Through the library's agreement with the Foundation Center, patrons in the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department on the 2nd floor of Central Library have free public access to the Foundation Center's electronic databases, as well as materials on fundraising and nonprofit management. NOTE: The Atlanta office of the Foundation Center will be closed from December 18, 2013 through March 31, 2014 while they relocate to another space in downtown Atlanta. Watch for updates. Starting in January, Foundation Center-Atlanta will have staff on hand at Central Library from 1-5 pm on Tuesdays to provide assistance to grantseekers.
GrantSpace contains everything a grantseeker needs to learn and connect with others. It has a calendar of grantseeker training opportunities at the Foundation Center's Atlanta office, samples of proposals, and a live chat. Registration is free. Also visit the Foundation Center-Atlanta website to find technical assistance providers in the Southeast and learn how to leverage scarce dollars with nonprofit collaborations.
Foundation Directory Online Professional (2nd floor of Central Library only) For nonprofit organizations seeking funding. Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool based upon data in the Foundation Directory Online.
FDO Free is a free grant search tool offered by the Foundation Center and is available free of charge.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (2nd floor of Central Library only)
Foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Also see online training and tutorials for individuals. Students also see the Foundation Center's Youth in Philanthropy page. Note: if you are seeking money for emergency needs, check the library's U.S. Government - Money Trouble page under "Emergency Help". For leads to sources of government funding, see the library's U.S. Government - Grants and Loans page.
IRS Charities website. Includes important tax information for nonprofits as well as Publication 78 (the list of tax-exempt organizations), and the Automatic Revocation of Exemption List. Verify a charity's status with the IRS. Quick 990 lookup tool.
Interested in working in the nonprofit sector? Check online job listings in Opportunity NOCS, the PND job listing, and Idealist. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which is kept in the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department, is a biweekly that also has job listings.
Avoid Charity Fraud. Don't throw money away - there is probably a good charity out there that needs your help! If someone asks for a donation, take your time and familiarize yourself with the charity's work.
Online tutorial: What are the characteristics that define an effective nonprofit organization? This simple tutorial describes 12 tasks you will need to accomplish as part of the process of establishing a nonprofit organization.
Fiscal sponsorship for artists. Follow link to recorded webinar and learn about the pros and cons.
Specific Research Reports
Key Facts on Georgia Foundations (Foundation Center)
Foundation Funding for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Foundation Center)
Georgia is in the top ten of states for Foundation funding received (Foundation Center Statistical Information Service)
2012 Survey of Hiring Trends at Not-for-Profit Organizations Executive Summary from the Alexander Group.