Researching Philanthropy

A list of sources for those seeking additional information about philanthropy or about community foundations.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
The newspaper of the nonprofit world is a source for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

CompassPoint NonProfit Services
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. With offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CompassPoint works with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology.

The Council on Foundations
A membership organization that provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities to grantmaking foundations, giving programs and the general public. The Council's website includes a history of philanthropy, basics about foundations and grantmaking, and lists of additional resources.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the United States. The center maintains a comprehensive database of grantmakers and grants and operates research and training programs to advance philanthropy.

The League of California Community Foundations
A membership organization that represents community foundations and advocates for community-based philanthropy at the state level. It also maintains a resource page on its website with basic information about community foundations and links to other organizations.

Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation
This Center in the Graduate School of Business was created in 2000 by a group of faculty, alumni, and other leaders committed to social change. The Center conducts research, engages students, works within the community and shares information in a number of ways, including through its quarterly publication, Stanford Social Innovation Review.