ResourcesBelow is our list of recommended resources. We hope that you all will email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The following site has lots of information about hiring a consultant: http://grantspace.org/tools/knowledge-base/Nonprofit-Management/Consultants/hiring-consultants
In addition, click here to see a sample contract.
To see why consultants should never be paid a percentage of money raised, see this Association of Fundraising Professionals position paper.
The Taproot Foundation started in San Francisco in 2001 to meet a social need: Our communities’ biggest challenges are met through the work of nonprofit organizations that are creative, but under-resourced in the marketing, design, technology, management, and strategic planning resources they need to deliver on their missions.After over a decade, the Bay Area office is proud to have partnered with over 2,500 professionals to deliver pro bono services to over 500 nonprofits.
Taproot+ is an online platform that helps nonprofit professionals describe their needs and connect to a curated group of motivated, ready skilled volunteers with the right skills to help. Built on Taproot’s 13 years in pro bono to create a low-touch, high-impact model that makes pro bono easier to access and manage on both sides. A nonprofit and a skilled volunteer will work together on short-term, high-impact projects such as a video short or a competitor analysis.
On Taproot+, nonprofit professionals…
- Learn how to describe what they need and create a posting that’s easy for skilled volunteers to understand and respond to.
- Pick the skilled volunteer who will work best for you.
- Work together with confidence, knowing you can access Taproot tools and coaching support throughout the process.
- 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.
Craigslist -- free to nonprofit organizations with annual incomes less than $1 million
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network -- free to non profits
Work For Good -- (formerly opportunityknocks.org)
Excess Access -- You can even recycle used computer equipment through this site
Good 360 -- Good360 help companies help charities, give a voice to nonprofits, provides real-time impact data and stories, keeps usable goods out of landfills, and makes your money go further
The Foundation Center - They even offer a grant proposal writing workshop online.
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+)
The Volunteer Center of San Francisco
Hands On Bay Area
The Volunteer Center of the East Bay - VCEB provides the connection between 600 nonprofits and volunteers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. VCEB also has a program called Know How Network that matches skill based volunteers with nonprofits for short term projects.
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.
NatureBridge Conference Center 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.
Northern California Community Loan Fund - NCCLF provides loans, grants, and training in financial management
Catchlight - will match non-profits with volunteer photographers.
Picture World Hope - Picture World Hope creates powerful documentary images and videos, to tell the stories of lives transformed by non-profit efforts around the world.
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)