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Community Leadership: Grant Writing

Finding Grants

Finding Nonprofit Statistics

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
U.S. Nonprofit Sector - links to stats on NCCS site

Foundation Stats
The Foundation Center provides this free database where you can find data on grants given per year, including dollar value of those grants, by subject areas. This database also allows you to view data by population groups and recepient location. Additional statistics include aggregate grant fiscal data and top grant givers. 

The Nonprofit Almanac 2012
Provides data from 2000 to 2010 on financial and employment trends in the nonprofit sector and attempts to evaluate the role of nonprofits in the U.S. economy.

Blackbaud - Nonprofit Industry Research
Blackbaud is a publically traded company which provides software, services and training to nonprofits.

Government Information on Nonprofits

  • U.S. Internal Revenue Site
    Important information for nonprofits on annual filing and reporting requirements, tax forms and tips for filing. The site also includes instructions on how to apply to be tax exempt, provides educational materials and lists webinars and other educational opportunities. There is also an A to Z index of topics useful to nonprofits and charities.
  • How to Read the New IRS 990 Form
    This guide is based on the 2010 IRS 990 form and was written by Peter Swords, former executive director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.
  • for Nonprofits
    information on government grants, loans and assistance for nonprofits, links to tax information for nonprofits, and links to government web sites on information for managing nonprofits.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Statistics
    Useful information for nonprofits on grant opportunities, tax information, government programs to assist nonprofits and general management help for small businesses.
  • IRS Statistics for Charitable & Exempt Organizations
    Links to statistical tables, articles and other information on charities and other tax-exempt organizations from 1988 to the most recent year posted.