10 Awesome Resources for Your NPO

As young professionals in a field that's constantly changing and expecting more from us, we can't have enough resources at our fingertips. The bad news? You, like most of us, probably can't be out of the office every week at conferences and classes. The good news? There are tons of free, real-world applicable resources to tide you over in between. Our Marketing Committee put their heads together and came up with their top ten free online resources—click through below and check them out!


1. Coursera

This (almost entirely) free collection of classes and crash courses covers practically every topic you can think of, from premier universities around the world. In particular, committee member Erin really enjoyed a “Personal Branding” class that she audited a few months back. It was very informative and perfect for anyone considering job hunting in the semi-near future. Learn more.

2. umsl's computer education training center


UMSL's computer training arm is Ideal for crash courses in website management, Adobe design software, and pretty much anything computer-related that NPO unicorns will find themselves doing unexpectedly. Committee member Sam completed his professional Adobe Photoshop certification last year—and you can too! Learn more.

3. techsoup

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TechSoup's mission is to "equip changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally." Basically, they connect nonprofit organizations with hardware and software from major providers like Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple at low or no cost. You can't beat TechSoup if you're scrambling to find tech solutions that fit your NPO budget. Learn more.

4. RAgan's pr daily


We'll give you a dollar if you can find a nonprofit professional who hasn't been tasked with writing a press release on short notice or "doing more of that social media thing" (yup, we'll be holding onto that dollar). Ragan's PR Daily is a fantastic resource for communications and social media, regardless of the size of your organization—be sure to sign up for their daily eNewsletter! Learn more.

5. nonprofit af


There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. That's where Nonprofit AF (formerly known as Nonprofit with Balls) comes in. Author and original "nonprofit unicorn" Vu Lee hopes that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms. Need we say more? Learn more.

6. the mission center


St. Louis's Mission Center provides critical administrative services to nonprofits in an affordable, streamlined manner so they can lower their costs, focus on their true mission and maximize their social impact. Basically, they handle administrative functions like accounting and health insurance so your team can do what they do best. Learn more.

7. beth kanter's blog


Ever think, "gee, I wish I could get lost in a website about nonprofit management the same way I spend hours watching cat videos on YouTube?" Meet Beth Kanter! She writes on topics ranging from social media to workplace culture and is a sought-after speaker on all things NPO-related. Learn more.

8. know your own bone


Author Colleen Dilenschneider's mantra is that successful nonprofit organizations do not choose between social mission and financial sustainability. While she spends most of her time writing about museums and cultural institutions, Dilenschneider's focus on data-driven analysis and current events makes her "Know Your Own Bone" blog a must-read for any nonprofit professional. Learn more.

9. google adwords grants


Chances are you've accidentally clicked on a Google ad when navigating the internet, ending up on the website (and sometimes staying to browse) a company that paid Google lots of money for the privilege. Wouldn't you like your nonprofit to be that company? Google offers special nonprofit grants for organizations with low or no budgets for online advertising, allowing you to reach a whole new digital audience. Learn more.

10. Brown School Professional Development Workshops


Are you working in a social services NPO and looking for an affordable professional development opportunity that doesn't suck up your entire day? Washington University in St. Louis's Brown School of Social Work offers an impressive slate of professional development workshops for just $50. Learn more.

Surely we missed something! Share your favorite local nonprofit resources in the comments below, and be sure to click here and sign up for email updates from YNPN St. Louis!