The Nonprofit Resource Directory was developed to help nonprofit organizations find service providers knowledgeable about and experienced with their sector. Therefore, only providers with an established and successful history of serving nonprofits will be included.
Years Serving Nonprofits
To be in the Resource Directory, applicants must have at least 3 years of recent experience serving nonprofits (which includes governmental agencies) in the categories they want to be listed under. Experience working at a nonprofit, while relevant, does not count toward this minimum requirement.
If you do not yet have this level of experience, please apply when you reach the mark. Also, contact us about gaining consulting experience through our Executive Service Corps program and attend our professional development series, Learn to Serve.
Nonprofit Client Base
All applicants must be able to show that they have a nonprofit focus. This is even more important for companies or organizations that serve both businesses and nonprofits. The requirements differ depending on organization size.
- Under 6 employees – nonprofit clients need to comprise at least 30% of your business
- Firms with 6 or more employees – nonprofit clients need to comprise at least 30% of your business OR your company must have professionals with demonstrated nonprofit expertise and experience serving nonprofits
We ensure the above standards by contacting recent nonprofit client references. We also review things such as resumes/detailed bios of the people who work with nonprofits, websites, brochures, and other promotional materials.
Interim Executive Directors/CEOs
Effective November 10, 2011, in addition to the above minimum requirements, to be listed under the "Interim executive director/CEO" subcategory, an applicant must:
- Have at least two interim ED/CEO engagements in the last six years
- Provide references for interim ED/CEO work done for at least two nonprofit clients and 501 Commons will conduct at least two reference checks
Reminder: Experience working as an executive director/CEO at a nonprofit, while relevant, does not apply in this case. Consulting experience is needed. Also, experience from interim roles other than ED/CEO, such as an interim development director, also does not count for this subcategory.