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Philanthropy Research Centers

Grand Valley State University
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy (JCP) began in 1992 as a multidisciplinary, university-wide center developed with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Grand Valley State University. The Johnson Center is a university-based academic center serving nonprofits, foundations, and others that seek to transform their communities for the common good, and is adapting constantly to changing conditions. We do this through applied research, professional development, and the advancement of social technologies.
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Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Seeks to increase the understanding of philanthropy and improve its practice through research, teaching, and public service. In addition to its academic programs, the Center sponsors a Fund Raising School which offers training sessions around the country.
(Last checked 05/02/18)

Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library
Contains detailed information about the resources available at this site along with various programs and publications of the Center on Philanthropy. Be sure to try out the searchable engine for the Philanthropic Studies Index which identifies periodical articles, books, dissertations, pamphlets, and other relevant materials dealing with the world of philanthropy.
(Last checked 05/02/18)

Additional Philanthropy Research Centers

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Based in Falls Church, Va., this association is a not-for-profit organization of more than 2,700 hospital and health care fund raisers. It was established in 1967 to strengthen the performance of professionals who advance philanthropy and manage resource development programs for the hospitals and health care organizations in North America. The web site features membership and conference information, as well as information about organization publications. Also contains an online version of 1999 Guide to Giving Opportunities at Heath Care Institutions, a gift planning guide for attorneys, financial advisors, and supporters of health care institutions
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Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
ARNOVA is an international membership organization dedicated to fostering through research an understanding of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and volunteerism. The Web site includes information on the association's activities and publications and provides links to Internet sites of interest to researchers who study the non-profit world.
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The Council of Michigan Foundations
The Council is an association of more than 360 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable purposes primarily in Michigan. Find information about the association's purpose, programs, and publications on the Council's Web Site, launched during the 23rd Annual Conference in Kalamazoo (November 8-10, 1995). The annual report contains a list of all the members. In addition, the CMF offers the following electronic mail addresses for quick communication:
(1) General Information : CMF@cmif.org
(2) To purchase CMF Publications : publications@cmif.org
(3) To request resources or contact Barb Dryer, Information Services Manager, Council of Michigan Foundations,One South Harbor Avenue/Suite 3, P.O. Box 599, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417; telephone: (616) 842-7080; fax: (616) 842-1760; e-mail: library@cmif.org or bdryer@cmif.org
(4) To reach membership services, contact Jeri Fischer at jfischer@cmif.org
(Last checked 05/02/18)

The Council on Foundations
An association of more than 1,300 foundations. The Web Site provides information on upcoming conferences, links to foundation web sites, and a list of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
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Exponent Philanthropy
Formerly called the Association of Small Foundations. We provide information, inspiration, and best practices to some of the most passionate philanthropists in the country. Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.
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The Foundation Center
An independent national service organization established by foundations to provide an authoritative source of information on foundation and corporate giving. Operates five different libraries in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco, as well as supports over 400 cooperating collections around the country, including one at the Michigan State University Main Library. Frequently used web pages include:
(1) Cooperating Collections
(2) Training Opportunities
(3) A Proposal Writing Short Course
(4) Philanthropy News Digest
(5) Marketplace
(Last checked 05/02/18)

The Foundation Center
Ask the Online Librarian
Do you have a question about grantseeking, or need advice on the best use of Foundation Center resources? Let our Online Librarian help. The Foundation Center's reference staff developed this service in 1998 to respond by e-mail to your need for factual information on foundations, philanthropy, and other issues related to nonprofits. Our Online Librarian is actually a team of librarians working from each of our five libraries in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Cleveland, and San Francisco. They are professionally trained with a wide range of experience in the nonprofit sector. Each question submitted via e-mail is personally read and responded to by one or more of the Online Librarians. Before you contact the Online Librarian, we recommend that you search our collection of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to see whether the information you need is already posted there. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what kinds of information the Online Librarian can supply.
Starting December 1, 2008, the Ask a Librarian Service will be expanded to the following hours : Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm Eastern time and Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Eastern time.
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Consortium of Foundation Libraries (CFL)
A vehicle for enhancing learning, sharing resources and coordinating information services among foundation libraries and archives. Building strategic partnerships that support and advance philanthropy, the Consortium is composed of libraries and information centers associated with:
(1) Grantmaking foundations that are privately endowed or publicly supported
(2) Private operating foundations
(3) Nonprofit organizations whose function is performing services for foundations or collecting and disseminating information relating to the foundations' fields of interest
(4) Other nonprofit organizations whose aims and operations are deemed by the membership to be similar to the above.
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The Independent Sector
A nonprofit coalition of over 800 corporate, foundation and voluntary organization members with national interest and impact in philanthropy and voluntary action. The organization's mission is to serve as a national leadership forum, working to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, not-for-profit initiative and citizen action that help us better serve people and communities. Provides statistics on charitable giving by various factors.
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National Center for Charitable Statistics
A program of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is a national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the US. The NCCS cooperates with government agencies, the private sector, and independent researchers to compile regional, state, and national databases about charitable organizations, and also develops standards for reporting on the activities of these organizations. The NCCS Website contains a wealth of information. The Data section provides databases, data documentation, a guide to the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities Classification System, state profiles of nonprofits, and a variety of fact sheets and policy briefs. The Resources section offers Internal Revenue Service forms, links to related sites, a bibliography, and a directory of associated electronic mailing lists. Note: before users can download data at the site, they must first complete an online form to obtain a free user name and password. The NCCS will notify users of fees, if any, that may apply to acquiring certain data sets.
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National Center for Family Philanthropy
The National Center for Family Philanthropy was founded to encourage families and individuals to create and sustain their philanthropic missions. The National Center, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1997 by a group of family philanthropists. It is the only national resource center that focuses solely on matters of importance to families engaged in philanthropy and their effective giving. Sponsores research, educational materials, and programs.
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Philanthropy Roundtable
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The Roundtable is founded on the principle that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society's needs, and that a vibrant private sector is critical to creating the wealth that makes philanthropy possible. The web site provides membership information, a link to the organization's newsletter, a publications directory, conference and grant information.
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