Fundraising Resources

About the Funding Information Network

Regional Resources

National Resources

Print Resources

About the Funding Information Network

As member of the  Foundation Center's Funding Information Network , the library provides information on grant writing, grant resources and nonprofit management.  The bulk of these materials reside at the Downtown Library.  Along with a number of books, the Library also subscribes to the web-based Foundation Directory Online, a searchable directory of over 100,000 funding sources.  Foundation Directory Online is only available at the Downtown Library through any Internet or Library catalog terminal.

While the premier tool for researching funding resources is the Foundation Directory Online, there are a number of alternate sources that are worth browsing.  For further detail and assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the reference staff at the Downtown Library.  Also, the Foundation Center library staff is available to answer grants related questions at this site:  

Also worth looking at is the Foundation Center's Philanthropy In/Sight database.  In/Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy.  This resource is only available at the Downtown Library.
Please note that the vast bulk of the funds available through the grants process are awarded to organizations with a Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation.  Nonetheless, there are a small number of funds available to individual grantseekers. Also only available at the Downtown Library, the Foundation Center's Grants to Individuals database covers 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. For those seeking additional grants for individuals, more information can be found at our Scholarships and Financial Aid resources page.


Regional Resources

The Inland Northwest Development Council 
The Inland Northwest Development Council exists to educate and support individuals involved in the development and fund raising activities of the nonprofit organizations of the Inland Northwest. 

Washington Nonprofits

A statewide association formed to provide Washington’s nonprofit sector with better representation in state and federal policy decisions, improved access to programs and funds, and access to services and programs to build their capacity. 

501 Commons

501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community.  The link provided leads to a well organized guide to forming a nonprofit in Washington.

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations
NWFCO exists to advance a progressive national agenda by executingregional and national campaigns for economic, racial and social equityand by building strong affiliates.  The site is a good resource for finding local research on community needs.

WA Charitable Solicitations & Trusts 
Operated by the Washington Secretary of State, this site provides information about charities, charitable trusts and the Charitable Solicitations Program in Washington State. It also includes a report on commercial fundraisers and the percentage of money they collect that goes to charity.

Social Justice Fund Northwest 
Founded in 1977, the Social Justice Fund "provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change." 

Association of Fundraising Professionals 
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is the largest organization of professional fundraisers in the world.  The link here is to the Washington state chapter. 

Humanities Washington 
Humanities Washington is a non-profit organization and public foundation providing cultural and educational programs to the people of Washington State. 

Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Headquartered at the University of Washington, the aim of the Nancy Bell Evans Center is to enhance the understanding and vitality of the nonprofit sector through research, education, and community engagement. 

Northwest Development Officers Association 
The NDOA (Northwest Development Officers Association) mission is to provide its members and other fundraising professionals with peer support, networking, and comprehensive training opportunities to advance philanthropy and strengthen community. 

Philanthropy Northwest
Formerly the Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum, Philanthropy Northwest's mission is to promote effective philanthropy in the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 

Seattle University Master's of Not-for-Profit Leadership Program
The MNPL program is oriented toward working professionals who currently are nonprofit executives or who expect to be in such positions within three years of completing the program. 

University of Washington Nonprofit Management Certificate Program
This program is "for professionals seeking career advancement in nonprofit organizations, board members and volunteers seeking additional skills, or those in private industry or government jobs exploring the possibility of a new career in nonprofit management." 

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations 
Provides free legal assistance to charitable and community-based nonprofit corporations based in Washington state. 

Washington Nonprofit Profile
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.

Washington Planned Giving Council 
The Washington Planned Giving Council seeks to increase the quality and quantity of charitable planned gifts by serving as the voice and professional resource for the gift planning community of Washington state. 

Washington State Arts Commission 
The Washington State Arts Commission is the state agency established in 1961 to support the arts as essential to the state's social, educational and economic growth.  Annually, the Commission awards grants and contracts to artists and arts organizations, adds artworks to the State Art Collection and initiates educational programs for students of all ages. 

Washington Women's Foundation 
The foundation's purpose is to inspire women to become leaders in philanthropy, demonstrate the impact of large-scale, targeted grant-making, and to provide education on topics related to philanthropy.


National Resources 

Foundation Center
One of the premier sites for funding research and grant information. Provides links to private foundations, corporate grant makers, grant making public charities and community foundations. Has a foundation finder that includes IRS form 990-PFs. Includes statistics and highlights from the Center's research on foundation giving.  The Library subscribes to the Foundation Center's database and that resource is available at the Downtown Library.
Economic Research Institute 
Current and older IRS 990 PFs and IRS 990s are provided on this site. They can be searched by name, city, state, zip code, field of interest, type of organization and EIN. 

A database about private foundations that can be searched several ways. Contains images of most recently filed IRS form 990-PFs. Useful for seeking grants. 

A comprehensive source of information about American nonprofit organizations that provides a searchable database with financial information. Obtains information from IRS forms 990 and 990-EZ and the IRS Business Master File of 501(c)(3) nonprofits. 

American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel 
Includes information on how to choose a fund-raising consultant.

Grants & Funding 
The University Libraries of the University of Washington have compiled an extensive list of Web sites regarding funding resources by subject area and by special population. 

National Committee on Planned Giving 
A site for the professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts.  

The Grantsmanship Center 
TGCI offers training programs covering all aspects of researching grants, writing grant proposals and negotiating with funding sources. They also publish The Grantsmanship Center Magazine and archive its articles as well as booklets about those topics. There are also links to federal, state and international funding sources and community foundations around the country. 

United States International Grantmakers 
The purpose of this site is to facilitate international grantmaking by providing access to recommended forms with instructions, country reports and laws, and other informational materials and resources. It serves both grantmakers and grantseekers to support the process of making grants overseas.


Print Resources 

The most inclusive collection of sources covering grant searching, grant writing and non-profit management can be found by searching the Library catalog.  Under the "Starts With..." search option, search by "FUND" as the start of the call number and that will bring up a list of roughly eighty reference items that are held on the Funding Center shelves.