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Give $mart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
In the first half of the twenty-first century, giving to family and community foundations alone will be ten times in today's dollars what it was throughout the entire twentieth century. Yet despite tremendous innovation in the social sector, philanthropy's natural state is under-performance. Not since Andrew Carnegie wrote 'The Gospel of Wealth' has a book been written that provides practical guidance for donors to get the most impact from their giving. Almost a decade ago, Thomas J. Tierney left Bain & Company to co-found The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit focused on helping donors and nonprofit leaders to develop and execute strategies to accelerate social change. In 'Give Smart', Tierney pools his hands-on knowledge with philanthropy expert Joel L. Fleishman to create a much-needed primer for philanthropists and the nonprofit organizations they support. Drawing from personal experiences, testimonials, and Bridgespan's case studies, including those of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Give Smart picks up where Jim Collins' 'Good to Great and the Social Sectors' left off and presents the first in-depth, expert guide for engaged donors and nonprofit leaders.

Grant Writing for Dummies

Browning guides readers through the grant-writing process and provides consumers with 25 percent new and updated material to stay current with application protocols and new grant opportunities.

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Appealing to Donors and Getting the Funding You Need

Precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read . . . or tossed.Perfect Phrases for Fundraisingprovides everything you need to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. This quick-access guide is packed with time-saving tips, message-crafting strategies, and ready-to-use phrases sure to get results in any campaign. Master the right language for:Telephone solicitingYouTube, Facebook, and TwitterOne-on-one meetingsBoard of director appealsOrganization website campaigns

Grant Writing 101: Everything You Need to Start Raising Funds Today

A Crash Course in Writing Powerful, Persuasive Grants!
"Grant Writing 101 provides straightforward and effective strategies for improving results. It is a wonderful reference guide for experienced fundraisers and an invaluable 'how-to' manual for those starting their careers."
—Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
"This new book is an essential tool in helping nonprofits manage grant writing by keeping it simple, easy, and enjoyable!"
—Barb Larson, CEO, American Red Cross, Silicon Valley
Grant Writing 101offers quick and easy tactics for getting the funding you need—right now!
Written to enable beginners with little or no experience to hit the ground running, it covers:Ten tactics for writing a compelling proposalTips for finding the best grantor for your needsImportant components of various types of grantsNext steps for when you're approved
Includes samples of grant proposals and budget presentations!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
Advice on the unique challenges of managing a volunteer workforce. Volunteers provide vital services to millions of people each year. However, because of their work's special nature, they're one of the most challenging work forces to manage and retain. Lipp has managed these workers for over 20 years and shares his experience in recruiting, balancing paid and volunteer staff, creating schedules that work, addressing the transient nature of volunteers, motivation, and retention. - Expert author in the field - There is a growing need for volunteer workers as budgets are cut - Most current book on the subject - Clear, jargon-free text full of anecdotes and step-by-step advice

 Web Links

Foundation Center
One of the premier sites for funding research and grant information. Provides links to private foundations, corporate grant makers, grant making public charities and community foundations. Has a foundation finder that includes IRS form 990-PFs. Includes statistics and highlights from the Center’s research on foundation giving.

A comprehensive source of information about American nonprofit organizations that provides a searchable database with financial information. Obtains information from IRS forms 990 and 990-EZ and the IRS Business Master File of 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Association of Fundraising Professionals
This professional association Web site is mostly for members but has a good list of links to other fundraising-type sites.  Individual chapters of the Society also have Web sites.

Annual Fund Inc. Resource Pages
Philanthropy resources from the Annual Fund Inc. including: philanthropy quotes, employment listings, sample forms, etc.

Grants & Related Resources

Michigan State University's Grants and Related Resources website contains a number of links to grants for individuals as well as for nonprofits. The grants for individuals list is organized by education level, population group and subject. The grants for nonprofits list is organized by subject. for Nonprofits
This is sometimes considered "the starting point for nearly one-stop federal grant shopping."

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The General Services Administration provides information on a wide variety of financial and non-financial assistance programs, projects, services and activities.  It is also available in print form.

Charity Navigator
Provides information on the financial health of over 2,700 charities in order to promote intelligent giving.

Internal Revenue Service - Tax Exempt Organizations
Information regarding requirements for tax-exempt organizations, how to apply for tax-exempt status and annual filing requirements are included on this site. - BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Promotes informed giving by providing information  about charitable organizations that solicit funds nationally from the general public.

National Center for Charitable Statistics
The Center gathers statistics nationally concerning nonprofit organizations.  Some state data is available.

This site was designed to connect community members seeking to serve on boards with the nonprofit organizations that need them. This site is used by thousands of nonprofits and contains over 10,000 board candidates in 47 states.
This extensive website run by Action Without Borders contains a searchable database including over 43,000 nonprofits in 165 countries, thousands of volunteer opportunities, as well as hundreds of job and internship listings.

Volunter Match
Volunteer Match is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals find volunteer opportunities.  Users can search for volunteer opportunities by zipcode, and organizations can post volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Connection - Thurston County
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is part of United Way of Thurston County's ongoing efforts to strengthen volunteerism in our community. By creating an online hub where individuals can seek volunteer opportunities and organizations can post volunteer needs, our goal is to ensure that everyone who wants to get involved can find the resources they need to take on pressing challenges.

Reading Buddy Program - United Way Thurston County
As a volunteer "Reading Buddy," you will be making a commitment of 30 minutes to an hour a week for the duration of the 9-month school year; the day and time will depend on the schedule of the student and their teacher. You will help support an elementary-level student in their reading progression by being a one-on-one reading skill coach.

Washington Secretary of State Charities and Charitable Trusts
This site provides information about charities, charitable trusts and the Charitable Solicitations Program in Washington State. It also includes a report on commercial fundraisers and the percentage of money they collect that goes to the charity.

Washington State Office of the Attorney General - Charities

Complaints about charities are turned over to this office and their site includes information on what the law says and how to protect your contributions.

Northwest Nonprofit Resources
References & links to information regarding nonprofit organizations.

Association of Fundraising Professionals. Washington Chapter
Membership information as well as programs and services for the local chapter.

Philanthropy Northwest
Philanthropy Northwest is the former Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum.  They are a professional association of people involved in making grants and they host conferences, meetings and workshops.

 Database Links

Grant Station

Grants, deadlines for private and federal funding opportunities, funder profiles, and helpful information for proposal writing. This database is only available on library Internet computers in the Oakville, Olympia and Packwood Timberland libraries. Only one person at a time in each library can use it. Please see a staff member to use this database. 


Name and contact information for grants offered by federal, state and local governments, commercial organizations, associations, and private foundations.

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