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Grants and Grant Writing

Listing Volunteer Opportunities

Special Awards Related to Volunteerism

Special Days/Weeks Related to Volunteers

Tools and Resources for Volunteer Managers

  • Discussion Groups/Listservs
  • Job Sites for Volunteer Managers
  • Volunteer Management Software

Volunteer Recognition

Youth Volunteering

Miscellaneous Resources


Alliance for Nonprofit Management - the professional association devoted to improving nonprofit organization management and governance capacity.

America's Service Commissions - a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing and promoting state service commissions across the United States

Annie E. Casey Foundation - fosters human service public policy, reforms and community supports to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action - an international membership organization using research to foster wider understanding of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and volunteerism

Charity Navigator - America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,300 of America's largest charities.

Corporation for National and Community Service - provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their country and communities.

Innovations in Civic Participation - strengthens and develops policies and programs promoting service as a solution to a wide range of social issues.

International Association for Volunteer Effort - an international non-governmental organization promoting volunteerism worldwide.

Kentucky Youth Advocates - an independent nonprofit children's advocacy organization.

Points of Light Foundation - a nonpartisan organization working to engage more people in volunteer community service.


Grants and Grant Writing

Corporation for Public Broadcasting - offers an easy-to-use guide to the basics of grant writing.

eGrants - the Corporation for National and Community Service online grant application and management system. Allows agencies to identify grant opportunities, apply for grants and manage grant reporting online.

Enterprise Solutions: Grant Proposals - helpful information and resources for grant writing

Foundation Center - collects and distributes information on grant sources, including statistics and trends. - provides a directory and links to community foundations, corporate foundations, private foundations and grant sources from around the world. - provides free resources for novice and advanced grant-writing consultants and nonprofit staff.

Grant Proposal Writing - information and tips for grant writing - online resource allows users to locate and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant sources.

GrantStation Insider - a weekly publication by the Corporation for National and Community Service offering the latest information on funding programs, grant deadlines, conferences and general information for grant seekers

Grant Writing Guidelines for Businesses - information about how to obtain small business grants

GuideStar - dubbed the donor's guide to the charitable universe, provides a searchable database of more than 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library - offers a collection of resources describing funding available for nonprofits.


Listing Volunteer Opportunities

All For Good - Inspired by the call of President Obama to engage more Americans in service, a group of individuals from the technology, marketing and public sectors came together to build an open source application that allows you to find and share volunteer activities. All for Good lets you browse activities and find events based on your location or interests.

Network for Good - a joint effort between AOL and Yahoo! listing some 850,000 charities and volunteering opportunities. - a one stop shop for volunteerism and donations in Northern Kentucky, connecting those who want to volunteer their time, money and items with those who need them.

Volunteer Match - the largest online database of volunteer opportunities. VolunteerMatch partners with other Web portals, allowing one-stop registration for cross-posting on other sites.

Volunteer Solutions - a volunteer-matching application connecting individuals to volunteer opportunities in their communities. - connects people with public sector volunteer opportunities to help build Communities of Service. Search for volunteer opportunities by keyword, state, activity, partner and/or date range


Special Awards Related to Volunteerism

Congressional Award - given by the U.S. Congress to youth ages 14 - 23 for community service, achievement and personal development initiatives

Do Something Awards - formerly the BR!CK Awards, recognizes and supports social change-makers age 25 and younger

Giraffe Heroes Project - issues commendations to those who have taken a significant risk for the common good by sticking out their necks like a giraffe

KCCVS Governor's Service Awards - annual awards honoring Kentucky's top volunteers and service leaders in a vary of categories

President's Volunteer Service Award - created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer service. The award is given to kids, young adults, adults, families and groups


Special Days/Weeks Related to Volunteers

Join Hands Day - a national event that unites young people and adults in an effort to make their neighborhoods better

Make A Difference Day - created by USA Weekend Magazine as a national celebration of neighbors helping neighbors

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - hundreds of thousands of Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving others

Global Youth Service Day - an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation - dedicated to celebrating the little things we do for others


Volunteer Management Tools and Resources - search through hundreds of sample business letters - a listing of resources from Kentucky's Governor

Can Stock Photo - offers over 10 million professional royalty free stock photos that you can search from. You can also find royalty-free clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips, maps and more.

Capitol Advantage - provides grassroots advocacy products and services to more than 1,200 organizations, including some of the nation's largest and most respected portals and media companies, as well as trade associations, nonprofit organizations and corporations.

Coyote Communications Volunteerism Resources - a portal to various volunteerism and volunteer-management resources

Doodle - takes the pain out of finding the right date and time for a group of people to meet and makes scheduling virtually effortless.

Energize, Inc. - an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism - send e-mail invitations for special get-together via email and receive RSVPs. Also supports scheduling inquiries.

Effective Practices - sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the site collects and presents effective, replicable best practices in community service and volunteering.

Eventbrite - empowers you with simple but powerful tools to manage, promote and sell out your event (no cost for free events). - an search engine featuring 3.1 million stock photos, stock video clips and royalty free images.

Go Graph Stock Photography - offers over 8 million royalty free stock photos, illustrations, vector clip art and royalty-free footage clips.

