Other Information Resources
Sources of Information on Corporate Giving
Hoover's Online. A user-friendly tool for finding basic company information and news.
Fundukian, Laurie J. (ed.) Corporate Giving Directory. 24th ed. Farmington Hill, MI: The Taft Group, 2002.
Hubbard, Monica M. (ed.) Directory of International Corporate Giving in America and Abroad. Farmington Hill, MI: The Taft Group, 1999.
National Directory of Corporate Giving. 12th ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2006.
Sheridan, Valerie S. (ed.) National Directory of Corporate Public Affairs. 20th ed. Washington, D.C.: Columbia Books, Inc., 2002.
Scott, Sheldon K. Successful Corporate Fund Raising: Effective Strategies for Today's Nonprofits. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
For additional resources on corporate giving, see our FAQ Where can I find information on corporate giving?
Keep in mind: Corporations may give by means of a company-sponsored foundation (in which case they file Form 990-PF,
as other private foundations do) or by means of a separate corporate
giving program (in which case it may be more difficult to get
information), or both. See our FAQ What is the difference between a company-sponsored foundation and a corporate direct giving program? for more information on the differences between the two types of giving.
giving is almost always limited to programs of benefit to employees,
their families, or residents of specific locations where the company
conducts business. Geography plays a significant role in corporate
grantmaking. Employee matching gift programs are increasingly common vehicles for giving.
donations are not the only type of corporate support. Ask yourself: Can
the project be handled as a business expense rather than a grant? Would
such as the donation of equipment, use of corporate facilities,
printing, design services, or access to executive expertise be helpful
to my nonprofit organization?
approaching corporate grantmakers, always consider the self-interest of
the funder. A proposal to a corporation should emphasize how its
support of your project will help it achieve its goals.
Corporate Philanthropy Report
is a useful periodical for keeping up to date on corporate giving.
Sources of Information on Individual Donors
Philanthropy News Digest.
Our compendium of philanthropy-related news can be used to both keep
up-to-date and to find media coverage of individual donors and their
Glynn, Jeanette E. Who Knows Who: Networking Through Corporate Boards. 10th ed. Berkeley, CA: Who Knows Who Publishers, 1998.
* Complete Marquis Who's Who on CD ROM. Biographical
profiles of over 775,000 individuals taken from various Marquis Who's
Who publications, searchable by name, birthplace, occupation, education
level, and career.
* Donor Series Comprehensive 2000. This CD ROM lists
over one million donations to more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations
and is searchable by donor name, recipient organization, gift category,
gift range, and location.
* National Connections 2000. This CD ROM provides
information about individuals and their board affiliations with
corporations, banks, nonprofit organizations, and foundations in the
United States and Canada.
The Internet Prospector.
A collection of links and guides to research on individuals and
companies, including articles on strategies, links to address/telephone
locators, and many biographical sites.
University of Virginia Prospect Research Department hosts this page
with sections on biographical and corporate information, public
records, occupations and salaries.
Junior Rich Register: A Directory of America's Wealthiest People. Austin, TX: Rich Register, 2001.
Solla, Laura A. The Guide to Analyzing Wealth and Assets. Freeport, PA: Laura A. Solla. 2001.
* Available in CD-ROM format.
For additional resources on individual donors, see our User Aid for Researching Individual Donors.
Keep in mind: If you have the name of an
individual you believe to be affiliated with a foundation, refer to the
Foundation Trustee, Officer, and Donor Index in the 2007 edition of the Guide to U.S. Foundations or the Trustees search field of
FC Search: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM or the Foundation Directory Online.
the individual you are researching is not connected to a foundation,
you may still be able to find information regarding his or her personal
wealth, corporate interests, or charitable donations by referring to
the resources listed above. A number of online databases provide
extensive biographical information. You can access many of these
through the Internet.
Sources of Information on Government Funding
USA.gov is a web site that provides the public with easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources, including government grants information.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a comprehensive searchable database of information about Federal assistance programs.
Dumouchel, J. Robert. Government Assistance Almanac. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., annual.
For additional resources on government funding, see our FAQ Where can I find information about government grants?
Keep in mind: Lack of good information is
one obstacle to finding the right government funding agency. There may
be a great deal of information on federal funding programs, but much of
it is confusing and contradictory. Call the agency in question before
applying for government
funding in order to obtain the most up-to-date information on the
Information about state and municipal grants is often difficult to track down. Check with local government officials and congressional
offices to see what information they have.
funders generally prefer projects that serve as prototypes or models
for others to replicate; local government funders almost aways require
strong evidence of community support for your project.
grants generally have stiff reporting requirements. Careful record
keeping is a must, as an audit is always a possibility.
Numerous local, state, and federal government agencies have established web sites — a helpful source of
information to the grantseeker.
For more details and advice on using the web to research corporate, government, and individual donors, refer to The Foundation Center's Guide to Grantseeking on the Web, 2003 ed.
Periodicals of Interest to Grantseekers
Periodicals are an excellent resource for those seeking to raise funds,
but are often overlooked by grantseekers. Foundation Center libraries
subscribe to those listed below and many more. Specific articles of
interest may be accessed via the web. Refer to the Literature of the Nonprofit Sector to search for these.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
1255 Twenty-third Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Biweekly. Covers
the nonprofit sector. Focus on legislation; recent grantmaking
activity; national calendar of events; job announcements.
Corporate Philanthropy Report. Aspen Publishers, Inc.,
200 Orchard Ridge Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Monthly except for
September and January. Substantive news articles on domestic and
international corporate philanthropy; profiles of individual
Foundation News and Commentary:
Council on Foundations, Inc., 1828 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
20036. Bimonthly. Emphasis on philanthropy at the national level as
well as the concerns of grantmakers and fundraising organizations;
articles on grantmaking activities; book reviews; people in the news.
Fund Raising Management. Hoke Communications, Inc. 224 Seventh
Street, Garden City, NY 11530. Monthly. Focus on high-profile,
professional fundraising operations. How-to articles; reports on
successful campaigns. A classified section and events calendar is
Grassroots Fundraising Journal.
Chardon Press, 3781 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611. Bimonthly. Articles on
alternative sources of funding, book reviews, and bibliographies.
Especially targeted to smaller nonprofits.
New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising. Jossey-Bass / John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. Quarterly. Each issue devoted to
one subject of interest to fundraisers. Covers donor trends and
Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Jossey-Bass / John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. Quarterly. Reports on issues in
nonprofit administration, fundraising trends, and board members.
Third Sector New England, 18 Tremont Street, #700, Boston, MA 02108.
Quarterly. Each issue focuses on a theme of critical importance and
provides useful information for organizations to manage more
effectively and advance their mission.
NonProfit Times. 120
Littleton Rd., Suite 120, Parsippany, NY 07054-1803. Monthly. Focus on
nonprofit organization fundraising and administration. Regular columns
highlight new legislation, court cases and news briefs of interest to
nonprofits, and new publications. A calendar of events and job openings
Nonprofit World. The Society for Nonprofit Organizations, 6314 Odana Road, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53719. Bimonthly. Focus on nonprofit administration; ask the experts; resources section.
These periodicals are available at all Foundation Center libraries. For a list of other periodicals that may be at one or more of the Foundation Center's libraries, see our Periodical List.