Nonprofit Resources On The Internet

Welcome to the Nonprofit Resource Center - a special collection of resources located in the Business and Science Department on the third floor of the Central Library of the Memphis Public Library.

Whether you are just starting to research a nonprofit venture or would like to strengthen an existing one, we have a wealth of information available in a variety of formats: books, videos, audiocassettes, periodicals, foundation annual reports, CD's, and directories.

Also, we are a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.  As such, we maintain a collection of  Foundation Center grant and grantmaker directories and the Foundation Directory Online, Professional Level database.  To view a list of the other libraries in the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, click here.



Information about Grants

Information about Grants

Evaluating Nonprofits

Evaluating Nonprofits

Cumulative List of Organizations
Use to verify the name of a tax-exempt organization and find out the IRS classification of the type. This is the electronic version of the IRS’s publication of the same name.

“The donor’s guide to the charitable universe.” This user-friendly website accesses a database of more than 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Includes information from 990’s, and a link to the actual form in some cases.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information on hundreds of nonprofit organizations that solicit nationally or have national or international program service.

Charity Navigator
This site provides ratings of over 5000 charities based on their financial performance. Charity summaries provide such information as overall rating, organizational efficiency, revenue, expenses, and mission statement. Summaries may be searched by charity name, keyword, category, or region.

Self-Evaluation/Assessment by Nonprofits 
The National Council of Nonprofits offers a number of tools to help nonprofits conduct effective self-assessment and evaluation of outcomes.

Innonet offers some online help in preparing an assessment/evaluation plan for your nonprofit.

Financial Management

Basic Guide to Nonprofit Financial Management 
This website, compiled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD is an incredible collection of links to information on a variety of topics including; accounting, assessments, budgeting, bookkeeping, financial statements, etc.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide 
This sight provides a concise good practice guide to help in managing a nonprofit organization.

Fund Raising

Fund - Raiser Cyberzine includes selected articles on fundraising and links to other fundraising newsletters.

Nonprofit Fundraising and Grant Writing  Another excellent collection of resources compiled by Carter McNamara, this page offers links to a wealth of fundraising information.

Grant Maker Information

The Foundation Center
is a premier site for foundation information.  To find out about specific grant makers, try the Foundation Finder feature.  Grantmaking trends are highlighted under Research Studies: National Trends.  If you are a grantmaker, check out the Welcome Grantmakers page for guidance and news.

Grant Writing

Proposal Writing Short Course
This tool by The Foundation Center gives step-by-step directions for assembling a proposal. It contains helpful outlines for each specific section of the proposal, including the budget.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
This premier source of government funding also includes a section on grant writing.

Govspot has a page of links to resources for grant writers. “a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grant writing consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.” Includes great tips and advice.


Grants allows organizations to search postings of grant opportunities from all federal agencies.  

 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a good place to look for federal assistance, which can be in the form of grants, loans, consultants, etc. 

Use GovSpot to link to GrantsNet, CFDA (see above), and SchoolGrants. 

Grants Etc. is a website designed and maintained by Professor Armand Lauffer and hosted by the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Provides links to funding sources. 

Grants for Nonprofits is a webpage provided by the Michigan State University Library. It is a collection of funding sources, arranged by subject. 

GrantsWeb is a huge collection of links to grant information, much of it federal, geared primarily to institutions. 

TGCI, the Grantsmanship Center, offers links to grants including international funders. Search by geographic region.

Job Opportunities

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Career Network lists hundreds of job opportunities in nonprofits, as well as career advice.

Visit the Council on Foundations' Career Center to search for job opportunities or to post your resume. On this site, employers may submit job announcements and also browse submitted resumes.

Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest has a Job Corner.  Browse job postings by state or search by job function, state, keyword, or type of organization.

At The Idealist web page, you will find job information for persons new to nonprofits.

Legal & Tax Information

Information from the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt organizations is available here.  This site lists the types of tax-exempt organizations, provides links to IRS forms, offers an FAQ page, and more.

IRS 990-PF's are available at several different websites. Our favorite is the Foundation Center's database.  Others include: GrantSmart and Guidestar

Nonprofit Basics is a site from Nolo Press, a well-known publisher of self-help legal guides.  This page links to several useful articles about legal matters of interest to nonprofits. 

The Tennessee Secretary of State website has a number of forms of interest to nonprofits.  At the Division of Business Services, you'll be able to access the 63-page Nonprofit Corporations Filing Guide and Printable Business Forms which include Forms for Nonprofit Corporations Only and Forms for Both For-Profit and Nonprofit Corporations.  At the Division of Charitable Fundraising, you'll find Filing Forms which include Filing Instructions for Charitable Organizations and an Application for Registration of Charitable Organizations.

Local and Other Resources

LINC/2-1-1 Community Information Database is maintained by the Memphis Public Library and Information Center and provides information about 1500 social service agencies and programs and 800 clubs and organizations in the greater Memphis area.

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is a philanthropic organization which provides funding to area nonprofits and individuals through a variety of grants and scholarships.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence provides training and technical assistance to help local nonprofit organizations secure national grants.

United Way of the Mid-South provides listings of local crisis numbers and LINC referral services, as well as web links to LINC Community Information Database and recent copies of their newsletter.

Marketing and Public Relations provides an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions covering all aspects of starting, managing, and marketing a nonprofit.

MetaSites and Multisubjects

Charity Village®  This website, "Canada's super site for the nonprofit sector," includes plenty of general information about nonprofits.

The Foundation Center  brings you "Knowledge to Build On."  This organization publishes a multitude of resources & directories, maintains a network of nonprofit resource centers, and provides a rich site containing articles and foundation information including a search screen.

The Idealist website offers a list of useful websites for nonprofit information. 

National Center for Charitable Statistics: Nonprofit FAQ  page has a table with over 100 topics arranged in 5 major categories - organization, management, regulation, resources, and development. 

The Internet Public Library has an impressive list of web resources for nonprofits. 

Michigan State University Libraries offers an extensive collection of internet resources including a list of newsletters (with some region-specific information). 


Start Up has a nonprofit page called "Starting a Nonprofit Organization" that includes information and links.

The Council on Foundations has a brief information page that discusses options for philanthropic projects and explains the different types of foundations.

Starting a Nonprofit Organization is another website of links and information written by Carter McNamara.


The Energize website is "especially for leaders of volunteers."  It has information, tips, and advice on volunteerism and volunteer program development. 

VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get involved in their communities.  Search the database for volunteering opportunities. 

Service Leader is a website prepared by the University of Texas.  It contains some useful information on volunteer management.