Resources

BASIC DONOR/FUNDER RESEARCH

BASIC DONOR/FUNDER RESEARCH

The Foundation Center http://foundationcenter.org/

  • The essential information source for thousands of foundation and corporate donors, including donor profiles, 990’s, grant history, staff, and directors.

Individual foundation websites

  • Don’t even think of applying for grants from foundations that maintain their own websites without thoroughly reviewing all the information they post.

LinkedIn and Facebook

  • Increasingly valuable for information about individuals, including their contacts; some company and foundation pages are much better for organizational information;

 GuideStar  http://www.guidestar.org

  • Comprehensive database of US 501©(3) nonprofit organizations including 990’s, audit reports, key staff, board, and summaries of mission statements.

Federal Grants Directory  http://grants.gov

  • All you need to know about finding and applying for government grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance https://www.cfda.gov

  • Every federal government grant in existence – not all are funded or currently active

Education World     http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/archives/grants.shtml

  • Grants for education

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement http://www.aprahome.org/

Prasad Consulting and Research  http://prasadconsulting.com/

  • Comprehensive, professional searches and consultation

NOZA   https://www.nozasearch.com/

  • A fee based database for researching individual, corporate, and foundation giving

NOZA Prospect Research 101      https://www.nozasearch.com/ProspectResearch.aspx

  • Excellent free articles on prospect research, with links to additional sources of corporate and individual information

npENGAGE   npengage.com/major-gifts-fundraising

  • A nonprofit resource for news, trends and best practices, this is an aggregate of blogs in different nonprofit interest areas. The link above is to the major gifts blog, which has a good deal of information about prospect research

David Lamb’s Prospect Research Page – http://www.lambresearch.com/

  • A collection of prospect research directories and services. Caution: it has not been updated in three years, although much of the information is still relevant.

Zoominfo   http//:zoominfo.com

  • Employment information

Fundsnet Services http://www.fundsnetservices.com/

Donor Search http://donorsearch.net/

  • Fee based comprehensive individual donor research

Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/

Wealth Engine  http://www.wealthengine.com/

LexisNexis   www.lexisnexis.com/devpro

  • One of the most comprehensive information sources available, but very expensive; try getting board members in financial or law offices to do some pro-bono research for you – many subscribe already; or try hooking up with other nonprofits; not worth it for small nonprofits

Search Systems http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/

  • Collection of free public records databases

BRB Publications  http://www.brbpub.com/

  • Public records search

Michigan State University Grants and Related Resources     http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/index.htm

GrantStation     http://www.grantstation.com/index.asp

The Prospect Finder      http://theprospectfinder.com/

  • Web site for a consulting firm; a lot of good information and newsletter archives

BirthDatabase.com   http://birthdatabase.com

ancestry.com    http://ancestry.com

Zillow.com    http://zillow.com

  • Estimated real estate valuation

The Million Dollar List   http://www.milliondollarlist.org/

  • Comprehensive data and analysis of high net worth giving; in aggregate and by individual donors and recipients

Ford Foundation     http://www.fordfoundation.org/grants

  • Some additional resources for grantseekers;  their website has a great deal of information about their areas of interest and many helpful links

Chronicle of Philanthropy  new grants listings   http://philanthropy.com/section/New-Grants/

Digital Public Library of America   http://dp.la/info/developers/codex/

  • Metadata; approach with caution

BLOGS

BLOGS

This section was especially daunting because there are so many blogs out there. The key is to find the ones that meet your particular needs. Many of the websites listed in other sections of this directory have links to blogs.

 

Foundation Center Blogs     http://foundationcenter.org/blogs.html

LinkedIn Discussion Groups

Beth’s Blog      http://www.bethkanter.org/

  •  Social media and technology in the nonprofit world

Kivi’s Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Blog  http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/

Getting Attention   http://gettingattention.org/

Nonprofit Marketing Zone  http://www.nonprofitmarketingzone.com/

  •  A collection of marketing and fundraising blogs and related news articles

Chronicle of Philanthropy Blogs   http://philanthropy.com/section/Blogs/208/

PHILANTOPIC   http://pndblog.typepad.com/pndblog/

  •   Includes links to many other blogs

A.Fine Blog   A.Fine Blog  http://afine2.wordpress.com

  • Social media

Jumper    http://www.artsjournal.com/jumper

  •   Arts

Next Billion   http://www.nextbillion.net/blogfeed.aspx

  •  Development through enterprise

Money and Mission   http://philanthropy.com/blogs/money-and-mission

Nonprofit Law Blog  http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/

Philanthropy2173   http://philanthropy.blogspot.com

UnSectored   http://www.unsectored.net

Aronson Nonprofit Report   http://www.aronsonblogs.com

New Science of Philanthropy   http://newscinceofphilanthropy.blogspot.com/

  •  Focus on donor retention

frogloop  http://www.frogloop.com/

  • Marketing

Fundraising Compass http://fundraisingcompass.com/

  • Interesting miscellany

Clairification   http://www.clairification.com/

  • Lots of fundraising information; great blog

Great Nonprofits Blog  http://greatnonprofits.org/nonprofitnews/

 

