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Grants and Nonprofit Resources
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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 web site 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—membersip 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.

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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.

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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 web site, 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

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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 fund raising 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 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.

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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.


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 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.

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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.

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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.


Connects nonprofits with donated and discounted technology products.


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.
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