Information Sources

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Key sector information sites

Other key resources

News sources

Some of the sites appearing above, and other specialist sources listed elsewhere, will also carry relevant news for their areas.

Useful online/email newsletters


Do remember that legal matters and the role (and jargon) of the voluntary sector differ from country to country.

Blogs, Social Media

Blogs and forums often come with RSS (news) feeds built-in – a simple way to deliver summaries of frequently changing web content via news readers or similar tools.

  • Discussion lists and forums connected with a specific function (e.g. IT support) will appear on the relevant page covering support bodies.

Directories – voluntary organisations, charities

There are a number of websites vying to be the directory of choice. The online registers from the charity regulators are also generally quite useful.

  • Open Charities is a project “to open up the UK Charities Register” (although it only has done England and Wales so far).
  • 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.
  • CharityLibrary hasn’t developed very far (approx 2,000 with some form of listing at spring 20211).

Useful non-UK sites

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 legal matters, non-profit boards and the whole approach to philanthropy/giving can be 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.
  • National Council of Nonprofits website has a resources section.
  • Idealist An international project of Action without Borders, based in the US.  You can search on various topics and by country, date of event.
  • The Balance (was has a Non-Profit channel – plenty of stuff but very American.
  • Management Help general library page has links to management articles of varying relevance and quality.
  • In Canada: nonprofit ‘supersite’ Charity Village, or Sector Source site from Imagine Canada.

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