BOOKS

BOOKS

These are books I have read – at least in part - or use as references. I encourage you to check the AFP bookstore, listed at the end. You will also find recommended reading in many of the blogs, publications, and websites elsewhere on this list. I use an abbreviated form of bibliographical listings to save time.

America’s Nonprofit Sector, A Primer by Lester M. Salamon, The Foundation Center, 2012

  • Essential resource for everyone working in nonprofits

Securing Your Organization’s Future by Michael Seltzer, The Foundation Center, 2001

  • From starting a nonprofit to comprehensive resource development strategies,  a must-have for every fundraiser and nonprofit manager’s bookshelf

Fundraising Basics by Barbara L. Ciconte and Jeanne G. Jacob, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009

  • Techniques and strategies; AFP recommended

Fundraising Principals and Practice by Adrian Sargeant, Jen Shang, and Associates, Jossey-Bass, 2010

The Relentlessly Practical Guide to Raising Serious Money by David L. Landsdowne, Emerson and Church2008

  • Fundraising basics in a readable, easy to digest form that is short enough to get executive directors and board members reading.

Keep Your Donors by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux, John Wiley & Sons, 2008

  • Tom and Simone combine original thinking in communications and fund development to take your donor relations to new levels

Strategic Fund Development Third Edition by Simone Joyaux, John Wiley & Sons, 2011

  • There is no one like Simone; she firmly places fundraising in the center of in nonprofit management – where it belongs

The End of Fund Raising by Jason Saul, Jossey-Bass, 2011

  • Twisted some knickers but gets fundraisers thinking about new ways to present their value to corporations and the communities they serve

Donor Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burk, Burk & Associates, 2003

  • A fundraising classic; Burk has a new book coming out in 2013

 Nonprofit Sustainability; Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability  by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masoka, and Steve Zimmerman, Jossey-Bass, 2010

  • Looking at programs from the perspective of revenue generation.

 Building Nonprofit Capacity by John Brothers and Anne Sherman, Jossey Bass, 2012

  • An unprecedented look at organizational change and how to manage effectively across a  nonprofit’s life cycle

Leap of Reason by Mario Morino, Venture Philanthropy Partners, 2011

  • A collection of essays centered around identifying and measuring outcomes to make sure you are fulfilling your mission.

Performance Measurement 2nd Edition by Harry P. Hatry,  The Urban Institute Press, 2006

Fundraising Analytics by Joshua M. Birkholz John Wiley & Sons, 2008

Seeing Through a Donor’s Eyes by Tom Ahern, Emerson & Church, 2009

  • Tom Ahern is a genius at helping you communicate persuasively and effectively.

How to Write Fundraising Materials That Raise More Money by Tom Ahern, Emerson & Church, 2007

  • See the previous listing. Factoid: Tom Ahern is married to Simone Joyaux.

Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand, Second Edition,  by Laurel A. Molloy, MPA, 2010

  • An easy to use guide to building a logic model for management and fundraising

Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances by Andy Robinson and Nancy Wasserman, Emerson & Church, 2012

Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations by Bernard Ross & Clare Segal,  Jossey Bass, 2002

The Influential Fundraiser by Bernard Ross & Clare Segal,  Jossey Bass, 2009

The ASK by Laura Fredricks, Jossey Bass, 2010

Sustaining Nonprofit Performance by Paul C. Light, Brookings Institution Press, 2004

  • Paul Light is a highly respected academic and a prolific writer.  Check out all of his publications for an accessible wonk fix.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins, HarperCollins, 2005

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by L.R. Crutchfield & H. McLeod Grant, Jossey-Bass, 2008

 philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save The World by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, Bloomsbury Press, 2008

  • Philanthropy according to Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, et. al

Uncharitable by Dan Pallotta , Tufts University Press, 2008

  • Agree, disagree, a view from a different perspective. See also his TED talk on You Tube

Emerson and Church  Publishers http://www.contributionsmagazine.com/bookstore.html

  • A variety of books related to fundraising

AFP Bookstore afpbookstore.org

  • The best place for books on fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofits; includes a recommended reading list.

