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Never written a proposal before? Check out: "Proposal Writing - Internet Resources" maintained by the Grants Information Center at U.W. - Madison. The Center also has an annotated list of print resources related to the topic of proposal writing. Some of the links and references at these sites have a bias towards funding research.

American Association of Fundraising Counsel - Since 1935, AAFRC Member Firms have served clients of every size and purpose-from local to international-in the arts, culture, and humanities; health; education; human services; religion; advocacy; public/society benefit; the environment and wildlife; and international affairs-in cities, suburbs and rural areas-virtually every type of nonprofit organization. Each year, the Association publishes, Giving USA to provide the latest facts and figures on philanthropic giving (Some of the charts from this publication are available on the web site).

Aspen Institute: Nonprofit Sector Research Fund - The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund supports and disseminates relevant, high quality research to improve the operations of nonprofit organizations and inform public policies affecting them.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (Formally the National Society of Fundraising Executives, NSFRE) - AFP is the professional association for individuals responsible for generating philanthropic ariety of not-for-profit, charitable organizations. Founded in 1960, the support for a wide vorganization advances philanthropy through its more than 17,000 members in 149 chapters throughout North America. There are currently four chapters in Wisconsin:

Carnegie Library Foundation Center - The Foundation Center is a resource for nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking information about grants and grantmaking organizations.

Chronicle of Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the non-profit world. Published every other week, it is the No. 1 news source for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Community of Science Funding Opportunities Database - The most comprehensive source of funding information available on the Web, with more than 23,000 records, representing over 400,000 funding opportunities, worth over $33 billion.

Consultant Directory, U.W. Milwaukee - This directory contains a list of consultants (primarily in the Milwaukee, WI area) that provide consulting services. This link will take you to the list of consultants that provide fundraising services.

Council on Foundations -- Looking for a Grant or Grant Funding? - The Foundation Center is an independent national service organization established by foundations to provide an authoritative source of information on foundation and corporate giving.

Discover Total Resources: A Guide for Nonprofits - The purpose of this guide is to help you-board members, staff, volunteers-discover resources and techniques that the Mellon Corporation has
seen used effectively by a variety of nonprofits. They want to change your way of thinking. take you beyond traditional "checkbook philanthropy" to the concept of total community resources. This 7 chapter resource is free as a downloadable pdf file.

Environmental Grant Makers Association - The EGA exists as a voluntary association of foundations and giving programs concerned with the protection of the natural environment.

Foundation Center -  An independent national service organization established by foundations to provide an authoritative source of information on foundation and corporate giving. To make this information accessible to the public, it has established a network of approximately 200 cooperating collections throughout the U.S. There are 3 cooperating collections in Wisconsin:

Funding Opportunities database - maintained by the Community of Science Web Site.

Fund-raising.com - A Source for Fundraising Information on the Internet.

Fundsnet -- Grantwriting Resources - Fundsnet is a privately owned Web site created in 1996 to assist nonprofit organizations find funding resources on the Internet.

Fund$Raiser Cyberzine - A FREE digital magazine dedicated to bringing the world the latest and most complete news and ideas in fundraising.

Fundraising Deals - Fundraising Deals lists a variety of ideas, products and resources specific to fundraising. You can search through the directory of fundraising programs in order to find the
fundraising ideas that are best suited for your group. This site also includes some free fundraising guides (See the link at the bottom of the page).

Funding Sources Organized by Agency for the State of Wisconsin - Maintained by the University of Wisconsin Extension.

Fundsnet Online Fundsnet - Online Services provides parents, teachers and non-profit organizations with hundreds of quality resources available on the World Wide Web. This Web site provides you with one of the most comprehensive directories of foundations and funders in existence on the Internet.

Grant Getting Page - Maintained by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Grantsmanship Center - "The nonprofit sector's leading source of training and funding information."

Grant Seeker's Page - Resources and tips designed to help an organization find funding and connect with some Internet resources that were compiled by a private consultant.

Grant Seeker's Handbook: A guide to Finding Funds - The Center for Nonprofit Management developed this free resource to emphasize the importance of careful research and planning in considering ways to support your organization or efforts.

Grantsmanship for Nonprofits: An on-line course offered by the University of Wisconsin Stout

Grant Sources for Educators - Sources of educational grants maintained by Kathy Schrock

Information About Grant Proposals - Links to tips and techniques compiled by About.com.

Internet Resources for Nonprofit Public Service Organizations - A guide created to help administrators and employees of nonprofit, public service organizations easily locate relevant information on the Internet (A bit dated).

IRIS (Illinois Researcher Information Service) This service also contains about 7,000 funding entries.

Mid-America Payment Exchange- MPX is a group of regional non-profit trade associations that specialize in Direct Payment/Direct Deposit and electronic payments education and marketing.

Neighborhood Fundraising Network - A nonprofit organization that provides hands-on, customized professional resource development and technical assistance to community-based nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets under $500,000 at below-market rates.

Raising More Money: Free On-Line "Course" - An interesting free course (non-interactive) sponsored by Axelrod Consulting Services that focuses on approaches that build individual giving.

Small Business Grants Resource - The Azo Group provides links to free videos that focus on locating small business grants, government grants and other grant sources.

SPIN Sponsored Programs Information Network - The #1 Source of Funding Information. The SPIN database is currently provided through annual subscription to over 650 colleges, universities and industry clients worldwide. It is a computer database with detailed and up-to-the-minute information about thousands of Federal and Non-Federal funding opportunities.

Unified Registration Statement - All but 10 states in the U.S. regulate charitable fundraising. State laws require charities to register and to provide information about fundraising activities s to the government. The national Association of Attorneys General and the National Charities Officials have developed the Unified Registration Statement (URS). The purpose of the URS is to provide a standardized reporting form for many different states.

University of Arkansas Little Rock Office of Research and Sponsored Projects -  Designed for faculty and staff at UALR to help in identifying potential sponsors for research and service projects. Some outstanding links.

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