Follow the trail
- Web Sites with a wide (sector) brief or specific web-based information focus.
- News sources - online and broadcast.
- Blogs, Web 2.0, RSS for voluntary groups.
- Sector directories - voluntary organisations, charities.
- Non-UK sources (mainly American).
- Charity Event or Campaign Diaries are on the Running an Event page.
- Looking for a particular, or sample, charity or voluntary organisation? Try Areas of Concern for activity topics (e.g. housing, health issues, economic development), Web in Practice for 'customer facing' web sites. Or check the directory sites listed below.
See the Information Sources Index page to find listings of sites focused on particular issues.
- Business in the Community encourages
all sorts of involvement by commercial organisations with not-for-profits. In
Scotland, try Scottish Business in
- Charity Commission (covers England and Wales). Holds details of registered charities which
you can search in various ways, downloadable publications (including
most of their important leaflets) and further contact details. Also
see Registering as a
Aid Foundation has news from and for UK
- Directory of Social Change Training
and information (a wide range of publications) for the voluntary sector.
Also central London meeting venue with reference library (ring in advance),
annual Charityfair, online bookshop.
- Idealist An international project
of Action without Borders, based in the US, with some bias. Worth a
look if you are interested in foreign as well as UK stuff, and/or have
plenty of web surfing time. You can search on various topics and by
country, date of event.
- Office for Public Management "working
with people to develop high quality management, professional practice
and public engagement in organisations that aim to improve social
results." Various downloadable papers, but not as useful
a resource as it was.
- OneWorld News headlines on
sustainable development and human rights from a large partner network aroudn teh globe. Plus jobs, campaigns, videos etc.
- Open Directory Project is a human-edited web directory. Unfortunately,
they tend to regard anything outside America as 'Regional', so Society/Organizations/Nonprofit_Resources,
is rather US dominated. VolResource may be more
relevant and useful than their Regional/Europe/UK
- WorkWithUs 'Scotland's portal to the voluntary sector' set up by SCVO, with pages for and by a wide range of organisations in the country.
Please see our VoluntaryNews site for links to a range of web sites carrying news for voluntary organisations - more than just the occasional press release. Some of those listed above and other specialist sites listed elsewhere will also carry relevant news for their areas.
- Community Channel broadcasts television programmes on Sky and Virgin 24 hours a day and Freeview early in the morning. See web site for listings and guidance on how your organisation can appear.
Please see more information on the VoluntaryNews site, covering news sites for the voluntary sector, quick links to news feeds (RSS) and a page of discussion forums and other interactive sites.
Blogs (usually personal 'diaries' on a range of subjects) and forums often come with RSS feeds built-in - simple way to deliver summaries of frequently changing web content via news readers or similar tools. Firefox includes a reader as standard, called Live Bookmarks, and add-ins (extensions) can tailor things further.
Our CharityBlog (mainly Storifying interesting tweets at spring 2013) still lists a wide range of blogs produced by and for people involved in charities, including those designed to be read by a wider audience (donors, members, volunteers, general public).
- Discussion lists and forums connected with a specific function (e.g. IT support) will appear on the relevant page covering support bodies.
There are quite a few web sites competing to be the directory of choice. Charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission are easily found in their search the register section. Scotland - see The List at regulator OSCR.
GuideStar Is based on the Charity Commission's database of registered charities (set up costs were funded by government). Charities are encouraged to expand on their entries.
Charity Financials (was Charities Direct) from Caritas Data. They claim to have regularly updated info on over 10,000 charities, although there have been queries about how accurate it is. Also lists/profiles various professional advisers.
Charity Choice This database is also available in hard copy. Online you can search by category, name, location, charity registration number etc. Has phone numbers and some web site links. From business information publisher, Wilmington.
Also see Web in Practice page for charity shopping malls, online donation directories and the like.
The following are worth checking out if you have a) the time b) the inclination to filter out the foreign, mainly American, specific content. Remember that US legal matters, non-profit boards and the whole approach to philanthropy/giving are very different to that in the UK.
- Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (CNP), part of Urban Institute. Projects include the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and Research Initiative on Nonprofit Advocacy.
- Literature of the NonProfit Sector A search facility geared to finding particular papers (probably academic in nature).
- NGO Manager - E-Library from NGO Management Association Switzerland - tools and information for nonprofits.
- About.com 'the human internet' has a Non-Profit channel - plenty of stuff but very American.
- Management Help general library page has plenty of links to management articles of varying relevance and quality.
- In Canada: nonprofit 'supersite' Charity Village, or Sector Source site from Imagine Canada.