CORPORATE/BUSINESS INFORMATION

CORPORATE/BUSINESS INFORMATION

Individual company websites for annual reports, key staff, board members, business interests, etc.

Securities and Exchange Commission   http://www.sec.gov/

  •  Information on publicly traded companies

 YahooFinance   http://finance.yahoo.com/

  •  Business news, investment info, etc,

10K Wizard  http://www.10kwizard.com/

  •  Full text research on company filings

Dun & Bradstreet   http://www.dnb.com/

  •   Information on private companies – expensive

Chambers of Commerce- national and local

  • Basic information about corporations and businesses of all sizes; good also for finding corporate connections for individual donor research

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission   http://www.sec.gov

  • Stock info, bios, compensation, filings

MarketWatch   http://marketwatch.com

  • Track by business people, companies, or industries

Better Business Bureaus

  •  Information and ratings for businesses and local charities

BuzzFile  http://www.buzzfile.com/

  • Directory of all US businesses, including location maps and nearby companies; good for finding local businesses

Conference Board  http://www.conference-board.org/

Arts and Business Council          http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/arts_and_business_partnerships/default.asp

Hoovers     http://hovweb.hoovers.com

Forbes   http://forbes.com

A wealth of business information; source of rich lists

FUNDRAISING

FUNDRAISING

The Foundation Center  http://foundationcenter.org/

  • A rich source of information including newsletters, links, blogs, and other essential information for fundraisers, nonprofit managers, and philanthropists

Chronicle of Philanthropy  http://philanthropy.com/section/Home/172

Changing Our World http://www.changingourworld.com/site/PageServer

Nonprofit Marketing Guide   http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/

Exponential Fundraising   http://jennifermccrea.com/

  Association of Fundraising Professionals       http://www.afpnet.org/

  • Has its own database of resources for members

Benz Whaley Flessner  http://www.bwf.com/

  • Topics related to donor analytics, metrics and prospect management from a major consulting firm; including a blog (DonorCast) and a variety of published reports

Innovation Network  http://www.innonet.org/

 PerformWell   http://performwell.org/

 Social Velocity     http://www.socialvelocity.net

Kirsch Foundation  http://kirschfoundation.org/why/venture.html

  • Philanthropic venture capital

 National Capital Ventures Association   http://www.nvca.org

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation http://www.venturesfoundation.org/

Joyaux Associates     http://www.simonejoyaux.com/

  • A wealth of information and resources; there is nobody like Simone Joyaux

 Taxwise Giving & Philanthropy Tax Institute  http://taxwisegiving.com/

  •  Planned giving

 Blackbaud   https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/blackbaud-index.aspx

  •  Info on all their services as well as a wealth of resources for nonprofits

HandsNet    http://www.handsnet.org/

 

American Marketing Association Foundation http://www.themarketingfoundation.org/

Cause Effective http://causeeffective.org/

  • Helps nonprofit organizations build their capacities to develop human and financial resources through consulting, workshops and publications.

Community Resource Exchange   http://crenyc.org/

  • Assistance to nonprofit organizations serving the poor and disenfranchised.

United Way of New York City  http://www.unitedwaynyc.org/

Taproot Foundation         http://www.taprootfoundation.org/

  • Pro-bono assistance in areas such as financial management, marketing, technology, public relations, etc.

 Philanthrocapitalism    http://www.philanthrocapitalism.net/

  • Website related to Philanthrocapitalism, listed in the book section.

 CrowdCrux  http://www.crowdcrux.com/top-10-crowdfunding-sites-for-nonprofits/

  • Crowdfunding

 Raise-funds.com      http://www.raise-funds.com/

  • Lots of good, free stuff

fundsforngos      http://www.fundsforngos.org/about-us/

  • Resources for international grant seekers

INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA

INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA

Techsoup   http://www.techsoup.org

Idealware http://idealware.org/

Constant Contact http://search.constantcontact.com/

Socialbrite  http://www.socialbrite.org/

Big Duck  http://www.bigducknyc.com/

  • Works exclusively with nonprofits

NTEN http://www.nten.org/

  •   A nonprofit technology community

Grow Your Base   https://www.growyourbase.org

  •  Free online courses and training to help you build your online base of support

Salsa Labs  http://www.salsalabs.com/

  • An online platform for fundraising, advocacy, communicating and organizing; benefactor of the free services on  Grow Your Base

17 Essential Content Templates and Checklists   http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2013/06/essential-content-templates-checklists/

