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Grants, Grant Writing, and Nonprofits

Flint Public Library is a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. A Cooperating Collection is a funding and philanthropy information center that contains a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grant seekers.

Listed below is a select list of materials, books, and web sites organized by subject. While this bibliography is aimed at nonprofit organizations, a small section for individuals seeking grants and loans is included.

Grant Writing / Fundraising / Sources of Grants: Foundations /
Sources of Grants: Government / Nonprofits / Grants for Individuals / Charities

GRANT WRITING

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90 Days to Success in Grant Writing
by Timothy Kachinske 
361.7 Ka
Designed to guide novice grant proposal writers step by step through the basic skills, techniques, and 
thought processes of a highly successful grant writer. 

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing
by Jane C. Geever
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Ge

Development consultant Geever guides nonprofit grant seekers through the entire process of grant proposal writing—from setting funding priorities through contacting potential funders and responding to their decisions.

Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Fo
Assembles actual grant proposals that have garnered money for non-profit organizations as a guide to newcomers to grant writing.

Grant Writing for Dummies
by Beverly A. Browning
361.7 Br

A national grant writer and consultant, the author offers practical advice on all phases of the grant writing process.

Models of Proposal Planning and Writing
by Jeremy T. Miner
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Mi

Contains samples of successful grant proposals.

Writing Grant Proposals that Win
by Deborah Ward 
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Wa
The author gives step-by-step instructions and clear examples of how to write winning grant proposals.

 

Please see The Foundation Center’s Core Collection List for additional resources on grants and grant-writing.

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WEB SITES:

EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
www.epa.gov/region7/citizens/care/pdf/epa_grant_writing_tutorial.pdf
Geared towards those seeking grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, but all users will find it useful as the information is universal.

The Foundation Center
foundationcenter.org
Proposal writing, fundraising, and budgeting basics are just a few of the topics covered on this web site.

Grant Seeking in Minnesota
www.mcf.org/mcf/grant/writing.htm
As the title suggests, this site is geared towards those seeking grants in the Minnesota, however, most of the information contained on the site is universal and applicable for Michigan grant seekers.

Guide for Writing a Proposal
learnerassociates.net/proposal
Contains proposal writing hints and examples from a Michigan State University professor.

Proposal Writing and Government Contracting
proposalwriter.com
Excellent commercial site with extensive information on grants and grant writing. Site contains a comprehensive FAQs section.

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FUNDRAISING

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90 Days to Success in Fundraising
By Timothy Kachinske
361.7 Ka

New fundraisers learn how to procure funds like a seasoned professional.

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits
by Ilona Bray
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Br

Contains tips and techniques for planning special events, seeking bequests and planned gifts, creating brochures and annual reports, and designing a website that complements an organization’s mission and fundraising goals.

Fundraising basics: A complete guide
Barbara L. Ciconte
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Ci
An updated edition of an essential, classic fundraising text that provides new and valuable information that every fundraiser must know.

Fundraising When Money is Tight
By Mal Warwick
658.15 Wa

A fundraising professional shows nonprofit leaders how to weather the current economic crisis.

How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters
by Mal Wawick
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Wa

Learn how to write effective fundraising appeals from the nation’s premier direct mail expert, Mal Warwick.

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WEB SITES:

Foundation Center: Learn about Foundations and Fundraising
foundationcenter.org/getstarted/learnabout/foundations.html
Lists both free and fee-based fundraising classes.  

Foundation Center: Special Events Fundraisers
foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/special_events
Lists websites and books that will help nonprofits plan their next special event fundraiser. Grantspace www.grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Funding-Research/Fundraising-Planning Answers common questions about fundraising. Nonprofit Fundraising from Nolo Press www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/nonprofit-fundraising A respected publisher of legal materials provides advice about effective fundraising methods and best practices.

 

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SOURCES OF GRANTS: FOUNDATIONS

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Annual Register of Grant Support
Foundation Center Collection 001.4 An
Provides information on grants from government agencies, foundations, corporations, community trusts, unions, associations, and special interest organizations for individuals in academics, research, and business and non-profits.

The Foundation Directory
Foundation Center Collection 061 Fo
Features key facts on the nation’s top 10,000 foundations and contains over 41,000 descriptions of selected grants.

