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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.

Corporate 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.

Cash 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 in-kind support such as the donation of equipment, use of corporate facilities, printing, design services, or access to executive expertise be helpful to my nonprofit organization?

When 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 gifts.

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.

Portico. The 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.

If 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 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 program.

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.

Federal 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.

Government 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 grantmakers.

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 included.

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 fundraising matters.

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.

Nonprofit Quarterly. 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 are included.

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.
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