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Periodicals & Newsletters

The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1255 Twenty-Third Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Bi-weekly newspaper of the non-profit world.

Family Matters.
Quarterly newsletter focusing on issues of interest to family foundation board members and staff. Council on Foundations, 1828 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

Foundation News and Commentary.
Council on Foundations, 1828 L Street, N.W, Washington, D.C. 20036. Bi-monthly magazine for foundation board members and staff.

More Than Money.
Quarterly journal exploring the impact of money featuring personal stories and practical ideas on different themes. More Than Money, 226 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 4, Arlington, MA 02474.

Responsive Philanthropy.
Quarterly journal from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 2001 S Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Quarterly journal reviewing latest in social sector research and trends in philanthropy, nonprofit management and corporate citizenship from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Books & Articles

American Foundations: An Investigative History, Mark Dowie, MIT Press, 2001.

Don’t Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty, (Worcester, MA, Chandler House Press), 1999.

Exemplary Grantmaking Practices, Ellen Furnari, Carol Mollner, Teresa Odendahl, & Aileen Shaw, (San Diego, CA, National Netowork of Grantmakers) 1997.

Facing Forever: Planning for Change in Family Foundations, Elaine Gast, Washington, D.C. Council on Foundations, 2004.

Family Foundation Library Series , Virginia Esposito, editor (Washington, D.C.: The Council on Foundations) 1997. Includes volumes on Family Issues, Governance, Management and Grantmaking.

Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone, Robert Esperti, Renno L. Peterson with Drake Zimmerman, (Denver, CO, Quantum Press LLC), 2003.

Grantmaking Basics: a Field Guide for Funders, Barbara Kibbe, Fred Setterberg & Colburn S. Wilbur, (Washington, D.C.: Council on Foundations) 1999.

The Guide to Small Foundation Management: from Groundwork to Grantmaking, Elaine Gast, (Washington, D.C.: Council on Foundations) 2002.

The Handbook on Private Foundations, David Freeman, (Washington, D.C.: The Council on Foundations), 1991.

The Insider’s Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage EffectivePrograms, Joel Orosz, (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass) 2000.

Inspired Philanthropy, Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner, (2nd. Ed., San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass) 2002.

Resources for Family Philanthropy: Finding the Best People, Advice and Support, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Washington, D.C., 1999

We Gave Away a Fortune, Christopher Mogil and Anne Slepian, (Philadelphia: New Society Publishers), 1993.


Web Resources

The Association of Small Foundations

An association for foundations with five or fewer staff members. Provides conferences, resources, and a quarterly newsletter.


Council on Foundations

Provides national support services for foundations and their advisors, including conferences, publications, affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers.


The Foundation Center

Maintains and coordinates resource libraries on grantmaking organizations and publishes annual guides to foundations and other reference books.


Guidestar Directory of American Charities

Easily searchable database of over 800,000 nonprofit organizations including IRS filings, program areas, financial statements, contributions and debt.


The Independent Sector

Information and statistics to support and encourage philanthropy, volunteerism and nonprofit initiatives by a coalition of foundation, corporate and volunteer-based organizations.


International Donor Dialog

A resource and forum on international giving.


National Center for Family Philanthropy

National group providing information, journal, books and retreats designed for donors, families, staff and advisors of family foundations.


National Network of Grantmakers

Organization of politically progressive foundations, trustees, board members and individual donors. Publishes The Grantmakers Directory and organizes national conferences.


Newtithing Group

A philanthropic research organization committed to increasing charitable giving, personal fulfillment, and the productivity of donations to the non-profit sector.


Resourceful Women

Resourceful Women promotes progressive social change by educating and empowering women to make informed choices when investing, spending and contributing their money.


Philanthropy News Digest

On-line journal of the Foundation Center about current issues in philanthropy, tax laws and grantmakers.


Women’s Philanthropy Institute

Organization of philanthropists and professionals to educate and advance women as donors. Offers seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and a national speakers bureau.