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Candid.

Candid.

Candid. is a database featuring more than 140,000 foundations. Grant-seekers can search for trainings, data, reports, case studies and more to take your research and planning to the next level. This service is FREE at any Akron Summit County Public Library location (in person only).

Canva

Canva for Nonprofits

Canva for Nonprofits has a design tool made with you in mind. Discover the easy way to create high-impact social media graphics and marketing materials. As a nonprofit, you know the importance – and challenges – of spreading the word. With our free Canva for Nonprofits program, you get access to premium design tools to help you create impactful marketing and campaign materials. Canva is easy to use, so your whole team can use it.

Communication Matters

Communication Matters

Communication Matters designed a model for effective communications to help organizations build a common language and shared understanding around strategic communications. This model is based on attitudes, beliefs, and practices reported by hundreds of professionals across the social sector. Effective communications help drive your mission, engage volunteers, attract donors, and connect with your audience. 

Heising-Simons Foundation

Communications Toolkit for Nonprofits

Heising-Simons Foundation has provided a helpful document of free communication tools available online for nonprofits.

The Communications Network

Controversy: Communicating When the Topic Is Tough

The Communications Network focuses on key ways for your nonprofit to address controversial topics. 

GAR Foundation

Financial Best Practice Checklist

GAR Foundation has compiled a helpful "Financial Best Practice" checklist for nonprofits.

Google Workspace for Nonprofits

Google Workspace for Nonprofits

Google Workspace for Nonprofits help your organization collaborate more effectively with smart, secure business apps like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Google Meet, so you can focus on what matters. Workspace gives your nonprofit everything you need to get anything done, now in one place. Through Google for Nonprofits, eligible organizations get access to Google Workspace offers at discounted rates.

Grants Plus

Grants Plus

Grants Plus understands the grant seeking process, how to interpret the grant making patterns of funders, and how to guide nonprofit leaders to strategically grow their grant revenues.

Grants.gov

Grants.gov

Grants.gov is your place to find and apply for federal grants and other grant opportunities.

Bridgespan

How to Build a Nonprofit Dashboard for Your Leadership Team

The Bridgespan Group, a leading social impact advisor to nonprofits/NGOs, provides an introduction to what makes a great leadership team dashboard, plus includes downloadable examples and templates.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 for Nonprofits

Microsoft 365 can help your nonprofit simplify IT management and reduce costs - while empowering staff and volunteers to collaborate securely from anywhere, on any device.

Wallace Foundation

Nonprofit Financial Toolkit

Wallace Foundation’s library of financial resources helps organizations fulfill their missions, deliver high-quality services, and become fiscally fit.

Nonprofit Learning Lab

Nonprofit Learning Lab

Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national nonprofit that connects and supports individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector. Their trainings work to sharpen skills in fundraising, organizational leadership, and capacity building. 

National Council of Nonprofits

Nonprofit Risk Management Plan

The National Council of Nonprofits has provided a sample Risk Management Plan, drafted based on recommendations shared in a board retreat for a real nonprofit. The plan was drafted with the help of a software tool called: “My Risk Management Plan” that is available from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center.

Dunham+Company

Nonprofits & Social Media: A Missed Connection

Dunham+Company developed a study to help identify the gap between how organizations use social media to relate to their donors, and how they can better leverage these assets. Social media is an excellent way to keep your donors informed—and fill the pipeline with potential new donors.

Piktochart

Piktochart

Piktochart allows for an easy way for nonprofits to drive awareness and impact with social media graphics, flyers, infographics, and brochures.

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits is designed specifically for those in the nonprofit world, their streaming training videos and accompanying handbooks teach you how to easily set up your QuickBooks file and enter transactions common to nonprofit organizations.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Strategic Communictation Planning Hub

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Strategic Communictation Planning Hub helps design communication strategies to advance your organization’s policy, advocacy and programmatic goals. They provide several learning topics to strengthen your understanding of strategic communication and an interactive tool where you can build a communication plan for your organization.

The Fund

The Fund for our Economic Future: Research & Resources

The Fund for our Economic Future is a center of expertise in equitable economic growth, supporting and promoting efforts grounded in fact-based research and analysis.

The Nonprofit Hive

The Nonprofit Hive

The Nonprofit Hive knows that working in the nonprofit sector can be a rewarding and fulfilling career choice, but it can also be lonely at times. Use their innovative video platform to connect and collaborate one-to-one with other talented professionals that can help support the work that you need done.

Design4Good

TRIAD's Design4Good Program

TRIAD has always believed in providing pro bono services to organizations that serve their community, contributing free creative services and helping to stretch the marketing budgets of these nonprofit groups that make a difference. If your organization is qualified and interested in applying for these services, complete the application on their website.