The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits—to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. The Alliance is a learning community that promotes quality in nonprofit capacity building. The Alliance convenes a major annual conference, networks colleagues year-round online, and provides member discounts on books and other publications.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. is a comprehensive and specialized listing of funding opportunities available for Christian programs. Their directory is constantly updated with the latest information and offers much more than just a database, including links to foundation web sites, keyword search capability, sample grant proposals and grant writing tips.

Christian Leadership Alliance is an association that serves more than 8,000 members working in more than 4,500 organizations worldwide. The former Christian Management Association and the former Christian Stewardship Association joined together in April 2008 to create Christian Leadership Alliance—the nation’s leading resource for enhancing the organizational effectiveness of churches and para-church ministries.

The Christian Stewardship Network is an association of stewardship leaders that minister in the local church of Jesus Christ. The organization is a vital leadership network, support system and reservoir of resources to designed serve stewardship leaders and their congregations. Check out the resources section for a number of helpful books, studies, and periodicals.

Crown Financial Ministries is the merged organization of Christian Financial Concepts (founded by Larry Burkett in 1976) and Crown Ministries (founded by Howard Dayton in 1985). Crown is a nonprofit organization that teaches God’s biblical principles of finances to people around the world. They teach through an award-winning radio programs, church teaching solutions, newsletter, and products, including workbooks and software.

Their mission is to help Christian ministries improve how they raise money, manage the ministry, and recruit leaders. Their vision is to see well-funded, well-run, well-governed ministries that glorify God and have great relationships with their donor-investors.

This article, Funding Missions in the Local Church, discusses how a local church’s heart for the lost in its community directly relates to its burden for a lost world. A church that commits to supporting missionaries and praying for the lost around the world will have an increased vision for reaching its immediate surroundings.

Getting There From Here: Starting Compassion Ministry in Your Congregation is an article from the Assemblies of God USA quarterly periodical, Enrichment Journal.

Ministry Ventures equips ministries for Christ by creating environments that mature leaders in ministry. They do that by intentionally coaching them on the 5 Best Practices of Prayer, Board of Directors, Ministry Model, Administration, and Fundraising.

An article entitled, Getting There from Here: Starting Compassion Ministry in Your Congregation, includes a detailed article from Enrichment Journal on how to fulfill a congregation’s desire for their church to become a vessel for the healing, transforming presence of Christ in their community.