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WEB HOSTING & TECHNICAL SUPPORT
• The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance is an organization consisting of diverse groups committed to promoting, supporting and helping people make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods.
• The U.S. Census Bureau’s information related to poverty
• EconData.Net is designed to help practitioners, researchers, students, and other data users quickly gain access to relevant state and sub-state socioeconomic data.
• GuideStar gathers and publicizes information about nonprofit organizations through a directory and database including information on more than 1.8 million nonprofits.
• NewsVoyager provides information about local newspapers across the country.
Financial Resources and Community Development
• Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a 501(c)(3) that harnesses the economic power of consumers to promote social justice and environmental sustainability by linking responsible consumers and green businesses.
• ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing “micro” loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses, ACCION helps people work their way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride.
• ENTERWeb is an annotated meta-index and information clearinghouse on enterprise development, business, finance, international trade and the economy in this new age of cyberspace and globalization. The main focus is on micro, small and medium scale enterprises, cooperatives, community economic development, both in developed and developing countries.
• The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
• Social Funds is the largest personal finance site related to socially responsible investing.
• NCB serves cooperatives across the United States by committing more than $2.5 billion to a cross-section of underserved markets including affordable housing, long-term care facilities, community-based employment initiatives, and schools.
• The National Federation of Community Credit Unions helps low- and moderate-income people and communities achieve financial independence through credit unions.
• The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is a respected and influential trade association that exclusively represents the interests of federal credit unions before the federal government and the public.
• The Association for Enterprise Opportunity supports the development of strong U.S. microenterprise initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs by starting, stabilizing and expanding their business. Microentrepreneurs are typically low-to-moderate income, minorities, immigrants, women or people with disabilities. These microenterprises employ one out of every six persons employed in the private sector, and are considered to be the backbone of the U.S. Economy.
• The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI), administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides financial assistance and information to community development financial institutions like banks and credit unions in underserved communities to promote economic revitalization.
• The Canadian Centre for Community Renewal is a source of expertise and resources in community economic development, the process by which businesses are used to build a community that is inclusive, creative and sustainable.
• The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is responsible for the First District of the Federal Reserve which includes all New England states.
• Grameen Bank provides credit to the most impoverished people in rural Bangladesh. By removing the need for collateral, it acts as a catalyst for the improvement of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking system.
• United for a Fair Economy is a national, independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.
• Contributions Magazine is a “how-to” source for employees and volunteers of the philanthropic sector which focuses on all aspects of fundraising and organizational management. Free subscriptions are available to employees and volunteers of American non-profits.
• Network for Good provides online resources that make it easier for people to donate and volunteer to charitable organizations and help nonprofits recruit donors and volunteers.
• The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to “promote the well-being” of humanity.
• The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
• The Grantsmanship Centers conducts some 150 workshops annually in grantsmanship training, as well as earned income strategies for nonprofits. There are also numerous resources for grantseekers available at no cost on tgci.com.
• The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers provides resources and information on current philanthropic trends for Baltimore-area grantmakers. It also produces an annual membership directory with information on its members’ areas of interest that can be useful to fundraisers and grantwriters.
• Fundsnet provides information about foundations all around the country, including their areas of interest.
• Independent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. It serves as the primary meeting ground for the philanthropic sector and produces ground-breaking research as well as advancing public policies that support non-profit organizations.
• The National Housing Trust Fund was established as a provision of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The passage of National Housing Trust Fund legislation is a major victory for low income housing advocates and the lowest income people in our country with the most serious needs. The housing trust fund will, once capitalized, provide communities with funds to build, preserve, and rehabilitate rental homes that are affordable for extremely and very low income households.
• The National Housing Institute is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering decent, affordable housing and a vibrant community for everyone.
• Shelterforce is the nation’s oldest continually published housing and community development magazine. For more than three decades, Shelterforce has been a primary forum for organizers, activists, and advocates in the affordable-housing and neighborhood revitalization movements.
Networks and Forums
• The National Organizer’s Alliance advances progressive organizing for social, economic, and environmental justice to sustain, support and nurture the people of all ages who do it.
• National People’s Actions is a network of organizers seeking to create a society in which racial and economic justice are realized in all aspects of society, resulting in more equity in work, housing, health, education, housing, finance and other systems central to people’s well-being.
• The Association for Community Organization & Social Administration is a membership organization for community organizers, activists, nonprofit administrators, community builders, policy practitioners, students and educators. ACOSA provides information about the latest innovations in community and administrative practice as well as a variety of opportunities for networking and professional advancement.
• The Midwest Academy advances the movements for social change by teaching a strategic, rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organization building. The Academy provides training (introductory and advanced level) and consulting, equipping organizers, leaders, and their organizations to think and act strategically to win justice for all.
• The Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center is committed to building powerful, diverse, congregation-based and democratically-run organizations capable of winning justice on issues facing the community.
• Leadership for a Changing World seeks to recognize, strengthen and support leaders and to highlight the importance of community leadership in improving people’s lives. The program seeks to confirm that resourceful leaders are bringing about positive change in virtually every community.
• The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity rooted in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. DSNI’s approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive including economic, human, physical, and environmental growth by organizing and empowering the residents of the Dudley Street neighborhood to create development without displacement.
• The Industrial Areas Foundation is community organizing network established by Saul Alinsky with affiliates all over the country and abroad.
• The Pratt Center for Community Development was established in 1963 to create a partnership between the Pratt Institute's planning department and local organizations struggling to address issues of urban deterioration and poverty in New York City.
• The Jewish Organizing Initiative builds a vibrant, pluralistic community of Jewish young adults who learn grassroots community organizing, explore their Jewish identity together, and become leaders in the pursuit of social justice through a year-long paid community organizing fellowship.
Policy Organizations and Think Tanks
• Enterprise Community Partners works with community-based nonprofits to address affordable housing through partnerships, innovation, policy advocacy and providing financial products and services.Resources
• Families USA is a national nonpartisan non-profit that works on local, state and national levels to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. It accomplishes this by acting as a watchdog over government actions, managing a network of grassroots advocates, producing policy reports and conducting public information campaigns about the concerns of health care consumers.
• The National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives is an independent, politically progressive, nonprofit institute providing research, education and consultation on innovative solutions to problems facing America and the global political-economy.
• The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
• PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.
• The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
• The Global Development Research Center is an independent nonprofit think tank that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information, and at scales that are effective.
• The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
• Comm-Org is a source of free information and publications about community organizing. Some of its resources include information about community organizing trainings, fundraising, research, policy and history archives.
• USA.gov provides access to government information on a wide variety of subjects including benefits, grants, defense, agriculture and the environment, education, jobs and more. It also provides resources for businesses and nonprofits.
Web-hosting and Technical Support
• TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support.
• The Institute for Global Connections offers reliable, secure and easy-to-use web hosting to progressives in the non-profit community.