Being a Minnesota nonprofit is a great thing to be. Minnesotans in general are excited to donate their time, energy and money to organizations that do good things for our communities and beyond.
Sometimes, nonprofits need a little help figuring things out, finding someone to fill an open position, or just getting started. There are some fantastic resources and websites for Minnesota nonprofits to take advantage of. Here are a couple of them:
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits works to “inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.” Becoming a member for a small yearly dues payment gives you access to all their resources, events, news, and more. You’ll also be able to post job openings on the site and view their research. They hold networking events, trainings on financial management, and more. Whether you’re a member or not, you can also view all of their best practices for nonprofits.
MAP for Nonprofits has been around now for 30 years. Their mission is to “provide high-value management consulting and services, as well as board recruitment and training, to large, medium and small nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond, helping nonprofit clients to more effectively achieve their missions.” So, when you’re a nonprofit and you need help with board recruitment, marketing, accounting or another aspect of your organization, MAP for Nonprofits is there to help. They list many of their fees right on their website service pages, so you can see immediately if their services are within your range of affordability.
Great Nonprofits is a site that connects users with nonprofits in their area. Nonprofits can create their searchable profile on the site, then get found by anyone browsing nonprofits in your area, including potential donors or volunteers. The site also has a spot for ratings, so users can leave ratings and reviews of your nonprofit. In an age where having a presence on the web is incredibly important, having a listing on this site may help with your organization’s overall web visibility.
The National Council of Nonprofits has a very long list of resources for nonprofits. Follow their links for information and help on any topic from maintaining a tax-exempt status to help with and ideas about fundraising. They also report on any news happening in the nonprofit sector.