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Foundation Fundraising

The following bibliography was created to help grantmakers and grantseekers keep up with the latest developments in foundation fundraising. This resource list contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, as well as links to useful Web resources. For additional reports, articles, and other materials on the topic, search the Catalog with the subjects "Foundations" or "Fundraising."

Building a Credible Nonprofit

Bernstein, Philip. Best Practices of Effective Nonprofit Organizations: A Practitioner's Guide. New York, NY: Foundation Center, 1997. Call Number: 604 BER
Identifies and explains the organizational processes adopted by successful nonprofits. Topics covered include defining purposes and goals, creating comprehensive financing plans, evaluating services, and effective communication.

Hopkins, Bruce R. Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2009. Call Number: 945 HOP
The book is an exploration of the fundamental laws affecting the operation of nonprofit organizations. Hopkins examines virtually all aspects of starting and operating a nonprofit group, including reporting revenue, tax exemption, regulation of fundraising, compensating the nonprofit employee, lobbying, and successful techniques for using for-profit subsidiaries, partnerships, and planned giving.

Mancuso, Anthony. How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation. 10th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press. 2011. Call Number: 945 MAN 2011
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. Sections cover legal rights and duties of leaders and staff, public charities and private foundations, reporting requirements, naming and filing articles of incorporation, bylaws, and what to do after the corporation is organized. Includes numerous forms and sample documents needed to file.

Olenick, Arnold J.; Olenick, Philip R. A Nonprofit Organization Operating Manual: Planning for Survival and Growth. New York, NY: Foundation Center, 1991. Call Number: 600 OLE
Addresses the essential financial and legal aspects of establishing and managing a nonprofit organization.

Pakroo, Peri H. Starting & Building a Nonprofit: a Practical Guide. 4th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press. 2011. Call Number: 945 PAK
Using non-technical language, the book explains the basic processes for creating a nonprofit: incorporating and selecting a name, planning, budgeting, choosing a board, hiring, fundraising, insurance, communications, accounting, and marketing. The 4th edition includes updated chapters on financial management and tax-reporting rules as well as strategies for building a web presence.

The World of Foundations

Collins, Sarah (ed.). Foundation Fundamentals: A Guide for Grantseekers. 8th ed. New York, NY: Foundation Center, 2008. Call Number: 740 FOU 2008
A primer designed to clarify the grantseeking process and to help grantseekers utilize information resources to locate appropriate funders.

Foundation Today Series. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual. Call Number: 401 FC TOD
This three-part annual series is comprised of the following volumes: Foundation Giving Trends: Update on Funding Priorities, Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, and Foundation Yearbook: Facts and Figures on Private and Community Foundations.

Indiana University of Philanthropy. Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. Indianapolis, IN: Giving USA Foundation, annual. Call Number: 401 AAFR
A statistical analysis of charitable contributions, distribution, donors, recipients, sources of philanthropy, and areas of philanthropic opportunity, published yearly.

Finding Funding Partners

Brewer, Ernest W. et al. Finding Funding: Grantwriting and Project Management from Start to Finish. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2001. Call Number: 770 BRE
Offers tips and ideas on how to target proposals, the grantwriting process, and steps involved in implementing, operating and terminating a project.

Ciconte, Barbara L. and Jeanne G. Jacob. Fundraising Basics: a Complete Guide. 3rd ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009. Call Number: 710 CIC
This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the field and gives development staff, managers, and directors a platform from which to operate their fundraising programs. The new edition's primary theme is ethics and accountability, and it offers practical information on developing a case for support, giving trends, donor motivations, planning, setting up a development operation, email and online fundraising, return on investment estimates, and workflow timetables.

Geever, Jane C. The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing. 5th ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2007. Call Number: 770 GEE PRO
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.

Joyaux, Simone P. Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Call Number: 710 JOY 2011
Discusses the four relationships that are critical for a nonprofit organization's survival. The first relationship is within the organization and involves creating a healthy infrastructure. The second is with the community, which evolves through strategic planning. The third is with the organization's constituents so they will be ready to give. Finally, the fourth is with the organization's volunteers to enable them to take action on behalf of the organization. Concludes with recommendations for creating a successful development plan.

Klein, Kim. Fundraising for Social Change. 6th ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers, 2011. Call Number: 710 KLE 2011
Explains community-based fundraising techniques for small nonprofit groups with budgets under $2.5 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, fundraising campaigns, fundraising management, development staffing, budgeting and planning, and special circumstances.

Seltzer, Michael. Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies. Rev. ed. New York, NY: Foundation Center, 2001. Call Number: 710 SEL REV
A step-by-step approach to creating and sustaining a network of funding sources. Discusses major organizational tasks to address before applying for funding; techniques for approaching individuals and institutions for support; how to create a funding mix that succeeds. Information for the Foundation Center’s class “Introduction to Fundraising Planning” is taken from this book. Chapter 22 “Choosing Your Funding Mix” is available at

Tempel, Eugene R. (ed.); Seiler, Timothy L. (ed.); Aldrich, Eva E. (ed.) and Hank Rosso. Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2010. Call Number: 710 ROS ACH 2010
This updated edition explains the fundraising profession's major principles, concepts and techniques. Articles by leaders in the field demonstrate why fundraising is a strategic management discipline, and elucidate each step in the fundraising cycle: assessing human and societal needs, setting goals, selecting gift markets and fundraising techniques, soliciting new gifts, and encouraging renewals. Using practical examples, the authors explain the reasoning behind the planning and selection of strategies for all fundraising activities.

Common Grant Applications Listing
The Foundation Center's collection of links to various Common Grant Application Formats on the Internet.

Grantseeking Resources

Foundation Directory Online
The Foundation Center's web-based database offers five subscription plans to accommodate any budget. With more than 100,000 grantmaker profiles and over 2.4 million grant records, updated weekly, you can instantly see who receives funding and why.

Selected Periodicals

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Reports on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector, gives updates on grantmaking activities, profiles individuals, corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Provides articles on management, laws and regulation, voluntarism, fundraising, and more. Lists recent grants, conferences and seminars, calendar of events, and job openings. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1255 23rd St, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Biweekly.

Grassroots Fundraising Journal
Articles about basic fundraising techniques, management, and running a development office, especially directed to smaller nonprofits. Grassroots Fundraising Journal, 3781 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611. Bimonthly.

Nonprofit Quarterly
Articles on practical aspects of fundraising and nonprofit management. Contains lists of conferences and print and electronic resources. Third Sector New England, 18 Tremont St, #700, Boston, MA 02108. Quarterly.

Nonprofit Times
News items and feature articles cover all areas of interest to nonprofit organizations: legislation, regulation, management, fundraising, etc. Includes book reviews, calendar of events, and classified advertisements. NPT Publishing, 120 Littleton Rd., Suite 120, Parsippany, NJ 07054-1803. Monthly.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
A daily news services of the Foundation Center, PND is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

Web Resources

The Foundation Center's web site is your gateway to the philanthropic world. Features include our RFP Bulletin, which contains information about new grant opportunities offered by foundations and other grantmaking organizations, PhilanTopic, a blog about the changing field of philanthropy, and Foundation Finder, a free lookup tool that provides basic information on more than 100,000 private and community foundations in the U.S.

GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. Knowledge Base Articles include "How do I start a nonprofit organization? " "How do I find grants for my nonprofit?" and "How do I approach a foundation and build a successful grantee-funder relationship?" Each article provides advice from staff members and points to useful links and books on the topic.
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