Non-Profits

Find out how to set up and manage your Non-Profit business by accessing the Library’s resources. Our Foundation Directory Online database is a powerful database, with an up-to-date set of search fields and terminology for finding information on over 140,000 U.S. foundations, direct corporate giving programs and grant-making public charities.

Online Databases

The Foundation Center databases are only licensed for use as part of the Nonprofit Funding Center and therefore limited to access within the Library.

Foundation Directory Online Professional
Professional provides nine comprehensive databases and a Power Search tool, which lets you search RFPs, news, jobs, social sector research reports from IssueLab, and nonprofit literature.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Foundation Maps
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.

Foundation Center Core Reference Collection

  • After The Grant: The Nonprofit’s Guide To Good Stewardship, by the Foundation Center Staff, 2010
    658.15 AFT
    You’ve secured the grant—that’s just the beginning! Now you begin the multi-faceted journey of stewardship to build and maintain a lasting relationship with the funders.
  • Board Member’s Book: Making A Difference in Voluntary Organizations by Brian O’Connell, 2003.
    Fund Ref 361.7 OCO
    Practical advice on a variety of topics, including the different responsibilities of board members, volunteers, and staff; how to find, develop, and reward good board members; ways to recruit, encourage, and evaluate the executive director; and effective strategies for fundraising and financial planning and more.
  • The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th ed., 2012
    Fund Ref 658.15224 FOU
    Detailed instructions on preparing successful proposals including pre-proposal planning tips, components of the proposal, and guidance from grant makers. Incorporating the results of 40 interviews with grant makers across the nation, the Guide reveals their priorities in reviewing submissions and provides insight into what makes a winning proposal.

Foundation Fundamentals: A Guide For Grant seekers
A guide to the foundation field and the funding research process. Describes the tools, resources, and services available from the Foundation Center and from other sources to help grant seekers develop prospect lists. Newest edition focuses mainly on web resources to help users new to the field take advantage of cutting-edge technologies in their research.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
Information on foundations that award grants directly to individual students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.

The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals
Samples of actual proposals submitted by nonprofit organizations to receive grants. Arranged by the nature of the proposal; for programming, special projects, evaluation, renovating facilities, staffing, start ups and program development.
National Directory of Corporate Giving

Circulating Collection Material

fundraisingrealities The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications, by Jeff Brooks, 2012.
658.1524 BRO
The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communication reveals ways of communicating that are proven to motivate donors to give generously, wholeheartedly, and repeatedly.

kickstarterfordummiesKickstarter For Dummies, by Aimee Cebulski, 2013.
658.15224 CEB
Learn to use Kickstarter to make your great ideas a reality.

 

bedevil Fundraising Mistakes that Bedevil All Boards (And Staff Too), by Kay Sprinkel Grace, 2005.
361.7068 GRA
When it comes to fundraising, a lot is obvious to professional fundraisers. You know, for instance, that you won’t secure big gifts by writing letters. You know that special events can be an iffy way to raise money. You know you can’t ignore individuals and rely solely on corporations and foundations.

nonprofitpracticalguide Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide, by Peri H. Pakroo, 2011.
361.7 PAK
Starting & Building a Nonprofit, goes beyond paperwork — it addresses the big picture, showing you how to create a solvent, efficient organization that will make a real difference.

boardmembersbookThe Board Member’s Book: Making a Difference in Voluntary Organizations, by Brian O’Connell, 2003.
361.7 OCO
Practical advice on a variety of topics, including the different responsibilities of board members, volunteers, and staff; how to find, develop, and reward good board members; ways to recruit, encourage, and evaluate the executive director; and effective strategies for fundraising and financial planning and more.