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ESL Undergraduate Student Guide

A guide to support international students in ESL 112 and 115 and beyond.

Find Organizations Using Associations Unlimited: VIDEO

To use Associations Unlimited click on the link below:

Associations Unlimited

Follow these steps to use Associations Unlimited to find an organization:

1.       Click on Subject/Any Word Search 

2.       Click List of Subjects

  • Select the letter at the top of the page for the subject you would like to search
  • Select a subject from the list. 
    • Move to the next page in the list by clicking the Next Page in the lower right corner of the page
  • When you find an appropriate subject click on that subject to select it

3.       From the list that appears click on the name of an association

  • The information that appears includes: when it was founded, staff size, and a brief description
  • Click on the URL to connect to the association’s website

4.       If you get too many results:

  • Limit the type of association. 
    • Each search includes International, National, and Regional, State, or Local associations. Uncheck the boxes at the top of the search page to change the search to include only National, for example.
  • Select an option from the Subject Descriptor list to add to your search.

5.       If get too few results:

  • Make sure you are searching all of the options at the top of the page: International, National, and Regional, State, or Local. 
  • Look through the list of subjects and select another option.

How to Evaluate an Organization (INFOGRAPHIC)

How to Evaluate an Organization (Accessible View)

  1. Look for information about what the organization does and who they areThis information may be found on web pages with titles such as: "About", "About Us", "Who We Are", "Our Staff", "Purpose", "Mission", "Learn More", "Contact Us"
  2. For published information by or about the organization, look for pages titled: "News", "Reports", or "Publications"
  3. What is the organization doing about the problem? What are their proposed solutions? Look for ACTION words:​​"strategies""solutions""initiatives""programs""current projects""campaigns""events""what we do""where we work""get involved""volunteer""take action""plans"
  4. Watch out for:
         -  Money: Avoid organizations that focus on asking for money or donations, rather than providing information about what they actually do or how to help.
         - 
     Contact Information: no contact information is provided OR provided contact information is suspicious (such as a personal email address rather than an email address for the organization)
         -  Current Information: Is the website maintained and updated? Does the organization have any current projects? Check for date information at the bottom of web pages or in blog and news posts.
  5. Scope: Could this organization have a big impact on the problem you are researching?
         -  If it is a small organization with a small budget: Are they able to provide solutions to the problem? Do they only try to raise awareness of the problem, without taking action on solutions?
         -  Specific geographic location: Organizations focusing on a specific location may have fewer resources and solutions than larger groups.

Find Organizations Using Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that evaluates charities based on a variety of factors, including fiscal stewardship and accountability and transparency. While its main purpose is the evaluation of charities, it is an excellent tool for locating a charity or organization working to address a particular need.

To find a charity or organization...

By Basic Search

  1. On the upper left hand side of the website, enter keywords relevant to your topic into the box and click search (Example: "Animal Rescue").

By A-Z Directory

  1. On the homepage, click A-Z Directory to browse rated charities.