Like its biweekly print analog, The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Web site is full of useful information for fund raisers, grant makers, nonprofit managers, and others. The site is organized into broad topic areas-Gifts and Grants, Fund Raising, Managing Nonprofit Groups, Technology, and Jobs. It includes a summary of the contents of the Chronicle’s current issue, with an archive of articles since 1998; a database of all corporate and foundation grants listed in the Chronicle since 1995; a nonprofit handbook which is a searchable database of more than 1700 items; surveys conducted by the Chronicle and reports of other surveyors conducted by other organization; job opportunities in the nonprofit sector; a listing of upcoming conferences and workshops; and annotated links to other nonprofit resources on the Internet. News on nonprofit employers, technology companies, fund raising service companies, consultants, and direct-marketing service companies is also available. Visitors can also sign-up for free e-mail updates about changes to the site and breaking news stories. Some of the material is available only to Chronicle subscribers.
Lamb, a former development officer at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, has attempted to “separate the wheat from the chaff” in describing truly useful Internet sites for researching corporations, foundations, and individual donors. David Lamb’s Prospect Research Page includes links to directories of doctors, judges, lawyers, and airplane owners; online news sources; and corporate and public records databases. What’s nice about the Prospect Research Page is that Lamb has distilled the vast number of potential sources of information on the Internet into a relatively small selection of annotated sites.
FinAid is a comprehensive collection of links to information about student financial aid on the Web. It includes links to and information on financial aid applications as well as links to the FAQ, financial aid calculators, and FastWeb, a free scholarship search service.
Foundations On-line, a service of the Northern California Community Foundation, contains a directory of links to various foundations and grantmakers, government grants, scholarship resources, fundraising software vendors and consultants, new technologies, nonprofit attorneys, and related sites.
The Free Management Library is a free community resource for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; and is contributed to by users and readers. The library is designed to be as user friendly as possible, with a focus on providing online management resources to organizations. Visitors to this well-organized Web site can conduct a category search of free, self-directed management courses in topics such as communications, finances, fundraising, program management, program evaluation, strategic planning, and consultants.
A service of NicheNET, Fund-Raising.com provides nonprofits with information about creative ways to generate contributions. Resources include fundraising-oriented products, a forum, related links, and an Idea Bank that features suggestions from site visitors.
The Fund-raising and Foundation Research Web site is sponsored by the University of Southern California Development Research Department, as part of their selected sites for prospect research on the Web. The site features a list of links to Web sites that pertain to fundraising, foundation research, and philanthropy news.
The Fundraising Forum contains information related to annual campaign fundraising and nonprofit organizations. The Web site features the Fundraising Forum Library, where fundraising information can be found under several categories: planning for fundraising, funding sources and prospects, organizing and managing a campaign, post campaign activity, and developing the development team.
Fundsnet Services Online is a comprehensive and searchable directory of funders, funding resources, and scholarship opportunities on the World Wide Web. Most links are annotated, and the Web site also includes a section organized by subject area.
Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, GrantsNet is an online searchable database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education that is specifically geared towards scientists-in-training.
The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) is a clearinghouse of fundraising information and provides training in grantsmanship and proposal writing for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. In addition to training program and schedule information, the center’s Web site offers grant source information on community foundations and federal, state, and international funding; current Federal Register grant funding information, including a daily summary; TGCI Magazine, an online publication; and a listing of publications for fundraisers, including TGCI proposal writing guides. The Web site also has a new resource, Winning Grant Proposals Online, with examples of effective proposal writing models for designing programs, consisting entirely of recent federally funded, top-ranked grant proposals in a wide variety of subject areas. Membership is require to access some of the resources on the site.
Aimed at the academic/scientific research community, the GrantsWeb section of the Society of Research Administrators’ Web site contains a comprehensive links resource for locating government research grant opportunities, as well as some information related to private funding. The links are categorized by general resources, U.S. federal agencies, private funding information, policy information and international resources, which include, Japan, Great Britain, Asia and Australia.
The “Primeroverview” section of the High Impact Philanthropy (HIP) Web site provides “primers” on how to begin development work in the areas of research, strategy, program development, and grantwriting.
Hoover’s Online, the Austin, Texas-based publisher of corporate information, may not be the “Ultimate Source for Company Information,” as it bills itself, but it sure is a good one. The Web site’s free offerings center around Hoover’s Company Capsules, which provide news and information-company profile, key personnel, full stock quote, selected press coverage-on thousands of public and private enterprises. Paying subscribers get the same, in much greater depth and detail.
The Internet Nonprofit Center’s “How Can We Use the Internet for Fundraising?” is a comprehensive 1998 report by Eric Mercer designed to provide “an introduction and a classification scheme to help readers learn to effectively evaluate alternative methods of online fundraising.”
