Help for Nonprofits

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The Nonprofit Resource Center provides a collection of materials and services relevant to the topic of philanthropy. In particular, we provide free access to print and online resources on all aspects of managing, fundraising and grantseeking within the nonprofit sector. We also provide both free and fee-based programs on topics of interest to the local nonprofit community. Those who are interested in our training opportunities may subscribe to our free monthly eNewsletter for current information on upcoming programs.


You can access our specialized databases for free only in our department at CLP – Main (Oakland). Appointments are highly recommended for first-time users. For a one-on-one training session, please call the Nonprofit Resource Center at 412.622.6277.

Foundation Directory Online Professional: This is the most valuable resource of information for nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations to research grant opportunities from over 140,000 foundations and corporate donors in the United States and beyond.

Foundation Grants to Individuals: This database provides information on almost 10,000 funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants and other types of financial support to individuals. It is an excellent resource for students, artists and researchers.

Guidestar Premium: The most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on tax-exempt charities across the United States, this database is used mostly for market research and to find more in-depth information about nonprofit organizations.

Print Collection

The Nonprofit Resource Center provides access to circulating and reference materials within the major subject categories listed below.

Grant Resources: This section includes reference directories describing public, private and corporate funding sources. It also includes a small circulating collection of books relevant to individual artists, writers and filmmakers.

Philanthropy: Books in this section provide information on the history and current trends of philanthropy, how to start and operate a grantmaking foundation, as well as helpful advice for donors on charitable giving.

Volunteerism: This part of the collection is focused on the volunteer experience, including volunteer program development and management.

Proposal Writing: This section includes books on the grant seeking process, how to write proposals for nonprofit organizations, program evaluation, grant reporting and samples of successful proposals.

Nonprofit Management: This subject area provides resources on all facets of nonprofit management, such as board development, financial management, strategic planning, legal issues and marketing. It also includes books on how to incorporate as a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.

Fundraising: This subject area provides information on all aspects of fundraising, including annual and planned giving, major gifts, special events, direct mail, capital campaigns, social media and other efforts.

Community & Economic Development: Books in this section address issues related to community activism and urban renewal, building a green economy, historic preservation and other issues related to reviving neighborhoods and communities.


The Nonprofit Resource Center provides programs year-round that address topics of interest to nonprofits. Our monthly free orientation provides an introduction to our resources, and other free programs are offered on occasion. Our fee-based programs are taught by professional consultants and cover subjects such as proposal writing (basic through advanced), social media marketing, volunteer management, developing effective boards, creating a strategic plan, etc. Subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter to keep informed about upcoming programs and events.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Nonprofit Resource Center is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.

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