There are many resources on the web and in your community that can help you identify and achieve your philanthropic objectives. Here are several to get you started:
GuideStar: Searchable database of more than 850,000 not-for-profit organizations
GuideStar Israel: A searchable database of 30,000 registered non-profit organizations in Israel.
ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer: Search charities’ 990 forms dating back to 2000.
Internal Revenue Service: Searchable database of all tax-exempt organizations
BBB Wise Giving Alliance: A merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Foundation.
Charity Navigator: An independent charity evaluator.
How to Read a Form-990: Provides financial information about a non-profit.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Philanthropy Roadmap: A suite of tools to guide donors through the processes and practices of tactful giving.
Slingshot: A resource list of 50 creative and effective organizations and leaders across America.
UJA-Federation of NY: Supports more than 100 beneficiary agencies in its network of camps, community centers, human-service agencies, medical and geriatric centers and educational organizations that benefit the entire community.
Advisory Services and Networks
Here are just a few of the many educational resources that are dedicated to promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing about philanthropy:
Council on Foundations: A non-profit membership organization that provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities to members and to the general public.
Philanthropy Advisors, LLC: A consultancy for individuals, families, foundations, advisors and giving circles.
Philanthropy New York (formerly NYRAG): A nonprofit membership organization for philanthropy in the New York metropolitan area.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: An independent, nonprofit service that helps donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world.
Jewish Funders Network: An international organization of family foundations, public philanthropies, and individual funders dedicated to advancing the quality and growth of philanthropy rooted in Jewish values.
Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy (CEJP): Joseph Hyman, President and Founder,advises philanthropists, free of charge, in all aspects of considering major gifts of $100,000-$25 million to any charity within the Jewish community or Israel.
Philanthropic News Outlets
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The primary news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC): Articles, news stories, case studies, and discussion forums related to philanthropy and nonprofit management.
eJewish Philanthropy: Online publisher and facilitator of resource mobilization serving the Jewish communal world.
Resources in Israel
for Jewish Teens
The following links will take you to websites that are devoted to helping young people develop a lifelong commitment to social justice, charity, and acts of loving kindness.