Other Resources

We are happy to share the names of several organizations committed to serving nonprofit efforts. This list is by no means comprehensive and may change over time; please check back or make suggestions that might be useful to others.

California Lawyers for the Arts
Among its services, CLA uses its informational resources to match artists, arts organizations, and others in the California arts community with lawyers who have special interest and expertise in the arts.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
The CVNL offers opportunities for professional development to individuals in the nonprofit sector through roundtable discussions, workshops and training programs. The Center also offers consulting, executive search, and volunteer leadership services to nonprofit organizations.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
CompassPoint provides professional development opportunities for community-based, nonprofit organizations and their staffs and volunteers through training, conferences and peer networks.

Produced and maintained by San Francisco Study Center Inc., the Fiscal Sponsor Directory is a tool created to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers, and operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

Independent Sector
Independent Sector is a leadership network for nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Their nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens and mobilizes the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in order to fulfill their vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions and vibrant communities.

Justice & Diversity Center Legal Services Program
The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco provides pro bono legal and related social services to low-income and homeless San Francisco residents and to nonprofit organizations that serve these communities.

National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
The National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, of which Community Initiatives is a member, is a resource dedicated to improving the practices, capabilities and awareness of fiscal sponsorship in the nonprofit sector through education and advocacy.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
The Nonprofit Finance Fund serves both nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services to nonprofit managers.

Nonprofit Law Blog
A resource on all things nonprofit from the NEO Law Group.

Northern California Community Loan Fund
The Northern California Community Loan Fund provides loans and financial training to organizations that develop affordable housing, community facilities, job-training programs and vital human services.

Northern California Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contribution programs, and other public and private grantmakers. It facilitates connections among funders and between funders and the nonprofit sector. NCG is closely associated with other philanthropic entities and offers an Arts Loan Fund and an Emergency Loan Fund.

TechSoup connects nonprofit organizations and public libraries with tech products and services, and learning resources to make informed decisions about technology. TechSoup’s free resources are available to all users.

The San Francisco Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation has served as the community foundation of the Bay Area since 1948. The Foundation brings together donors and builds on community assets through grant-making, public policy, advocacy and leadership development. Its services address community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development, social justice and the environment.

“We looked at several fiscal sponsors before choosing Community Initiatives. In the course of my research, I heard from other projects about how responsive and supportive Community Initiatives staff was to their needs. That has certainly been my experience.”