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Dec. 14, 2016
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Summary
The Subject Resource Guide for Grants and Fundraising provides information available on the web and at the Birmingham Public Library that can be used to identify and locate financial support available for nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals. Grants, loans, and donations are the types of support highlighted in the Guide. The sources of the support include the federal government, private corporations, foundations, and crowdfunding websites. The Guide focuses on identifying support available for nonprofit programs and small business initiatives. Please note that information specific to student financial aid is not included in this Subject Resource Guide, but can instead be found in the Subject Resource Guide entitled "Student Financial Aid". Please note also that more detailed information about starting and building a nonprofit can be found in the Subject Resource Guide entitled "Nonprofit Organizations".

The Grants and Fundraising Subject Resource Guide is divided into three sections. The first section, Foundation Funding Sources, has information about the grantmaking activities of charitable and philanthropic foundations. The Foundation Funding Sources section consists of two parts: Birmingham Public Library databases and websites of national and local organizations.

The second section is Federal Government Funding Sources. Included in this section are links to government agencies, publications, and websites that provide information about grant and loan programs.

The third section has links to a sampling of Crowdfunding and Fundraising websites.
Databases
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Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a searchable database of the entire universe of over 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a searchable database of nearly 3,700 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a searchable database of over 1.3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 441,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
 
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Birmingham Public Library (Central) - In Library Use Only.
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Foundation Grants to Individuals Online allows users to quickly search through detailed descriptions of more than 8,300 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. This unique online database — the only one devoted exclusively to the needs of individuals — is convenient and easy to use! Within seconds you can generate your own list of prospective funders.
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Birmingham Public Library (Central) - In Library Use Only.
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Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.
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Foundation Directory Online Quick Start is a quick and easy-to-use tool for looking up key information on all U.S. foundations.
Websites
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Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget. Today, the Grants.gov system houses information on over 1,500 grant programs and grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
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The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government. As the basic reference source of Federal programs, the primary purpose of the Catalog is to assist users in identifying programs that meet specific objectives of the potential applicant, and to obtain general information on Federal assistance programs. In addition, the intent of the Catalog is to improve coordination and communication between the Federal government and State and local governments.
Websites
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GiveForward is an online fundraising tool designed to help people raise money for the causes and organizations that they care about. GiveForward has become popular among the growing number of people who fundraise to help pay for a loved one's medical bills.
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GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. The company is based in San Diego, California.
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