ResourcesBelow is our list of recommended resources. We hope that you all will email us at: email@example.com 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: www.hfpg.org/cdb/how_consult.htm
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Craigslist -- free to nonprofit organizations with annual incomes less than $1 million
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network -- free to non profits
Excess Access -- You can even recycle used computer equipment through this site
Gifts In Kind International
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Mullin, www.km2communications.com
PhotoPhilanthropy - 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)