Starting a Nonprofit
Searching for Grants
Foundation Center Websites

Starting a Nonprofit

Are you thinking about starting a Nonprofit?opens a new window
The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands will walk you through some of the questions to ask before starting a nonprofit, filings you’ll need to complete at the federal and state level, and the standard policies and procedures that your new nonprofit will want to have in place.

Nonprofit Startup Resources by State: Nebraskaopens a new window
The Foundation Center assembles links to Nebraska-specific information for nonprofits regarding starting a nonprofit and relevant associations, legal resources, state agencies, and assistance providers. & Gale Courses Classes for Nonprofitsopens a new window

Searching for Grants

Foundation Directory Onlineopens a new window
Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online provides access to essential facts on more than 100,000 grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code. Choose from over 1,100 indexed search terms or keyword-search. Interactive maps and charts show a funder’s giving trends, and you can click through to see recipient lists and grant details. This database can only be accessed at the W. Dale Clark (Main) Library.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Onlineopens a new window
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online provides access to detailed, up-to-date information on over 8,500 foundations and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. This database can only be accessed at any of OPL's 12 locations.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistanceopens a new window
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides a full listing of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. The listing is available as a website and a print edition; the latter can be accessed at the W. Dale Clark (Main) Library.

Foundation Center Websites

Foundation Centeropens a new window
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy in the U.S. and, increasingly, worldwide. It operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge about grants, nonprofits, and philanthropy in general.

GrantSpaceopens a new window
Use this website to view videos of discussions with grantmakers, listen to podcasts from experts in the field of philanthropy, view webinars about various aspects of grantseeking, and more.

Catalog of Nonprofit Literature (CNL)opens a new window
The CNL is a searchable database of philanthropic literature, with approximately 28,000 bibliographic citations.

Foundation Mapsopens a new window
Map grantmaking foundations and the grants that they have made. Users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic data sets. This database can only be accessed at the W. Dale Clark (Main) Library.

Glasspocketsopens a new window
The purpose of Glasspockets is to bring transparency to the world of philanthropy by providing reports about foundation activities, surveys of foundation leaders, real-time information about new grants, commentary on articles about foundation transparency, and more.

GrantCraftopens a new window
This website offers a variety of resources that grantmakers can use when deciding how to allocate a foundation's grants.

IssueLabopens a new window
This is an online catalog of annotated links to more than 11,000 research reports, case studies, issue briefs, literature reviews, and annual reports published or funded by U.S. foundations.

Nonprofit Collaboration Databaseopens a new window
This database provides models and best practices of exceptional nonprofit collaboration efforts. Explore different collaboration models, learn about strategies for overcoming challenges to working together, find metrics for measuring outcomes, and more.

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)opens a new window
PND aggregates news stories about philanthropy, job openings in the field, foundations' requests for proposals, reviews of new books about philanthropy, and more.