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Welcome to the Library’s Grants and Nonprofit Resoures

The Farmington Community Library is a Foundation Center cooperating collection. As a copperating collection member, the Main Library maintains a core collection of specialized information to serve the nonprofit community with information on conducting research on grantseeking. The collection includes books, magazines, digital grant guides, reports on local funders and access to three funding databases from within the Main Library to assist nonprofits find funders, learn about proposal writing, and nonprofit management.
Introductory classes are held quarterly and are listed under the Programs tab. Additional sessions may be scheduled for groups or individuals.

The Library is interested in your comments and suggestions about the collection. The Grants Collection at the Farmington Community Library was established in 1984 to assist local nonprofit organizations in obtaining funds. If a particular resource was helpful or if you have an idea for a program you would like to see at the Library, let us know.

  • Blogging for Nonprofits
  • Consultants
  • FCL Programs
  • Government Funding
  • Digital Resources
  • Magazines & Newsletters
  • MI Nonprofit Resources
  • National Grants & Resources
  • Nonprofit Communications
  • Proposal Writing
  • Resources for Individuals
  • Service Clubs & Local Funding
  • Special Events & Fundraisers
  • Starting a Nonprofit

Blogger.com

A blog is an easy-to-use Web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. All for FREE and owned by Google.

Getting Attention:Helping Nonprofits Succeed Through Effective Marketing

The Getting Attention blog is a source of ideas, tactics, and tips for nonprofit communicators focused on helping their organizations succeed through effective marketing.

Give & Take (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

A summary of blog postings of interest to people in the nonprofit world.

Philantopic

 

(Foundation Center) Opinion and commentary on the changing world of philanthropy.

TypePad

TypePad is the world’s premier blogging service, hosting the leading blogs and small business Web sites and powering the most influential voices on the social Web.

All About Using Consultants

Practical advice from Carter McNamara, The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits, St. Paul, Minnesota. Sections include: Situations When a Consultant is Useful; Where to Get Consultants; Making Consultants as Productive as Possible; getting and Hiring the Consultant; and Additional Advice.

Consultants and Resource Directory

The Association of Fundraising Professionals' new online consultants and resource directory.

Nonprofit Consultant & Resource Directory

The development of the Nonprofit Service Directory was funded with a grant from AT&T Foundation. A product of Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Nonprofit Consultant & Resource Directory was created to help nonprofit organizations locate the resources and support necessary for growth and prosperity. The Nonprofit Service Directory is a searchable database of consultants, management support organizations and businesses that serve nonprofit organizations. Consultants and businesses listed in the Nonprofit Service Directory submitted their own listings. The content of the listings has not been reviewed or edited by Michigan Nonprofit Association.

Nonprofit Resource Center: Management Resources and Consultants to Nonprofit Organizations (The)

Designed for administrators, board members and volunteers of nonprofits; provides a listing of individuals and firms that offer consulting services to 501c(3) organizations.

Philanthropy News Digest's Fundraising/Consultant Resource Directory

(A Service of the Foundation Center)

A popular resource directory listing fundraising consultants, Web site designers, legal advisors, fundraising and donor software providers, board development and other service companies to assist nonprofits.

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program  and find out how to apply. It is important to always check agency contact information and program descriptions for the latest information on Federal programs.

Federal Gov't Grants: No Free Lunch

About.com's Guide to Government Information sets the record straight about government funding.

Federal Register

The Federal Register is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Register lists proposed rules and regulations of federal agencies, program deadlines, applications procedure and a contact name. It cumulates into the Code of Federal Regulations, which is a codification of the general and permanent rules that elaborate upon and set rules for the interpretation, effectuation, and administration of federal statutes. Information on Federal block grants, for example, is contained in the CFR. The CFR can be searched by keyword and by sections.

Use Grants.gov to find and apply for federal government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the managing partner for Grants.gov. Grants.gov does not provide personal financial assistance. To learn where you may find personal help, check Government Benefits Student Loans and Small Business Start-up Loans.

Michigan State Government Funding Information

A compilation of sites annotated and provided by the MSU Libraries.

Michigan Grant Opportunities eGrants Project

Type the word grant in the search box to find recently announced grant opportunities.

