For charities there are many great resources that they can take advantage of whether they have just gotten started and are looking for ways to increase awareness of their cause or if they are well established and are looking for better ways to fundraise. Charity networks are great resources for non-profit organizations that can help them advance their mission and make a greater impact. A few of these charity networks include coalitions, state associations and networking groups.
Coalitions: These charity networks are organizations whose members commit to a shared purpose and decision-making, with each individual member organization remaining independent. Some of the benefits of joining a coalition include information sharing, access to resources, resource sharing, shared mission and enhanced visibility. Coalitions in Illinois include The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, Illinois Partners for Human Service and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights among many others that are focused on a particular issue area.
State Non-Profit Associations: These are charity networks that work to increase the effectiveness of local non-profit organizations. Some of the benefits of these associations include funding opportunities, trainings on how to effectively lead and manage a nonprofit organization and discounts on products and services. Donors Forum is an association that provides resources, information, networking, education, and leadership opportunities for staff, volunteers, consultants, advisors, and board members who are affiliated with foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. You can see a list of different state non profit associations here.
Non-Profit Networking Groups: These are groups that encourage networking and provide opportunities for professionals that work at non-profit organizations. One such charity network is The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). YNPN Chicago strengthens the nonprofit community by providing accessible professional development, resources, and networking opportunities for young professionals involved in the Chicago-area nonprofit sector. YNPN also has chapters in other major US Cities.
For non profits there are many resources that are available to them as their organization grows. Charity networks are a great way for non profits to learn about what resources are available so that they can take advantage of them and make a greater impact.