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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.


  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    Golden Gate Chapter

    3871 Piedmont Ave. PMB 24
    Oakland, CA 94611
    Tel: (415) 404-6501

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

  • California Association of Nonprofits
    400 Montgomery Street, Suite 500
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Tel: (800) 776-4226
    Fax: (866) 731-1672

    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

    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).

  • Grant Professionals Association (GPA)

    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.

  • Harvard Business School Community Partners
    Tel: (650) 799-9365

    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

    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
    160 Spear Street, Suite 360
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Tel: (415) 777-4111
    Fax: (415) 777-1714

    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.

  • Stanford Alumni Consulting Team
    Stanford Graduate School of Business
    655 Knight Way
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel: (650) 736-1956
    Fax: (650) 723-5151

    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.

  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-San Francisco Bay Area
    The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-San Francisco Bay Area (YNPN-sfba) promotes an efficient, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals.

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

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
    Golden Gate Chapter

    Web site provides a directory of consultants.

  • Center for Nonprofit Management Southern California
    1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 250
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Tel: (213) 687-9511
    Fax: (213) 687-7159

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

  • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin
    65 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. 101
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    Tel: (415) 479-5710
    Fax: (415) 479-9878

    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
    2570 N. 1st Street, Suite 251
    San Jose, CA 95131
    Tel: (408) 916-3734

    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 site and get automatically matched up with local businesses and residents who are donating items which meet your needs.

  • Mary's List

    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 Impact Foundry
    4700 Roseville Road, Suite 211
    North Highlands, CA 95660
    Tel: (916) 569-8555
    Fax: (888) 550-6772

    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.

  • Nonprofit Roundtable
    Free seminar series sponsored by four consulting firms. Each sponsor offers training sessions on their specialty to the nonprofit community or brings in experts to cover topics of interest.

  • The Taproot Foundation
    466 Geary Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (415) 359-0226

    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.

  • Volunteer Center of the East Bay
    700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Tel: (925) 472-5760
    Tel: (510) 232-0163
    Fax: (925) 472-5780

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

  • Volunteer Center of San Francisco
    1675 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Tel: (415) 982-8999
    Fax: (415) 982-0890

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

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  • California Lawyers for the Arts
    San Francisco Office
    Fort Mason Center, C-255
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Tel: (415) 775-7200
    Fax: (415) 775-1143

    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 Bar Association of San Francisco
    Justice & Diversity Center
    Community Organization Representation Project (CORP)
    301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Tel: (415) 982-1600
    Email: CORP

    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.

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  • Arts Loan Fund

    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.

  • Miramar Farms
    Tel: (650) 265-2100, ext. 103
  • Miramar Farms provides a venue space for tech companies, and for non-profits as well, including donating our space to four nonprofits a year.

  • Nonprofit Finance Fund
    760 Market Street, Suite 333
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (415) 255-4849
    Fax: (415) 576-1090
  • The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) provides loans, workshops, and planning assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive as businesses while honoring their mission.

  • Northern California Community Loan Fund
    870 Market Street, Suite 677
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Tel: (415) 392-8215
    Fax: (415) 392-8216
  • 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
    Pier 28
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Tel: (415) 905-1611 ext.205
    Fax: (415) 905-1610
  • 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.

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  • California State University East Bay
    Extended and Continuing Education Courses
    Warren Hall (WA) 851
    25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
    Hayward, CA 94542
    Tel: (510) 730-2784
    Fax: (510) 885-4817

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

  • Mills College
    Office of Graduate Admission
    5000 MacArthur Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94613
    Tel: (510) 430-3309
    Fax: (510) 430-2159

    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.

  • Online Colleges
    Scholarships and Financial Aid

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

  • San Francisco State University
    Department of Public Administration
    1600 Holloway Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    Tel: (415) 338-2030

    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.

  • San José State University
    Professional Development Certificate Programs
    Lundy Avenue Professional Development Center
    2160 Lundy Avenue, Suite 250
    San José, California 95131-1862
    Tel: (408) 519-1275

    Nonprofit Management Certificate program.

  • Stanford University
    Graduate School of Business
    518 Memorial Way
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA 94305-5015
    Tel: (650) 725-5399

    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.

  • University of San Francisco
    School of Management
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
    Tel: (415) 422-6571

    Master of Nonprofit Administration.

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  • TechSoup Global
    435 Brannan Street, Suite 100
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Tel: (415) 512-7784
    Fax: (415) 512-9629

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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