Grantseeking and Fundraising
Introduction to Finding Funders
Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool.
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and IssueLab reports.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
About the presenter
This class will be taught by Ganga Dharmappa of the San Francisco Foundation Center. Ganga is the Regional Training Coordinator for the Foundation Center, providing outreach and training throughout the Bay Area, statewide, and in the Western United States.
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 Funding Information Network partner 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 downtown Santa Rosa.
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.