USAGov

—Your First Click To The U.S. Government

USAGov is the only official U.S. Government portal to 47 million pages of government information, services, and online transactions. USAGov also features a topical index, online transactions, links to state and local government, government contracts, and other search tools so users don't have to know the name of the government agency to get the information they want anytime they want it.

The Farmington Community Library, as a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, makes available a wide array of digital resources on Grants and Nonprofits from the Foundation Center. The only restriction is that these resources can only be accessed from within the Main Library, a restriction put in place by the Foundation Center to prevent copyright violations.

There are two main groups of digital resources: the Foundation Center's databases and the Digital Grant Guides (See below).

Digital Grant Guides

The Digital Grant Guides cover a wide range of grants awarded in 25 subject areas. Each Guide provides you with descriptions of hundreds—often thousands—of recent foundation grants of $10,000 or more, with convenient hyperlinks to essential funder information to help you identify prospects and get the grants you need. Along with detailed content, our new digital format offers eco-friendly convenience of on-screen viewing.

These Guides are available only at the Main Library. They are accessible using a special Grants Workstation. Stop at the Main Library Adult Information Desk to ask for the key to use the Workstation.

    Grants for AIDS/HIV Research & Patient Care

    More than 260 foundations awarded nearly 1,200 grants worth in excess of $1.1 billion.

    Grants for Arts, Culture & The Humanities

    Over 970 foundations awarded more than 23,00 grants worth almost $4.2 billion.

    Grants for Cancer Research & Patient Care

    Nearly 500 foundations awarded almost 1,600 grants worth in excess of $308 million.

    Grants for Capacity Building, Management & Technical Assistance

    More than 750 foundations awarded almost 11,000 grants worth over $2 billion.

    Grants for Children & Youth

    Over 1,000 foundations awarded more than 26,000 grants worth more than $5.3 billion.

    Grants for Community & Economic Development

    Over 850 foundations awarded more than 17,000 grants worth in excess of $5.4 billion.

    Grants for Disaster Relief & Recovery: U.S. & International

    Over 620 foundations awarded more than 4,600 grants worth close to $300 million.

    Grants for Elementary & Secondary Education

    Nearly 1,000 foundations awarded over 18,000 grants worth nearly $2.5 billion.>

    Grants for Employment

    Nearly 600 foundations awarded almost 4,100 grants worth more than $458 million.

    Grants for Environmental Protection & Animal Welfare

    Nearly 1,000 foundations awarded over 18,000 grants worth nearly $2.5 billion.

    Grants for Foreign & International Programs

    More than 700 foundations awarded almost 14,000 grants worth over $6.6 billion.

    Grants for Higher Education

    Over 1,000 foundations awarded more than 20,000 grants worth over $5.2 billion.

    Grants for Hospitals & Health Organization

    More than 950 foundations awarded over 20,400 grants worth almost $6.7 billion.

    Grants for Housing

    Over 750 foundations awarded almost 6,500 grants worth in excess of $448 million.

    Grants for Information Technology

    Over 480 foundations awarded more than 3,300 grants worth nearly $700 million.

    Grants for Libraries & Information Services

    Nearly 600 foundations awarded close to 2,400 grants worth nearly $530 million.

    Grants for Medical Research

    Over 500 foundations awarded more than 3,300 grants close to $2 billion.

    Grants for Mental Health, Addictions & Crisis Services

    Over 750 foundations awarded more than 6,300 grants worth more than $600 million.

    Grants for Minorities

    Over 800 foundations awarded more than 19,000 grants in excess of $2.1 billion.

    Grants for People with Disabilities

    More than 800 foundations awarded over 8,300 grants worth over $883 million.

    Grants for Public Health

    Over 600 foundations awarded more than 6,400 grants worth more than $4.3 billion.

    Grants for Religion, Religious Welfare & Religious Education

    More than 900 foundations awarded over 17,000 grants worth over $1.5 billion.

    Grants for Services for the Homeless

    Over 620 foundations awarded more than 4,600 grants worth close to $300 million.

    Grants for the Aging

    Over 580 foundations awarded more than 23,800 grants worth almost $4.2 billion.

    Grants for Women & Girls

    Over 850 foundations awarded more than 10,000 grants worth nearly $1.5 billion.

Contributions

The "how-to" source for nonprofit professionals. Provides a full-text feature article from the latest issue, a table of contents, and selected articles from past issues. Full access requires subscription.

