Nonprofit Resources and Research

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Candid's Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool 

Are you interested in starting a nonprofit or in the early stages of developing your nonprofit? Use this free tool to assess your readiness to start a nonprofit, and access resources to build your skills and knowledge as a founder: Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool .

How to Start a Nonprofit in North Carolina

Click on the links below for more information on starting a nonprofit in North Carolina.

From the NC Center for Nonprofits: How to Start a 501 (c)(3) Organization in North Carolina.
From the NC Department of Secretary of State: Incorporating Your Nonprofit in North Carolina.

Local and State Assistance

Guilford Nonprofit Consortium
The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium is a collaborative of nonprofit organizations in Guilford County that fosters mutual assistance and support within the nonprofit community to create a more efficient and effective nonprofit sector.

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
The mission of the NC Center for Nonprofits is to serve, promote, and represent the nonprofit sector and strengthen nonprofits' effectiveness as they improve quality of life in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
The Corporations Division is responsible for the examination, custody and maintenance of the legal documents filed by more than 400,000 corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. The duty of the Secretary of State is to ensure uniform compliance with the statutes governing the creation of these entities, record the information required to be kept as a public record, and provide that information to the public. Here you will find information about starting and incorporating a nonprofit as well as any forms that may be needed by the state.

North Carolina State University Institute for Nonprofits
Its mission is to enhance the capacity and leadership of nonprofit organizations through research, education and engagement. NC State University connects with the nonprofit community, leveraging the expertise and dedication of faculty, students, staff and community partners to build nonprofit capacity and develop nonprofit leaders.


Evaluate a Nonprofit 

Better Business Bureau for Charities and Donors
The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) is the network hub for BBBs in the US and Canada and is dedicated to fostering honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers.

Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace. 

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization. This site provides information about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and more

Foundation Center Sites

The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Listed below are a variety of Foundation Center sites to help meet your information needs.

  • Grantspace
    • GrantSpace offers information and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in securing funding and operating effective organizations. It is the place to explore in-depth content, engage with a community of peers and experts, and energize your fund-raising efforts. You can view video recordings of live discussions with funders, listen to podcasts featuring experts in the field, find answers to your questions in the Knowledge Base, get information about opportunities in your field of interest, and increase your expertise in fund-raising and management.
  • IssueLab
    • IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.   
  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
    • PND a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a digest form compendium of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. 


Philanthropy Journal 
Philanthropy Journal features North Carolina, national, and international news on fund raising, giving, managing, grant seeking, volunteering, and technology in the nonprofit and philanthropic community, including a free weekly e-mail bulletin and job postings. 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
They Chronicle features news articles, information on gifts and grants, fund raising, nonprofit management and technology, and links. Issues may be viewed online through NC LIVE by using your Greensboro Public Library card.

Visit the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Central Library to view the print version of periodicals such as Chronical of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

Additional Resources

Board Source
Hundreds of resources to help you build a stronger nonprofit board.

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. They identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a catalyst to ignite and accelerate the impact of individuals and organizations helping nonprofits achieve positive social change.