General Resources

  • Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia: Works to strengthen philanthropy in order to create a more resilient, vibrant and equitable region. We proudly champion philanthropy as a force for creating meaningful community change and strive to help members succeed in the pursuit of smarter giving for greater good.
  • Regional Foundation Center at the Philadelphia Free Library: "The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources and referrals. The RFC houses Philadelphia's largest publicly accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online-the most comprehensive database of U.S. grant makers and their grants. Through its comprehensive collection and professionally certified staff librarians, the RFC promotes responsible nonprofit management and successful fundraising by nonprofit groups at all levels- from grassroots startups to established institutions.”
  • Federal Grants: A centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.
  • Grants for Individuals: This compilation of resources focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students, rather than funding for nonprofit organizations. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
  • Grants for Nonprofits: This compilation of resources focuses primarily on grants or funding sources for nonprofit organizations. A few categories (marked with an asterisk) are also of interest to individuals. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
  • Grantsmanship Center - Funding Opportunities by State: Provides basic information on top grantmaking foundations in each state, and other state-specific information.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Includes a Funding and Program Finder, which allows you to search for grants, loans, and initiatives offered through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Useful for seeking funding for business ventures, community projects, or site revitalizations in Pennsylvania.
  • Books available through the Chester County Library System: Find out how to search online through our online catalog for additional books related to grant writing. Conduct a keyword search to search in our online catalog.
  • Formed in 2019 when GuideStar and Foundation Center merged. Candid combines GuideStar’s tools on nonprofits and Foundation Center’s tools on foundations with new resources to offer more comprehensive, real-time information about the social sector.
  • Foundation Statistics: This annual report by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana, provides giving estimates by source of contribution--individuals, foundations, bequests and corporations--and how that money was used by nine subject categories, such as religion, health and education.
  • Issue Lab: Issue Lab is where Candid collects, preserves, and shares research reports, whitepapers, evaluations, case studies, issue briefs, and more from social sector organizations.

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