The Nonprofit FAQ

Local Organizations State-by-State: A through M
In many states, an association of nonprofits provides management assistance, group buying, insurance, advocacy on behalf of the sector and other services of value to member organizations. Many of these associations are members of the">National Council of Nonprofits; members of the National Council can be found at

To find information for a specific state, scroll down in this file. If the state is not listed, that means we have not heard of any general-purpose nonprofit support organization there. Any information that can add to or correct this list will be very welcome; please click on the Feedback button at the bottom of this page to send us any suggestions or corrections.

Action without Borders offers listings of organizations searchable by country (and state) with links to their websites and other information. See Idealist also maintains a list of "support organizations" for nonprofits in the US and around the world, see

The addresses of state charities registration offices are available from the National Association of State Charities Officials at


Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama


Association of Nonprofit Corporations

420 Kayak Drive

Anchorage, AK 99515

Phone: (907) 274-1880, Fax: (907) 345-6714


Contact: Nancy Scheetz-Freymiller

The Foraker Group --

The Foraker Group

701 West 8th Avenue, Suite 230

Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: (907)263-3822

Fax: (907)263-3801


Dennis McMillian, President

The Foraker Group is a unique Alaska organization with three major goals to help enhance Alaska's nonprofit sector. Our first goal is to build our state’s philanthropic infrastructure by helping nonprofit organizations function at capacity. We offer state-of-the-art education, training and support to strengthen the management and leadership skills of nonprofit professionals. And, we work with organizations around the state to develop more ways for Alaskans to give back to their communities through programs like workplace giving and lifetime or planned giving.

There's helpful advice about starting a nonprofit in Alaska, and valuable suggestions about risk management and other appropriate worries for nonprofit leaders in any state, in James D. DeWitt's A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR NONPROFIT


Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

P.O. Box 16162

Phoenix, AZ 85011-6162

602) 279-2966

The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University offers a certificate program, public events, and links through the website to other nonprofit resources. See


Nonprofit Resources, Inc.
500 Broadway, Suite 403
Little Rock,
AR 72201-3342

Tel (501) 374-8515 FAX (501)

See also the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at


California Association of Nonprofits

CompassPoint (formerly the Support Center of San Francisco) serves the Bay Area.

The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits serves San Jose (and, perhaps, soon Santa Cruz as well).

The Center for Civic Partnerships provides support to (mostly) health related projects.

The Center for Nonprofit Management works in the LA area.

Craigslist Yellow Pages list support organizations that can be useful in the San Francisco area.

Executive Service Corps of Southern California provides management and technical assistance.

Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership. "We offer information, referral and consulting services, networking opportunities, a prized Philanthropy and Research Library, and a full schedule of year-round educational seminars and workshops."

Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC) offers a variety of insurance programs exclusively to nonprofit organizations. (An affiliate offers insurance for nonprofits in some other states as well.)

Nonprofit Solutions provides management and technical assistance in the San Diego area.

Nonprofit Support Center of Santa Barbara County.

The Public Law Center is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free help for those who are interested in starting a nonprofit corporation in Orange County, California. In partnership with the Volunteer Center of Orange County, we also offer 3-hour workshops on the basics of starting a nonprofit corporation in California. Please visit for more information.

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits.

California Attorney General information on nonprofits: Publishes the "Attorney General's Guide to Charities."

Registry of Charitable Trusts

P.O. Box 903447

Sacramento, CA 94203-4470


Colorado Nonprofit Association

(Formerly the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO).)

Aspen Valley Community Foundation-ESC provides management and technical assistance.

The Community Resource Center,, has
information for Colorado (and other) nonprofits.(9/7/97)

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.


Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

Comprehensive resource library from the Connecticut Association and the University of Connecticut:

The Pro Bono Partnership is a source for pro bono transactional legal assistance for charities in suburban New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

The national office of the Executive Service Corps provides management and technical assistance in from Stamford and Hartford.

Time for Ideas offers a listing of resources for Connecticut Nonprofits at

Lisa Nachmias Davis, Esq., wrote to CharityLaw on June 1, 1998: I am President and and on the Board of the Legal Center for Connecticut Nonprofit Organization, a privately funded organization that matches financially needy 501(c)(3) organizations or would-be organizations, with volunteer attorneys willing to provide services on a pro bono basis, and for whom we provide malpractice coverage. Accepting a case from the Legal Center may entitle the
volunteer attorney to pro bono "credit" from the Connecticut Bar Association.
P.O. Box 693
New Haven, CT 06503-0695
Telephone: 203-624-5415.


Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies


Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Executive Service Corps provides management and technical assistance.
-- 202/508-1058 or

Nonprofit Roundtable


Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Broward Executive Allance Consultants to Nonprofits (BEACON) provides management and technical assistance in Fort Lauderdale.
-- 954/484.7117 ext 115

Executive Service Corps of Northeast Florida provides management and technical assistance.
-- 904/725-2945

Executive Service Corps of Sarasota provides management and technical assistance.
-- (941)951.2352

Executive Service Corps of Southeast Florida provides management and technical assistance.

