Places to look for funds include:
-- local businesses and local people
-- transnational companies with offices in your geographic area
-- international NGOs who may be willing to contract services through your organization, or may be willing to accept and distribute donations on your behalf
-- government offices who may be willing to contract services through your organization
Other Funding Resources
The following list is of some very large foundations and networks that may be able to contribute to your fundraising efforts. However, we strongly encourage you to NOT contact any of the following organizations regarding funding until you have engaged in the basic activities that are outlined above. Simply emailing each of these groups and asking for money - will not generate contributions; but thinking strategically, and using the aforementioned instructions, you will greatly increase your changes of financial contributions from these or other donors."
Includes historical and current information on activities of the major international development donors and some civil society organizations and private foundations.
Asian Development Bank (www.adb.org)
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Flint, Michigan.
The Democracy Projects Database
Democracy Resource Center's 2002 Guide to Sources of Funding in International Democratic Development
offers links to more than 100 foundations and other funding organizations
Fundsnet Online Services
Fundsnet Online Services is a privately owned Web site created in 1996 for the purpose of providing Nonprofit Organizations, Colleges and Universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet.
WINGS stands for Worldwide INitiatives for Grantmaker Support. WINGS is a network of over 40 grantmaker support organizations around the world; it is a meeting place for those engaged in building the infrastructure to support global philanthropy.
WINGS - CF
WINGS - CF stands for Worldwide INitiatives for Grantmaker Support - Community Foundations. A part of the overall WINGS network, WINGS-CF includes organizations supporting the development and work of community foundations in different areas around the world.
Southern African Grantmakers Association (SAGA)
Funding Site (The)
Provides a searchable online database of prospective donors and a comprehensive range of information, training, advertising and marketing services to the South African non-profit and Development Community.
Net-NGO is an online guide to NGOs in Pakistan. Net-NGO also offers a links to donor organizations working in Pakistan.
Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Consortium
The Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC-IC) serves as an information clearinghouse on the non-profit sector in the Asia-Pacific region. The APPC-IC website provides background information about the consortium, information about related organization, publishes an electronic Bulletin, and maintains a an on-line database of regional foundations and a database of philanthropy-related bibliography.
The Indian Centre for Philanthropy
The Indian Centre for Philanthropy, founded in 1996, seeks to promote and strengthen philanthropy in India. The website provides detailed information about the Centre's initiatives and programmes.
Japan Foundation Center
The website offers an excellent overview of the Japanese foundation community and trends in philanthropy in English. Also available is information about the Center's work and publications, as well as a list of links to over 170 Japanese grantmaking organizations.
Philanthropy Australia, Inc. (www.philanthropy.org.au)
Philanthropy Australia is the national Association which represents Australia's leading grantmaking private, family and corporate trusts and foundations. The website provides a wealth of information on the Association's activities, services and publications. Also included are links to the websites of Australian grantmaking organizations.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (www.wfd.org)
the Foundation Jean Jaurès (http://fondatn7.alias.domicile.fr/affiche_site.php4) or www.jean-jaures.org (this is in French, so you may have trouble)
the Swedish International Liberal Centre (www.liberal-international.org)
the Alfred Mozer Foundation (www.alfredmozerstichting.nl)
Fondation Robert Schuman (France) www.robert-schuman.eu/
Funders Online (European Foundation Centre)
The Funders Online Directory offers access to profiles of a vast range of international foundations' and corporate funders' websites. The Directory is also searchable by funder's areas of interest indexed by subject focus, geographic focus, population focus and types of support. The site also provides links to a variety of other pertinent funding and fund-seeking information.
The Center for Philanthropy, Ukraine
The Center aims to promote philanthropy and strengthen civil society in Ukraine.
CSR Europe (www.csreurope.org)
CSR Europe is the European business-to-business network for Corporate Social Responsibility.
European Foundation Centre (www.efc.be)
The European Foundation Centre (EFC) promotes and underpins the work of foundations and corporate funders active in and with Europe. Established in 1989 by seven of Europe's leading foundations, the EFC today has a membership of over 160 independent funders and serves a further 7,000 organizations linked through networking centers in thirty-five countries across Europe.
German Foundation Index
The German Foundation Index is currently the most comprehensive resource on German foundations on the Internet. It contains more than 150 links to German foundations' websites, a large number of reference to international grantmakers, bibliographic information on the non-profit sector and advice to grantseekers.
Maecenata Institute for Third Sector Studies
The Maecenata Institute maintains a database on German foundations and a database on scholarships. The database on foundations offers you detailed information on 8000 German foundations. A register helps you to search for appropriate grantmaking foundations - for fundraising and research purposes. The database on scholarships offers detailed information to students, researchers and artists on approx. 270 scholarship programs of German foundations.
Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum (www.princeofwales.gov.uk/index.html)
The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum is an international not-for-profit organization founded, in 1990, to promote socially responsible business practices that benefit business and society and which help to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development. The Forum maintains a database on socially responsible business practice.
CCINet is a unique online resource about company giving, managed by Charities Aid Foundation. CCINet offers an international directory of Foundations, is dedicated to promoting learning and encouraging dialogue among funders committed to the field of organizational effectiveness.
The Independent Sector (IS) is a membership organisation that brings together foundations, nonprofit groups and corporate giving programmes to support philanthropy, volunteering and citizen action. The website provides information about the Independent Sector's programmes and initiatives, membership, and publications.
Women's Funding Network
Women's Funding Network is a partnership between women's funds, donors, and allies around the world committed to social justice, and it's mission is to ensure that women's funds are recognized as the "investment of choice" for people who value the full participation of women and girls as key to strong, equitable and sustainable communities and societies
Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e Empresas
Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e Empresas is a membership association of institutes, foundations companies' giving web pages.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), an affinity group of the Council on and corporate funders in Brazil.
the National Endowment for Democracy (www.ned.org)
the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (www.ichrdd.ca/splash.html)
Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (www.ccp.ca)
The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy is a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing the role and interests of the charitable sector for the benefit of Canadian communities. The website has a special section for members only. You can further find information about the Centre's research initiatives, publications and the Centre's Imagine programme.
Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía
Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía is the Mexican centre for philanthropy.
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is an association of American foundations and corporations. The Council on Foundations website provides detailed information about the Council’s activities and services, a preview of the Council’s Foundation News & Commentary magazine, and an up-to-date list of American foundations and corporate funders with a webpresence.
Foundation Center, New York
The Foundation Center (FC) serves the information needs of grantseekers and grantmakers. The FC website provides information on the FC initiatives, library services, on FC training and seminars, research and publications, as well as on grantmakers in the United States.
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
The Funders’ Network is a focal point for foundations, nonprofit organizations and other partners working to solve the environmental, social, and economic problems created by suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment.
Jewish Funders Network
The Jewish Funders Network(JFN) provides the opportunity for Jewish funders to discuss emerging issues, gain expertise in the operational, administrative and legal aspects of grantmaking, explore the family dynamics and intergenerational issues of foundations, and exchange information among peers. The website provides information about JFN's initiatives and membership services, as well as about Jewish philanthropy in the USA.
United States International Grantmakers (USIG)
USIG seeks to facilitate international grantmaking by providing access to: recommended forms with instructions; country reports and laws, and other informational materials and resources. The site serves both grantmakers and grantseekers to support and facilitate the process of making grants overseas.
The Grantseeker's Guide to the Internet at www.online.nonprofit.net/info.guide.html
The Foundation Directory
The website of the Synergos Institute in New York, has lots of tips on mobilizing resources. The articles are addressed to Foundations, but can be easily adapted for any of us "non-experts" engaging in periodic fundraising.