University of Oregon

Nonprofit Organizations

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in nonprofit organizations. See also the guide to Finding Grants & Foundation Information. For further assistance, contact Jonathan O. Cain in the Document Center, at

Starting Your Research

Finding Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations
Use these databases and directories to find grantmaking and other nonprofit organizations:

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional (Knight Library only.)
    Four databases: 80,000 grantmakers, 500,000+ grants, searchable IRS 990 forms, and corporate giving data.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Knight Library only.)
    Information about foundation grant opportunities for individuals.
  • Guidestar
    Information on nonprofits, including IRS 990 forms, annual reports.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
    Information about federal grant-making programs.
  • Reference USA
    Database of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Search by "yellow page" heading or industry classification, and by geographic place.
  • Foundation Directory (Knight Ref AS 911 .A2 F65)
  • Encyclopedia of Associations (Knight Ref/Doc Ref AS22.E5)
  • National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations (Doc Ref AS 29.5.N38)

Reference Sources

  • Glossary of Philanthropic Terms
  • Dictionary of Nonprofit Terms and Concepts (Doc Ref 2769.15.S63 2006)
  • New Nonprofit Almanac and Desk Reference (Doc Ref HD 2769.2.U6N47 2002)


Finding articles

Article indexes
These are some of the most relevant article indexes for the nonprofit sector. You may also wish to search others from the Libraries' collection.

  • Catalog of nonprofit literature
    Books and articles from Foundation Center's library, some online.
  • Philanthropic Studies Index (Indiana U.) Academic journal articles, dissertations, websites, working papers.
  • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)
    References to journal articles, books, proceedings, and government documents in the area of public affairs.
  • SocAbstracts
    Access to papers in sociology and related disciplines, including social work and community development.
  • Web of Science
    Comprehensive index for science and social science articles. Search for words in article titles, by author, or for works that cite a specified author or paper.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Interdisciplinary database with indexing for more than 8,000 periodicals, including full text for articles in 4,500 journals.
  • Business Source Complete Indexing for articles in over 7,000 business-related journals, including full text for over 3000 titles.

Key Journals

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Finding Books

  • UO Library Catalog: Find books owned by the UO Libraries and libraries in "Summit" from which you can borrow books and receive them in a few days. You may also locate journals and magazines owned by the UO Library.
  • WorldCat
    Access to holdings of 60,000 libraries worldwide. Request items using Interlibrary Loan feature.
  • Catalog of nonprofit literature
    Books, articles and reports from the Foundation Center's library, some available online.

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Locate statistical data on foundations and the non-profit sector. Reference staff in the Knight Library's Document Center can assist with hard-to-locate data.

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Organizational Sources


Blogs dealing with nonprofit and philanthropy issues, recommended by the authors of Philanthropy Annual 2007.

Created by tstave on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Aug 24, 2015
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