Independent Sector - a national resource for information and data on volunteerism and private sector giving and support.

KCCVS Volunteer Management Tools - helpful information, sample volunteer forms and a lending library.

Managing Volunteers Within the Law - provides useful information on volunteers and the law. Provided by America Reads.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center - a source for tools, advice and training to control risks so you can focus on your nonprofit's mission.

Search Systems - the Web's largest directory of links to free public record databases. Search sex offender registries, court decisions, more.

Service Leader - provides volunteers and the leaders of volunteer initiatives with high-quality information that furthers the study and practice of volunteerism

Survey Monkey - an online survey generator. View results as they're collected in real-time.

Teampedia - a free, searchable and easily updatable collaborative encyclopedia of team-building resources.

Tech Soup - provides free information, resources and support on technology-related issues.

Virtual Volunteering Wiki - a collaborative space for sharing resources regarding virtual volunteering

Topica Solutions - conduct personalized e-mail campaigns or publish newsletters.

Volunteer Today - the electronic gazette for volunteerism. - everything you need to improve your volunteer activities.

Discussion Group

CyberVPM - an international discussion group for volunteer coordinators and service leaders (owned by the AVA).

Job Sites for Volunteer Managers

Community Career Center - search job opportunities by job type, member organization, employer name, job title,work location, mission and/or minimum salary

Nonprofit Career Network - post your resume and search for jobs. You are notified each time an organization accesses your resume - Offers nonprofit sector-related employers and jobseekers a place to find each other

Opportunity Knocks - for nonprofit organization classifieds, employment resources, library and career center information

Philanthropy Journal - search nonprofit job listings by region or category

NonProfit Talent Match - a searchable database of jobs and you can also post your resume so that employers can find you

JobHero - comprehensive resource to help you find outstanding resume samples for your job title.

Volunteer Management Software

ebase Software - a complete nonprofit database solution that can help you manage donors, prospects, volunteers, activists, email lists and more – all in one place

Red Ridge Software Company - specializes in technology solutions for volunteer leaders; maker of VolunteerWorks

Samaritan Technologies - specializes in highly customizable Web and PC-based volunteer management, tracking and recruiting software for multi-site organizations

Volunteer Software - a leader in volunteer management software development since 1986; maker of The Volunteer Reporter


Volunteer Recognition

Baudville - offers software, certificates and other items to promote recognition, motivate and inspire your volunteers.

KCCVS Volunteer Recognition Program - volunteer managers can request free Governor's Citations and Certificates of Appreciation for Kentucky volunteers.

Thank Em Promotions - offers creative ways to help organizations use promotional products to raise awareness and thank clients, donors, staff and volunteers.

The Thanks Company - offers greeting cards, recognition gifts and custom-engraved awards.

VolunCHEER - offers unique, quality products that celebrate and inspire the rich diversity of the volunteer experience and assists volunteer program leaders with the latest resources.

Volunteer Gifts - features gift items specially made for nonprofits and associations.


Youth Volunteering

Do Something - inspires, supports and celebrates a generation of doers. Young people who see the need to do something and believe in their ability to get it done are more likely to take action.

Family Cares - includes a wide range of family-oriented service projects and fun activities that teach kids civic-mindedness.

Global Youth Action Network - collaboration among youth and youth-serving organizations to promote greater youth civic engagement through information sharing, resources and solutions.

Kentucky Youth Advocates - an independent non-profit children's advocacy organization.

Youth in Philanthropy - sponsored by Foundation Center, features a section for adults in youth service.

Youth Service America - provides resources and ideas for youth community service.

Local Volunteer Centers

United Way of the Bluegrass - Lexington/Fayette County

Metro United Way's Volunteer Connection - Louisville/Jefferson County

The ALIVE Center - Bowling Green/Warren County


Miscellaneous Resources

Ultimate Guide to Business Plans - looking to write a business plan for your ecommerce store? This comprehensive guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of writing your very own business plan.

GreenSTEM at Virginia Commonwealth University - freely accessible, online curriculum that includes videos and teacher-developed lesson plans to support environmentally-related STEM Service-learning projects for secondary students (part of a Learn and Serve America Grant-funded project)

Business Skills from - articles on SAT scores, recommendation letters, resumes and more

Education Art Store - supplies colorful mural banners and posters that promote nutritional concepts at a fraction of the cost of a hand-painted mural.

Volunteering in Public Health - information guide to encourage and educate prospective volunteers about opportunities in public health.

Small Business Starter Kit - resources to take your business from great idea to reality.

Learn How To Become (Volunteer and Nonprofit Careers) - a comprehensive career resource with a mission to help students and aspiring professionals understand what it takes to land their perfect career.

Linking College Degrees to Nonprofit Careers - From administrative assistant to staff attorney to environmental policy analyst, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) require skilled employees and volunteers to succeed in their mission. The following section connects degrees that often lead to volunteer and employment opportunities.

Guide to Public Service - to help prospective employees explore the different types of career paths available; learn about employment opportunities, internships, and volunteer work; get insight from public service experts; and find a list of additional resources for navigating the public service sector.


Last Updated 4/19/2016