Organizational Resources & Links
Standard documents, downloadable templates and guides
The documents provided in this section are supplied as templates to begin creation of documents for your organization. Before finalizing any document, we recommend that they be reviewed by legal counsel to ensure compliance with current State of Connecticut laws and standards.
The Council of Nonprofits has tools for evaluating opportunities for collaboration, establishing collective goals, and sample agreements/memorandum of understanding.
- The Foundation Center is the best resource for almost anything related to funding by foundations. It is available for no cost at the New Haven Free Public Library on Elm Street. Its Foundation Directory Online is a comprehensive database provides foundation funding priorities and past grants. It also includes a database for Grants to Individuals. The Foundation Directory is truly the gold standard for databases. A tutorial on how to use the Foundation Directory Online can be found here.The Center sends out a free email newsletter called Arts Funding Watch as well as its free RFP Bulletin which gives listings of newly announced requests for proposals. The "Foundation Finder" allows you to look up very basic information on foundations. You can also subscribe to The Foundation Directory Online for a fee.
- The Foundation Center’s Foundation Finder provides only basic information on grantmakers, including 990s. This database is accessible without a subscription to The Foundation Center.
- BIG Online, a fee-based resource, provides online and telephone assistance for navigating the various tools on its website. Also offers online classes to learn more about the features of its extensive database, which contains grantmakers' 990's, and a trove of relevant articles.
- Foundation Search America is also a for-profit resource, very similar to BIG Online. Popular resource available to nonprofits for a fee. Offers the ability to conduct in-depth analysis of prospective foundations.
- GrantStation is an interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process. Searchable database of grantmakers who are actively accepting inquiries and proposals, federal grant deadlines, online tutorials, and frequent webinars. This site requires fee-based membership, although some features are free.
- The Philanthropy Journal, published by Institute for Nonprofits at N.C. State University, the Journal publishes news about foundations, recent surveys about fundraising trends, and other nonprofit issues. You can join as an individual or an organization. There is also a free online newsletter.
- Grants.Gov has lots of useful information for nonprofits, including announcements of federal grants. See Government Grants: What Grant Writers Need to Know for more information about government grants.
- The Grantsmanship Center - Click "Sources of Funding Information" at this site and you will find links to today's Federal Register, and to community foundation websites, listed by state.
- Connecticut Humanities offers grant programs to help museums and heritage organizations present high-quality exhibitions and programs, preserve important historical collections, improve their operations and expand their audiences.
- CD Publications offers an extensive collection of tools and resources to find the opportunity among possibilities. You will find paid subscription resources related to children & youth development, senior care & senior living, education & research, arts & sports, healthcare, community development, Native Americans development and other causes.
- Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Grant ProgramsFind information on the Responsive Grant process, Year-round Small grant program, Neighborhood Leadership grants and Event Sponsorship grants.
- Valley Community Foundation Grant ProgramsFind information on the Responsive Grant process, Community grants, the revolving responsive process and sponsorships.
- State of CT Nonprofit Grant Program for Health & Human Service Providers, created in Aug. 2013 for nonprofit community-based organizations that provide health and human services through contracts or agreements with state agencies.
- Learn about researching and cultivating individual donors with information from Grant Space
- Tips on maximizing Challenge Grant fundraising, excerpted from “The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution: Powerful Revenue Strategies to Take You to the Next Level” by Laurence Pagnoni, with Michael Solomon
- iWave’s Prospect Research Online (PRO), a web-based research tool which yields information on individuals, non-profits, foundations and companies. This resource is available for free at the New Haven Free Public Library, courtesy of a subscription provided by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Contact Seth Godfrey at the Library at 203-946-7431 for information.
- Major Gifts Campaign Checklist and related articles from Tony Poderis
- Tip Sheet on Building a Major Gifts Program by Kristen Fulks, Blackbaud [PDF]
- Getting a Donor to See You: 11 Suggestions from a Master Fundraiser - an excerpt from the newly revised edition of "Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift," by Jerold Panas. Published by Emerson & Church
- Before You Start a Direct-Mail Fundraising Program from about.com - newsletters, thank yous, IRS requirements and related articles
- How to Write a Direct Mail Letter from about.com, samples and related articles
- How to Retain Donors
- Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- Legal Zoom provides low cost services in obtaining 501 (c) 3 status, incorporation and other legal services
- Legal Documents and Legal Forms from RocketLawyer (first document is free)
- Capital for Change – provides cash flow loans to qualified nonprofits when grant or third party funding is delayed as well as capital loans
- Nonprofit Finance Fund – provides loans for facilities, growth and cash flow
- Grad School Loans for Nonprofit Staffers [PDF] - the New Haven Real Estate Educational Foundation offers a program to reimburse employees of nonprofit service providers in the Greater New Haven region; select criteria applies
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Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy.