Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Their nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill their vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions and vibrant communities.
Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII for short) was the brainchild of fundraising guru Ken Burnett. It is now a registered charity in the UK and supported by just about all of the major figures in our sector. The site functions as an online museum or gallery, showcasing the best of fundraising practice. If you are looking for ideas on how to learn from the best, look no further.
UK Fundraising was created by Howard Lake to act as a forum for discussion on all things fundraising. On the site are blogs, reviews, links to fundraising news and information and much, much more. Although a UK site, fundraising.co.uk is well worth a visit. It is vibrant, informative and regularly updated.
We also admire the work of the London based nonprofit research agency nfpSynergy. Joe Saxton and his team produce a number of ongoing ‘tracker’ studies (e.g. in charity brand awareness). They also produce a series of excellent bespoke research reports, many of which have relevance for fundraising. Recent reports have researched branding and text messaging.
The Centre on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Although we might be biased, we believe that the Center on Philanthropy website should be one of the primary sources of information for fundraisers working in the United States. The Center’s active research team regularly publishes reports on all aspects of philanthropy.
Centre for the Study of Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice
The centre is dedicated to understanding the social processes and cultural experiences by which people acquire moral dispositions to care for the needs of others. They seek to understand the contributions of philanthropy, charity and humanitarianism to the development of humane forms of society. Beth Breeze is a key member of their team and conducts a wide range of research of relevance to fundraisers. Her material is typically free to air.
Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
ACPNS has become a leading hub for philanthropy resources. Their site provides access to their own research, but they have also created a set of web resources that relate to every aspect of philanthropy. Resources are grouped as follows:
- Periodicals – includes links to academic journals, sector newspapers, journals and magazines and wesbites with a range of bibliographic information
- Statistical resources – provides links to valuable third sector data from around the world
- Research Bodies – includes links to Australian and international research centers and associations dedicated to nonprofit research
- Membership Associations – a guide to national and international nonprofit membership groups
- Online discussions – provides virtual interaction