The Michigan Foundation Directory
Foundation Center Collection 360.9774 Mi
Updated and streamlined information on more than 1,500 Michigan foundations that are currently accepting grant applications.

National Directory of Corporate Giving
Foundation Center Collection 061 FC
Find detailed profiles on nearly 4,100 foundations and information on more than 1,200 direct corporate giving programs, including application information, giving limitations, financial data, and descriptions of over 7,000 recently awarded grants.

***Please see The Foundation Center’s Core Collection List for additional directories.

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WEB SITES:

Foundation Center: Foundation Finder
foundationcenter.org/findfunders/foundfinder
Provides basic facts on more than 65,000 private and community foundations in the U.S. Users must know at least part of the foundation's name to search the database.
If you are using a smartphone, visit finder.foundationcenter.org for Foundation Finder Mobile

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) database
~Available at the Flint Public Library~
Foundation Directory Online is a subscription database of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and over 2.4 million recently awarded grants. 

Philanthropy News Digest: RFP Bulletin from the Foundation Center
foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp
The Foundation Center's weekly news digest contains brief descriptions of funding opportunities with links to additional information.

Community Foundation Locator
www.communityfoundationlocator.com
Provides contact information and links to community foundations located throughout the United States, including Michigan.

Community Foundation of Greater Flint
www.cfgf.org
Awards grants to qualified tax exempt organizations for proposals designed to enrich the lives of Genesee County residents.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
www.mott.org
Private foundation based in Flint that makes grants in the U.S. and selected regions internationally. Grant programs include Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways out of Poverty. Please see website for additional information about each of these programs.

Council of Michigan Foundations
www.michiganfoundations.org
Provides clear, concise explanations of the different types of foundations and links to member websites.

NOZA
www.grantsmart.com
Contains tax returns filed by more than 100,000 private foundations and charitable trusts.

Ruth Mott Foundation
www.ruthmottfoundation.org
A Flint-based family foundation that awards grants in the areas of the arts, beautification, and health promotion. Projects must be in the City of Flint or Genesee County.

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SOURCES OF GRANTS: GOVERNMENT

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Reference 360.973
Annual federal publication that lists information on all federally funded programs and projects.
Web Access: www.cfda.gov

Federal Register Announcements
www.tgci.com/funding.shtml
Daily Federal Register announcements via the Grantsmanship Center's homepage are easy to use since the Grantsmanship Center only provides grant listings. To access information about federal funding, click on the federal button. 
Note: The Grantsmanship Center now requires free registration to access this database.

Federal Register
Reference 353 Fe
Published every business day, this publication includes federal grant announcements. Each issue has a table of contents organized alphabetically by agency. Look for the agencies that will most likely sponsor the types of grants you are seeking.
Web Access: www.federalregister.gov
Search via index/table of contents: www.archives.gov/federal_register/the_federal_register

Grants.gov
grants.gov
A one-stop electronic grant portal where potential grant recipients will receive full service electronic grant administration.

Grants for Nonprofits
staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/federal
Compilation of grants and funding sources for nonprofit organizations. Both government grants and foundations are listed.

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NONPROFITS

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Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Br
A hands-on guide to help your nonprofit build its brand, raise its profile, strengthen impact and develop deeper relationships with donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change
by Beth Kanter
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Ka
This book contains specific strategies for implementation and secrets to success from nonprofits who have used new social media tools effectively themselves.

Successful Marketing Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations
by Barry McLeish
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 McL
A leading expert on nonprofit marketing shares his expertise and knowledge.

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide
by Bruce R. Hopkins
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Ho

Offers information on virtually every legal aspect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization.

Public Relations Handbook for Nonprofits: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide
by Art Feinglass
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Fe

Learn how to manage an effective public relations campaign which will help nonprofit organizations achieve the recognition and support needed to fulfill their mission.

Managing technology to meet your mission: A strategic guide for nonprofit leaders
Foundation Center Collection 658.4 Ma
A practical resource that helps nonprofit professionals make smart, strategic decisions about technology.

Nonprofit Essentials: Endowment Building
by Diana S. Newman
Foundation Center Collection 658.15 Ne

A well organized guide to building successful endowment programs.

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WEB SITES:

Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
www.urban.org/center/cnp
Conducts and disseminates research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Contains many free reports on homelessness, housing, health care, etc.

Boardsource
www.boardsource.org
BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards. Boardsource provides knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, and an extensive website.

