Resources for Grant Makers
Best Practices/GrantMaking Tools
Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center (AGM members only)
Resources for family foundations.
& Best Practices
A bibliography of resources that provide best practices.
- Grantmakers for Effective
Locate reports, tools, and best practices.
- GM Guide
The Guide will lead you through the entire grantmaking process, sharing common practices, templates, and resources to help you create new policies and procedures, verify that your current practices are aligned with industry standards, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of grants management at your organization. Its straightforward language helps to demystify legal and tax issues and supports better compliance, which is critical to meeting today’s exacting audit standards.
- Grantmaking Tools & Techniques
An AGM Resource Guide
Basics Online (Council on Foundations)
This fee-based ($80) self-study course can be used as an orientation
to grantmaking or a refresher course. It covers the day-to-day
operational issues that grantmakers face. It includes practical
knowledge (tips), strategies, sample documents, resource links,
- New Foundation Guide
Created by the Association of Small Foundations.
Competitions & RFPs (Grantcraft.org)
The why, when, and how of using RFPs.
- Innovation Network
Innovation Network is a nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm that provides knowledge and expertise to help nonprofits and funders
learn from their work to improve their results.
- Basic Outcomes-Based Evaluation Guide for Nonprofits
This document provides guidance toward basic planning and implementation of an outcomes-based evaluation process (also called outcomes evaluation) in nonprofit organizations -- particularly for small nonprofits with very limited resources.
- Additional Evaluation Resources
A list of publications focused on nonprofit evaluation practices, provided by The Foundation Center.
- Nonprofit Finance Fund
As one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions, Nonprofit Finance Fund® makes millions of dollars in loans to nonprofits and pushes for fundamental improvement in how money is given and used in the sector. They provide financing, consulting, and advocacy services to nonprofits and funders nationwide.
- Basic Financial Management for Nonprofits
Financial analysis shows the "reality" of the situation of a business -- seen as such, financial management is one of the most important practices in management. This site will help you understand basic practices in financial management, and build the basic systems and practices needed in a healthy business.
- How Grant Makers Can Help Nonprofits Deal with Cash Crunches
This article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy gives suggestions on how you can help the nonprofits you fund during the current economic slump.
TechSoup is a nonprofit focused on providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, it provides technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries.
- National Council of Nonprofits Technology Resources
This site supplies additional resources to help nonprofits excel at using technology, specifically via social media, websites, and new software technologies.