Resources for Nonprofits

Resources Provided by the Community Foundation

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The Vermont Directory of Foundations Online can be used to find new funders fast - or to research information on your current donors or prospects. The Directory contains information on grantmakers that have a primary address in Vermont, as well as those that are not located in Vermont but have a geographic focus that includes Vermont.

This resource for Vermont grantseekers was developed by the Foundation Center in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation.

See the directory here.

We’ve created press kits to help our grantees share news about the grant and their work. You’ll find social media tips, local media contacts, and a press release template related to your grant round.
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We held this Grantseeker Webinar on November 17th, 2015. Watch to learn about the grant programs available at the Community Foundation in 2016, as well as some of the other resources we provide to Vermont nonprofits. Community Foundation staff explain what we want to accomplish with our grantmaking and what makes us and our donors love your proposal.

Click here for a full list of resources mentioned in the webinar.

In 2008, the Vermont Community Foundation launched the Vermont Directory of Nonprofit Consultants to help nonprofit organizations in the state find the resources they needed to be successful. Visits to the directory have steadily declined over the past few years, as people use more robust tools - like powerful search engines - to look for consultants. Nonprofits have also provided feedback that they rely heavily on word-of-mouth references. 

 As of December 31, 2015, we are no longer hosting the Vermont Directory of Nonprofit Consultants. There are two outstanding resources - Common Good Vermont and NonprofitNext - that provide nonprofit organizations with valuable resources and a place to be part of an online community. The Community Foundation financially supports both resources, and we encourage you learn more about them.
 
Thank you for your work with Vermont nonprofits.


Vermont-Focused Resources

This is a people and web-based network for Vermont's nonprofit community to connect, learn, and share what they know in order to build partnerships, solve problems, and make Vermont a better place to live. Check out their Nonprofit 101 section and the rest of the site, including a useful events calendar.

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Marlboro supports nonprofit organizations with an 80-hour management certificate, board training, assistance in Results-Based Accountability, and several leadership development programs.

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This website provides assistance to start, expand, or dissolve a nonprofit organization and includes forms, a checklist of considerations for starting or expanding a nonprofit, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to other helpful sites.

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NonprofitNext is resource platform that offers tips, tools, samples and templates that you can download and use right away to keep your board and operations running smoothly. All content on the site has been vetted by people who work in the nonprofit sector. It is free for Vermont Nonprofits.

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Other Useful Websites

Provides news and research about philanthropy in general, tools for finding funders, and online tutorials for everything from proposal writing to nonprofit management.

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The most comprehensive online database of information on nonprofits across the country, including foundations.

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The new Form 990 was initially released in December 2007 and public charities and certain tax-exempt organizations will be required to use the new form. The revised form will give the IRS and the public a much better view of how exempt organizations operate.
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The PGDC provides services designed to assist gift planners in implementing gifts. The website has case studies, articles, news, and tools that include an online calculator that computes sample charitable deductions for charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, and retained life estate agreements.
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TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on connecting nonprofits with tech products and services, plus learning resources to make informed decisions about technology. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. Click here to visit TechSoup's Website.