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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.

Internet Resources

Resources available from any computer with an internet connection

General Resources

The Foundation Center
”Nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers”

Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
“Conducts and disseminates research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy”

Council on Foundations
“Supports grantmakers in various aspects of foundation management”

NOZA Philanthropy Database
A database of charitable giving organizations (requires free registration)


  • Free access to “GuideStar Basic” database searchable by name, keyword, and location (requires free registration)

Grantsmanship Center
Sponsors training seminars primarily in the field of government grant applications

  • Articles from "The Grantsmanship Center Magazine" are arranged by topic and available online for free. 
  • Federal Register funding daily announcements (with free registration)


Government Websites For Nonprofits
Government information for grant-seekers as well as nonprofits

  • Grants, loans, and other assistance
  • Nonprofit management and operations
  • Tax information
“Your source to Find and Apply for Federal government grants”

  • Search for grants by keyword, category, or agency
  • Fill out your application online and track the progress of your application

Federal Register
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

Detailed listing of state grants arranged by topic, with direct links to the sources. 

Also included are links to grants from federal and nonprofit sources.

California Community 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”

Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California
Sponsors a variety of programs for training and assisting nonprofit organizations

  • Resource library subscribes to several databases that are free to use at the Center
  • 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


Associations Unlimited
Custom Search offers the most guidance to this large database

Reference Books

Annual Register of Grant Support: a Directory of Funding Source 378.303 A615

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance  330.973 U571
The most comprehensive source to grants from the federal government. 
It is also available on the Internet at

Federal Grants Management Handbook   361.973 F2935-2
Loose-leaf service on how to manage grants from federal agencies.

Foundation Directory  061.01 F771

Foundation Grants to Individuals  361.97303 F7695-3

Free Money to Change Your Life  330.97303 F7695-4

Fundraising for Social Change 361.73 K64 2001

Giving USA  361.973 G539
Standard statistical source on philanthropic giving in the U.S.

Government Assistance Almanac   330.973 G721-1
More user-friendly guide to federal grants than the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

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   347.173 M269

Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book 361.97303 N8145

Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations   658 B279

For more books, search the LAPL Catalog with a SUBJECT BROWSE using the following phrases:

Economic assistance Domestic United States Directories
Endowments United States Directories
Fund raising
Proposal writing for grants


(AIP) 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.

Nonprofit Directions
Job openings of all types in the nonprofit sector in Southern California.

Foundation Center Cooperating Libraries in Los Angeles County

Other locations open to the public

Cooperating Collections provide selected Foundation Center publications and other resources for grantseekers.   For more information about the Cooperating Collections, visit the Foundation Center website.

Center For Nonprofit Management In Southern California
Nonprofit Resource Library
1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-3254

Flintridge Foundation
Philanthropy Resource Library
1040 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-0839

Los Angeles Public Library
San Pedro Regional Branch
931 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7779

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8600

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
6120 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 759-6063


Compiled by Social Science, Philosophy, & Religion Department