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Resources – Vendors & Organizations

I come across a number of resources during my work as a fundraising copywriter and have included several here.  In nearly every case I’ve met some of the people working for the vendors. Based on this and a bit of research, I’m comfortable listing them as a resource for you to consider.

Mild disclaimer: The companies and organizations all provide valuable services.  Yet as I allude to above, I'm not qualified to directly endorse any because I'm not a nonprofit and therefore don't use their services.  I just like what I saw when I discovered them so I'll pass along the information to you. 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is an exception and I can directly endorse them.  I'm a member of this organization and very happy with the benefits I've received. Trinity Direct is another exception. I’ve worked with them in support of clients we both serve. I’ve seen first hand their dedication to ensuring their clients have very successful fundraising campaigns.

I believe all are worth your time to check out.  And if you're concerned with such things, I don't receive any kind of referral fee whatsoever from any of them.

Trade & Education Organizations of the Nonprofit Industry
(Listed alphabetically)

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership are linked together. We help association professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. Specifically, ASAE & The Center produce more than 75 learning experiences each year, publish two magazines, provide thousands of web-based tools and resources, help members connect, conduct market research, and act as the voice for and advocate of the association profession. www.asaecenter.org [SPECIAL NOTE: There is a similar organization in Canada, www.csae.com]
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is an international organization of over 27,000 members working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.
The mission of the Association Forum of Chicagoland is to "advance the professional practice of association management." Founded in 1916, the Forum serves 47,000 association professionals whose efforts serve more than 37 million members and generate $22 billion in global annual expenditures. Gregory J. Fine, CAE, Director of Communications & Marketing and Executive Editor of FORUM. 312-924-7030, www.AssociationForum.org
The Center on Philanthropy includes The Fundraising School which helps fundraising professionals from around the world.  They offer a variety of courses on the art and science of fundraising and philanthropy.
The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the nonprofit sector. They also operate research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.  Here are two links to areas in the Foundation Center website with resources for grants, workshops, proposal writing, databases for finding funding, and more:
foundationcenter.org/marketplace and fconline.fdncenter.org
The Grantsmanship Center offers training to nonprofits to gain knowledge needed to be successful in applying for and receiving grants.  Other resources include daily tips, a magazine and funding sources at the local, federal and international levels.
GrassRoots.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission includes providing FREE services to other nonprofit organizations to help you save money and further your own mission.
Vendors to the Nonprofit Industry (Listed alphabetically)
Affinity4 has helped raise $75 million for their nonprofits in the past 10 years.  "When an organization partners with Affinity4 it can increase its charitable funding, without cost, while Affinity4 does all the work."
Melissa McBride at 1-800-311-2411
Click & Pledge makes it easy for charities, nonprofit organizations, political candidates, and companies to accept and manage online donations and payments. They also offer a flexible email newsletter with donation opportunities to keep you in touch with members and donors. They now serve over 4,000 NPOs.   As far as I [Karen Zapp] know there are no upfront costs to the nonprofit.
Jim Barney, 1-866-999-2542
cMarket. Their specialty is charitable auctions online and they've helped over 1,000 nonprofits increase their fundraising since 2002.  For any event type there is no-risk e-consignment.

FineLine Solutions is a strategic contact center with proven programs to meet both your customer needs and your changing business demands.  We have extensive experience in various industries and have a team of seasoned business executives.  We believe that answering the phone, while very important, is only one piece of the puzzle and we strive to add strategic value to our engagements, ensuring that your business results are achieved.

Fundraising Initiatives specializes in "door-to-door" fundraising. And they do the knocking on doors to recruit new supporters to build your donor base.  They only charge for the donors they deliver which means neither a major budget commitment nor up-front payments for your nonprofit organization. 703-321-1101
Jones and Bartlett Publishers have a variety of books on the nonprofit sector.  They also offer special or bulk orders - Linda McGarvey at 1-800-832-0034, extension 8229.
L&E Meridian is a service bureau for data management, data processing, and digital printing. Kim Woods, 703-913-1653
Mission Research is a software company. They created and developed GiftWorks, comprehensive fundraising management software that anyone can use and everyone can afford. Nonprofits can manage their financial development efforts and build capacity more effectively with the ability to track prospects, donors, donations, campaigns, volunteers, mailings, and interactions. GiftWorks is designed for small- to medium-sized nonprofit organizations in all sectors. 1-888-323-8766, extension 2.
Here's a vendor that specializes in helping professional associations. For more than 14 years, Results Direct has provided Web Solutions for the nation's top associations including Content Management, AMS Integration, Distance Learning, Design, and Hosting. Katie Atkinson, President: 703-548-2576, www.ResultsDirect.com
TowerCare Technologies is a software service company. They provide nonprofits – through software called DonorPro – with a proven tool that tracks donations and pledges automatically, accurately, and with increased efficiency. 1-866-935-8281 (especially useful for smaller nonprofits)
Trinity Direct is a full service list brokerage and list management company. As a leader in direct mail marketing, our large client base includes a wide variety of fundraisers, as well as magazines, book publishers, catalogers and membership associations. And, Trinity Information Systems, our in-house service bureau, is ready to meet all of your data processing needs. 973-283-3600
T. S. Wrobel & Associates is a law firm. They counsel and start 501(c)(3) nonprofits in all 50 states. Their website has a number of helpful FREE resources and they also promise to put your incorporation and nonprofit startup process on autopilot so you can focus on fundraising, networking and establishing your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 415-928-4161
Other Helpful Resources for the Nonprofit Industry
A blog to follow for grant writing.

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