Resources for Non-Profit and Charity Leaders

Free and Fabulous Online Resources for Nonprofit Leaders

Foundation Center

A national organization dedicated to helping nonprofits research corporate, foundation, and individual funding prospects. Maintains Cooperating Collections in public libraries and other locations in cities across the country, allowing free access to current funding source data.


Maintains financial and other information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS nationwide. A great resource for researching grant making foundations and potential nonprofit partners. Search by zip code, keyword, etc. Form 990's are fully accessible.

Grantsmanship Center

One of the best online resources for grant seekers.
(Click on the Web site's Funding Sources tab to find funding prospects in your area.)


The premier online location for anything and everything about nonprofit governance. A must-see for nonprofit Executive Directors and board members. Web site includes a variety of excellent--and free--board member resources.

Free Management Library for Non-profits and For-profits

An online, integrated library for personal, professional, and organizational development. You'll be amazed at the number of wonderful articles and other resources that this site offers!


Idealist notes that it "connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives." Their Web site is a great place to connect with other nonprofit leaders and access a broad range of helpful articles and other resources. The site also posts ads for nonprofit jobs.

Your friendly public library reference desk

You'd be surprised at the wonderful fundraising books and other treasures that are waiting patiently for you on those shelves. Don't be afraid to ask the reference librarian for "how to" books on everything from fundraising fundamentals to board member roles and responsibilities.

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