Philanthropy Links

Grantmaker associations exist across the nation.
Are you from outside of Minnesota and want information about foundations and grantmaking in other places? To find an association close to you, visit the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Here's an abbreviated list of organizations that support philanthropy and charitable giving.

If you're looking for help closer to home, see our Nonprofit Links page that lists many support organizations that assist Minnesota nonprofits.

Know of an organization that you think should be added to this list? Contact the webmaster with a link and an explanation.

Philanthropy and Giving Support Organizations

American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel
Find highlights of AAFRC's annual "Giving USA" report, which provides an overall snapshot of U.S. giving from all sources.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
A variety of fundraising resources and links.

Association of Small Foundations
ASF is a membership organization of nearly 3,000 foundations with few or no staff. ASF enhances the power of small foundation giving by providing the donors, trustees and staff of member foundations with peer learning opportunities, targeted tools and resources and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.

Provides nonprofits with resources to help build strong boards and healthy organizations.

Charity Channel
Reviews of periodicals, books and software on fundraising, written by volunteers from the fundraising field, as well as e-newsletters and e-mail discussion forums on nonprofits and philanthropy.

Council on Foundations
National association of foundations and corporations that serves the public good by promoting and enhancing effective and responsible philanthropy.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
The Forum's website offers information on efforts to strengthen philanthropy both nationally and regionally, with many helpful resources for donors of all types.

The Foundation Center
Serving the information needs of grantseekers and grantmakers.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

GEO is a coalition of grantmakers committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations by commissioning and contributing to research, developing programs and products, and building a community of practice that expands the resources available on nonprofit effectiveness.

The largest online posting of nonprofits' informational tax returns in a searchable database. GuideStar's mission is to help improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through the collection and presentation of comprehensive information about nonprofits.


An online directory of over 10,000 nonprofit and community organizations working in 120 countries, with detailed information on their services, volunteer opportunities, materials, job listings and more.

Independent Sector

A leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

Network For Good
This site bills itself as an easy-to-use, one-stop resource for giving and volunteering. Search the GuideStar nonprofit database, search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, access a nonprofit technology tool kit, and much more.