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Help for Nonprofits

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 grant seeking 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 Essential is the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 189,000+ grantmaker profiles. It is currently available remotely while the Library is closed. Please note that grant and recipient profiles are not available in FDO Essential.

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.

Foundation Maps: Foundation Maps is a visualization tool that provides the most comprehensive data on global philanthropy available. Interactive mapping brings the data to life so you can see who is funding what and where. Gain funding insights, and discover trends and opportunities to maximize your organization’s impact.

Guidestar Pro: GuideStar Pro allows you to research and analyze data and financials on millions of nonprofits in one dynamic interface using multiple filters to refine and improve search results. Identify key nonprofit leaders and analyze individual salary and compensation data.

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 Candid.

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