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Non-Profit Resource Center

Welcome to the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Charles County Public Library (CCPL). CCPL is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner*. This means that we partner with the Foundation Center (FC) to provide the Charles County nonprofit community access to the many FC resources. These resources include an online directory of 140,000+ funders and 5+ million grants, print publications, and free trainings. Please see Upcoming Trainings for more information on the workshops we offer.

*The Funding Information Network is based out of the Waldorf West Branch. If you have any questions, please feel free to our staff at Waldorf West.

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About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants ó 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. Thousands of people visit the Center\’s web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond.


A world enriched by the effective allocation of philanthropic resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of nonprofit activity to increasing opportunity and transforming lives.


To strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.

Learn more about the Foundation Center.

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional is an electronic database for grantseekers that contains profiles of more than 140,000 U.S. grantmakers and one million recently awarded grants.  It is an absolutely amazing tool for Non-Profits looking for grants.

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

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is a one-of-a-kind database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

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.

Grants.gov:  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