Federal Register

The Federal Register is a legal newspaper published  every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Register lists proposed rules and regulations of federal agencies, program deadlines, applications procedure and a contact name. It cumulates into the Code of Federal Regulations, which is a codification of the general and permanent rules that elaborate upon and set rules for the interpretation, effectuation, and administration of federal statutes. Information on Federal block grants, for example, is contained in the CFR. The CFR can be searched by keyword and by sections.

Fundraiser™ Cyberzine

An online magazine bringing fundraisers how-to hands-on ideas in fundraising since 1996.

Grantsmanship Center Magazine

The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, available for free to nonprofit and government agencies, covers information on how to plan, manage, staff and fund the programs of nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Internet Prospector

A free email newsletter for fundraisers that directs users to instant sites for prospect research. Offers news and links to websites to help fundraisers find information about foundations, corporations, and individuals in the United States and internationally. Includes archives of past issues back to 1998.

Mal Warwick & Associates

A free email newsletter on direct mail, telephone and online fundraising.

Planned Giving Today

Planned Giving Today is a monthly newsletter that serves the charitable gift-planning community as a practical resource for education, information, inspiration and professional linkage.

Philanthropy News Digest

(PND)

Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a weekly news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features pulled from print and electronic medial outlets nationwide. The Digest is posted to the Foundation Center's website every Tuesday afternoon. Archived issues are available dating back to January 1995. The free email version of the Digest (PND-L), minus the RFP Bulletin, is mailed every Tuesday evening in conjunction with the posting of the online version to the Internet.

RFP Bulletin

The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin is published weekly in conjunction with the posting of Philanthropy News Digest to the Web. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's website of contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

ArtServe Michigan

ArtServe Michigan supports and advocates arts and culture by working with artists, educators, cultural organizations, businesses, volunteers and others through statewide programs, services and a variety of collaborative efforts. This group merged in early 1997, bringing together the Arts Foundation of Michigan, Business Volunteers for the Arts, Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan and the Michigan Alliance for Arts Education.

Council of Michigan Foundations

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a nonprofit membership association composed of private, community and corporate foundation and giving programs in Michigan. Their mission is to enhance and increase philanthropy in the state. The Council offers workshops and technical information to grant makers and individuals that want to establish foundations. As of February 1995, the largest regional association of grantmakers.

Grantsmanship Center, The

(TGCI) TGCI was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training, proposal writing and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Today, it is a leading provider of grantsmanship training, conducting some 200 workshops annually.

Michigan Community Foundations

 

A great source of information on Michigan Community Foundations, this is part of a cooperative publicity campaign to remind the public of one of the best-kept secrets around, community foundations.

Attorney General Home Page

Charitable Trust Section

Requirements for Michigan charitable organizations (includes FAQs and forms), from the Attorney General's office. The Charitable Trust Section functions for Michigan citizens as a repository of financial and other information about charities they may want to support. At any one time there are more than 3,000 charities licensed by the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section. Most charities soliciting contributions in Michigan are required to be licensed by the Charitable Trust Section.

Michigan Government eGrants Project

 

Type the word grant into the Search box to find recently announced grant opportunities.

Michigan Humanities Council

The Council supports a variety of public humanities programs and offers grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to nonprofit organizations through Michigan.

Michigan League for Human Services

The Michigan League for Human Services is a source for information and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations.

Michigan Nonprofit Association

Statewide membership organization devoted to promoting awareness and effectiveness of Michigan's nonprofit sector and to advance the cause of volunteerism and philanthropy. The Michigan Nonprofit Association co-sponsors the annual Grantmakers/Grantseekers conference with the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Michigan Society of Association Executives

 

MSAE is a not-for-profit membership organization of individuals who serve other not-for-profit membership organizations in various management specialties.

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work

(NEW) The Nonprofit Enterprise at Work offers technical assistance for fund raising, proposal writing, volunteer recruitment, consultation, training and educational programs. A nonprofit reference library is located in the NEW Center, which offers a specialized collection of books, periodicals, manuals and a grantseeker's database focused on nonprofits.

