Resource Library

Resource Library

The Nonprofit Development Center’s Resource Library provides nonprofits with useful resources and links on nonprofit management.  You can jump to the desired section by clicking on the topic name:


Boards and Governance

Board Job Descriptions provides job descriptions and roles for board officers. (BoardSource)

BoardSource is a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership.  They have produced a variety of resources on board governance.  Some of the resources are available to download for free and other resources must be purchased. (BoardSource)

Right from the Start: What Your Board Needs in Three Easy Tables helps nonprofit boards identify their strengths and gaps and determine what attributes are needed in new board members. (The Bridgespan Group and Georgia Center for Nonprofits)

Roles and Responsibilities of the Nonprofit Board reviews the basic roles and legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards, along with the responsibilities of individual board members. (Minnesota Council of Nonprofits)

The Guide to Not-for-Profit Governance gives an overview of the duties and best practices of nonprofit boards, along with sample governance and nonprofit policies. (Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP)

Evaluation and Outcome Measurements

Framework for Program Evaluation provides a practical framework for evaluating the effectiveness of nonprofit programs. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Measuring Outcomes demonstrates how to identify outcomes, develop performance indicators, create and implement a data collection plan, analyze data, and communicate results. (Strengthening Nonprofits)

Program Evaluation Tip Sheet: Constructing Survey Questions shows how to write survey questions to measure the effectiveness of nonprofit programs. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Financial Management

All About Financial Management in Nonprofits includes links to better understand basic nonprofit financials and accounting. (Free Management Library)

An Executive Director’s Guide to Financial Leadership highlights eight key business principles to achieve sustainable financial health for nonprofit organizations. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Nonprofit Financial Policy Guidelines and Examples offers information and examples on developing financial policies for nonprofits. (Nonprofits Assistance Fund)

Twelve Golden Rules of Nonprofit Finance outlines twelve financial management practices that build stability and flexibility for nonprofit organizations. (Nonprofits Assistance Fund)


Cultivating Lifelong Donors: Stewardship and the Fundraising Pyramid helps nonprofits engage and develop donors. (Blackbaud)

Fundraising and Development includes links to a range of fundraising topics such as: basic princliples of fundraising, individual giving, earned income, board giving, special events, and corporate giving. (Texas Commission on the Arts)

Raise Funds shows how to raise money, nurture relationships, and build support. (Raise Funds)

Ten Steps to Creating Your Fund Development Plan gives step-by-step instructions on how to create a development and fundraising plan. (Funding Change Consulting)

General Nonprofit Resources

National Council of Nonprofits provides many resources and shares best practices on nonprofit management including publications on advocacy, boards and governance, employment, ethics and accountability, financial management, fundraising, and leadership. (National Council of Nonprofits)

Nonprofit works includes general information and templates on strategic planning, budgets, grant writing, and board training. (Nonprofit Works)

Onestar Foundation is a nonprofit that is working to build a stronger nonprofit sector in the state of Texas. (Onestar Foundation)

Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations is a nonprofit that promotes the nonprofit sector in Texas. (Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations)

Grant Writing

Guidestar has general information and financial information on nonprofits and foundations in the United States, including form 990s. (Guidestar)

It’s Our Community: The State of Jefferson County contains 200+ data points on the well-being of Jefferson County.  This information should be useful for grant writing and demonstrating why programs and services are needed in Jefferson County. (Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center)

Sample Documents includes a variety of sample grant proposals and cover letters. (GrantSpace)

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start gives access to information on 140,000 grant makers.  For more searching capabilities, please visit R.C. Miller Library to access the full version of Foundation Directory Online. (Foundation Directory Online)

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal provides an overview on how to write a successful grant proposal. (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

Human Resources

Nonprofit CEO Transitions Resource Center highlights various resources to assist with nonprofit CEO transitions. (The Bridgespan Group)

Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit provides nonprofits with resources on hiring new employees. (The Bridgespan Group)

Nonprofit Job Description Toolkit offers sample job descriptions for nonprofit roles including board members, executive directors, development, programming, finances, and operations. (The Bridgespan Group) provides advice to mid-level nonprofit managers on leadership development.


How to Develop Yourself as a Nonprofit Leader offers advice to mid-level nonprofit managers advice on leadership development. (The Bridgespan Group)

Nonprofit Leadership Development Toolkit helps nonprofits develop their staff into the next generation of nonprofit leaders.  (The Bridgespan Group)

Legal Compliance

Legal Requirements contains a general overview of legal requirements governing nonprofits in Texas, including a legal compliance checklist and information on record-keeping and filing requirements. (Texas C-Bar)


7 Steps to Creating your Best Nonprofit Marketing Plan Ever provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a marketing plan for nonprofits. (Network for Good)

Marketing  includes information and templates for creating a marketing plan and working with the media. (Texas Commission on the Arts)

Starting a Nonprofit

Business and Nonprofit Forms is the Texas Secretary of State’s website that provides links to various  nonprofit forms including forms for certificate for formation, changing registered agents, reserving names, certificates of conversion, and reinstatement. (Texas Secretary of State)

Fiscal Sponsorships for Nonprofits provides an overview of fiscal sponsorships as an alternative to incorporating as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. (National Council of Nonprofits)

Forming a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Corporation in Texas gives step-by-step instructions on how to form a nonprofit organization in the state of Texas. (Texas C-Bar)

Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is the IRS’s website that  provides links to the Form 1023 and Form 1023EZ, which nonprofits will need to complete in order to receive tax-exempt status. (IRS)

Incorporation has information and templates for individuals that are interested in forming a nonprofit in the state of Texas. (Texas C-Bar)