Information on Other Possible Sources of Funding

  • The Foundation Center

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

  • Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

  • National Council of Nonprofits

The Foundation Center

www.foundationcenter.org
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.

Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s website each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world.

Association of Fundraising Professionals

www.afpnet.org
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities. To guarantee these rights, AFP’s purposes are to:

  • Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preserving and enhancing philanthropy.
  • Establish a code of ethics and professional practices.
  • Require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices.
  • Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals.
  • Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership.
  • Collect, research, publish, and disseminate historical, managerial, and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy.
  • Enlist, organize, and support members to achieve our purposes.
  • Foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange, and education among fundraising professionals worldwide.
  • Use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes.
  • Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

www.give.org
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountabilityand publishes a magazine, the Wise Giving Guide, three times a year.

BBB WGA does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments about those that solicit their support. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on give.org.

BBB WGA reports on nationally soliciting charities that the public has most often asked about as well as charities that request to be evaluated. Give.org reports on about 1,300 nationally soliciting charities. In addition, about half of the 112 Better Business Bureaus in the United States and Canada cumulatively produce reports on over 10,000 locally soliciting charities using the same BBB Charity Standards as BBB WGA.

National charities that are found to meet all BBB Charity Standards have the option of signing a license and paying a fee for the use of a BBB Accredited Charity Seal that can be displayed on their websites and in their fund raising materials.

National Council of Nonprofits

www.councilofnonprofits.org
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

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