  • Formats for your website and social media content

NEWSLETTERS/ PERIODICALS

NEWSLETTERS/ PERIODICALS

Nonprofit Online News  http://news.gilbert.org/

Philanthropy Journal   http://www.philanthropyjournal.org

Philanthropy News Digest  http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/

Nonprofit Times   http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/

Chronicle of Philanthropy  http://philanthropy.com/section/Home/172

New York Nonprofit Press   http://www.nynp.biz/

Stanford Social Innovation Review  http://www.ssireview.org/

Nonprofit Quarterly    http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/

Grassroots Fundraising Journal  http://www.grassrootsfundraising.org/

Fundraising Success Magazine   http://www.fundraisingsuccessmag.com

Contributions Magazine  http,contributionsmagazine.com

NONPROFIT/PHILANTRHOPIC RESEARCH

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

Management Assistance for Nonprofits  http://www.mapfornonprofits.org/

National Executive Service Corps (NESC)  http://www.nesc.org/

Experienced senior executive volunteers provide a wide range management consulting to nonprofits at reduced rates

 Issue Lab   http://issuelab.org/alerts/

 Ventureneer  http://www.ventureneer.com/

CompassPoint  http://www.compasspoint.org/

Nonprofit Assistance Fund    http://www.nonprofitsassistancefund.org

  • Resources for social enterprises, nonprofit leaders, and small business owners

 Idealist      http://www.idealist.org/

  •  Jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships

Internal Revenue Service   http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits

Government Resources for nonprofits and Businesses   http://www.usa.gov/Business/Nonprofit.shtml

Board Source  https://www.boardsource.org/eweb/

New York State Charities Bureau  http://www.charitiesnys.com/home.jsp

Nonprofit Finance Fund  http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/

Lawyers Alliance  http://lawyersalliance.org/

Support  Center for Nonprofit Management     http://www.supportcenteronline.org/

Arts and Business Council         http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/arts_and_business_partnerships/abc-ny/

Citizen’s Committee for New YorkKeeping Track Online http://data.cccnewyork.org/

  • Statistics on more than 100 measures of child well being in New York City

 Reinventors     http://reinventors.net/

  • Virtual roundtables with innovators helping figure out how to reinvent 20th-century systems to work in the 21st   from a global and an American perspective in areas like climate change, energy, food production, etc.

Social Progress Imperative      http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/

  • advancing global human wellbeing, by combining national social performance and capacity indicators with solutions-oriented outreach

 Initiative for Impact Evaluation Evaluating Impact, Informing Policy, Improving Lives   http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/

 

IdeaEncore      https://www.ideaencore.com/

  • Shared resources on a wide range of nonprofit concerns

Grant Thornton  http://www.grantthornton.com/industries/not-for-profit-organizations.aspx

  • Good info from a large accounting firm; get on their mailing list to get invited to their periodical seminars on nonprofit management

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS

Alliance for Nonprofit Management        http://www.allianceonline.org/

The Giving Institute     http://givinginstitute.org/

  • Formerly the American Institute of Fundraising Counsel; publisher of Giving USA, an annual survey of philanthropy

Association of Fundraising Professionals  http://www.afpnet.org/

Charity Channel   http://charitychannel.com/

Council on Foundations    http://www.cof.org/

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers   http://www.givingforum.org/s_forum/index.asp

Philanthropy New York    http://philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/index.asp

  • Formerly New York Regional Association of Grantmakers

 Independent Sector   http://independentsector.org/

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy  http://www.ncrp.org/

National Council of Nonprofits    http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/

Center for Effective Government  http://www.foreffectivegov.org/about-us

  •  Formerly OMB Watch

Governance Matters   http://governancematters.org/

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations  http://www.geofunders.org

United Way of New York City  http://www.unitedwaynyc.org/

Arts and Business Council         http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/arts_and_business_partnerships/abc-ny/

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York      http://www.npccny.org/

  • A wide range of resources and services, especially helpful for small nonprofits; home of  the Nonprofit Excellence Awards

WATCHDOGS/PHILANTHROPIC ADVISORS

WATCHDOGS/PHILANTHROPIC ADVISORS

Better Business Bureau  http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/

Charity Navigator  http://www.charitynavigator.org

Charity Watch  http://charitywatch.org/

  • Formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers

Give Well  http://www.givewell.org/

Great Nonprofits  http://greatnonprofits.org/

New York State Office of the Attorney General   http://www.charitiesnys.com/

NYPAS New York Philanthropic Advisory Service    http://www.newyork.bbb.org/nypas/

Philanthropy New York  http://philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/index.asp

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors    http://rockpa.org/

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