There is a wealth of information available on searching for grants, writing proposals, establishing nonprofits, and fundraising. The following lists are provided as an introductory guide to some of these resources.
Resources available from any computer with an internet connection
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.
- Online and classroom training for grant seekers
- Foundation Directory Online Quick Start Provides free, public access to essential information about over 100,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF.
- Low-cost short-term access to Foundation Directory Online select a subscription level to quickly research prospective funders.
- Low-cost Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database to find foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.
- Ask Us Email, chat or call the Foundation Center experts who can answer your questions about foundations, philanthropy, fundraising or nonprofits.
- Statistics about foundations and philanthropy
Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Conducts and disseminates research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. To search for a nonprofit, view a nonprofit’s IRS Form 990s, or research nonprofit statistics, visit the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics.
Council on Foundations
Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a membership organization that supports grantmakers in various aspects of foundation management.
NOZA Philanthropy Database
NOZA is a database of charitable giving organizations (subscription-based, but free foundation search available with registration).
Free access to the basic Guidestar database, searchable by name, keyword, and location.
Sponsors training seminars primarily in the field of government grant applications.
USA.gov For Nonprofits
Government information for grant-seekers as well as nonprofits:
- Grants, loans, and other assistance
- Nonprofit management and operations
- Tax information
Provides a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
- Search for grants by keyword, category, or agency
- Fill out your application online and track the progress of your application
Federal agencies’ announcements of grants and other funding opportunities
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Official source for the many grant programs from the federal government
- 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
- Detailed description of types of assistance available and how to file applications
- Guidelines for developing winning grant proposals
- List of top programs and new programs in the catalog
California Attorney General's Office - Registry of Charitable Trusts
All charities must file the Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report, and those with gross revenue or assets of $25,000 or more must file annual Form 990 financial reports with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts.
- Charities Search provides descriptive information about the charity as well as financials
- CFR Commercial Fundraiser Financial Database provides financial disclosure of fundraisers
- Resources lead to information for individuals seeking assistance in establishing, operating and managing nonprofits
- Forms, laws & regulations are also available
Grants - State of California
Find California state grants administered by various state agencies. Use the search option to search the entire California state website for grant opportunities.
California Community Foundation
Established in 1915, with current assets over $1.5 billion, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need. Click on the relevant categories of “Grant Opportunities” and “Learn How to Apply”.
Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California
Sponsors a variety of programs for training and assisting nonprofit organizations
- Visit their Nonprofit Answer Guide for answers to frequently asked questions about nonprofits.
- Free online copy of the Grant Seeker’s Handbook
Southern California Grantmakers
See the Member Roster which includes individual philanthropists as well as institutional grantmakers.
Books, Periodicals, and Databases in the Los Angeles Public Library
Resources available at Central Library
Includes a searchable database of organizations that have applied for and been granted nonprofit, or 501(c), status by the Internal Revenue Service.
Annual Register of Grant Support: a Directory of Funding Source 378.303 A615
Foundation Directory 061.01 F771
Foundation Grants to Individuals 361.97303 F7695-3
Fundraising for Social Change 361.73 K64 2016
Giving USA 361.973 G539
Standard statistical source on philanthropic giving in the U.S.
Government Assistance Almanac 330.973 G721-1
Grants Register: the Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide 378.3 G764
Grassroots Grants: an Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing 361.73 R658
Guide to U.S. Foundations, their Trustees, Officers, and Donors 361.97303 F7695-4
How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California 347.1794 M269-1
Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book 361.97303 N8145
For more books, search the LAPL catalog using the subject search for the following phrases:
Economic assistance Domestic United States Directories
Endowments United States Directories
Proposal writing for grants
Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report
Published by the American Institute of Philanthropy. Large public interest charities are graded on the basis of their openness, amount spent on services, and their cost of raising funds. Charities are listed under their area of interest.
Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Newspaper of the NonProfit World
Articles about grant-makers, fund raising, managing nonprofits. Lists of workshops and seminars, deadlines for open grants, directory of services, job openings in the nonprofit area. Visit the website.
Grassroots Fundraising Journal
Articles of interest to small and medium nonprofits on fundraising within the community.
Foundation Center Funding Information Network locations in Los Angeles County
Funding Information Network locations provide selected Foundation Center publications and other resources for grantseekers. To find the nearest Funding Information Network location, visit the Foundation Center website.
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