United Way of Michigan

 

The United Way is a human-service organization that offers help in proposal writing, volunteer recruitment, community and media relations, training, accounting, and community forums.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management

An experienced network of nonprofit management support organizations, which provides assistance with organizational and human resources development, fund raising, finance, and marketing. Publishes Pulse (see

Magazines & Newsletters

Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations sharing an invested interest in nonprofit postal rates, regulations or legislation.

American Institute of  Philanthropy

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. This website provides information about AIP, the charities they rate, and their method of grading charities. The quarterly Charity Rating Guide included in the Charity Watchdog Report, informs donors about how approximately 500 national charities spend their donations and keeps donors up to date on current issues related to charitable giving. However, the AIP does not make its Report freely available on the Internet—membership in the AIP is required, which begins at $40 per year.

Aspen Nonprofit Sector Research Fund

The Aspen Institute offers grant-making programs and various publications including over 125 completed research reports produced by its grantees. Publications include: Nonprofit Research News, a newsletter reporting on the fund's activities and grants; Nonprofit Research Forum, a periodical that features researcher and practitioner conversations about new fund-sponsored research; Practitioner Viewpoint Series and a Nonprofit Sector Research Fund Dialogue Series.

BBB Wise Giving Allowance

A site of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance formed by the merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service. The  Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries.

BoardSource

: Building Effective NonProfit Boards

BoardSource increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening boards of directors through our highly acclaimed consulting practice, publications, tools, and membership program. BoardSource provides resources to nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, and an extensive Web-based database, governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization's needs; the most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including a large selection of booklets, books, videotapes, and audiotapes, and an annual conference that brings together approximately 600 board members and chief executives of nonprofit organizations from around the world.

Capital Research

Capital Research was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Capital Research publishes Foundation Watch, a monthly newsletter that examines the grantmaking of private foundations.

Center on Philanthropy

(Indiana University)

The Center offers a variety of publications with topics that include: corporate philanthropy, diversity, fund raising, general philanthropy, giving and volunteering, governance, grant making and philanthropy-economic aspects.

Charity Village

Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector—3,000 pages of news, jobs, information and resources for executives, staffers,  donors, and volunteers.

Council on Foundations

For over 50 years, the Council on Foundations has offered tailored programs and services for community, corporate and family foundations as well as giving and international programs. The Council has available over 100 books, monographs, videos and audiotapes. The publications are designed for grant makers and those interested in organized philanthropy. Includes a Community Foundation Locator to find the community foundation in your area.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grant seekers succeed. The Center collects, organizes, analyses and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving and related subjects. At their website, there are links to grantmaker web sites, information on the top U.S. funders, 990-PFs funding trend and analysis, an online library, Philanthropy News Digest and  Foundation Finder —a search tool that provides basic facts on more than 48,000 US foundation.

Foundation Center'sFoundation Directory Online Professional

Available from within the Library only Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online Professional includes...
  • Nearly 100,000 U.S. foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities
  • Over 1.8 million recent grants
  • More than 500,000 trustee, officer, and donor names—fully indexed
  • Nearly 650,000 IRS 990s—fully keyword-searchable
Challenging times call for the best retriever of funding prospects: FDO Professional Now, more than ever, you need the best grantseeking tool on the market-to find new prospects, expand funding partnerships, and stay up-to-date on current donors. Only FDO Professional gives you access to nine comprehensive databases-Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, 990s, RFPs, Philanthropy News, Foundation-Sponsored Publications, Nonprofit Literature, and Jobs. Unique to FDO Professional:
  1. Power Search of nine Foundation Center databases.  Use the “guided search” feature to refine your search instantly without leaving your results list.
  2. Map of Cross-Border Giving.  See grants from U.S. grantmakers to non-U.S. recipients on interactive maps
  3. Interactive maps.  View a foundation's grants by state, county, city, ZIP code, even congressional district (available only in FDO); international grants by country.
  4. Interactive charts.  Find a foundation's grants by area of interest with three levels of detail; click-through to recipient lists and grant records.
  5. “Search Companies” database.  Read profiles of sponsoring companies (another path to grants and in-kind donations).
  6. “Search 990s” database.  Search across our entire universe of IRS 990s filin gs.
  7. Unique funder portfolios.  Research foundation news and publications, RFPs, job postings, and key staff affiliations for leading grantmakers.
  8. Access to Update Central.  Build customized reports by state on new grantmakers, high-growth grantmakers, and grantmakers with recent changes.
  9. E-mail alerts.  Be notified about recent changes or new developments for the grantmakers you choose.

