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Resources for Nonprofits

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia envisions a thriving region where philanthropy, nonprofits, businesses, and government work together closely to achieve lasting impact.

Philanthropy Network does not make grants, provide technical assistance to nonprofits, or match grantseekers with specific funders, but we are pleased to connect the nonprofit community with the valuable resources below.

The Regional Foundation Center

The Regional Foundation Center (RFC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia's BRIC (Business Resource and Innovation Center) houses Philadelphia's largest publicly-accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online Essential—the most comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and their grants to help you research potential funders.

During COVID-19, the RFC is providing free remote access to Foundation Directory Online Essential.  To learn more, check out a short training video on how to conduct a search in Foundation Directory Online Essential or view a recording of the Introduction to FDO Essential workshop the RFC hosted in June 2020.

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Capacity Building Support via The Philadelphia Foundation

Through a special partnership with Catchafire, The Philadelphia Foundation is offering their grantees and other regional nonprofits free access to virtual, skilled volunteers to help amplify and accelerate the impact they have on the communities and beneficiaries they serve. Catchafire is the largest, online tool that connects social good organizations with talented professionals looking to donate their skills. This resource provides organizations with expert support in areas like marketing and communications, web development, operations, strategy and more.

Link to this webpage or watch this video to learn more about this partnership.

CatchafireThe Philadelphia Foundation




Common Grant Application

The Common Grant Application (CGA) streamlines the grantseeking process by allowing nonprofits to create one application that can be adapted for multiple funders.

On page 12 you’ll find the list of Philanthropy Network members who accept the CGA. Note: The CGA form was last updated in 2010. The list of funders who accept the CGA/CRF is updated on an ongoing basis. It is always advisable to contact a funder before submitting a grant application.

Specific questions about completing the forms should be directed to the funder(s) to whom you are applying. Applications must be sent directly to the organization(s) from which you are seeking funding and SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO PHILANTHROPY NETWORK. We do not make grants or match grantseekers with funding sources.

Nonprofit Repositioning Fund

The Nonprofit Repositioning Fund supports long-term, strategic alliances and collaborations between nonprofits to build organizational sustainability and improve program and service delivery across the five-county Greater Philadelphia Region. 

Learn more about the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund.


Other Support Organizations

The following organizations provide valuable guidance and assistance to individuals and nonprofit organizations.

The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University: The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University offers leadership development, educational programs, consulting services, networking opportunities and job listings to help nonprofits strengthen their management, governance and operations.

Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC): The Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC) is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. As a network partner, the NRC provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising, proposal writing and nonprofit management, as well as the Foundation Center’s electronic databases.

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Philadelphia Chapter: The Association of Fundraising Professionals offers networking and learning opportunities for fundraisers and other nonprofit professionals. 

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO): PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the nonprofit sector through advocacy, collaboration, education and other services in order to improve the overall quality of life in Pennsylvania.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF): The Nonprofit Finance Fund has provided financial and advisory services to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area since 1994.