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 has reopened in its new space on the ground floor of the Georgia-Pacific building downtown. You can also chat Foundation Center staff when the the "Ask Us Live" button is displayed.
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.
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 Work For Good (formerly 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. Also see useful links at Grantspace.org's charity scams page.
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.
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta is an important partner for donors and recipients. Read about their Nonprofit Bridge Loan Fund.
Specific Research Reports
Key Facts on Georgia Foundations (Foundation Center)
Taking Measure: Key Facts on Georgia Grant making Trends (Foundation Center)
Funding for Black Male Achievement (Foundation Center)
Explore statistics at Foundation Stats