Foundation Center's Youth in Philanthropy

—Famous & Celebrity Philanthropists

This site frequently highlights information on celebrities and their philanthropic activities

Gifts in Kind Int'l

Driven by a mission of providing an effective conduit for the donation of products, goods and services from the private sector to the charitable sector, Gifts In Kind International is the recognized leader in the field of product philanthropy.

Grants& Related Resources

A comprehensive list of online grants information and fundraising from Jon Harrison at Michigan State University Libraries.

Grantsmanship Center, The

(TGCI) TGCI was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training, proposal writing and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Today, it is a leading provider of grantsmanship training, conducting some 200 workshops annually.

Great NonProfits

GreatNonprofits is a place to find, review, and talk about great—and perhaps not so great—nonprofits.

GuideStar

GuideStar is a searchable database of over 850,000 nonprofit organizations with access to IRS Form 990s (IRS Form 990 is used by public charities). Offers variety of publications that follow the activities, finances and progress of the nonprofit sector. This site is provided by Philanthropic Research, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is available free of charge.

Idealist.org

(Action Without Borders) Action without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations that provide information on 23,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 153 countries. Search or browse by  name, location or mission.

Idealware

Contains reviews of nonprofit software that help nonprofits make more effective software decisions.

Independent Sector

Independent Sector is a national forum of foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations to encourage giving, volunteering and not-for-profit initiative.

IRS—Publications

IRS Publication 557, "Tax Exempt Status for your Organization" is available in PDF format, or call (800) 829-3676 to order this document for free

Internet Public Library

A small, but high-quality annotated list of non-profit organization resources from the Internet Public Library.

National Center for Charitable Statistics Charity Database

The National Center for Charitable Statistics offers access to financial disclosure forms filed by charities with the Internal Revenue Service. Form 990 provides specific information on a charity's revenues, expenses, executive salaries, board members, programs and activities.

National Council of Nonprofit Associations

(NCNA) Created in 1989, the NCNA is a network of 38 state and regional associations of nonprofits representing more than 17,000 nonprofits throughout the country. The NCNA provides information, training, leadership, advocacy and helping to increase public awareness of nonprofits by working closely with media, legislators and community leaders.

Opensecrets.org

Features a database to look up donors of political contributions by zip code or campaign.

SRA Int'l Society of Research Administrators

The SRA GrantsWeb brings viewers the merged resources of the National Research Administrators Resources Network developed by Robert Killoren of Penn State University and GrantsWeb developed by Bill Kirby while he was with the National Science Foundation. The SRA offers a broad spectrum of support services for professional research administrators in institutions of higher education, independent research organizations, government, and industry.

Search for Charities and Non-Profits—IRS

Information for Tax-Exempt Organizations. Includes a search to find out if your organization is tax-exempt.

TechSoup

Connects nonprofits with donated and discounted technology products.

VolunteerMatch

Provides a directory of volunteer opportunities, searchable by zip code, category, and distance. Volunteer Opportunities in Nonprofits—Network for Good Directory of volunteer opportunities by zip code, distance, and interest area.

Women's Funding Network

A network of more than 100 women's and girl's funds worldwide.

Andy Goodman: Good Ideas for Good Causes

Download three free publications: Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes; Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes; and free-range thinking—a monthly journal on public interest communications.

Give & Take (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

A summary of blog postings of interest to people in the nonprofit world.

Cause Communications

A public relations firm offers free tips and guides on working with the media and other helpful tools and tips

Communications Network

A nonprofit dedicated to providing resources, guidance and leadership to advance the strategic practice of communications in philanthropy. Click on the Public Resources link for a listing of jobs, tools, tips and how-to's and more.

Getting Attention: Helping Nonprofits Succeed Through Effective Marketing

The Getting Attention blog is a source of ideas, tactics, and tips for nonprofit communicators focused on helping their organizations succeed through effective marketing.

ABC's of Fundraising

Fundraising ideas from A-Z from the American Cancer Society.

All Fundraising Companies Directory

A list of over 1,200 fundraising companies. Includes many fundraising ideas and products.

