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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

Foundation Center
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.

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.

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

Government Websites 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 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
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

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
Includes a searchable database of organizations that have applied for and been granted nonprofit, or 501(c), status by the Internal Revenue Service.

Reference Books

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
Fund raising
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.



Compiled by Social Science, Philosophy, & Religion Department