The following resource list includes many associations, service organizations, and technical assistance providers that serve the San Francisco Bay Area and California. The list is not comprehensive, but rather is intended to serve as a starting point for those in need of assistance. When available, we provide direct links to an organization's web site.

Service Organizations and Associations

Professional association for fundraising executives offering continuing professional education, career development, a mentoring program, a newsletter, and Fund Raising Days.

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.

Development Executives Roundtable (DER) is an educational and collegial resource for Bay Area fundraisers – professional, volunteer, and potentials alike – for over 35 years. Lunchtime meetings held on the second Friday of every month (with rare exceptions).

Since its inception in 1998, GPA has grown rapidly. With over 1,800 current members internationally, the opportunities and benefits of membership continue to attract people from all over the globe.

HBS Community Partners offers Bay Area nonprofits the opportunity to have pro bono consulting and advisory services by Harvard Business School alumni who wish to channel their business management skills to create positive social impact.

Net Impact's Service Corps volunteers partner with nonprofits on short-term, part-time consulting projects related to finance, marketing, new program development, business planning, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private grantmakers. NCG's work is focused in two broad arenas: enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy, and strengthening the ties between philanthropy and it many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large.

The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team provides pro bono consulting expertise in a wide range of areas, including strategic planning, marketing, earned revenue, financial sustainability, and organizational growth.

Consulting, Training, and Resources
(Also check with area colleges and universities and their continuing education centers for additional opportunities.)

Web site provides a directory of consultants.

The Center for Nonprofit Management offers seminars on issues related to nonprofit management.

Offers a series of workshops and trainings, affinity groups, a resource library, and a referral service for volunteers to the Marin nonprofit and volunteer community.

  • CompassPoint
     Oakland Office and Convening Space
     500 12th Street, Suite 320
     Oakland, CA 94607 
     Tel: (510) 318-3755
     Fax: (415) 541-7708

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a nonprofit consulting and training organization. They provide nonprofits with the management tools and concepts necessary to best serve their communities.

Consulting Within Reach provides consulting to nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and beyond. We are a White House award winning firm with services in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, database, and web.

  • iReuse
     1050 North Gate Drive, Suite 550
     San Rafael, CA 94903
     Tel: (415) 924-9977

iReuse is a service in the Bay Area helping nonprofits, schools, and other organizations get the stuff they need. All you need to do is create your wish list on iReuse's web siteand get automatically matched up with local businesses and residents who are donating items which meet your needs.

Mary's List was created by Mary Gregory, a program officer at Pacific Foundation Services, as a way for non-profits to connect with qualified consultants and for consultants to connect with each other.

The mission of the Impact Foundry is to enhance the resources and improve the management of nonprofit organizations, primarily within California’s northern Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.

The Taproot Foundation is a leading nonprofit marketing and technology consulting firm. The foundation's work is offered pro bono in a competitive grantmaking process.

The Volunteer Center operates with the mission of linking people who care with people in need.

Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse of volunteer information for San Francisco nonprofit organizations, individuals, city agencies, and other civic groups.

Legal Services

Service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.

The Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) is a project of the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (formerly Volunteer Legal Services Program). They provide pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that directly serve low-income and underserved communities in Northern California. CORP can help with a variety of legal matters such as employment, corporate, contract, real estate, tax, and intellectual property.

Loans, Meeting Space, Real Estate, and Renovation

The Arts Loan Fund (ALF), a collaborative program of the Northern California Grantmakers, provides quick-turnaround, short-term financial assistance to San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations experiencing cash-flow problems.

  • Community Conference Space
     Silicon Valley Community Foundation
     Mountain View Headquarters
     Tel: (650) 450-5400
     San Mateo Conference Center
     Tel: (650) 458-2660

Silicon Valley Community Foundation provides free community meeting space for nonprofit organizations located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Organizations can use the state-of-the art facilities to host meetings, trainings, informal gatherings or retreats.

  • Dancing Deer Farm
     The Center for Reuniting Families
     2975 Vineyard Drive
     Templeton, CA 93465
     Tel: (805) 434-3200

The Center for Reuniting Families (CRF) at Dancing Deer Farm is a nonprofit education center and organic farm on California's central coast. CRF provides a venue, at no cost on weekdays, to other nonprofits with goals and mandates compatible with theirs.

  • Emergency Loan Fund
     Northern California Grantmakers
     625 Market Street, 15th Floor
     San Francisco, CA 94105
     Tel: (415) 777-4111 ext. 27
     Fax: (415) 777-1714

The Emergency Loan Fund (ELF), a collaborative program of the Northern California Grantmakers, provides quick-turnaround, short-term financial assistance to San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits experiencing cash-flow problems that place their services at risk.