Management Assistance Program provides assistance to nonprofits in the Tampa area.

A Miami organization called Put Something Back finds private attorneys to assist low-budget, start-up not-for-profit groups with incorporation, attaining 501(c)(3) status and other legal services. The new organization must provide services/ work in the Miami Dade County area. Interested people should call Kim Donica, Esq., at 305 579-5733 ext. 2261 or fax 305 371-7693.

Put Something Back Pro Bono Project

123 NW First Avenue

Miami, FL 33128

(Quoted from descriptive correspondence dated July 24, 1998 -- PB)


Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Common Ground Athens


A resource center for community groups in the Athens area, providing meeting space, office machines, a lending library, fiscal sponsorship, and training programs for both new and established organizations.


Idaho Nonprofit Development Center

ParkCenter Pointe

1509 Tyrell Lane, Suite A

Boise, Idaho 83706


FAX: (208) 424-2294


The Donors Forum of Chicago

The Donors Forum serves as a statewide association of nonprofits for Illinois. —Ed.

Community Resource Network (Chicago) "brings together individuals, social service agencies and companies who might otherwise not find each other" especially in connection with health information and volunteering.

Assistance with the use of technology is provided to nonprofits by the IT Resource Center --

The Axelson Center at North Park University offers many tools and resources through the Greater Chicago Nonprofit Gateway at

Executive Service Corps of Chicago provides management and technical assistance.

Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC) is a not-for-profit consulting organization that helps with the collection and use of information by nonprofits, governments, and planners.

Contact the Illinois CPA Society at (800)993-0393. They have a publication entitled "Getting Organized: A Guide for New Nonprofit Organizations" available. It provides a lot of useful information on establishing a NPO in Illinois. --Dottie Johnson, Nonprofit Financial Center, (312)606-8250 -- Dec. 1997

The Nonprofit Financial Center itself has published "Do It Right the First Time: Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Illinois" (see It's available through the website for $30.


Indiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Contact: Harriet O'Connor, President

10 West Market Street, Site 1720

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 464-5324, Fax: (317) 464-5146

Executive Service Corps of Indianapolis provides management and technical assistance.


The Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Iowa offers news and information.

See also the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at


Kansas Non Profit Association

P.O. Box 47054
Topeka, KS 66647-0054



Fax: 785-266-2113


See also the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at

In Kansas City, nonprofits are linked through


Kentucky Association of Nonprofit Organizations

c/o Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

489 East Main Street, 3rd Floor

Lexington, KY 40507

Contact: Jill Seyfred

(606) 225-8879 Fax: (606) 225-8969


Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations


Maine Association of Nonprofits

Executive Service Corps of New England (Maine) provides management and technical assistance from Saco.


Maryland Nonprofits

You can search the list of charities registered in Maryland through

The Community Law Center (410 366-0922) represents community associations in the Baltimore Metro area. CLC has produced a "how to book" for organizations considering applying for non profit status. (From Valerie Carpenter, Graduate Student, Masters Public Administration, University of
Baltimore. 5/6/98)


Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers

Online source of information and announcements; email newsletter every Wednesday.

Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts supports foundation staff and philanthropists.

Executive Service Corps of New England provides management and technical assistance from Boston.

Third Sector New England "provides information and services to build the knowledge, power and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations that engage people in community and public life." Also manages the NonProfit Center of Boston and publishes the nationally circulated Nonprofit Quarterly.

Join Together Online
441 Stuart St.
Boston MA, 02116
Eric Helmut
Tel (617) 437-1500, Fax: (617) 437-9394
A resource center & meeting place for communities fighting substance abuse), (using the power of the web to help smokers quit).

Nonprofit Net


info -at-

Free monthly semininars for nonprofit organizations plus online information resources (including notes and handouts from many of the events).


Michigan Nonprofit Association

Detroit Executive Service Corps provides management and technical assistance.

Michigan League for Human Services

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work Inc. works from Ann Arbor to support nonprofits in southeast Michigan.


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

"You may interested in knowing about our organization, the Charities Review Council of Minnesota (, which is the only state-wide charity review organization. We perform a function similar to the Wise Giving Alliance but under our own standards, some of which are substantially different than theirs. We evaluate both Minnesota-based charities and national charities that solicit in Minnesota You can reach us at (800) 733-GIVE or (612) 224-7030. -- Kevin Slator, 10/22/97

Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits.

Minnesota Council on Foundations.

Nonprofit Assistance Fund (formerly Community Loan Technologies) "provides loans and financial management training and technical assistance to stabilize and strengthen the financial capacity of nonprofit organizations in Minnesota."

The Minnesota Attorney General's database of all registered charities in
the state


Mississippi Center for Nonprofits


See the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

In Kansas City, nonprofits are listed at; see also Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy.

ESC of Greater Kansas City provides management and technical assistance.
-- (816)561-5372

For greater St. Louis, see the Nonprofit Services Coalition
-- (There's a list of member organizations at


Montana Nonprofit Association

States with names in the second half of the alphabet are in

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