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Creating a School Foundation

 

Applying for IRS Certification
http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/charities/index.html
A site that tells you whether you are eligible for an IRS certification and how to apply for one. Also given are tax information for charities and other non-profits.

Council on Foundations
http://www.cof.org/links/
The Council on Foundations works to support foundations by promoting knowledge, growth, and action in philanthropy. Through networking, grantmakers can gain a better understanding of best practices, refine grantmaking strategies, collaborate and confer with colleagues, explore innovative approaches to grantmaking, and experience career enhancing opportunities. Links to what is a foundation, starting a foundation, resources for foundations, government and legal affairs, links and networking, and the future of foundations.

Foundation Center
http://fdncenter.org/
Information on starting a foundation. Their mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantmakers succeed.

 

IRS
http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/taxstats/index.html
Information on nonprofits and charities provided by the IRS. Announcements of new tax statistics and information on tax stats for your topic of interest. More links about the Statistics of Income Program, a place to ask questions, and Statistical Publications.

Sample Bylaws
http://www.mncn.org/bylaws.htm

Provided by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits:
Article I - Name, Purpose
Article II – Membership
Article III – Meetings of Members
Article IV – Board of Directors
Article V – Committees
Article VI – Director and
Staff Article VII – Amendments
Each article has a section of explanation.

 

Top Fundraising Ideas for Schools
https://doublethedonation.com/fundraising-ideas-for-schools/

Write a Mission Statement
https://www.tgci.com/articles/how-write-mission-statement
Information and tips on how to write a mission statement provide a list of questions that need to be answered when writing a mission statement, along with a list of things a mission statement should contain.

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization in Minnesota
http://www.mncn.org/
Information on starting a nonprofit organization in the state of Minnesota. Information on nonprofit membership along with news updates from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

 

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Foundation Resources

Council on Foundations

http://www.cof.org/links/
The Council on Foundations works to support foundations by promoting knowledge, growth, and action in philanthropy. Through networking, grantmakers can gain a better understanding of best practices, refine grantmaking strategies, collaborate and confer with colleagues, explore innovative approaches to grantmaking, and experience career enhancing opportunities. Links to what is a foundation, starting a foundation, resources for foundations, government and legal affairs, links and networking, and the future of foundations.

The Benton Foundation
http://www.benton.org
The Benton Foundation seeks to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Links to today’s headlines (important industry developments, policy issues, and other pertinent communications-related news events), Benton Web sites, and recent publications. A good example of a foundation Web site.

 

About Guide to Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
http://nonprofit.about.com/
About.com’s Guide to Nonprofits. This site offers a newsletter, information on jobs in the nonprofit sector, along with numerous links and articles about nonprofit organizations.

AASA (American Association of School Administrators) Why an Education Foundation?
http://www.aasa.org/publications/sa/2001_08/havens_resources.htm
This Web site recommends books, websites, and organizations to assist public school foundations with specific information.

Annual Report Gallery
http://www.reportgallery.com/
Listing of annual reports and related financial reports online. Links to get your report distributed on the Web and a link to the Library of Annual Reports with companies listed alphabetically.

Association of Small Foundations
http://smallfoundations.org/
A site made to assist foundations with few or no staff. Links to membership information and advantages, newsletters, job postings, tax forms, financial statements and more.

CSC Non-Profit Resource Center
http://home.comcast.net/~cscunningham/links.htm
Web links to online foundations, corporate giving, nonprofit resources and grant searching tips.

The Center for Education Reform
http://www.edreform.com/info/grant.htm
Information on grants available for teachers, school programs, and education reform initiatives.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
http://philanthropy.com/
The newspaper for the nonprofit world. Daily updates are given along with articles from the current issue. A lot of information about nonprofit organizations is given.

The Council on Foundations
http://www.cof.org/
This site offers a huge amount of information. There is information on starting a foundation and there are links to many foundation websites. Foundation news is posted on the Web site along with links to their newsletter.

Council on Foundations’ Community Foundation Locator
http://www.cof.org/whatis/types/community/index.htm
This service is committed to providing community foundations with resources and tools to make your grantmaking more effective, as well as assistance with grantmaking and management issues.