Michigan Nonprofit Association
www.mnaonline.org
Michigan Nonprofit Association is a leader, a model, an advocat,e and a support system for nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

National Center for Charitable Statistics
nccs.urban.org
National clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
nonprofit.about.com
Comprehensive site that contains articles and resources on various aspects of nonprofit organizations, including starting and managing a nonprofit organization.

Help Filling out your 501(c)(3)
form1023help.com
Designed to help new nonprofit organizations complete the application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tax information for charities and other non-profits
www.irs.gov/charities
Contains a variety of tax information for charities and nonprofits, including information on the new 990-PF form.

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GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUALS

**The majority of grants are awarded to non-profit organizations; very few grants are available to individuals, except in the area of education (scholarships). For information on scholarships, see FPL’s College Information on the Web or visit FPL’s COPE section at the Main Library.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
Foundation Center Collection 361.7 Fo
A print publication with a listing of more than 9,500 foundations that give financial assistance to individuals in the areas of education, arts and culture, general welfare and research and professional support.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Database
Available at the Main branch of the Flint Public Library
Database version of the above listed book. Also contains information on more than 10,000 foundations that give financial assistance to individuals. Updated quarterly. Available at the Main library only.

Foundation Center: Individual Grantseekers
www.foundationcenter.org/getstarted/individuals
Provides tips and information for the indivdual grantseeker.

Emergency Services: State of Michigan Department of Human Services
www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5531---,00.html
The State Emergency Relief program (SER) helps low-income households meet emergency needs such as heat and utilities, home repairs, relocation assistance, home ownership services, and burial through a combination of direct financial assistance and contracts with a network of nonprofit organizations.

Benefits.gov
www.benefits.gov

Allows users to find federal and state government benefits that they may be eligible for.

Grants for Individuals: By academic level, by population group, by subject
staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3subject
Compilation of grants and funding sources for individuals.

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Starting a New Business

Patrons frequently ask if there are grants available from the government or foundations for starting a new business. According to The Foundation Center, the answer is no, in most cases. For complete information, please click on the link above.

Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce
www.thegrcc.org
Details economic development assistance for companies locating or expanding their businesses in Genesee County.

Government Loans and Financial Resources
proposalwriter.com/govtloans
Commercial site that contains information on the most common government small business loans, other small business loans, state and local government economic development programs, etc.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
www.michiganadvantage.org
Contains a variety of information, including financing, for small business owners or those looking to start a business. For detailed information, read "Starting a Business in Michigan: Financing a Business", an 89 page booklet.

Michigan Renaissance Zones
ref.michigan.org/medc/services/sitedevelopment/renzone/GeneseeCounty/
Portions of the City of Flint have been designated as Michigan Renaissance Zones. Small business owners who locate a business in these areas will benefit from a virtually tax free status.

Renewal Communities (RC) and Empowerment Zones (EZ)
www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/economicdevelopment/programs/rc
Tax incentives and regulatory relief are available for businesses located in renewal communities.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov
www.sba.gov/mi

National and local chapters of the Small Business Administration provide current and future small business owners with a variety of information, including financing, counseling, and training resources.

Small Business & Technology Development Center
www.misbtdc.org
www.misbtdc.org/region6
(Regional site for the City of Flint and Genesee County)
Provides counsel and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Michigan at no cost or low cost. Visit the regional site for information pertaining to the City of Flint and Genesee County.

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Charities

American Institute of Philanthropy: Charity Watch
www.charitywatch.org
A nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. Lists top rated charities and includes tips for giving wisely.

Charitable Giving: Michigan Attorney General’s Office
www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,07-164-17334_18095---,00.html
Find lists of licensed Michigan charities, police and fire groups and their fundraisers, and articles and brochures on wise charitable giving. If you have questions about donating or would like financial information about a Michigan based charity, call the Charitable Trust Section at (517) 373-1152.

Charity Navigator
www.charitynavigator.org
Evaluates nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) in order to allow donors to give more responsibly.

FTC: Charity Fraud
www.ftc.gov/charityfraud
Find useful tips on donating to charities

Give.org: BBB Wise Giving Alliance
www.give.org
In conjunction with the Better Business Bureau, the Giving Alliance reports on nationally recognized charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. Its goal is to offer guidance to donors so that they may make informed decisions when it comes to making donations to charities.

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