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Below is our list of recommended resources. We hope that you all will email us at: contact@maryslist.net with suggestions if we've left out a resource that you think is very valuable.

For Development Professionals and Consultants

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter (founded in 1971) works to make the Bay Area nonprofit community stronger and more able to support vital human needs, advance learning, lift the human spirit, preserve the environment, and build healthy communities. AFP-GGC champions diversity and enjoys a high level of volunteer participation. It provides professional support, education, and career enhancement opportunities for Bay Area fundraising professionals and with close to 500 active members, is one of the largest regional chapters of the AFP in the nation.
  • For over four decades, Development Executives Roundtable (DER) has offered its members low cost, high quality professional development opportunities in the Bay Area. Whether you are looking for your next professional position, seeking a new member for your team, need to locate consulting services, or just want to meet folks who understand and care about the opportunities, DER is a great way to meet new professional colleagues in a friendly, engaging atmosphere.
Hire a Consultant Volunteer consultants
  • The Taproot Foundation
  • Harvard Business School Community Partners provides volunteer consulting and management assistance to Bay Area nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis. For more information, please contact Kathy Salmanowitz, Director of HBS Community Partners at 415-435-7623 or by email at kathy@hbscp.org.
  • To access the pro bono nonprofit management service offered by the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team (ACT): Ask An Expert
  • From time to time, we are made aware that certain consultants (who usually are just starting their business, though they may not be new to writing and/or fundraising) are willing to work for free or reduced rates in order to build their client list. Their names and contact information are below (if we have recently heard of a person or persons), but interviewing and hiring them is up to each non-profit.
    - Sue Merrill: Interested in being a volunteer consultant in individual fundraising and strategic planning. She can also do grant writing and major gift research. Her previous experience includes Lincoln Child Center, Cal State East Bay and UCSF. She has been volunteering for the last year at non-profits including St. Anthony's, the LGBT Center, Meals on Wheels Senior Services, Hayward Community Church, Fragile X Foundation, Center for Social Justice, Lighthouse Charter School and Save the Bay.
To list a full time job opportunity: A one-stop-shop for searching and posting nonprofit jobs, nonprofit consulting work, nonprofit internships and volunteer opportunities: To match non-profit needs with corporate or individual donations of goods: To see what the local foundation community is up to: For oodles of information about foundations, workshops, statistics, and more: For courses, consulting, and other services relating to non-profit management: For computer information, low cost software, tech assistance, etc.: To maintain or enhance your current website, or create a new site: For executive search services:
  • Scion Nonprofit Staffing - Nonprofit Executive Search firm for the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Washington D.C. markets. Scion Nonprofit Staffing specializes in working with Non-profit Organizations, Foundations, and Educational Institutions.
  • Steve Yamada at Witt Kieffer
  • Korn Ferry International (for searches for positions with salaries of $180,000+)
To find board members: To find volunteers: Retreat/Conference Centers:
  • YMCA Point Bonita Outdoor and Conference Center - a branch of the YMCA of San Francisco, offers conference space at reasonable prices to local nonprofits (and outdoor education programs for kids). It is the first Certified Green Business in the Marin Headlands, located just ten minutes west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Headlands Institute offers discounted rates to nonprofits seeking a naturally inspiring location for a meeting or retreat. Located 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and just steps from Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, our certified green conference center offers meeting space and meals for groups of 10 to 200.
Non-Profit Office Space:
  • Northern California Community Loan Fund - NCCLF provides loans, grants, and training in financial management
  • OrgSpaces.org - OrgSpaces brings together information about space availability, planning, funding and sharing to help nonprofits stay and thrive in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
To tell your non-profit’s story in video or still photographs: Discounts for Nonprofits:
  • The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) - A State program that provides a 50% discount on Internet and phone services for nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, and hospitals. The application is simple and the approval process is fairly quick. For more information, you can contact Lincoln Miller at Lincoln.Miller@corp.sonic.net. (8/16/2013)
Google Resources for Nonprofits: