Resources for Nonprofits

Those of you who attended our summit will remember the two fantastic presentations by Renette. In addition to providing the slides, she was gracious enough to compile this fantastic list of resources for you:



The Foundation Center is the best resource for almost anything related to funding by foundations. The “Foundation Finder” allows you to look up very basic information on foundations free of charge. You can also subscribe to The Foundation Directory Online. This comprehensive database provides foundation funding priorities and past grants. Several subscription levels give access to over 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and public charities. The Foundation Directory is truly the gold standard for databases and is well worth a subscription.


If you want to apply for federal government grants, has to be your first stop. This U.S. government website has lots of useful information for nonprofits, including announcements of federal grants. Using the database is somewhat tricky. Before you go there, read 4 Steps to Finding Government Grants for Nonprofits.


Guidestar provides information on all kinds of nonprofits, including foundations. You can register for free and use the advanced search capabilities to find the 990-PFs of foundations.

The Grantsmanship Center

This site is a treasure of information about grants: getting them, finding resources, writing grant proposals. A valuable part of the site is the Funding State by State. There is a map of the U.S. where clicking on a state brings up links to top grantmaking foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs, and the state website homepage.

List of Community Foundations by State – Community…

The Community Foundation Locator is sponsored by the Council on Foundations. The website displays a map of the U.S. where you can click on your region to pull up a list of its local community foundations and links to those foundation sites.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle is an excellent source of news on the foundation and nonprofit world, and there is a grants database. You do have to subscribe, however, to access the database. There are a limited number of articles available for free.

BIG Online

A for-profit resource, BIG Online provides online and telephone assistance for navigating the various tools on its website. Also offers online classes to learn more about the features of its extensive database, which contains the 990s of many funders. Don’t underestimate how much useful information you can find just on these tax returns.


GrantStation allows grant seekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects and mentors them through the process. The site maintains a searchable database of active requests for proposals, federal grant deadlines, online tutorials, and frequent webinars. You must join the site for full access although a few features are free.


Excellent resource with everything from A-Z for a nonprofit.

Board Development

BoardSource – Official Site

The only national nonprofit focused solely on nonprofit governance.

Measuring Results

Leap of Reason – High Performance & Social Impact

The Leap of Reason Initiative is aimed at inspiring and supporting great leaders and funders to build great organizations for greater societal impact. Realizing this mission will require us to influence a mindset change among leaders who play a significant role in the social and public sectors and who are motivated to create meaningful, measurable, and sustainable improvement in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

 Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to…

Good information about outcomes from a nationally known consultant.


National Council of Nonprofits – Official Site

Center for Nonprofit Advancement* | National…

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