Internet Prospector is a nonprofit service to the prospect research community, produced by volunteers nationwide who “mine” the Web for prospect research “nuggets.” Although designed for nonprofit fundraisers, anyone seeking tools for accessing corporate, foundation, biographical, international, and online news sources will find this Web site useful. You’ll find an online newsletter and an archive of past issues. A search engine is also provided, allowing you to quickly search for information from back issues located on the site. An option to subscribe to the free monthly newsletter is also available.
The amount of information available through the Michigan State University Grants and Related Resources site is nearly overwhelming, but Jon Harrison of the Michigan State University Library System has created a site that is well organized and cleanly designed. Start by clicking Grants for Nonprofits. Most valuable here are the annotated lists of resources (print, electronic, and online) for grant information in particular subject areas, from Arts and Cultural Activities to Religion and Social Change. For each subject area, Harrison provides abstracts of useful print resources, descriptions of databases, and links to online information. There is also a substantial section on grants to individuals, including financial aid. Harrison has even assembled an impressive bibliography, with links, on grantsmanship techniques, including lots of information on fundraising research and proposal writing.
The Michigan State University Grants and Related Resources Web site includes a separate section for individuals that covers Web sites, databases, and print resources, including links to many federal, state, and university-based funding sources. Resource listings are organized by academic type, population group, and subject.
The Nonprofits and the Internet Web site provides links to several full-text reports covering online fundraising regulation, creating and designing charity Web sites, and related issues facing every charity that has a Web site on the Internet. The site also has a set of links to related Web sites. Membership are require to access some of th resource on the site.<!—
Nickel News is a resource for nonprofits to aid in their fundraising efforts, mainly through an online publication that nonprofit organizations can customize to include advertisements from sponsors. Additionally, the Web site provides numerous links to nonprofit news sites and publications, commercial and noncommercial software providers, books on nonprofit fundraising, volunteer opportunities, and Web hosting and design information for nonprofit organizations.—>
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations is a mini-Web site within the comprehensive About.com site that serves as a useful guide to resources and information about nonprofit organizations, foundations, fundraising, technology, educational opportunities, jobs, and more. Visitors to the Web site can search feature archives as well as the entire About.com site, participate in chats, post a resume, and register to receive newsletters via e-mail.
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) is a membership organization dedicated to protecting and helping the nonprofit community of the New York metropolitan area. The committee’s Web site provides Peter Swords’ “How to Read the IRS Form 990 & Find Out What It Means,” an employee benefits survey, and Who Does What?, a searchable database of nonprofits that offer technical assistance to other nonprofits. A listing of government grants; programs; New York Nonprofits, an online newsletter; and workshop calendars are available online.<!—
The Online Fundraising Mailing List, the Gilbert Center’s mailing list for online fundraising, provides a learning environment for fundraisers at all levels of experience. Visitors to the Web site can also subscribe to receive the Gilbert Center’s Nonprofit Online News.—>
The Online Fundraising Resources Center is a collection of online fundraising resources from the book Fundraising and Friend-raising on the Web. The Web site includes excerpts from the book, with updates, and a good set of successful Web site examples. The site also has a list of links that include some general nonprofit, fundraising, and charity review sites; essays and published articles related to “cyber gifts”; and teaching materials from Internet fundraising classes.
Portico is a collection of Web sites, containing publicly available information, compiled for the use of the advancement and fundraising communities. The Portico Web site has a comprehensive set of links to sites that provide information on biographies of individuals, occupations, personal property, salaries, stocks, businesses, media, nonprofits, international, and other resources. The site also has resources for and about the nonprofit community, nonprofit and philanthropy news, state and regional resources and databases, science and medical-related funding opportunities, and sources related to the international philanthropic community. The Other Resources section has links to prospect research pages, professional organizations, electronic libraries, and periodicals.
Quality 990 was created to serve organizations and individuals concerned with improving the quality of financial reporting in the nonprofit sector. It is dedicated to improving the quality of IRS Forms 990 filed by nonprofit organizations. With new regulations and wider, simpler access to a nonprofit’s tax form, this site offers many resources to assist the community involved in filing this form. There is information on forming or joining a Nonprofit Accountability Collaborative (990 NAC), which are forums consisting of accountants, nonprofit managers, regulators, and the general public. Local 990 NAC activities fall under two main categories: education and recommendations. Comprehensive guides to the form are available, along with links to information that help in understanding the form itself and the rules to its disclosure.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system) is a goldmine of basic but often-hard-to-find corporate information (e.g., fiscal data, officers, subsidiaries, and recent mergers and acquisitions activity). EDGAR on the Web allows visitors to retrieve publicly-available filings submitted to the SEC from January 1994 to the present.
Seliger & Associates, a grantwriting consulting firm, provides access to available federal, state, local, foundation, and corporate giving grant opportunities via e-mail grant alerts. Registration is required.
