Non-Profit Resource Center

Welcome to the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Charles County Public Library (CCPL). CCPL is a member of Candid’s nationwide network of nonprofit serving agencies, so we can provide visitors with free public access to Candid’s applications and resources. At our Waldorf West branch, you can access the database Foundation Directory, Grants to Individuals, and other resources to assist and strengthen your nonprofit organization. Representatives of nonprofit and grassroots organizations and other patrons are welcome to use the databases at the Waldorf West branch at any time during our open hours.

Through the end of 2021, Candid is offering FDO Essentials Day Pass for those who would like remote access to a more limited version of Foundation Directory Online. This option allows for you to sign up for one 24 hour pass every 30 days. By following the steps below you can search for grants and conduct research on potential funding from the convenience and safety of your home:

  1. Register for 24-hour access here FDO Essentials
  2. Enter your email in the box and click the next button
  3. Check your email and follow the provided confirmation link
  4. New users will be redirected to fill out this form to create an FDO account
  5. To submit, click on the “Go to FDO Essential button
  6. After submitting the form, you will have 24 continuous hours to search in FDO Essential. After those hours are up, you will be able to activate a new pass after 30 days.

If you have questions, please contact library staff at the Waldorf West branch for an appointment or additional assistance.

Foundation Directory Candid’s premier fundraising tool gives grant-seekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient.

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Access to Foundation Directory Online Professional is only available at the Waldorf West branch.

Grants to Individuals Get detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals.  NEW: The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.

Access to Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is only available at the Waldorf West branch.

Foundation Maps is an interactive mapping tool that combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps.

Access to Foundation Maps is only available at the Waldorf West branch.

GrantSpace:  A free website maintained by the Foundation Center.  They have all sorts of resources for nonprofits including free webinars, videos, FAQ’s and sample documents.

Philanthropy News Digest:  A free website maintained by the Foundation Center where you can find Requests for Proposals from funders, read up on news in the Non-Profit community, and see job announcements.

IssueLab:  A free website maintained by the Foundation Center where you can find reports, articles, and other publications to assist in crafting a data driven proposal.

The Catalog of Nonprofit Literature:  A free website maintained by the Foundation Center.  It contains citations and some abstracts from books found in the library collections at the five Foundation Center locations as well as select literature from other sources.

GlassPockets:  A free website maintained by the Foundation Center focused on transparency in philanthropy.

GrantCraft:  A free website maintained by the Foundation that combines the practical wisdom of funders worldwide with the expertise of Foundation Center to improve the practice of philanthropy.

Non-Profit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland:  The Non-Profit Institute provides training, networking, and consulting services to the Southern Maryland Non-Profit community.

Charles County Government Proposal Writing Resources Web page:  The Charles County Government maintains this Web page with links to various grant proposal writing resources and is an excellent resource for Non-Profits.

Community Foundation of Southern Maryland:  The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland offers personal service, local knowledge, and professional investment and grantmaking expertise to the local community.

Charles County Charitable Trust:  The Charles County Charitable Trust was founded in 2016 to serve as a central source of assistance to the community is Non-Profit sector.

Maryland Non-Profits:  Maryland Non-Profits’ mission is to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity.

Maryland Governor’s Grants Office: Helps state agencies, local governments and Non-Profit organizations find, win and manage grants.  Their website is full of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management.  You can also search for available grants on this website.

Enoch Pratt Free Library How to Guides:  This Web page is full of links to resources for Non-Profits.

Checklist for Starting a Non-Profit Organization in Maryland:  The checklist is provided by Maryland Association of Non-Profit Organizations, Inc.

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers- Common Grant Application:  Provides a look at the common grant application and letter of inquiry used by many grantmakers in the DC Metro area.  Your source to find and apply for federal grants.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance:  CFDA provides the most current information on all Federal programs.

IRS Charities and Nonprofits Web page: Your source for information on getting tax-exempt status, 990s and other nonprofit tax-related information.

Boardsource:  An excellent resource for Non-Profit boards including information and trainings for board members.

Harbor Business Compliance: “How to Start a Non-Profit in Maryland