Databases and Charitable Statistics

The Foundation Center
The Center is a leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center’s website provides access to funder websites, data on foundations, publications and research, and job resources. Registered users can also access the Foundation Directory Online through this website.

Produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc., GuideStar offers a searchable database of more than 850,000 United States nonprofit organizations and their information returns filed with the IRS (990 for nonprofits and 990-PF for private foundations); nonprofit sector news and articles; an online marketplace to find requests for donations, in-kind gifts, volunteers, and job postings; a conference calendar; and additional resources for nonprofits.

National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
A program of the Urban Institute, NCCS works with the IRS and other government agencies, private sector service organizations, and the scholarly community to develop data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research. Data on nonprofit organizations, database documentation and data dictionaries, and IRS forms and publications can be viewed and downloaded from this site.

Academic Journals

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly provides research, discussion, and analysis of the philanthropic and nonprofit fields and discusses the impact the nonprofit sector has on society. This journal is a Sage Publication produced in association with ARNOVA. The website includes links to current articles and a searchable archive database.

Nonprofit Management & Leadership
A Publication of Jossey-Bass, this journal provides insight into the special needs, challenges, and opportunities of nonprofit organizations. The journal provides research to top executives and scholars on the common concerns of nonprofit leaders in all settings, including social services, the arts, education, foundations, community development, advocacy work, religion, professional associations, and others. Current and past articles can be viewed and purchased from the website.

Voluntas is a publication of the International Society for Third Sector Research and includes articles on international trends and patterns in the nonprofit arena. Current and past articles are available for download from the website and abstracts are available in English, Spanish, French and German.

Nonprofit News and Publications

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This website includes a summary of the contents of the Chronicle’s current and back issues; a database of all corporate and foundation grants listed in the Chronicle since 1995; a listing of award and RFP deadlines; surveys conducted by the Chronicle and reports of other surveys conducted by other organizations; job opportunities in the nonprofit sector; a listing of upcoming conferences and workshops; and annotated links to other nonprofit resources on the Internet.

The Nonprofit Times
The NonProfit Times is a biweekly print publication covering nonprofit management issues. The website has selected articles and features from current and archived past issues of the publication and also includes a classified employment advertisement section and a resource directory that lists names and addresses of service-related organizations.

Philanthropy Journal
The Philanthropy Journal reports on state, national, and international nonprofit news and addresses issues of fundraising, donations, management, volunteering, and technology in the philanthropic and nonprofit community. Weekly email news bulletins and job postings are available through the site.

Philanthropy News Digest
The Philanthropy News Digest (PND) contains abstract summaries of original articles, press and news releases, and grantmaker websites. PND also includes the RFP Bulletin, which provides a brief overview of current funding opportunities offered by foundations or other grantmaking organizations; Connections, a guide to websites containing cutting-edge issues related to philanthropy; the NPO Spotlight, which highlights the activities of a different nonprofit organization or NGO each week; newsmaker interviews; book and website reviews; a conference calendar; the Job Corner; a message board; and a searchable archive.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Published by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, SSIR offers ideas and tactics to advance the strategy and leadership of grantmakers, nonprofit managers, consultants and researchers. The website includes article summaries, an archive of past stories, as well as free sample articles. Some of the material on the site is available only to subscribers.