  • Impact Hub
     2150 Allston Way, Suite 400
     Berkeley, CA 94704
     Tel: (510) 649-7700
     San Francisco
     901 Mission Street, Suite 105
     San Francisco, CA 94103
     Tel: (415) 624-5881
     2323 Broadway
     Oakland, CA 94612
     Tel: (510) 858-2323

Hub spaces range from stimulating, collision-rich café and hot-desking environments that support innovation, to quiet areas that foster focused concentration, to places where members work the phones for hours pushing their ideas forward. Hubs also feature event spaces for large and small film screenings, art openings, and presentations.

  • MCF Loan Fund
     5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
     Novato, CA 94949

The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) Loan Fund provides financing options to nonprofits that may not be able to access or afford traditional commercial debt.

Metta Fund works with communities to improve health for all in San Francisco. Metta Fund offers their community room as a free resource to local nonprofits. The room accommodates up to 40 people and is available weekdays 8:00 am-5:30 pm.

Miramar Farms provides a venue space for tech companies, and for non-profits as well, including donating our space to four nonprofits a year.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) provides loans, workshops, and planning assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive as businesses while honoring their mission.

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) is a nonprofit lender dedicated to strengthening the economic base of low-income communities in northern California.

Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides free renovations for San Francisco based nonprofits and community service facilities, as part of its Rebuilding Weekend program on the last weekend of April. Rebuilding Together San Francisco is a nonprofit organization that brings together volunteer teams to provide repair and renovation work for low-income homeowners, non-profits, and community centers. The type of work completed includes (but is not limited to): interior painting, minor plumbing, electrical, landscaping, carpentry, safety modifications, etc.

Academic Programs

Offers a Nonprofit certificate and credit through Masters in Public Administration Program

Offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Business Administration (MBA) with option of concentration in nonprofit management, Joint MPP/MBA, and Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership. All graduate programs at Mills are co-ed.

An online directory of scholarship opportunities and financial aid for California students.

Offers a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and, in conjunction with the College of Extended Learning, a basic certificate in Nonprofit Management and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Strategic Management.

Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

Offers a Public Management Program.

  • University of California at Berkeley
     Haas School of Business
     545 Student Services #1900
     Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
     Tel: (510) 643-7668.

MBA Nonprofit and Public Management Program.

Master of Nonprofit Administration.

Computer Technology

TechSoup Global helps nonprofits globally get and use technology to heighten their impact. Through its web sites, events, and community-building initiatives, TechSoup Global also helps companies and foundations optimize their philanthropic impact.

Employment Resources

  • Philanthropy News Digest
     Provides job postings for foundations, grantmaking public charities, corporate grantmakers, and other nonprofit organizations. Job postings cover the nation with many from California.
  • Bay Area Career Center 
     BACC offers counseling, coaching, workshops, networking events, and job clubs. Currently open by appointment only.
  • Craigslist 
     Provides job postings for nonprofits in the Bay Area and in other metropolitan areas as well.
  • Idealist
     Posts job and intership listings on national and international basis.
  • Jewish Vocational Services
     Provides job training programs, job placement assistance, job retention services, career and employment counseling, a Technology Access Center to utilize computers and office equipment, career-related workshops, and computer workshops and classes. Also offers online job listings, resume posting, and online job matching.
  • Northern California Grantmakers 
     Recent job openings announced by member grantmakers, and updated monthly.
     Carries extensive nonprofit job listings for administrative, staff and professional positions on a local and national level.
  • Young Nonprofits Professional Network-San Francisco Bay Area Career Center 
     This searchable databases allows for easy access to Bay Area job postings.

Resources for Artists and Nonprofit Arts Organizations:

  • Artists House Music
     Artists House Music is a nonprofit web site where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry.
  • Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces
     Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, searchable database of performing arts venues and facilities in the greater Bay Area for classes, workshops, auditions, rehearsals and even performances.
  • Bay Area Video Coalition
     Provides fiscal sponsorship to independent artists/producers who meet their requirements.
  • California Arts Council
     Helps independent local groups develop their own arts programs. Promotes employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in the public and private sector. Provides for exhibition of artworks in public buildings throughout California; and enlists the aid of all state agencies in the task of ensuring the fullest expression of our artistic potential.
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
     Service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.
  • Grants for the Arts
     Established through a combination of City and State legislation, and approved by the City's Board of Supervisors, Grants for the Arts has a policy of supporting an arts organization's general operating expenses. Its foremost goal is to be a stable, dependable base of support for organizations that continue to meet the funding criteria.
  • San Francisco Arts Commission
     City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Film Society
     The Film Society brings together international and Bay Area filmgoers and filmmakers through engaged and responsive audience interaction, creating a positive impact on the city’s community and cultural life.
  • Theatre Bay Area
     Theatre Bay Area's (TBA) mission is to unite, strengthen and promote theatre in the region by providing communication networks and opportunities and creating resources for theatre companies, theatre workers, and theatre lovers. TBA serves as a liaison between the theatre community and government, business and others who benefit from a healthy and thriving theatre community.