About This ListThe information and resources below have been compiled to help you and your organization contact donors, write proposals, research prospects and learn more about fundraising.
Also included are some resources for general nonprofit management and board development. Our staff has not personally reviewed every publication or web site, but we have made every effort to make sure that information listed is accurate and up-to-date.
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ResourcesBooks for Beginning Grantwriters Program Planning & Proposal Writing, by Norton J. Kiritz. Step-by-step guide to proposal writing. Includes specific examples of what causes a grant proposal to succeed or fail. Published by The Grantsmanship Center; 48 pages; $4 plus $3 postage and handling. (800) 421-9512
The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, by Jane C. Geever and Patricia McNeill. Includes advice from grant makers and sample proposals. Published by The Foundation Center; 191 pages; $34.95 plus $4.50 postage and handling; (800) 424-9836. http://fdncenter.org
The Foundation Centers Guide to Grantseeking on the Web. The Foundation Center. New York, 2000. $19.95
(See the Foundation Center below for more suggestions.)
PeriodicalsContributions Magazine: The How-to Source for Nonprofit Professionals, Bi-monthly, $36/year. www.contributionsmagazine.com
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Newspaper of the Nonprofit World, Bi-weekly. www.philanthropy.com
The NonProfit Times, Monthly. www.nptimes.com
Nonprofit Tax & Financial Strategies, Biweekly. Useful fundraising, investment and tax information for nonprofits from an IRS/financial advisor standpoint. Call 1-800-831-7799 to subscribe.
Philanthropy News Digest and RFP-Bulletin (Request for Proposal), Free issues via email. Visit the website www.fdncenter.org to subscribe or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words SUBSCRIBE PND-L
The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM)www.cnmsocal.org
606 S. Olive Street, Suite 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90014
tel: (213) 623-7080, email@example.com
The CNM hosts seminars, issues publications and posts nonprofit job listings biweekly. It also houses the Nonprofit Resource Library.
The Foundation Centerwww.fdncenter.org, 1(800) 424-9836
City of Los Angeles Community Development Department215 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
The CDD issues regular NOFAs (Notices of Funding Availability) to Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community organizations. Contact the department to be on the mailing list. The NOFAs contain federal and local government grant opportunities as well as private foundation grant opportunities.
California Community Foundationwww.calfund.org
445 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 3400, Los Angeles, CA 90071
tel: (213) 413-4130
The California Community Foundation not only offers grants to nonprofits located in Los Angeles County, but also serves as a great resource for the nonprofit community. Learn about donor-advised funds, endowment building strategies and donor annuity services.
California Association of Nonprofits (CAN)www.canonprofits.org
315 W. 9th Street, Suite 705, Los Angeles, CA 90015
tel: (213) 347-2070 fax: (213) 347-2080
CAN is a statewide membership association of almost 2,000 diverse nonprofit organizations. Their mission is to strengthen and expand the professionalism, governance, influence and effectiveness of California nonprofit organizations. CAN does public policy development and advocacy work to strengthen nonprofits and offers workshops, conferences, newsletters, a help line and consulting services for members.
Internet Fundraising Ideas
Shopping PortalsMany internet sites are trying to gain customers by including a charitable component in e-commerce. The list below is not comprehensive, but gives a sample of more successful sites to date. Most of these sites operate in a similar way — a member makes a purchase through the site’s "shopping mall," and a percentage of the purchase price is donated to the nonprofit organization of the member’s choice. The prices are the same as buying directly from the merchant, so there is no extra cost to the member.
Use this link to join: , and the Food Bank receives $2 for your membership. Once you join, you will receive your own "tell-a-friend" link and your organization will also be able to spread the news and earn money through your contacts and their shopping activities
Shop2give.com operates very much like igive.com except it offers organizations the opportunity to create a "custom" shopping mall where you can include your mission, a brief description about the organization and a link to your website.Visit http://www.shop2give.com/csm/csm.cfm?NPOID=953135649
Visit to see our shopping mall.
A Special Mentionwww.helping.org, listed in Internet Resources, deserves another mention for its excellent resources for nonprofits and donors alike. Even if you have no web site and no plans to set one up, helping.org can increase your internet presence.
Every one of the 640,000 nonprofits in the United States is listed in its database, but you can highlight your charity by simply filling in more information about your mission, history and programs. Listing current information gives you a "Guidestar Rating" and lists your charity toward the front when searches are done. In addition, helping.org offers a way for your charity to accept online donations at no cost to you or the donor. 100% of every donation comes to you through an electronic fund transfer system that you set up.