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Grantseeker Resources

Grantseeker Resources, strategies, meetingsWhile the Southwest Florida Community Foundation plays an important role in providing financial support to area nonprofit organizations, it also provides resources to help strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofits.

Foundation Center Cooperating Collection

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center in New York.

The Cooperating Collection includes The Foundation Directory Online, an in-depth, comprehensive database of grantmakers from all over the United States. The database includes the grantmakers’ fields of interest, their grantmaking history, contact information, as well as application and grantmaking process information. This invaluable resource also administers research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

To access this great tool, there are two computer stations available at the Community Foundation office. The Collection is available to the community during our regular business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agencies interested in accessing the Collection should call us at 239-274-5900 to reserve a computer and a time.

To supplement the Collection, we have also increased our Resource Lending Library. The library is located at or office and includes books, articles, and publications that are relevant to nonprofits. This library will continue to grow in order to stay current on the newest trends in philanthropy.

For additional resources, please follow the links below.

[The appearance of hyperlinks to outside websites does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.]

Foundation CenterThe Foundation Center

The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — an accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

Planned Giving Council of Lee County, Leave a LegacyPlanned Giving Council of Lee County

A local member organization that provides education programs, technical support, and guidance to professionals in all aspects of charitable giving.

Council on FoundationsCouncil on Foundations

The Council on Foundations (COF) is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. They provide leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities to their members and to the general public.

Guidestar information on nonprofitsGuideStar

GuideStar is a primary source of information on US nonprofits. They offer a searchable database of more than 1.5 million IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations.

NTEN technology for nonprofitsNonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)

NTEN is an online membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals.

Techsoup technology for nonprofitsTech Soup

This is another technology place for nonprofits. Powered by CompuMentor, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit technology assistance agencies, TechSoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, they offer a product philanthropy service called TechSoup Stock. Here, nonprofits can access donated and discounted technology products, generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.

Cause Communications branding for nonprofitsCause Communications

Cause Communications is dedicated to helping nonprofits succeed by using the same branding strategies for-profit corporations use to build market share. They provide a number of resources including a free communications toolkit and other books/articles for non-profit agencies.

Women's Legacy Fund

The WLF's Mission is to engage women in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy. We Inspire, Educate, Empower.


Bonita Springs Community Fund

Established in 1997, this special fund supports the communities of the greater Bonita Springs area by providing grants to local nonprofits.


FutureMakers: 3D Initiative

As leaders of community agencies, we know you face incredible challenges. WE WANT TO HELP YOU & YOUR ORGANIZATION SUCCEED.