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Terminology / Glossary on Foundation and Nonprofit Organization

BoardSource: Building Effective Nonprofit Boards

  • Contains Board and Nonprofit Glossary 
  • Has resource links for board development, strategic planning, and nonprofit organization 


  • Nonprofit and Best Practices Glossary 


  • Not-for-Profit Glossary 


  • Nonprofit Speak 101 
  • Click on each term to get the definition. Some terms contain links for more in-depth information. 

Humboldt Area Foundation

  • Glossary of Nonprofit Terms 

A Dictionary of Nonprofit Terms and Concepts

  • Written by: David Horton Smith, Robert A. Stebbins, and Michael A. Dover 
  • Series: Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies 

Good practice guide 

Nonprofit and Philanthropy Good Practice

Various sections within this site that contains best practice guidelines and terminology. Each term is a separate link that breaks down the terms into various parts, which provides tools and samples, articles, research, and resources for purchase:

Donors Forum – Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices

  • Downloadable Principles
  • Success Stories
  • Assessment Tools
  • Tip Sheets:
  1. Ways to Benefit from Principles
  2. Implementing Principles
  • Sample Policies, Letter or Email Copies, Website Blurbs, and Newsletter Articles
  • About Preserving the Public Trust Initiative

Leading Resources Inc. – For Leaders and Leading Organizations
Nonprofit Best Practices: Six Nonprofit Best Practices

  • Serve and Advocate
  • Make Markets Work
  • Inspire Evangelists
  • Nurture Nonprofit Networks
  • Master the Art of Adaptation
  • Share Leadership

The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation
Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation

  • Part 1: Create Collaborative Client Relationships
  • Part 2: Plan Appropriate Group Processes
  • Part 3: Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment
  • Part 4: Guide Group to Appropriate and Useful Outcomes
  • Part 5: Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge
  • Part 6: Model Positive Professional Attitude

Kentucky Nonprofit Network
Contains links to:

  • Principles and Practices
  • Best Practices Partnerships
  • Best Practices Partner Online Registry
  • Principles and Practices Guide
  • Organizational Planning and Implementation Workbook
  • Resources

Grant Space – A Service of the Foundation Center
Answers questions towards:

  • Funding Resources
  • Funding Research
  • Grants
  • Good Practice Strategies

Contains links for other Nonprofit and Governance websites

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