities of charitable organizations.

The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is an independent nonprofit news organization that has been serving nonprofit leaders, charitable foundations, educators, independent activists, and others involved in the civil sector for more than fifteen years. NPQ launched as a national print journal in the winter of 1999, with the mission to provide credible, research-based articles for nonprofits about management and governance. Since then, NPQ has expanded into an array of digital media platforms to deliver a constant stream of well-analyzed, time-sensitive, and contextualized information to help nonprofit practitioners negotiate their rapidly changing landscape filled with unprecedented opportunity and challenges.

Since 1987, NPT Publishing Group has continued to connect nonprofit management with the award-winning news and information it needs, engage readers throughout the sector with insight, ideas, and inspiration, and provide an advertising platform that helps our marketing partners achieve their objectives at an outstanding cost-value level. The flagship publication, The Nonprofit Times, celebrating 31 years, reaches more than 36,000 executives of the nonprofit community in print and digital format, ranging from C-Suite executives to directors of fundraising, marketing, social media, and human resources departments to accounting and other financial management decision-makers. Nonprofit sector influencers on all levels turn to The NPT for news, information, and insight that consistently helps them achieve their professional goals.

Nonprofit World Magazine, published by the Society for Nonprofits, is a “must read” and should be on every nonprofit executive and professional’s desk. The magazine, published quarterly, provides informative and educational articles on the most pressing, challenging topics in nonprofit leadership and management from leading nonprofit experts. The magazine covers everything from board governance and development to the issues affecting day-to-day operations of a nonprofit like accounting, communications, fundraising, human resource issues and management, volunteer management, branding/marketing, and more.

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When you sign up with TechSoup, they take care of the difficult work of confirming your eligibility on behalf of donors, and finding offers specific to your organization type and location. If you're interested, you can browse articles and how-tos or watch one of their webinars to get more informed about the latest technology solutions and tips and tricks. Or, just get right to it, and pick out the products that will make you better, stronger, faster, and powered up to transform the world.

The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy draws on the unmatched breadth and depth of the entire Urban Institute to provide the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors access to the most relevant and useful data and information to help improve their performance.
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