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Grantseeking and Fundraising

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Workshops for Grantseekers: Sessions for non-profit organizations

Sonoma County Library and the Foundation Center present
  • Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization?
  • New to fundraising?
  • Want to know more about the Foundation Center resources and the funding research process?

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 - 3 p.m.

Central Library
Register online


For other organizations that offer grant seeking classes, see:

For More Information About Grants

See also:

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." - charity lookup from the Better Business Bureau.

Charity Navigator - charity ratings by a respected evaluator of charities.

Foundation Center Books and Database

Foundation Grants
Philanthropy In/Sight

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:

  • Foundation Directory - Central Library only - The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals - Central Library only - Find funding for education including scholarships, fellowships, student loans, and research grants; locate support for artists and grants for special needs such as general welfare funding.
  • Philanthropy Insight - Central Library only - Use this to combine Foundation Center data with Google maps. Overlay grant data with your choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.

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.