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Resources for Philanthropists

About Foundations

Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association that provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities.

Foundation Center maintains the most extensive database of foundations of all types in the United States.

National Center for Family Philanthropy provides a great deal of information for philanthropic families including a wide range of publications.

Giving Wisely

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a bi-weekly print publication that covers a most issues of the philanthropic sector. The paper version is a valued tool, however the website has much of the same information as well as a searchable database.

GOOD Magazine, the mission of which is to "stimulate the culture of good by creating dialogue around things that matter."

National Center for Charitable Statistics A component of the Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, this site works closely with the IRS, government agencies, the private sector, and universities to report on the activities of charitable organizations.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy works "to make philanthropy more responsive to people with the least wealth and opportunity, more relevant to critical public needs, and more open and accountable to all, in order to create a more just and democratic society."

Non-Profit Times Online features the Web version of major news and information resources on the nonprofit sector. maintains a notable database of publications, digital texts and websites. A great resource for research on issues in multicultural philanthropy. It is produced by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Philanthropy, a publication of The Philanthropy Roundtable, a well-organized online publication that digs deep into current phototropic issues and trends.

Due Diligence

American Institute of Philanthropy functions as a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service to maximize the effectiveness of every dollar given to charity. The site provides donors with a directory to nationwide charitable organizations.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance was formed in 2001 with the merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service.

GuideStar: is a searchable database of extensive financial information on most of the nation's nonprofit organizations. Find a specific charity by name, subject, state, zip code or other criteria. Determine what it spends on fundraising and administration, who sits on its board of directors and more by looking at Form 990s (see About Foundations).

The Inheritance Project explores the emotional and social impact of inherited wealth. $10 trillion is expected to be passed between generations in the next 20 years.