Grantseeking and Fundraising
No workshops are currently scheduled at the Library.
For other organizations that offer grant seeking classes, see:
California Charities - from the California State Office of the Attorney General. Use this site to find laws and regulations that apply to your non-profit in California. For basic information on forming and running a non-profit, download the 60-page Guide for Charities. Donors can use the Registry Search to get information about California registered charities.
Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits - from the Internal Revenue Service. Includes forms and instructions for tax-exempt organizations, how to file for tax-exempt status, online filing for small exempt organizations, and lists of recognized tax-exempt organizations.
B Corporations - starting in 2011, an alternative to starting a non-profit in California is to form a benefit corporation. B corporations operate as businesses rather than as non-profit agencies, which enables them to engage in a range of for-profit activities, but they have a public benefit as a principal goal. This can be a good option for the "social entrepreneur."
Give.org - charity lookup from the Better Business Bureau.
Charity Navigator - charity ratings by a respected evaluator of charities.
Sonoma County Library is a cooperating collection with the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, Sonoma County Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases:
These databases are available at the Central Library in Santa Rosa only.
Books on fundraising and directories of grants are available at several of the branches. Ask your librarian for assistance in finding them.
You can always ask a librarian at the Central Library reference desk for help with our Foundation Center subscription, and other grantseeking & fundraising resources.