We have discovered a couple of lists of free resources which are available to non-profits.  Many of them are well-known handy hints, but there will be some you’ve not heard of, and hopefully some you can put to use.

The first list is on Global Giving Foundation, and contains 27 free resources that they say can help with a fundraising campaign.

These include free social media tools, writing and PR tools, time management tools, free graphic design tools, and email tools.  There are actually a few fundraising tools at the end of the list, including a video creator, and Global Giving’s digital fundraising strategy worksheet, plus their free training course that will help you learn about running a crowd-funding campaign and grant you access to further resources on completion.


The Esme Fairbairn Foundation is a grant awarding body, which has compiled a list of useful sector resources, that are free or low-cost.  Many are information sources, organisations to approach for help, or to receive training, or support bodies, eg. for Chairs of charities.  They are organised under the following headings:

  • People (including HR, management, strategic planning and recruitment)
  • Safeguarding
  • Evaluation, impact and learning
  • Finance
  • Start-ups
  • Social Investment
  • Social Enterprise
  • Digital
  • Communication and campaigning
  • Legal advice and support
  • Diversity and equality
  • Environment and Food sustainability
  • How to. . .
  • Sector supporters


The Small Charities Coalition has a Resources page, including

  • Accounts & Finance
  • Campaigning
  • Databases
  • Evaluation & Impact
  • Facilities
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance & Risk
  • Legal
  • Marketing & Media
  • Property
  • Recruitment
  • Support & Networking
  • Technology
  • Training & Consultancy
  • GDPR


Another major source of information for charities is the NCVO, which is the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.  They have a Knowhow website, which is dedicated to providing information to charities and other non-profit organisations.  They have a knowledge bank, a study zone, a tools and resources section, and a How-to section.


The Non-Profit Library has a huge array of reports, information sheets, and other guides.  These are mostly focused on marketing, fundraising, and management of charities and other non-profits, and access is by free membership of the site.


And finally, at Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, we have our own Knowledge Bank, which is accessible for Members.  This has information sorted according to type, or to whom it will be useful:

  • Back office support
  • Communication
  • Funding
  • Resources and facilities
  • Staff
  • Trustees
  • VCSE skills
  • Volunteers

The Knowledge Bank is regularly updated when we come across useful information.  To gain access to it, you need to be a Member or Associate Member of Cornwall VSF.  You can join, for free, on our website.