Bookmark these now: 10 websites that will help you change the world

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Photo credit: ra2studio, Shutterstock

If you’re looking for online courses and websites that will help you learn new skills and advance your career, you certainly have plenty to choose from. From Coursera and Udemy to Skillshare and Lynda, there is no shortage of free and low-cost options in a variety of subjects.

However, if you want more support as a nonprofit leader or job seeker, it can be challenging to find resources targeted to your situation. What if you need help becoming a better fundraiser? What if you want a little more guidance on figuring out your dream job?

We found a few more websites for you to explore that offer engaging opportunities to learn and grow. Check them out below.

1. Google Helpouts

Get one-on-one help from experts in the nonprofit sector. Many sessions are free. For one’s that have a fee, check out the ratings to see if they are worth the cost.

Get started: The Taproot Foundation—a nonprofit that provides organizations with pro-bono consultants—has several Helpouts on a variety of topics from how to use social media and WordPress to team building and web analytics.

2. Plus Acumen of the Acumen Fund

Through free online courses that span several weeks, +Acumen’s, goal is to help leaders develop their own toolkits for change. They also have local chapters around the world and host events for changemakers to get together and share ideas.

Get started: The upcoming eight-week course, Lean for Social Change, will help participants test, validate, and adapt their plans for social change.

3. GrantSpace

If you’re a development professional, Grant Space (a service of the Foundation Center) is a must-have resource. In addition to helpful videos and sample documents, they have in-person and online workshops on everything from grant writing to institutional planning.

Get started: Take a look at their June calendar of online workshops and register for workshops that interest you!

4. The Chronicle of Philanthropy

While known as the go-to source for any and all news regarding philanthropy and foundations, The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers webinars, podcasts, and live chats on variety of topics including fundraising, career development, social media management, and more for sector leaders.

Get started: The webinars often have a fee and are targeted at development professionals. However the live chats and podcasts are free and are beneficial to many. Check out this discussion on making the most of your internship program and this podcast on how to speed growth at a small nonprofit.

5. 4GOOD

For social-change leaders by social-change leaders, this platform allows anyone to offer their expertise and resources in the form of webinars, documents, and more.

Get started: Check out this webinar on using social media to tell your organization’s story or this worksheet on how to develop a dashboard report with your board.

6. Stanford Business School Center for Social Innovation

If podcasts are your thing, the Stanford Business School Center for Social Innovation has tons to listen to. They also have a well-stocked resource hub for social entrepreneurs.

Get started: If you’re a social entrepreneur or care about gender equality, listen to Towera Jalakasi: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Africa.

7. 50 ways to get a job that makes good

Launched just a few weeks ago (and stay tuned for our review of the site and interview with creator Dev Aujla) this site helps you navigate the common challenges in finding a job that makes a difference—from feeling overwhelmed to not even being sure of where to start.

Get started: Many of us think we have start our careers from scratch or that we might not have anything to offer. The Map Your Career Path exercise requires you to explore your past experiences and mine them for patterns and insights that can help you move your job search forward.


The AARP has a variety of online events for job seekers over 50 and resources to help them reimagine their careers.They also have on-going campaigns and interactive features to help this community connect with others and figure out their next steps.

Get started: Sign up for their virtual career fair happening June 3rd.

9. Eventbrite

While people do post webinars on Eventbrite, it remains a powerful resource for getting offline and attending events with like-minded people.

Get started: A quick search for nonprofit events in New York City yielded a mishmash of opportunities in social media, accounting, fundraising, and more. Search for opportunities in your city or a city near you and sign up for an account on Eventbrite to have events you’re interested in sent straight to your inbox.

10. Idealist

We know, we know, but we couldn’t resist sharing our resources on this list as well. While we’re known primarily for our job board (which currently has over 11,000 jobs!) you can find events, internships, and volunteer opportunities. In March we launched a new network for action that allows people to help their communities find the resources they need to bring about change.

Any other websites you’d like to add? Include them in the comments below.


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  1. Sokanu’s mission is to help match people to their ideal careers based on an array of traits including personality, interests, values, must-haves, and skills. Our assessment was developed using I/O psychology. Our hope is that every person finds work they will be passionate about!

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