Grantseeking and Nonprofit Resources

As a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, Alexandria Library is committed to providing resources to nonprofits. From the three Foundation Center databases for grant searching and foundation research (available at every Alexandria Library branch), to books on grant writing, starting a nonprofit, or fulfilling your 501(c)(3)’s legal obligations, our collection can help.

The Foundation Center's guide to proposal writing    International grantmaking    The 21st century nonprofit : managing in the age of governance     America's nonprofit sector : a primer     Grant writing for dummies

The complete book of grant writing     Starting & building a nonprofit : a practical guide     National directory of nonprofit organizations    Marketing for nonprofit organizations.    Grant writing 101 : everything you need to start raising funds today

Catalog Topics

Nonprofit organizations -- Management
Proposal writing for grants
Nonprofit organizations


Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online is a must for fundraising needs. With more than 100,000 grantmaker profiles and over 2.4 million records, updated weekly, to help you identify the most relevant potential funders. Also includes news, reports, and nonprofit literature. (Onsite Only)


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Search through detailed descriptions of thousands of foundation programs aimed at individuals, including scholarships, research grants, and funding for the arts. (Onsite Only)


Foundation Maps
An interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, and academics—virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. (Onsite Only)


Small Business Resource Center
Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. This database includes Business Plans Handbook, which has several examples of business plans for nonprofits, the Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, and articles about giving trends in the small business world.


Gale Legal Forms Library
Provides a wide selection of Virginia and multi-state legal forms. Includes sample employment agreements, release forms, liability waivers, bylaws (and more) for nonprofits.


NonProfit Times from 12/01/2000 to present in General Reference Center Gold

NonProfit World from 01/01/1986 to present in Business Source Complete

Nonprofit World Funding Alert from 01/01/2001 to present in Business Source Complete 


City of Alexandria Licensing and Tax Guide for Non-Profit Organizations
A summary of issues of interest to nonprofits operating in the City of Alexandria.

Nonprofit NoVa
An alliance of nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for all in Northern Virginia.

A service of the Foundation Center, GrantSpace offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits, including podcasts, webinars, news, sample documents, planning guides and more.

IRS Stay Exempt
An IRS site dedicated to nonprofit issues, from starting a 501(c)(3), to maintaining tax-exempt status.

Law for Change
Legal information and forms for nonprofits.

National Council of Nonprofits
A national council devoted to public policy benefiting nonprofits. Includes extensive resources for nonprofits, including best practices, reports, statistics, and links to other organizations and government information.


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