Candid, the organization that was created through the merging of Foundation Center and GuideStar, is one of Kern Community Foundation’s newest partners. Candid offers a wealth of FREE resources to the nonprofit community:
Grants.ca.gov – Managed and hosted by the California State Library, this site was launched under the Grant Information Act of 2018 (Stats. 2018, Ch. 318), which required the State Library to build one website by July 1, 2020, “that provides a centralized location … to find state grant opportunities.” It is a good research tool to find grants from various state agencies and to learn where to apply. Through this website, you can request to be sent e-mail alerts of new grant opportunity postings.
Grants.gov – A centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for funding opportunities from federal agencies. More than just a grant application portal, Grants.gov has many educational tools to help grant writers learn about federal grants–from the grant life cycle to grant terminology to grant reporting and more.
Operations and Management
BoardSource – Supports, trains and educates nonprofit leaders from across the country and throughout the world.
National Council of Nonprofits – Helps nonprofits achieve greater collective impact by identifying emerging trends, sharing proven practices and promoting solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
NonprofitReady – Free online course library supporting the most common nonprofit job families, including fundraising, leadership, accounting and finance, operations, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement, and program management.
TechSoup: Free and discounted software and hardware for nonprofits.
Access Capital and Economic Development
Access Plus Capital – a small business loan fund whose mission is to grow businesses and jobs in underserved communities. Their financial products include microloans of $50,000 and under, with affordable finance terms for nonprofits.
California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) – A membership organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information and action that advances the field of community economic development through training and continuing education, technical assistance, and advocacy on public policy.
CalNonprofits.org – The California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for communities throughout our state. Their Causes Count Report, which can be downloaded for free from their website (with the option to purchase a hard copy), is an invaluable statistical tool for expressing regional needs in grant writing, fundraising and advocacy.
Census.gov – The leading source of quality data about the demographics and economy of the United States. This is a favorite starting place for research for many grant writers.
GuideStar.org (by Candid) – The largest database on nonprofits, where donors explore charities and issues they want to support, nonprofit leaders benchmark their organizations against their peers, and funders research grantees. A Silver or higher Transparency Rating on GuideStar is required to register with Kern Community Foundation and enjoy grant opportunities offered through the Foundation and the Kern Alliance of Nonprofits. Candid also has available a useful list of COVID-19 resources for nonprofits, consolidated in a reader-friendly one-sheet with lots of useful link. Click here to download.
IndependentSector.org – A useful and trusted website for finding out major statistics, by state, about the the nonprofit sector and its impact, including the value of a volunteer hour in each state and nationwide.