American Fundraising Institute

Provides customized fundraising solutions to nonprofit organizations.

Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Programs

The Center offers fee-based full-day proposal writing programs in many cities across the United States that are designed to help the novice nonprofit grant seeker gain the experience needed to secure grants from foundations and corporate sources.  Free hour-long courses on the basics of proposal writing are conducted at Foundation Center libraries each month.

Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Short Course

This two-part course provides the basic components of a proposal and considers important elements such as budget and expenses, administration, and the research process involved in writing a proposal.

Learn about Proposal Writing

Lists free online tutorials and webinars on Proposal Writing available from the Foundation Center.

Grantsmanship Center

Provides a schedule of proposal writing workshops held across the United States.

School Grants

Sample Successful Proposals View over 20 full-text successful grant proposals shared by grantwriters to schoogrants.org.

TGCI Winning Grant Proposals Online

TGCI's library of Winning Grant Proposals Online collects the best of recently funded, top-ranked grant proposals annually and makes them available on CD-ROM for a fee.  Over 600 proposal abstracts can be accessed for free.

Yahoo! Grantwriting

An alphabetical listing of grant writing sources from Yahoo!

2-1-1 Call Center Search

United Way 2-1-1 is a multi-lingual, comprehensive information and referral service available 24/7/365. Its database contains more than 20,000 programs and services such as after-school programs, senior care services, medical and prescription assistance, credit counseling and mortgage foreclosure assistance, and housing and utility resources.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is an information clearinghouse that provides material on funding for individuals in all areas of the arts.

American Music Center

The American Music Center is a resource center for American contemporary music and jazz. The Center administers grant programs, and provides information on grants and competitions for composers and performers. American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Awards Programs

Lists prizes and awards to composers in various areas of music.

BMI Foundation Awards, Scholarships, Internships, & Funds

Describes programs established to encourage young composers and support the work of accomplished concert-music composers in such areas as classical music, jazz, and musical theater.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program  and find out how to apply. It is important to always check agency contact information and program descriptions for the latest information on Federal programs.

Fastweb.com

A scholarship search engine that prompts users to enter information about themselves, including area of study, and responds with an appropriate list of available scholarships.

Finaid: The Financial Aid Information Page

Links to funding sources such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants, some of which are focused toward those with particular needs or interests such as disabled, minorities, and international students.

GovBenefits.gov

The federal government's website for individual benefits and funding programs allows users to fill out a questionnaire to establish eligibility.

The Grammy Foundation

Provides information on grants that support the archiving and preserving of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas.

Michigan Colleges and Universities Financial Aid Web Pages

Select a college or university and then look for the admission and financial aid websites.

National Endowment for the Arts

Provides information on fellowships in the areas of poetry and prose.

Modest Needs

Lists needs of low-income families and allows website visitors to donate to specific applicants.

National Endowment for the Arts

Provides information on fellowships in the areas of poetry and prose.

National Institutes of Health

Offers grants in the form of fellowships and research projects in the field of biomedicine.

National Science Foundation

Funds research and education in science and engineering through grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

NeedyMeds

Provides information on programs that help people find low- or no-cost prescription medications.

Newswise

Includes descriptions, deadlines, and contact information for more than 90 awards, grants, and fellowships in journalism.

="http://www.petersons.com/ugchannel/code/searches/srchCrit1.asp">Peterson's College Search

Peterson's searchable database of more than 850,000 college scholarships, awards, grants, and prizes.

Petersons.com: Financing Education

Provides help, guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions on financial aid, as well as information on organizations that offer private and federal loans.

SallieMae.com

Run by the financial aid giant Sallie Mae, this is an excellent overview of costs and financial aid.

Scholarship Search

The College Board created the SATs. On this site users can create a personal profile of educational level, talents, and background to search among 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources.

Scholarships.com

Complete an online personalized profile that is then run against a database of over 600,000 college scholarships, grants, fellowships and internships from over 8,000 sources.

This page provides links to a number of service clubs or civic organizations which provide local community support and include philanthropy among their activities.

Civitan International

Local Civitan groups support a wide range of community service activities. The Civitan International Foundation also supports programs which assist children and persons with developmental disabilities.

