Launch of the New NonProfit National Resource Directory
Greenfield, MA, Feb. 21, 2009 — Marcia Bloomberg, CEO of The Bloomberg Group, announces the launch of the internet-based NonProfit National Resource Directory, connecting nonprofits to the resources they need to succeed. The directory provides a one-stop-shop for nonprofit leadership to research consultants, coaches, specialists and vendors who will assist them to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their organization or institution.
The work of the nonprofit sector is essential to the well-being of our society. Millions of Americans rely on nonprofit organizations to provide services that support their physical and mental health, their educational aspirations, their religious and spiritual needs, their quest for happiness and fulfillment, their hopes and dreams for themselves and their families.
The new on-line NonProfit National Resource Directory is a growing list of consultants, executive coaches and specialists who partner with nonprofit leaders as they guide their organizations into the future.
As the nonprofit field becomes more sophisticated, as there is more competition for philanthropic dollars and as new government regulations on nonprofits continue to mount, outside expertise is in greater and greater demand. Coaches and consultants can ease the burden on nonprofit professionals. Attorneys and accountants with expertise in nonprofit operations can help organizations avoid expensive, even fatal, mistakes.
Communications experts assist nonprofits to get their message out to those who help sustain them and provide invaluable advice in a crisis. IT specialists help nonprofits keep up with the demands of new technology and provide innovation and support. Trainers, speakers and leadership development consultants help to keep nonprofit professionals motivated, focused, and educated about how to address new needs and develop new skills.
The founder and CEO of the NonProfit National Resource Directory, Marcia Bloomberg of The Bloomberg Group explains, "In my work in the nonprofit sector in Cleveland, Ohio and as an independent consultant in Massachusetts, I have been frustrated by the lack of a one-stop-shop that features a listing of the consultants, coaches, grant-writers, web designers, executive recruiters, trainers, attorneys, accountants, specialists in board governance and others who serve nonprofit organizations.
I have had to do research by accessing individual websites in various categories to find whom and what I need. Needless to say, this is a time-consuming process. So out of my own need and the need of others, I have created this new on-line entity that will connect nonprofit organizations to the resources they need to succeed."
The site does not intend to duplicate the efforts of many wonderful websites that include job listings, articles and blogs to keep nonprofit professionals connected with one another and current on the cutting edge of nonprofit management.
Pure and simple, the NonProfit National Resource Directory is just that--- a directory that connects nonprofit management to the businesses, services and resources that will help them to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency.
The end user of the NonProfit National Resource Directory is the nonprofit community. The directory is intended to provide a first place for them to research consultants, coaches, specialists and vendors who will assist them to maximize their success.
The largest nonprofits such as hospitals, art museums, public schools and major charitable foundations may already be plugged into systems that provide access to consultants. However, smaller, newer or grassroots organizations may not know where to find the assistance they need.
Perhaps they want to contract out an annual fundraising campaign, capital or endowment campaign. Or they may want to create a marketing campaign with a brand that becomes easily recognizable.
Nonprofit professionals, including management, are often trained in their specific field of service, but may not be experienced fundraisers or marketing specialists. The NonProfit National Resource Directory offers them access to a list of specialists who can create and/or implement a fundraising campaign or create and/or implement a marketing strategy, help them develop a more sophisticated board or provide succession planning, risk management expertise, accounting assistance and more.
According to Independent Sector, "In 2006, there were over 1.9 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. The Internal Revenue Code defines over 27 categories of organizations exempt from federal income taxes, including private country clubs, labor unions, business associations, fraternal organizations, and many others. The majority of these organizations - about 1.5 million of them - make up the "independent sector."
The total number of independent sector groups has approximately doubled in the last 15 years. From 1995 to 2005, the number of charitable organizations registering with the IRS has grown by 53 percent.
The NonProfit National Resource Directory provides a one-stop-shop for nonprofits looking for outside expertise. Each page in the directory includes background on one business or service with references and/or testimonials and links to websites, articles, books and blogs created by the listed expert. Listings in the directory are not rated or ranked, but nonprofit leadership can quickly review the experience and expertise of the listed specialists to find one who fits their unique needs.