Best Places to Start

Chronicle of Philanthropy  The leading trade publication for charitiable organizations.  Turn to this publication to find job postings, sector statistics and reports and analysis.  Read it or search it to find out about trends and developments.  Subscription content only available to Villanova community members.

Urban Institute Nonprofits  Nonpartisan research, evaulation and assistance organization.

National Center for Charitable Statistics  Generate statistical tables on public charities and private fundations. for Non-Profits A portal by the federal government for grants, loans, management and tax assistnce for nonprofits.

  GuideStar Pro
Provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations including IRS Form 990 with financial statements. Also offers self-reported information about programs and activities.
Partially funded by Villanova School of Business.


Use these directories to identify sources for grants, identify foundations and verify public charities status.

Foundation Directory Online Professional  The key resource for grant seekers and information about foundations. It offers subscribers the best search engine for grants and grantmakers.  Non-profit literature is also indexed and many reports written by Foundation Center experts are included.  Use it to find out about employment opportunities as well.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance  Provides detailed information on over 2000 federal assistance programs open to local and state governments, organizations both profit and non-profit as well as individuals.

State Grant Sites Index to state web sites for grants.

IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of [Charitable] Organizations  Us this to find out of an organization is a federal charity qualited to accept tax deductable donation.

Charity Navigator Organization devoted to making balanced evaluations of charitable organizations  freely available.  Portal for finding and applying for federal grants.

Villanova Office of Research and Sponsored Projects  Maintains a excellent list of free and subscription sources for identifying potential grant sources.

American Institutie of Philanthropy A watchdog and rating service for philanthropies



Philanthropy in America

Catholic Charities USA:  100 Years at the Intersection of Charity and Justice

American Foundations:  Roles and Contributions

Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies [series]


Use these article databases to find both trade news and research on topics relating to nonprofits, charitable organizations and philanthropies.

Social Services Abstracts

Business Source Premier

Business Full Text

ABI Inform

Books on management, finance, accounting, grant writing, fundraising and more.....

Use our catalog to find additional books on nonprofits, .  Subject terms such as these may work best:

  • Nonprofit organizations-management
  • Nonprofit organizations-accounting
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Proposal writing for grants
  • Fund raising

Handbook of Nonprofit Governance

Simplified Guide to Not-For-Profit Accounting, Formation and Reporting

Financing Nonprofits:  Putting Theory into Practice

Mission, Inc. A Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Board Leadership

Writing Grant Proposals that Win

Historical Research Funding Article Search

Nonprofit Crowdfunding

These crowdfunding sites provide a platform for individuals or groups to launch a fundraising campaign.