Serving People with Disabilities by Mail Circulation Procedures

Foundation Center has developed a program intended to assist individuals with ADA-recognized disabilities who would otherwise be unable to access our library's resources.

We have put together a small circulating collection consisting of selected directories and information sources for those seeking grants or scholarships. The collection focuses on resources for nonprofit organizations in the disabilities field, but also contains selected titles for individuals with disabilities. Also included are several books on jobseeking and starting a home business. The library will also continue its long-standing policy of lending any print titles published by Foundation Center to users who are unable to access them otherwise as a result of a disability.

Two books may be borrowed at a time, and must be returned within three weeks of the request date. Due dates may be extended for up to two additional weeks, provided there are no other people waiting for the items.

All materials are shipped by regular mail except in special circumstances.

Materials must be returned on time and in good condition to ensure continued borrowing privileges. The borrower will be asked to notify us immediately if a book arrives in damaged condition. We provide self-addressed stamped envelopes for returns.

View the list of books in the circulating collection below:

RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS:

Edelson, Phyllis (ed.) Foundation Grants to Individuals. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.

Profiles more than 6,500 foundation programs that make grants to individuals. Divided into the following major categories: educational support, general welfare, arts and culture, grants for international applicants, grants by nomination, research and professional support, grants for company employees, and grants for students of specific schools. Entries contain foundation name and address, telephone number, contact person, application information, limitations, foundation publications, and program description. Includes a bibliography of funding for individuals.

College Board Scholarship Handbook 2008. New York, NY: College Board Publications, 2007. 622 p.

Descriptions of private and government scholarship and internship programs for undergraduates.

College Money Handbook 2008. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's Guides, 2007. 783 p.

Profiles four-year colleges in the United States, and indicates the amount and type of scholarships they offer. Introduction includes a guide to financing a college education and a section on frequently asked questions.

Kaplan, Ben.The Scholarship Scouting Report: An Insider's Guide to America's Best Scholarships. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003. xvii, 357 p. ISBN: 0-06-093654-1.

A close look at 35 scholarship programs, some by corporations. Explains how awards are determined, who is eligible, and entry requirements.

Kravets, Marybeth; Wax, Imy F. The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder. 7th ed. New York, NY: Random House, 2003. xi, 781 p. ISBN: 0-375-76357-0.

Profiles of 330 schools, noting special services they offer, policies and procedures, and contact information.

Morton, David. Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits. 3rd ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 2006.

Peterson's Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders 7th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's, 2003. vi, 542 p. ISBN: 0-7689-1268-7.

Describes programs for special-needs students at more than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

Peterson's Guide to Distance Learning Programs 9th ed. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's, 2004.

Schlachter, Gail Ann. Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, annual.

Describes scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid, awards, and internships

Schlachter, Gail Ann. Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel & Dependents. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, annual.

Describes scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid, awards, and internships

Schlachter, Gail Ann. Funding for Persons with Visual Impairments. Large print ed. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, annual.

Describes scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid, awards, and internships.

Woodyard, Shawn (ed.) Resources for People with Disabilities: A National Directory. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: Ferguson Publishing Company, 2001. 2 vols. ISBN: 0-89434-309-2.

Directory lists organizations, associations, companies, funding sources, conferences, publications and publishers that are of interest to people with disabilities. Indexed by type of disability and geography.

Margolin, Judith B. The Individual's Guide to Grants. New York, NY: Plenum, 1983.

The following excerpts will be sent if requested. Chapter 2: "No Man is An Island" explains fiscal sponsorship arrangements that may be helpful to individual grantseekers. Chapter 7: "The Proposal" lays out the sections of a proposal to a foundation and explains what information the individual grantseeker should include.

RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS:

Establishment and Legal Issues

Angelica, Emil. The Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide to Crafting Effective Mission & Vision Statements. Saint Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2001. [vii], 71 p. ISBN: 0-940069-27-X.

A how-to guide that explains the process for developing both mission and vision statements. Includes numerous worksheets.

