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Resources for Grantmakers and Grantseekers

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center has created a list of resources to assist grantmakers and grantseekers. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to be a selection of resources that we have found useful. 

Resources for Grantmakers

Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations’ mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good. The Council on Foundations is formed of approximately 1,600 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad.
Exponent Philanthropy
Exponent Philanthropy empowers philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact. A vibrant membership organization, they provide resources and valuable connections to help funders make the most of the minutes they have and the dollars they give.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) is a diverse community of 500 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success.
National Center for Family Philanthropy
The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. NCFP provides the resources, expertise, and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve.
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) is a membership association composed of grantmakers in the Greater Washington region. WRAG provides a variety of services to its members to facilitate more effective, strategic, and efficient grantmaking, thereby making the Greater Washington region a better place to live and work.

Resources for Grantseekers

Catalogue for Philanthropy
The Catalogue for Philanthropy’s mission is to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes. They do this by identifying the best community-based charities in Greater Washington and spreading the word through their annual catalogue, website, social media, partnerships, and events throughout the year.
Fair Chance
Fair Chance improves the lives of children in Washington, D.C.'s most underserved communities by selecting promising, youth-serving nonprofits and providing them with free comprehensive expertise in organizational management for up to two years.
Foundation Center
Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S., and increasingly, global, grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible, knowledge bank for the sector.
GuideStar
GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization. They provide as much information as they can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and more.
Taproot
Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. They engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.