Nonprofit Resources

Lobbying Basics

Lobbying Basics by Allen Mattison

Human Resources

One-Stop Employment Services – Office of Workforce Development

The Office of Workforce Development’s focus is on meeting the workforce and employment needs of businesses and job seekers in our local labor market. Their objective is to provide excellent customer service to anyone using their workforce development resources. Take advantage of their free resources.

Free Tools for Nonprofits

Canva for Work
Canva for Work features an extensive library of pre-designed, visually-appealing graphics which nonprofits can use to spread the word of their cause across all social media platforms. Check out these ready-made templates.
Additionally, Canva proudly supports the nonprofit community by providing free and full access to Canva for Work for all qualified organizations. Read more.

Social Media

Social Media
HoCoBlogs for Nonprofits. Free, (relatively) easy and common-sense things you can do to help your organization reach a wider local audience, to engage local residents (volunteers, donors and service recipients) and to become a more hip, tech-savvy organization, which will definitely help with volunteer and board recruitment, donations and community awareness.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs and ideas.


Use these ACS Self-Sufficiency Indicators to demonstrate the need in Howard County. Click here for highlights of the report.

How to Find Grants for Your Nonprofit Organization
The Grants Collection (a part of the Social Science and History Department in Pratt Library) can recommend numerous books, Web sites, and databases to help.

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits (Grant Space)
Grantseeking Basics (Grant Space)
Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts (Grant Space)
Grantseeking Basics in Spanish: Principios de la búsqueda de fondos (Grant Space)

Proposal Writing Basics (Grant Space)

Demystifying the 990-PF (Grant Space)

Fundraising Appeals Speech – Nonprofit Board Members Can Be Ready Anywhere, Anytime


The Advocacy Monitor is a project of the National Council on Independent Living, a leading cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities that represents Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.


Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success (Grant Space)

Nonprofit Status
Starting a Nonprofit Organization - Establishing a Nonprofit Organization (Grant Space)
What to disclose for 501(c)(3)s - Charitable Organizations - Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements (IRS)
Operations, activities and exempt purpose - Exemption Requirements - 501(c)(3) (IRS)

Board Governance

Looking for Board Members? Make Board Connection Your Next Step. Howard County Board Connection is a program that connects community members who wish to serve on local boards, committees or commissions with nonprofit and governmental agencies seeking board, committee or commission members. If you are part of an organization that is searching for qualified board members, or a community member looking for opportunities to serve, become connected by registering your needs and interests at Board Connect, by emailing, or by calling 410-715-3172. Board Connection is a partnership of the Association of Community Services of Howard County, Leadership Howard County and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

Board Governance
The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards by Jerold Panas

Professional Development

The Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women. Get tried-and-true advice, best practices, and valuable exercises to equip and inspire you to pursue leadership positions within your organization.

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Last updated 3-19-18.

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