Resource Center for Nonprofits

Fundraising / Grant Research

Nonprofit fundraising is the lifeblood of charitable organizations and serves as a way to raise awareness of a cause and drum up interest among donors.

Association of Fundraising Professionals represents 26,000 members in four countries working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, education, and certification programs. AFP offers professional development resources for fund development personnel.

The California Grants Portal is a single website to find state grants and funding opportunities. You can search by type of grant or contract, your field of interest, the deadline for applications, and more. Creating this portal is a public policy win for nonprofits! In 2018 CalNonprofits sponsored a bill authored by our local Assemblymember (now Senator) Monique Limón to create this portal. Thanks to her support and the nonprofit community who spoke up, the bill passed and the California State Library got to work building it. Before this portal was created, nonprofits seeking state funding had to search through dozens of different state agencies without searchable sites

Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

The Grant Center is a tool and resource to help you effectively manage your grants program. The Write Team collaborated with NPRN to offer a centralized location that has most everything you need to know about the 34 most prominent funders in Santa Barbara. Our tracking tool, database, and online community help novice and experienced grant writers alike save time and increase your capacity to raise foundation funding with a streamlined deadline and information tracking system.

The Grantsmanship Center offers training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.

Network for Good is a tool for nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, volunteers, and advocacy which provides online registration of nonprofits in order to receive donations through the site.

U.S. Census Bureau offers various online census tools to find the data grant-writers need to build effective cases for project funding. Check out their calendar of webinars.