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1.  How can a startup nonprofit organization document it's accomplishments when there is no history to highlight?
If you are the new kid on the block, you can gather background information and statistics about the needs of constituents, then highlight your specific plans for addressing those problems.

Various Free Library Reference Collections can assist you in obtaining statistics and background data on specific neighborhoods and social groups.

Make an announcement or hold a special event to let your corporate neighbors know that you've arrived. Look for potential partners and be prepared to show them the marketing benefits of teaming up with your organization.

2.  How can I check to see if a specific person is associated with a Foundation?

See FOUNDATION TRUSTEE, OFFICER AND DONOR INDEX in:

  • Guide to U.S. Foundations (GUS & TODD)
  • FC Search: the Foundation Center's Database on Cd-ROM
3.  What is the most detailed source of information on private foundations?
  • Foundation 1000
  • I.R.S. Private Foundation Returns (990-PF's)
  • Foundation annual reports and guidelines
4.  Which foundations make grants for programs like mine?

See SUBJECT INDEX, TYPES OF SUPPORT INDEX, RECIPIENT INDEX* OR FIELD OF INTEREST INDEX+ in:

  • The Foundation Directory, The Foundation Directory Part 2
  • National Guide to Funding in...(subject directory series)
  • Foundation 1000
  • *+FC Search: the Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM
  • *Foundation Grants Index
  • *Foundation Grants Index Quarterly
  • *Grants for... (grant guide series by subject for 30 subjects)
5.  Which foundations make grants in my city or state?

See GEOGRAPHIC INDEX in:

  • The Foundation Directory Part 2
  • Foundation 1000

See GRANTMAKER STATE INDEX or GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS INDEX in:

  • FC Search, the Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM

See STATE LISTING in:

  • Guide to U.S. Foundations(GUS & TODD)

See:

  • Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations
  • The Mitchell Guide to New Jersey Foundations
  • Directory of Delaware Grantmakers or other local directories
6.  Where can I find more information about workshops and training?

Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University offers ongoing workshops and training sessions for staff members, board members, consultants, and nonprofit volunteers.

7.  Where can I find more information about foundation research?

The Foundation Center is the premier resource for foundation research.

8.  Where can I find more information about Common Grant Applications?

Delaware Valley Grantmakers membership is open to local grantmakers. Common Grant Application and Report forms for local area are available.