General Resources


Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Southeastern Council of Foundations
SECF is one of the nation’s largest regional associations of grantmakers, serving more than 330 of the most dynamic foundations and corporate giving programs in the South. SECF works in partnership with members in 11 Southeastern states to serve, strengthen, promote and champion the South’s philanthropic voice and infrastructure through engaging programming, leadership development training, access to unique resources and invaluable connections.

Council of Foundations
Council of Foundations is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

Center for Nonprofit Management
Since 1986, the Center for Nonprofit Management has been a home to Middle Tennessee’s nonprofit leaders. At CNM, nonprofit board members, executives and staff have the opportunity to learn how to enhance their services through skill-building workshops and the annual Bridge to Excellence conference.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
The Michigan Nonprofit Management Support Organization (MSO) Network, a collaborative of nine capacity building providers and other partner institutions from across the state, collectively manage and contribute to the Nonprofit Good Practice Guide to increase nonprofit organizational and financial stability, program quality and growth.

Nonprofit Guide
Non-profit guides are free web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups. These guides are designed to assist established US-based non-profits through the grant-writing process.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
The Forum is a philanthropic network comprised of 33 regional associations of grantmakers with more than 5,500 participating organizations, making it the largest network in American philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years. It offers an advice section to help nonprofit workers do their jobs as well as one of the biggest listings of career opportunities. The Chronicle updates its website throughout the day and appears 12 times per year in print.

BoardSource is a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership. We engage with and support a community of more than 115,000 individuals committed to creating positive change in their communities through effective board service.
Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (, and French ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

Philanthropy Journal
The Philanthropy Journal serves nonprofits and their supporters by helping them tell their stories and increase their capacity through nonprofit news, resources, announcements and job listings. Our vision is for nonprofit organizations to have the capacity, commitment, and courage to accomplish their individual missions. The Philanthropy Journal is a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Using a “Research to Practice” platform, the Alliance is committed to identifying and exploring both academic and practitioner research and field experiences in peer-to-peer exchanges designed to identify what we need to know to increase the effectiveness, capacity and impact of the social sector.

Society for Nonprofits
Society for Nonprofits is a leading resource for nonprofit professionals and has been helping nonprofit leaders increase their knowledge and grow the capacity of their organizations for more than 30 years. Society for Nonprofits has more than 6,000 members, from the Ph.D. student looking for research information to executives at large nonprofit organizations looking to keep their board up to date on the latest nonprofit trends. 

U.S. Census Bureau 
The Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. 

Library of Congress (search federal resources)

Federal Grants Database

The Grantsmanship Center
The Center helps private and public nonprofits make better communities by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.

Virginia Labor Market Information (Virginia LMI)
These documents feature a wealth of information including demographic, economic, and educational data about counties, cities, planning regions and more within Virginia. 


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