Regional Foundation Center: Basic Grantsmanship

General Philanthropy and Startup Resources

The Foundation Center, the premier resource for foundation research, includes:PND (Philanthropy News Digest), free e-newsletters for current news, RFP's and jobs. Finding Funders lists all grantmaker websites and IRS 990PF forms for private foundations

Delaware Valley Grantmakers membership is open to local grantmakers. Common Grant Application and Report forms for local area-- in PDF formats & Job Bank . (215)790-9700.

The Council on Foundations includes definitions of foundation types. Grantmaker Affinity groups by subject areas & Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAGS). Search COF Code: Affinity

GuideStar provides a free nonprofit database which lists nonprofit boards, missions, and financial summaries. Be prepared to enter an e-mail address and a password to create an account.

Pennsylvania State Bureau of Charitable Organizations provides information needed to start a charitable organization in Pennsylvania with links to regulations, forms, etc. needed for all states.

BoardSource is the premier resource for building effective nonprofit boards.

Boardcafe is an electronic newsletter with good ideas for nonprofit board members—provided by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a nonprofit training, consulting and research organization

Fundraising and Management Resources

Innovation Network, headquartered in Washington, D.C., provides technical help for nonprofit groups, including sample budgets, strategic planning and program evaluation advice.

The Gateway to resources for Pennsylvania Grantseekers Free 60-day trial subscriptions available to registered purchases of the 7th edition of Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations. Subscribers may sign up online for 6 or 12 months plans with reduced rates for smaller groups.

Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University, ongoing workshops and training sessions for staff members, board members, consultants, and nonprofit volunteers. (215) 951-1701.

Philadelphia Foundation's – Philanthropy Resources and Links – lists selected Southeastern Pennsylvania funders and resources. The site has links to national fundraising information.

Free Management Library is a complete library of management resources in a user-friendly format to assist both for-profit and nonprofit corporations

Proposal Writing Resources

Proposal Writing Short Course: for novice proposal writers.

Common Grant Application Forms: Allow applicants to save time by producing a single proposal format for a specific funder community. See Delaware Valley Grantmakers.

National Network of Grantmakers ("progressive" funders)

Search Engines

Google: Useful for subject searches when no specific web address is known. For example, you can search for a topic, such as, "nonprofit bylaws" or "proposal writing."