Foundations and Nonprofits

Foundation Center Resources

In February 2019, Foundation Center and GuideStar, two giants in the field of nonprofit sector research and training, joined forces to become Candid. Candid continues to offer many of those same services under one umbrella, including foundations and grants directories, the GrantCraft blog and IssueLab, training opportunities, an IRS-990 finder, data about nonprofits and foundations, and more.  

Foundation Directory Online Professional
Allows you to search over 140,000 foundations and corporate donors, and grant-making public charities, as well as over 6 million grants from the largest foundations and corporate funders. Only available within the library or our seven neighborhood branches.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
An online database of more than 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Only available within the library or our seven neighborhood branches.

The Foundation Center’s new website for new grantseekers has free courses on setting up a nonprofit, finding funding, etc.

Statewide and Local Resources

Community Research Institute
Charts, graphs, statistics, and links for Grand Rapids and West Michigan, including demographics, income, crime records, and much more.

Michigan Charities
FAQs and forms from the Attorney General’s Office.

Council of Michigan Foundations
An association of more than 360 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable purposes primarily in Michigan. Includes information about the association’s purpose, programs, and publications.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University offers professional development for nonprofits, foundations, and donors; research, evaluation, and strategic consulting services; and insightful publications to help you better understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy. The Johnson Center operates Community Insight, an interactive data platform to support community decision-making in West Michigan and beyond. The center also publishes The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy for grantmakers, scholars, and students.

Michigan Grant Opportunities eGrants
A new electronic database for finding State government grants, as well as grants from other sources – covering anywhere from 300-500 current funding opportunities at any given time.

Michigan Humanities Council
Site includes grant guidelines and application packet, mini-grants,and statewide and regional projects.

Federal Resources
The official site for federal and state assistance programs for individuals.
Official database of the federal loan programs.
Search the 900 grants programs of the federal government to find one for your organization; you can even apply online.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Allows keyword or advanced searches of all 1,800 Federal programs. This is the official site.

Library Resources for Nonprofits

Grants and Related Resources
MSU Librarian Jon Harrison’s outstanding site for online grants information and fund raising links.

No Free Money
A Toledo nonprofit librarian quashes the rumors of “Free Money” and goes on to list and discuss other sources of financial assistance.

Nonprofit Watchdogs

Limited free information, including address, purpose and links to 990’s when available, on more than a million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Users must go through free registration.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Evaluates fund raising charities, so a donor can “Evaluate before you donate.”

American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Watch

A charity rating service. Their “top-rated” charity list is free.