Andringa, Robert C.; Engstrom, Ted W. Nonprofit Board Answer Book: Practical Guidelines for Board Members and Chief Executives. Expanded edition. Washington, DC: BoardSource, 2002. xii, 299 p. ISBN: 1-58686-029-1.

Written in question-and-answer format, provides basic information about the functions, structure, tasks, meetings, and selection of nonprofit boards. Indexed.

Bromberger, Allen R. (ed.); Hobish, Richard S. (ed.); Schatz, Barbara A. (ed.)Getting Organized. 5th ed. New York, NY: Lawyers Alliance for New York, 1999. xx, 371 p.

Introductory manual for attorneys representing organizations that wish to incorporate and to secure recognition of federal and state tax-exempt status. Forms and instructions for state tax-exemption are therefore geared toward organizations in New York. Appendices provide important addresses and telephone numbers as well as sample forms and exhibits.

Mancuso, Anthony. How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation. 9th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press. various pagings.

Written by an attorney, this is a practical step-by-step guide to forming a nonprofit organization that meets the requirements for a federal corporate income tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to qualify for this status, nonprofits must be organized for religious, charitable, educational, scientific or literary purposes. Appendix provides the following for each state: secretary of state information, corporate name requirements, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and state corporate tax exemption. Includes index.

 

Fundraising Guides

Angelica, Emil W.; Hyman, Vincent L. Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times are Tight. Saint Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 1997. xi, 114 p. ISBN: 0-940069-09-1.

Strategies for dealing with anticipated and actual government funding cutbacks. Suggests a six-step self-study process to determine the best possible options for an organization. Includes strategies checklist, reproducible worksheets and a bibliography.

Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Mission-Based Marketing: Positioning Your Not-For-Profit in an Increasingly Competitive World. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

Sketches a road map on how to build a market-oriented organization and lead it to success. Illustrated with numerous examples and practice exercises. Indexed.

Dove, Kent E.; Spears, Alan M.; Herbert, Thomas W. Conducting a Successful Major Gifts and Planned Giving Program: A Comprehensive Guide and Resource. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2002. xvii, 557 p. ISBN: 0-7879-5707-0.

Explains how to identify prospects for major gifts, and how this level of philanthropy relates to planned giving. Outlines how to build a program for this type of fundraising and how to market it. Also delves into the tax issues that fundraisers need to understand. Part two of the book is a resource guide with various sections, including a sample letter of inquiry and proposal, sample brochure, templates for drawing up trust agreements, and a financial planner for donors.

Hogan, Cecilia. Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Nonprofits. 2nd ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008. xxiv, 420 p.

Explains the terminology, tools, and procedures for prospect research of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. The author also deals with ethical issues, electronic screening, tracking processes, and organization of the research office. Includes sample policies and forms, bibliographical references, and glossary.

Jordan, Ronald R.; Quynn, Katelyn L. Planned Giving for Small Nonprofits.Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. xxiv, 323 p. ISBN: 0-471-21209-1.

Provides advice on starting and maintaining a planned giving program at small nonprofits with limited resources. Explains how to mobilize staff, develop an operation plan, and establish gift acceptance polices. Elaborates on planned gifts in the form of bequests, endowed funds, income funds, and trusts, as well as assets other than cash. Also covers solicitation strategies, planned giving ethics, marketing techniques, and tax issues. Concepts illustrated with examples and case studies from a variety of organizations, including educational and religious institutions, health care organizations, and cultural organizations.

Klein, Kim. Fundraising for Social Change. 4th ed., rev. and exp. Oakland, CA: Chardon Press, 2001. x, 403 p. ISBN: 0-890759-08-2.

Explains community-based fundraising techniques for small nonprofit groups with budgets under $1 million. Recommends fundraising strategies that have been successful for low-budget groups. Divided into eight major sections: framework, strategies to acquire and keep donors, strategies to upgrade donors, other methods of fundraising, fundraising management, development staffing, budgeting and planning, and special circumstances. Contains bibliography and index.

New, Cheryl Carter; Quick, James Aaron. Grantseeker's Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1998. xvii, 248 p. ISBN: 0-471-19303-8.

