Foundations and Nonprofits

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As a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, we maintain a library of databases, directories, indexes and guides to help you find your way through the funding maze. With them you can find information on 92,000 private and corporate foundations and the grants they've made. We also have a number of books on nonprofit organizations and fundraising techniques. At the Main Library you may use Foundation Directory Online Professional to search for U.S. Foundations and corporate giving programs.


Foundation Directory Online Professional - Allows you to search 100,000 foundations and corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities, as well as a file of 2.1 million grants from the largest foundations.


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - An online database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.


Foundation Center - An abundance of 'get started' information and directories: A short course on proposal writing , and on budgeting for proposals ; a guide for individual grantseekers, and for foundation research, as well as a directory of foundations and direct links to 2,500 grantmaker web sites.


Grantspace - Foundation Center's new website for new grantseekers has free courses on setting up a nonprofit, finding funding, etc.


Grants and Related Resources - Jon Harrison of MSU has compiled an outstanding site for online grants information and fund raising links.


Guidestar - Limited free information, including address, purpose and links to 990's when available, on more than a million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Users must go through free registration. To get full information, there is a charge.


Benefits.gov - The official site for federal and state assistance programs for individuals.


GovLoans.gov - Official database of the federal loan programs.


Grants.gov - Search the 900 grants programs of the federal government to find one for your organization; you can even apply online.


The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Allows keyword or advanced searches of all 1,800 Federal programs. This is the official site.


Community Research Institute - Charts, graphs, statistics, and links for Grand Rapids and West Michigan, including demographics, income, crime records, and much more.


BBB Wise Giving Alliance - Evaluates fund raising charities. "Evaluate before you donate".


American Institute of Philanthropy - A charity watchdog service. Their "top-rated" charity list is free. A current issue with all 400 tracked charities is $3.


Michigan Charities - FAQs and forms from the Attorney General's Office.


Council of Michigan Foundations - An association of more than 360 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable purposes primarily in Michigan. Includes information about the association's purpose, programs, and publications.


Johnson Center for Philanthropy - GVSU's center supports research on philanthropy and nonprofit management. Popular pages include a consultant directory, a nonprofit directory, and Startup Information and Good Practice Guides for nonprofits.


Michigan Grant Opportunities eGrants - a new electronic database for finding State government grants, as well as grants from other sources -- covering anywhere from 300-500 current funding opportunities at any given time.


Directory of State-Administered Grants - A guide to state of Michigan grants by subject. It includes contacts for more information.


Michigan Humanities Council - Site includes grant guidelines and application packet, mini-grants,and statewide and regional projects.


Michigan Women's Foundation - Home of the Angel Fund, which supports investment in early stage women-owned businesses owned or run by disadvantaged women who are creating or expanding businesses in challenged urban areas.


No Free Money - Toledo grantsmanship librarian quashes the rumors of "Free Money" and goes on to list and discuss other sources of financial assistance.

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