Useful Links and Resources

Following is a list of useful resources and links to the websites of other philanthropic organizations.

To Locate Information on Nonprofits and Grantees

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s primary purpose is to educate donors. While the Alliance does not recommend one charity over another, it offers valuable information about specific charities and publications to help donors make their own giving decisions.

GuideStar - The Donor's Guide to Charities and Nonprofits
GuideStar provides detailed information and electronic copies of the tax returns of more than 600,000 nonprofits and foundations.

Internet Nonprofit Center
The principal content of INC is the Nonprofit FAQ, a large collection of short discussions of topics and issues that are important to leaders and observers of nonprofits (mostly in the United States). The page also includes a “donor defense kit” of considerations for new donors.

IRS Database
This searchable database includes all nonprofits that are registered as charities with the IRS.

Associations and Donor Networks

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Regional associations exist to enhance the effectiveness of private philanthropy in distinct geographic regions (city, state, or multi-state area). They respond to the specific needs and interests of their members. In addition to holding annual conferences and offering various educational programs, many regional associations support peer networking groups for the trustees and staff of family philanthropies. A growing number also offer publications geared toward donors and trustees. Visit the Forum’s website to locate a regional association near you.

Affinity Groups of Grantmakers
Affinity groups and specific-interest grantmaking associations represent a variety of different causes, issues, and population groups. Although many are volunteer-managed, a growing number are formally organized, have obtained 501(c)(3) status, and have paid staff. Both informal networks and formal organizations provide grantmakers with useful, current information on specific funding areas. Some offer technical assistance, generate newsletters and other publications, and conduct workshops and conferences.

Association of Small Foundations
ASF is a membership organization for foundations with few or no staff. The organization provides peer learning opportunities, targeted resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
The mission of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact.

Council on Foundations
This national association of foundations and corporate giving programs serves the public good by promoting and enhancing responsible and effective philanthropy.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is a coalition of grantmakers committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success.

More than Money
More than Money is a quarterly journal covering the “human side” of money and philanthropy. The creators of this journal also offers private consulting on relationship and family money issues, and run a listserv for donors to talk with others about these issues.

Independent Sector
This national association works to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, not-for-profit initiatives, and citizen actions that help to better serve people and communities.

Philanthropy Roundtable
The founding principles of this national association are that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society’s needs, and that a vibrant private sector is critical to creating the wealth that makes philanthropy possible.

Social Venture Partners International
These are networks of individuals, couples, and families who pool their grantmaking funds to leverage their impact in agreed-upon areas. Many offer training seminars and advice on other forms of philanthropy.

Family Offices and Family Businesses

Family Office Exchange
This professional association for private investors and their family offices offers consulting and executive search services, as well as access to professional advisors in the wealth management industry.

Family Firm Institute
This global, U.S.-based professional organization is dedicated to helping family firms by increasing the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of family business advisors, educators, researchers, and consultants.

Institute for Private Investors
This organization provides a networking, research, and educational resource around areas of investment for individuals who have substantial assets and their advisors. Family Business Center
This site offers executives and owners of family-controlled companies articles and resources on a wide variety of family business-related topics.

The Edward Lowe Foundation
With a mission of “championing the entrepreneurial spirit” this foundation offers information, research, and educational seminars and conferences for entrepreneurs and others.

Board Service

BoardSource focuses on strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofit organization governing boards by providing ideas, information, resources, and consulting services.

Other Useful Philanthropy Network Resources

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and nonprofit management and improving the practice of these disciplines. Created in 1987, the Center pioneered and seeks to advance philanthropic studies as an academic field. The Center has also developed graduate degree and certificate programs in philanthropic studies and offers undergraduate through doctorate-level academic programs.

Community Foundation Locator
Many families set up donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, or other funds at community foundations, which focus their giving in a city, state, or region. This site provides a national database of community foundations across the U.S.

Foundation Center
The Center fosters public understanding of the foundation field. This site includes the “Foundation Finder,” a listing of phone numbers and addresses for thousands of foundations, as well as an orientation to grantseeking, an introduction to proposal writing, links to foundations websites, and more.

This website features an extensive list of links to funding resources on the web and an online forum for nonprofits.

The Grantmaking School
The Grantmaking School presents the first university-based, practitioner-led curriculum designed to advance the effectiveness of philanthropic practice.

Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center provides fundraising training and information for the nonprofit sector. It offers seminars throughout the country and generates a wide range of publications, including a free magazine on grant-related issues.

Inheritance Project
This nonprofit consulting firm works with heirs to enhance their understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with inherited wealth.

InnoNet Toolbox
This website offers step-by-step guidance on how to develop program, evaluation, and fundraising plans. Plans can be created on the site and then printed out.

List of Academic Centers Focusing on the Study of Philanthropy
undefined Throughout the United States, a number of academic centers are studying the field of philanthropy and nonprofits. Many of these centers research trends in philanthropy and the tax laws that affect philanthropy, and many sponsor graduate-level degrees in fundraising and nonprofit management. Some also conduct special programs that focus on promoting philanthropy within their community or among youth. This site provides a listing of such centers.

Minnesota Toolkit for Giving
The Minnesota Toolkit describes basic options for giving, and presents inspirational stories of donors and families. The site also includes a list of helpful resources, both online and in print.

National Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The mission of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management is to provide leadership in enhancing a civil society by challenging and strengthening those who deliver management and governance support services to nonprofit organizations.

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through its powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – they serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. The Council of Nonprofits identifies emerging trends, shares proven practices, and promotes solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Newtithing Group
This group was founded to encourage individuals and institutions to increase their charitable giving by helping prospective donors determine their ability to give based on current income, investment assets, and expenses.

The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide captures and organizes good practices to assist nonprofits in improving their efficiency and effectiveness. The offers content in 10 topic areas, and is designed as a free-of-charge, one-stop-shop for nonprofit leaders, foundation staff, and university faculty and students.

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
This research institute is housed at Boston College and studies trends in family giving and what motivates that giving.

The Philanthropic Initiative
This nonprofit organization promotes philanthropy through various national initiatives and provides philanthropic design and management services to individuals.

Women in Philanthropy
This site includes links to annotated lists of books, articles, and Internet sites related to the topics of women and philanthropy.

Women's Philanthropy Institute
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute inspires, educates, and encourages women to effect change in the world through philanthropy.

Philanthropy E-Newsletters

Blue Avocado
An online news magazine, Blue Avocado speaks for and from the people in community-based nonprofits.

Family Giving News
The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s monthly e-newsletter highlights key issues and new resources in family giving. Sign up today to receive the monthly newsletter and view archived issues.

FN & C Now
View back issues of the Council on Foundation's newsletter.

Philanthropy Journal
This weekly newsletter covers new and emerging stories in the world of nonprofits. It offers a special highlight on its home state of North Carolina.

Philanthropy News Digest
This is the Foundation Center’s weekly e-newsletter on foundation funding trends and nonprofits.

Philanthropy News Network Online
This publication offers a bi-weekly update on news and programs in the nonprofit sector.

Philanthropy Update
The Philanthropy Roundtable offers this weekly email summary of news of interest to donors.