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Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center (AGM members only)
Resources for family foundations.

Grantmakers & Best Practices
A bibliography of resources that provide best practices.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Locate reports, tools, and best practices.

GM Guide
The Guide will lead you through the entire grantmaking process, sharing common practices, templates, and resources to help you create new policies and procedures, verify that your current practices are aligned with industry standards, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of grants management at your organization. Its straightforward language helps to demystify legal and tax issues and supports better compliance, which is critical to meeting today’s exacting audit standards.

Grantmaking Basics Online (Council on Foundations)
The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations. We strive to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, ehance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

New Foundation Guide
Created by the Association of Small Foundations (requires membership).

Using Competitions & RFPs (
The why, when, and how of using RFPs.

Board Development

Board Development
A great source for best practices, including sample forms, documents etc. The focus is Canadian but it is still a useful guide.

Board Source
Practical information and tools for board members of nonprofit organizations.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based academic center serving nonprofits, foundations, and others that seek to transform their communities for the common good, and is adapting constantly to changing conditions.




Building Community Inside & Out (
Provides discussion and samples of grant monitoring tools, site visits, and RFPs.

Handbook on Counterterrorism Measures : What U.S. Nonprofits and Grantmakers Need to Know
Provides a good basic primer on this topic.

Interviews on Due Diligence: Foundation Representatives Offer Their Perspectives on Due Diligence

Nonprofit Governance in the U.S.: Findings on Performance & Accountability
Urban Institute. June 25, 2007.

To help inform current policy debates and initiatives to strengthen nonprofit governance, the Urban Institute conducted the first ever national survey with over 5,100 participants. This report presents the survey findings

Nonprofit Management/Issues

National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise
Research for managers to enable better decision making.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Trends, research, and best practices for nonprofits and foundations.