Through the library's agreement with the Foundation Center, patrons in the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department on the 2nd floor of Central Library have free public access to the Foundation Center's electronic databases, as well as materials on fundraising and nonprofit management. Learn more about the Foundation Center.
GrantSpace contains everything a grantseeker needs to learn and to connect with others. It has a calendar of grantseeker training opportunities at the Foundation Center's Atlanta office, samples of proposals, and a live chat. Registration is free. Also visit the Foundation Center-Atlanta website to find local community assistance and learn how to leverage scarce dollars with nonprofit collaborations.
Foundation Directory Online Professional (2nd floor of Central Library only) For nonprofit organizations seeking funding.
FDO Quick Start is a free grant search tool offered by the Foundation Center. Free registration gets you quick data on over 100,000 foundations.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (2nd floor of Central Library only)
Find private sources of money for students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Also see online training and tutorials for individuals. See Foundation Center's leads for students. Note: if you are seeking money for emergency needs, check the library's U.S. Government - Money Trouble page under "Emergency Help". For leads to sources of government funding, see the library's U.S. Government - Grants and Loans page.
IRS Charities website. Includes important tax information for nonprofits as well as Publication 78 (the list of tax-exempt organizations), and the Automatic Revocation of Exemption List. Verify a charity's status with the IRS. Quick 990 lookup tool.
Interested in working in the nonprofit sector? Check online job listings in Work For Good (formerly Opportunity NOCS), the PND job listing, and Idealist. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which is kept in the Ivan Allen, Jr. Reference Department, is a biweekly that also has job listings.
Avoid Charity Fraud. Don't throw money away - there is probably a good charity out there that needs your help! If someone asks for a donation, take your time and familiarize yourself with the charity's work. Tips for businesses who want to give, too. Also see useful links at Grantspace.org's charity scams page.
Is it necessary for you to start a nonprofit in order to do the community work you care about? You might not have to do all the work - explore some alternatives.
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta is an important local partner both for donors and grantees. Read about their Nonprofit Bridge Loan Fund.
Recent Research Reports Focusing on Georgia
Voter Information in the Digital Age: Grading State Election Websites (Center for Governmental Studies)
State Profile Georgia: Assets and Opportunity Scorecard (Foundation Center)
State-level Field Network Study of the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Georgia) (Foundation Center)
Georgia Health Gaps Report: What's Driving Health Differences Across the State and How Can Those Gaps Be Closed? (Foundation Center)
Atlanta, Ga.'s Commitment to Black Men and Boys (excerpted from The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement)
Explore funding statistics.