Elks of the United States

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) dispenses millions of dollars annually by way of its philanthropic works. The organization has about 1 million members and more than 2,000 lodges throughout the US. Its programs include veterans' events, athletic programs (Little League, Special Olympics), patriotic events (Flag Day, constitutional awareness raising), drug education (schools, doctor offices, hospitals), youth programs (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts), and other community service.

  • Farmington Elks 1986      30898 W. 10 Mile Rd.      Farmington Hills, MI 48336-2606      Phone: (248) 476-1986

Jaycees (Michigan)

Michigan Jaycees is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 21 and 40. Members improve their leadership and management skills by running projects in the community, while networking with like-minded individuals along the way. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide.

Kiwanis International

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International Foundation supports the humanitarian work of Lions clubs. Lions tackle global problems (such as blindness and hearing loss) and respond to major catastrophes (like earthquakes and floods). But LCIF also helps Lions serve their local communities by partnering with them to build schools, health clinics and vocational training centers for the disabled.

Masonic Clubs of Michigan

Individual Masonic Clubs throughout Michigan can request scholarships from the Masonic Foundation of Michigan for individuals up to $750. They also often make contributions to local charities with matching funds from:

  • The Masonic Foundation of Michigan, Inc., 1204 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801. Telephone: (989) 966-4440
    E-mail
    : mmhcf@masonichome.com

Rotary International Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major humanitarian programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people.

Shriners of North America

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals, which treats children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate at no charge—regardless of financial need.

ABC'S of Fundraising

Fundraising ideas from A–Z from the American Cancer Society.

Getting Attention: Helping Nonprofits Succeed Through Effective Marketing All Fundraising Companies Directory

A list of over 1,200 fundraising companies. Includes many fundraising ideas and products.

American Fundraising Institute

Provides customized fundraising solutions to nonprofit organizations.

Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is the professional association for individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of non-for-profit, charitable organizations. The site includes a searchable directory of fundraising consultants. There is also a Greater Detroit Chapter, that covers chapter e-news, fundraising tools, networking opportunities and career information.

FundRaising.com

This site offers unique fundraising ideas, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to other fundraising information resources.

Michigan Fun

(Michigan Festivals and Events Association) This site promotes statewide festivals and special events. Publishes a quarterly report with updates and planning information.

Public Relations Society of America

The Public Relations Society of America is a professional  association that offers consultation, technical assistance, training, workshops, and seminars.

Establishing a Nonprofit Organization Online Tutorial

A free tutorial describing the tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization:

  • File the certificate of incorporation
  • Select individuals to serve on the board of directors
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Establish bylaws and board policies
  • Obtain a Federal employer identification number (EIN)
  • Open a bank account and establish check signing procedures
  • File for federal tax exemption
  • Follow state and local nonprofit regulations
  • Find office space and obtain office equipment
  • Recruit staff and prepare a personnel manual
  • Establish a payroll system and procure necessary insurance coverage
  • Develop an overall fundraising plan

Examples of Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofits

Sample articles of incorporation are usually difficult to find, via print or the Internet, because they are typically very specific to the individual organization and its mission.

Free Management Library: Tax Information for Nonprofits

Free tax information for nonprofits (including getting tax-exempt status), compiled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD.

Getting Attention

: Helping Nonprofits Succeed Through Effective Marketing

The Getting Attention blog is a source of ideas, tactics, and tips for nonprofit communicators focused on helping their organizations succeed through effective marketing.

Helping Filling Out Your 501(c)(3) Application

This website, posted as a public service by Sandy Deja, author of Prepare Your Own 501(c) (3) Application, is designed to help new non-profit organizations complete the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How Do I Establish a Nonprofit Organization?

list of print and electronic resources on starting a nonprofit organization.

Internal Revenue Service Publication 557: Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization

A complete guide to all the IRS Forms and Procedures for getting tax exempt status.

Lawyers.com: Find Nonprofit And Charitable Orgs lawyers and law firms by state or province.

Lists lawyers and law firms by state or province for nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Nonprofit Startup Guide with forms to help establish a nonprofit organization, provided by The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University.

Pro-Bono Legal assistance for NonProfit Organizations

(from the Foundation Center)

Finding a lawyer who specializes in nonprofit law and offers pro-bono legal assistance can be difficult. The resources given on this page from the Foundation Center offer a variety of legal services and programs that might make the process a little easier.

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