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The Nonprofit FAQ: Research Organizations & Reports

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Do people volunteer more during the winter holidays?
Researchers and managers report their experience and evidence
Are marketing research and market research the same thing?
Market research refers to an analysis of a specific market, while Marketing Research is a continuous and ongoing effort to collect information across a broad spectrum of things for marketing and decision-making purposes.
Are there advanced educational opportunities in East & Central Europe?
Scholars are working to assemble a listing; here is a report of progress.
Are there scholarly journals in the field?
Several are listed here by a long-term scholar and observer in the field; additional notes describe other publications.
Are there statistics about nonprofits online?
The National Center for Charitable Statistics offers quite a lot of statistical information at its website and provides access to detailed 990 data for researchers who pay small fees. There are other sources as well.
Can we do our own market research? If so, how?
Some suggestions on how to do basic, low cost, practical research
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)
Indiana University's Philanthropic Studies Library
Many research tools for this extensive collection are available online.
Key Texts for Understanding Nonprofits
Compiled from email discussions of the topic.
National Support and Advocacy Organizations: A through M
A list with brief program summaries of some of the organizations that support and assist nonprofits in the US.
National Support and Advocacy Organizations: N through Z
A list with brief program summaries of some of the organizations that support and assist nonprofits in the US.
Published summary information on US nonprofits
Readily available overviews of the field (out of date).
Research on Nonprofits
Starting points for learning more about nonprofits and the various ways scholars examine them.
The Mandel Center
An education and research center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. See
What are some useful books about nonprofits?
Listings of various publications suggested by readers.
What are the current trends in philanthropy in this tough economy?
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University calculates a semiannual fundraising confidence index. This item also offers thoughts on redesigning a fundraising strategy for these difficult times.
What do the news media think about nonprofits?
This study done in the Seattle area includes careful interviews with key informants including editors and publishers.
Where are useful nonprofit & fundraising resources on the net?
An annotated list of resources of interest or use to nonprofits.
Where Can I Find Background on Policy Issues?
The Public Agenda ( and Handsnet ( track issues of interest to many nonprofits.
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.
Yale's Program on Non-profit Organizations and School of Management
Information on this University's research center and management degree programs.