Nonprofits, Foundations and Grants

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The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool : Process Guide  by Gary SternThe Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool : Participant Workbook  by Peter DruckerHuman Resource Policies and Procedures for Nonprofit Organizations  by Carol  BarbeitoGrant Proposal Makeover : Transform Your Request From No to Yes  by Cheryl ClarkeLeadership in Nonprofit Organizations  by Barry DymConducting a Successful Capital Campaign  by Kent Dove

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Databases (most require KPL library card)

Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

Information on foundations, corporate givers, and grantmaking public charities.  Must be on a KPL computer to use.

Grants to Individuals (Foundation Center)

Learn how to best approach your search for a grant as an individual.

Newspapers and Magazines

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Board Member, a newsletter published by BoardSource

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Grassroots Fundraising Journal

Nonprofit Quarterly

Community Resources

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Bread for the Journey

Greater Kalamazoo United Way

Jericho Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Michigan Nonprofit Association

Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo


Donor Resources

American Institute of Philanthropy

Charity watchdog service to help donors make informed decisions.

Better Business Bureau - For Charities & Donors

Information on hundreds of nonprofit organizations that solicit nationally and internationally.

GuideStar - Database of U.S. Nonprofits

GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.


Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

Independent Sector

Code of ethics for the nonprofit sector.

Network for Good

Network for Good's mission is to make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and to make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.

Federal Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Database of all Federal programs available to State & local governments, quasi-public, private profit & nonprofit organizations.

Form 1023 Help

Designed to help new non-profit organizations complete the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Providing grant information to current and prospective Health & Human Services grantees

Internal Revenue Serivice - Charities & Nonprofits

Tax and legal information for charities & other nonprofits 


Arcus Foundation

Kalamazoo based grantmaker.

Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan

Local chapter of Bread for the Journey International which teaches a simple practice of neighborhood philanthropy.  

Council on Foundations - Community Foundation Locator

Community foundations by name or state.

Foundation Center's Foundation Finder

Foundation Finder offers basic information on grantmakers in the U.S. including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs.

Foundation Center's Request for Proposals

Search requests for proposals posted in Philanthropy News Digest.

History, Arts and Libraries -

Grant opportunites from the History, Arts and Libraries agency of the state of Michigan.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

An independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries & museums.

Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

Kalamazoo based foundation.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Public charity created for the Kalamazoo area.

Kellogg Foundation

Find resources concerning philanthropy, grant writing tools, frequently asked questions, and volunteer opportunities.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A philanthropy devoted exclusively to health & health care.

The Foundation Center - Youth in Philanthropy

Information on past and present famous celebrities and how they use their wealth to support their causes.


Association of Fundraising Professionals - West Michigan Chapter

Local affiliate of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Gifts In Kind International

Donate products or register your nonprofit to receive free or reduced goods.

Non-Profit Guides

Free web-based grant writing resources.

Proposal Writer (Deborah Kluge)

Comprehensive grant writing website.

TGCI Grantsmanship Center

Grantsmanship Training Program covers researching grants, writing grant proposals, and negotiating with funding sources.

Trickleup Organization

Provides conditional seed capital and business training essential to the launch of a microenterprise.

General Resources

Alliance for Nonprofit Management

A professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits - to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission.

Best Practices for Volunteerism

Volunteer mangement best practices.

Board Cafe

Electronic newsletter for non profit boards.

Board Member Obligations

Charity Board Members and their obilgations from the Michigan Attorney General's office.

Board Source

Reference marterials and publications on governance.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities.

Council on Foundations

A membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide that provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities, among other services, to members and to the general public.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

HIP Hispanics in Philanthropy

HIP’s mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector and by increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy.

Nonprofit Risk Management

Risk assessment tools and best practices recommendations related to financial management, employment, volunteerism, and youth.

Society for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit management support organization.

Grantseeker Resources

Kalamazoo Resources

Greater Kalamazoo United Way

Distributes funds to programs and services that have the greatest need in the community.

Gryphon Place

Connects people to information, resources and support systems to assist them in resolving crises and meeting life challenges.

Volunteer Center of Kalamazoo

Works to provide connections between nonprofit organizations and volunteers looking for opportunities to serve their community.

Michigan Resources

Articles of Incorporation Form

ArtServe Michigan

Grants & Related Resources-links from Jon Harrison (MSU)

An excellent Michigan collection of resources related to funders, financial aid, and fundraising.

Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University

Academic center on philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.

Michigan Community Service Commission

Michigan volunteerism.

Michigan Nonprofit Association

Michigan grantseeker resources.

MITTAC (Michigan Training & Technical Assistance Collaborative)

Comprised of organizations and agencies providing training and technical assistance to Michigan nonprofits and local units of government that are involved in affordable housing and other community development activities.

NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work)

NEW’s mission is to help nonprofits succeed by strengthening nonprofit management and offering solutions to issues facing Ann Arbor, MI's nonprofit community. 

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide

Provides information designed to help manage a nonprofit organization efficiently and effectively.

National Resources


White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Faith-based and community initiatives.

Women in Philanthropy

Research sources, women donors, net resources.

Sample Grant Proposals


Free resources for both advanced grantwriting consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.

School Grants

Your one-stop site for PK-12 school grant opportunities.

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