A thorough grantseeking handbook, with the stated goal of helping readers achieve competitive applications. Begins with the design of a project to solve a problem, then focuses on the research process for locating potential funders interested in the project. Covers funding research sources in federal, state and local government, foundations, and corporations. Provides details on crafting a winning proposal, with examples. Includes numerous worksheets.

Pettey, Janice Gow. Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. xxix, 281 p. ISBN: 0-471-40361-X.

Written by various experts, the book is a compilation of strategies for fundraising among minority groups in the United States: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. For each group, the authors provide a brief history of their experience in the U.S., demographic statistics about the group in today's society, and an explanation of their traditions of philanthropy. Also illustrates the principles with six case studies--with discussion questions--of successful fundraising with these communities.

Quick, James Aaron; New, Cheryl Carter. Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. xvii, 262 p. ISBN: 0-471-39140-9.

In this guidebook on project budgets, the authors explain the calculation of direct costs, with chapters specifically describing personnel and travel costs. The book also discusses the estimation of overhead and indirect costs and elaborates on the entire budgeting process, including writing the budget narrative. Sample budget worksheets are included.

Rosso, Henry A.; Tempel, Eugene R. (ed.) Hank Rosso's Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2003. xlii, 531 p. (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Sector Series). ISBN: 0-7879-6256-2.

Comprehensive coverage of successful and ethical fundraising principles, concepts and techniques. Chapters, each written by a specialist, focus on institutional readiness for fundraising; the applications, requirements and interconnectedness of fundraising methods; managing the fundraising process; and keys to success in fundraising. Contains numerous figures, tables and exhibits. Forward by Paulette Maehara. With bibliographical references and an index.

 

Grantmaker and Grant Directories

Eckstein, Richard M. (ed.) Directory of Grants for Organizations Serving People with Disabilities: A Reference Directory to Identifying Grants Available to Nonprofit Organizations. 12th ed. Loxahatchee, FL: Research Grant Guides, 2005.

Brief entries that describe foundations providing funding for programs and services in the following areas: accessibility projects, blind, cultural programs, deaf, developmentally disabled, education, elderly, emotionally disturbed, eye research, independent living programs, learning disabilities, mental health, mentally disabled, physically disabled, rehabilitation and speech impaired. Indexed.

Proposal Writing Guides

Geever, Jane C. The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing. 5th ed. New York, NY: Foundation Center, 2007.

Guides the grantwriter from pre-proposal planning to post-grant follow-up. Incorporates excerpts from actual grant proposals and interviews with foundation and corporate grantmakers about what they look for in a proposal. Includes chapters on researching, contacting and cultivating potential funders, as well as a sample proposal and a selected bibliography on proposal development.

Carlson, Mim. Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2002. xvi, 110 p. (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Sector Series). ISBN: 0-7879-5876-x.

Contains instructions and exercises designed to help with proposal planning and writing skills and to meet the requirements of both government agencies and private funders. Provides special resource section that includes how to research funders, how to evaluate a proposal through the funder's eyes, and a bibliography.

HOME BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Attard, Janet. Business Know-How: An Operational Guide for Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with Limited Budgets. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media, 2000. ix, 389 p. ISBN: 1-58062-206-2.

A comprehensive manual that provides advice on finding customers, increasing sales, reducing costs, using the Internet, and making profits. With glossary and index.

Attard, Janet. The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book: Solutions to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Starting and Running Your Business. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Henry Holt, 2000. xi, 541 p. ISBN: 0-8050-6450-8.

 

Bolles, Richard Nelson; Brown, Dale Susan.Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities. 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2001. 159 p. ISBN: 1-58008-195-9.

The guide begins by explaining what the Americans with Disability Act can and cannot do to help jobseekers, and follows with a discussion on creative job-hunting strategies. Provides advice on interviews, including tips on how to handle the fears that employers may have when considering a candidate with a disability. With appendices and index.

Doyel, Alice Weiss. No More Interviews! Self-Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities. St. Augustine, FL: Training Resource Network, 2000. viii, 183 p. ISBN: 1-883302-36-6.

A business startup guide for people with disabilities that includes chapters on business planning as well as several case studies.