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The Philanthropy Center Resources

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Library Catalog
Reference Sources
Research Guides
Other Resources

Library Catalog
Search the College of DuPage Library Catalog here if you wish to search by title, by author or by a subject other than those listed below.

Items classified with a LOCATION status of 'General' can be found on the upper level of the Library and may be checked out with a College of DuPage Library card.

Nonprofit organizations
Fund raising
Grants in aid
Deferred giving
Charitable uses, trusts and foundations
Proposal writing
Evaluation research
Research grants
Special events
Boards of directors
Charitable bequests

BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) donated its entire library of resources on topics such as board development, management, operations, and strategic planning. Search these titles under National Center for Nonprofit Boards as Author.

Reference Sources Selected reference directories for in-house use.

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Magazines and Newsletters

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • This newspaper is a major source of news and information for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers and other individuals associated with nonprofit organizations.
  • Located in the newspaper section of the Periodicals Department.
  • The Chronicle's Web site (http://philanthropy.com/) allows you to browse the tables of contents of the current issue and back issues since October 8, 1998, but you cannot read the actual articles.
  • Sign up to receive Free E-Mail Updates with what's new in the paper and on the web site.


  • This Donors Forum monthly newsletter contains articles and news about people, resources, grants, awards, and employment opportunities in the Chicagoland area.
  • Located in the Periodicals Department.

NonProfit Times

  • This publication contains articles and news on nonprofit marketing and management topics.
  • Located online in AcademicOne File.
  • Read selected articles from current issues (http://www.nptimes.com).

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

  • Weekly news digest from the Foundation Center. Sign up here to receive the e-mail version.

RFP Bulletin

  • The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin is published weekly by the Foundation Center with listings of current funding opportunities offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Sign up here to receive notification of new RFP's via e-mail.

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Foundation Directory Online

Business databases with articles on nonprofit topics and information about companies.

  • Available from your home or work computer with a valid COD Library card.

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Research Guides/Tutorials

990-PF tax returns

Fundraising research

  • Researching Individual Donors
    A research guide from the Donors Forum of Chicago.
  • Grantseekers Toolbox
    A step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the fundraising research process.

Proposal writing

Using Foundation Directory Online

Tax information

Charity watchdog groups (Chronicle of Philanthropy 11/28/02)

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Other Resources

Research the financial and program activity of foundations and other nonprofit organizations.

  • GuideStar
    Useful for 990 and other program activity information for nonprofit organizations.
  • 990-PF Search
    Search for a foundation's tax return (Form 990-PF).
  • CharityChannel
    An online resource for nonprofits with forums, discussion and news.

Join a local nonprofit membership organization.

Search for jobs.

Streamline the grant application process, using this electronic grant form.

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