UK Fundraising is a comprehensive resource for charities and nonprofit fundraisers in the UK and internationally. The Web site has a fundraising bookshop, lists of consultants, events, funding, grants, magazines, nonprofit resources, products, professional organizations, research papers, services, software, job opportunities, and an extensive collection of links to examples of online fundraising activities. A low annual fee is require to access some of the site
The Virtual Foundation is an online program, founded in 1996 by ECOLOGIA, that supports grassroots initiatives and community improvement projects around the world. The foundation screens and posts small-scale proposals that are initiated by non-governmental organizations in the fields of the environment, health, and sustainable economic activity to its Web site, where they can be read by potential donors.
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information about the programs, governance, fundraising practices, and finances of hundreds of charitable organizations that solicit nationally and are the subject of donor inquiries. Besides reports on specific charities, the Give.org Web site has news and alerts, and several “Tips On…” publications, including one on standards for charitable solicitations and used car donations. The site also offers an area where you can inquire or complain about a charity.
Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than 5,000 charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. The Web site has an area for tips and resources, as well as articles.
The Charities Review Council of Minnesota is an independent nonprofit organization that develops accountability standards for charities that solicit funds in Minnesota and conducts reviews based on those standards. The review information is provided to the potential donors and to the charitable organization, without charge. The Web site includes the council’s accountability standards, organized by public disclosure, governance, financial activity, and fundraising, and a Giving Guide that contains the list of charities that have been reviewed, with information on ordering a full report. The site also has information for donors, resources for nonprofits, and a good set of annotated links to charity-monitoring related Web sites.
Comprised of charitable, religious, missionary, social, and educational organizations, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability serves as a “Christian Better Business Bureau” by making appropriate public disclosure of its more than 1,000 members’ financial practices and accomplishments, and by developing and maintaining standards of accountability. The Web site has a directory of council members that can be searched by name, state, or ministry type. This site also has a section for the news about governance, finance and stewardship that is related to the church and other nonprofit organization.
This Web site of the National Association of State Charity Officials is designed to allow regulators and enforcers of state charity laws in the United States of America to engage in ongoing dialogue with nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and around the world about current issues facing the nonprofit sector.
Independent Charities of America is a nonprofit organization that pre-screens and certifies the charities it presents to potential donors via Web-based giving, workplace giving programs, and other low-cost fundraising methods. Charities are reviewed and certified annually.
The Independent Givers of America (IGA) is a “nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization whose mission is to bring together generous people and deserving causes, principally but not exclusively by developing Internet-based systems that reduce the cost and increase the productivity of charitable solicitation.” Its Web site gives philanthropists the opportunity to set up a personal, private, online foundation; accept e-mail proposals at any time; find an IGA-recommended charity; and contribute to any IRS-recognized charity, church, or school.
Local Independent Charities of America is a federation of more than 600 local nonprofit organizations. The Web site provides an online giving service, and potential donors can conduct a key word search to access information on member charitable organizations. Information provided includes mission statements, programs offered, and links to the Web sites of various nonprofit charitable organizations.
After the merger, EPhilanthropy Foundation is now known as Network for Good, whom mission is to make it easy for people to donate and volunteer online; provide nonprofits with free access to available online fundraising; and nonprofit marketing resources . The website contain many helpful advices for donators, charities, companies and volunteer in the form of articles, reports and training. Some of the resource perviously available in EPhilanthropy is still accessible on the site like the ezine and code of ethnics.
The American Association of Fundraising Counsel is a membership organization composed of consulting firms that advise nonprofits on fundraising matters. The association’s Web site has useful data regarding trends in philanthropy, including sources and distribution of funding. A particularly helpful feature on the site is the How to Choose Counsel area, which elucidates various factors to consider in selecting the right firm.
The American Association of Grant Professionals serves grant developers who work for public or private organizations. The Web site has information about the organization, including a code of ethics and credentialing; useful articles about grantseeking; newsletters, journals, a place to exchange documents with other members and links to Web sites that contain information related to educational grant writing.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) consists of 30,000 individual members in 500 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. Visitors to AFP’s Web site will find extensive information on nonprofit philanthropy and AFP activities and publications, AFP’s professional advancement programs and course information, and the full text of its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and the principles of a Donor Bill of Rights, created to address concerns and challenges arising from Internet charitable giving. In addition, job opportunity and member services modules are made available to AFP members. You can sign up for free e-mail updates on professional advancement and public policy.
The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) is an international organization for fundraisers who specialize in research and information management. The Web site has information about membership, links to Web sites about advancement research, events and education and APRA publications and conference information.
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action is an international, interdisciplinary network of scholars and nonprofit leaders working to foster the creation, application, and dissemination of research on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and civil society. Included in the Web site is information on the Association conferences, the Nonprofit and voluntary sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and a listserve.
The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning’s mission is to help charities, fundraising and financial professionals, and donors make more and better charitable gifts. The Web site includes the LEAVE A LEGACY program, created by the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council and distributed nationally, in order to encourage estate gifts to local charities. The site also includes information regarding education and training programs, planned giving conferences, and information on purchasing committee publications and products.