Council of Chief State School Officers
http://www.ccsso.org/
A nationwide, nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead departments responsible for elementary and secondary education. Links to state agencies, policy statements and testimonies, and standards and assessment information.

The Foundation Center
http://fdncenter.org/
“Your Gateway to Philanthropy on the World Wide Web”
A site with a variety of resources with links for grantmakers, researching philanthropy, finding funders, and more. News and bulletins posted along with links to user aids and training opportunities.

The Foundation Center - Foundation Finder
http://fdncenter.org/founders/finder/findex.html
This site facilitates the search for foundations on the Internet and assists with research on philanthropy and information for grantmakers.

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families
http://www.gcyf.org/
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families. Links to: what’s new, who we are, getting involved, annual conference, and publications and papers.

Grantmakers for Education
http://edfunders.com/
A membership for private and public grantmakers that support education from early childhood through K-12 and higher education. It is a network for funders who want to improve educational outcomes. Links to policies, calendars, recent events, and more.

The Grantsmanship Center
http://www.tgci.com/
The world’s leader in grant information and grantsmanship training. Links available to training programs and schedules, publications, federal register, grant sources, etc.

Non-profit job seeking resources, and additional volunteer opportunities
http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/volunteer-and-nonprofit-careers/

GuideStar
www.guidestar.org
This official Web site of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. has normal and advanced search capabilities to access most of the information nonprofits report annually to the IRS on Form 990. Typically, this site includes past year’s total income, expenses, and assets, an organization’s founding year, the number and names of board members and the organization’s mission and purpose statements.

 

Marriott Foundation
http://www.marriotfoundation.org
The Marriott Foundation is for people with disabilities. It's a public charity, not-for-profit organization. The program, called Bridges ... From School to Work, works with young people exiting special education and with local employers for job placement. It is to help the young people with disabilities find jobs and job training.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
http://www.nraef.org
It is the nation's largest private employer in the restaurant industry. They have the ability to attract and support, guide, and train people. They have divisions for strategic programs, revenue generation, marketing, finance and operations. They hold a lot of events each year to raise funds for the NRAEF’s scholarship and mentoring. The site also lists their sponsors.

Pittsburgh Foundation
http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/
Providing leadership and addressing community needs and also providing vehicles. The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the largest in the United States out of 700 other community foundations.

Nonprofit Law Blog
A non-profit law blog with tips about starting a nonprofit, fundraising, board governance, social media, intellectual property and more.

 

 

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Directories

 

DMOZ - Open Directory Project
http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Philanthropy/Grants/Grant-Making_Foundations...
The directory has links to education foundations established in various states across the USA. The foundations support K-12 education and higher education. They are both public and private foundations that offer grants to minority students, international students, immigrants, graduate students, education employees, etc.

 

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Articles

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Beyond Money: Benefits of an Education Foundation
http://www.aasa.org/publications/sa/2001_08/havens.htm
This article discusses the relationship between public and private school foundations and schools, as well as the role played by the public and private school foundations in community life.

Giving USA Foundation - Annual Report
http://www.givingusa.org/
Giving USA, the annual report on philanthropy is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of the Trust for Philanthropy of the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC). The study is researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis - Public Schools Foundations
http://www.ncpa.org/pi/edu/aug98i.html

The Financial Health of United States Nonprofit Sector: Facts and Observations

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Document Examples

Public Schools Foundations "Vision" Statement Examples
http://www.garfieldhsf.org/memos/Research/Other_Public_School_Foundation...
This document gives examples of statements written by public school foundations in Washington.

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Tax Issues

State Taxes
http://www.taxsites.com/state.html
This Web site offers links to each US state's tax Web site. It is useful for locating tax information about foundations.

@LA Education: K-12 Public School Districts in Southern California
http://www.at-la.com/@la-edu/district.htm
A comprehensive list of California public and private schools, school districts, alumni associations and youth organizations. A must-see for those interested in foundations. The site offers links to the schools and their foundations' Web sites.

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