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The Nonprofit FAQ: Internet Use

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Advice on choosing a way to handle an online (email) newsletter
Advice on choosing a way to reach stakeholders online.
Are there email lists for international development work?
A couple of resources are listed here.
Basic definitions for advertising, marketing, public relations, e-com
Advertising, promotion, marketing, public relations, publicity, sales and e-commerce -- what are they? How are they done?
Can we recruit volunteers via the Internet?
There are increasingly sophisticated websites available to help
Can we seek inkind donations online?
Some suggestions of straightforward techniques.
Can we use free email to build online mailing lists?
Possibly. This article has links to several services with thumbnail reviews of how they work.
Comprehensive collection of resources about using Web
Various perspectives on basics, designing, building, managing, evaluating and promoting a Web site.
Development of Practices about Receiving Donations Online
This topic has been discussed many times in the Nonprofit FAQ over the years. This item archives the earlier discussions for ready reference.
Do we need a privacy statement?
There are many facets to this question, and many resources available online. It is especially important for organizations that do business online or that offer online services for kids.
Does Fundraising on the Internet Require Registration in Every State?
There is no final answer...yet. Several writers' have discussed the question online.
Electronic or digital publishing resources
It is now possible to publish documents electronically and receive payments or royalties for them. Here is a brief discription of some resources.
Email newsletter for grantseekers
A free email publication from a consulting firm (No longer published 1/28/10)
FAQs about 'Virtual' Volunteering
Summary: Virtual volunteering, also known as online volunteering, cyber service, online mentoring, telementoring, and various other names, offers a number of benefits to both volunteers and the organizations who involve them.
How can I Find a Low Cost Host for a Web Site?
There are free hosting services. But for a website that can be a real resource, it may be better to find the money to pay the relatively small costs involved.
How can I get general information on community and free nets?
Many community networks provide significant assistance with online projects for other nonprofits in their area.
How can nonprofits secure room on local community nets?
Each one is different. Talking to the organizers is the shortest path.
How can one attract attention to a new web site?
Suggestions, including references to other material online, for appropriate promotion of WWW sites.
How can We Find an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
Look on the web and talk with other organizations in your area that use the 'net.
How can we get a .org domain name for our website?
Domain names are organized by registrars. The Public Interest Registry manages the .org domain.
How can we use the Internet to reach more people?
Advice from two long-term observers of nonprofits' use of online tools.
How do volunteers use blogs?
For that matter, what is a blog? Volunteers (and anyone else) can use these personal websites to report experiences, opinions, and interesting finds. For better or worse.
How is fundraising regulated in the US?
State governments are the most active regulators of fund raising, and the standards are quite different from place to place. The use of the Internet for fund raising makes this situation even more complicated.
How much leeway should a website editor have?
A website is an important way of presenting an organization to friends and strangers. When staff and volunteers can't agree on its content, what should be done?
How to Choose a Service to Process Donations Online
IdealWare has a thorough discussion on the web.
How will the Net affect the work of Fundraisers?
Early discussions of many possible ways for fundraisers to use the net.
Is the full-text of the Federal Register available on-line?
It is. But read this for even better deals!
Is the IRS List of Recognized Charities Available On Line?
Yes. And there are other resources for finding information on nonprofits on line as well.
Is there information about foundations on the Web?
More and more foundations are making information about their activities, including grants, available online.
Nonprofit News Sites
This item contains a list of nonprofit news sites and related publications.
Nonprofit Resource Websites
Links to a few of the many resources for nonprofits on the Internet.
Some early posts about nonprofits and the Internet (archived)
Here are some comments from the early and mid 1990s that convey a sense of the early days of nonprofits exploration of ways to use the Internet in their work.
The Best E-Newsletters for Grants and Nonprofit Leaders
A ranked and annotated list of online announcement and discussion services for nonprofits prepared in September 2006 and revised in August 2008.
Various nonprofit email lists, newsletters and discussion groups
Listing of nonprofit listservs, newsletters and discussion groups about a wide range of nonprofit topics
What about hate groups?
Notes about the relationship between nonprofit status and hateful acts, and some resources for dealing with expressions of hate on the Internet and in other forms.
What About Posting 990s and Other IRS Forms Online?
A new website discusses related questions and offers space for organizations to do this if they wish.
What are and NONPROFIT?
These two online discussion groups about nonprofits are linked. is a UseNet newsgroup. NONPROFIT is an email discussion list. How to subscribe, unsubscribe, etc., and other background will be found in this item.
What is a Frequently Asked Questions File (FAQ)?
In this case, an archive of interesting online discussions and resource files prepared for this site by various contributors.
What is distance learning?
Distance learning -- sometimes called online learning -- means using telecommunications to access sources of learning.
What laws apply to telemarketing?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Telemarketing Sales Rule may both apply here.
What use is the Internet to a nonprofit organization (NPO)?
Several different observers offer their opinions.
Where are useful nonprofit & fundraising resources on the net?
An annotated list of resources of interest or use to nonprofits.
Where can I find federal and state laws?
Search engines and libraries for finding federal and state laws
Where can I find general searching resources on the net?
There are many different approaches to searching for useful information online. This article offers links to popular search sites and to discussions of search strategy.
Where can I learn the basics of the Internet?
Basics of the Internet and planning its use.
Where can we post our Form 990 online?
Regulations effective 6/8/99 require nonprofits to provide copies of their 990s on request. One way to do it is to post an exact copy of the report as filed with the IRS.
Will a trademark protect my organization's name on the net?
Having a registered trademark is a help, but registering your name for internet use is also a good idea