Grantmaker Resources – Organizations

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The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers does not give grants, provide technical assistance to nonprofits, nor match funders with grantseekers.

The following links will provide information on various organizations geared toward helping nonprofits find funds. We highly recommend that nonprofits in New Mexico visit the New Mexico Grantmakers Directory (a searchable database of grantmakers funding in the state) and the United Way of Central New Mexico Center for Nonprofit Excellence, a robust resource center for nonprofits in central New Mexico [Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties].

Below are organizations that can help grantmakers sharpen their grantmaking skills and increase their impact on beneficiary communities.

Alliance for Justice»
A national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy, with a host of resources on issues ranging from the environment to children, women, seniors and consumer issues.

Association of Small Foundations»
A national association of foundations with few or no staff.

Board Source»
An organization that works with both board members and staff to strengthen nonprofit boards.

Center for Effective Philanthropy»
An organization dedicated to helping charitable foundations and other donors think and work more strategically.

Center for the Study of Philanthropy»
Information and working papers on progressive philanthropy. 

A volunteer-driven online community of voluntary-sector professionals. Today the online community consists of more than 100,000 participants, with nearly 35,000 direct subscriptions to their forums and eNewsletters.

Chronicle of Philanthropy»
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. The Web site offers the complete contents of the latest issue, an archive of past issues and articles published since October 1997, and two issues’ worth of the most recent grant listings — all fully searchable

Council on Foundations»
A national association of grantmakers. 

The Foundation Center»
A wealth of information on grantmaking and grantseeking.

A project of the Ford Foundation, this Web site offers grantmakers tools, tips and techniques for effective grantmaking. GrantCraft offers guides, videos, and case studies that present the practitioner’s view of philanthropy.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations»
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is dedicated to promoting learning and encouraging dialogue among funders committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. GEO’s mission is to advance and expand organizational effectiveness practices in and by the philanthropy community.

The Grantsmanship Center» 
The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) offers grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. TGCI’s Grantsmanship Training Program covers all aspects of researching grants, writing grant proposals and negotiating with funding sources. TGCI also posts each day’s federal register grant announcements on its Web site.

Guidestar is a one-stop information resource with a database of over 850,000 nonprofits, independent foundations and grantmaking public charities. It also features a resource exchange center, philanthropy news, and much more.» has built the leading nonprofit job site in the country. In addition to jobs, you can also list events, volunteer opportunities and internships, and you can find the most comprehensive directory of nonprofit consultants on the Web. 

National Center for Family Philanthropy»
A wealth of information for trustee, staff and others involved with Family Foundations.

National Center for Charitable Statistics»
A project of the Urban Institute, this organization collects and distributes information on nonprofits for use by the government, research and nonprofit communities. 

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy»
A self-described progressive organization looking at new ways for philanthropy to be effective.

National Council of Nonprofits»
NCNA is a membership-based organization of state and regional associations that represent thousands of nonprofits throughout the country. Their members work at the state and local level to provide training and technical assistance to improve the operations and effectiveness of organizations while promoting the value and accountability of the nonprofit sector.

New Mexico Attorney General – Charities»
The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General oversees charities (except for religious and educational organizations) that exist, operate or solicit contributions in this state. The office has the duty to protect the interests of all public beneficiaries of charities within its jurisdiction.

New Mexico Grantmakers Directory»
The New Mexico Grantmakers Directory is a searchable database to help you learn about grantmakers in the state, as well as grantmakers outside of the state who fund nonprofits in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Library»
The Library has maintained a Foundation Center cooperating collection since 1975. The Collection is open to the public 9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. The Collection concentrates on funding from private foundations for non-profit organizations. The State Library augments these materials with local publications when available, as well as information on corporate giving, charities, fund-raising techniques and proposal writing. Information is also available on Federal grants. Circulating copies of some how-to-do-it materials are available. The Reference staff is very knowledgeable and will assist you in starting your research.

Network for Good»
Here you can find many tips with regard to best practices in fundraising and use of nonprofit-related technologies.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide»
The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide captures and organizes good practices to assist nonprofits in improving their efficiency and effectiveness. The Guide, with ten topic areas, is designed as a resource directory and capacity building tool for new nonprofit managers.

Nonprofit Online News»
Michael Gilbert maintains an internationally respected site with daily news updates bridging the online and nonprofit worlds. You can read the news there, or you can subscribe for weekly email updates.

Nonprofit Quarterly»
The editorial goal of this publication is to strengthen the role of nonprofit organizations to activate democracy.

The Philanthropy Roundtable»
This site includes information on the publication Philanthropy, as well as their other publications.

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) focused on increasing the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers»
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers is one of many Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAs) around the country. You may use this link to find one in another area.

ServiceLeader covers every aspect of volunteer management, from screening, matching, record-keeping and evaluation, to legal issues, risk management and virtual volunteering. is a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin.

SHARE New Mexico»
A state-of-the-art, FREE, website that will prove to be an invaluable resource in the work we do to make New Mexico a better place to live.  Key features include: classifieds to find and post ads for goods and services and volunteer opportunities, to help improve your neighborhood and community; maps and data of your neighborhood or service territory and find socio economic indicators in up to seven different geographic formations; learn more about issues such as hunger, homelessness, and early childhood and what those communities are doing to make a difference; a comprehensive directory of direct service providers and organizations working to improve the qualify of life for New Mexicans through advocacy, research, etc.; a library of over 475 unique documents, videos or links to other websites that will prove to be valuable in the work that you do; and the grants and grantmakers page to find out more about who is funding what in NewMexico.

TechSoup is the technology Web site just for nonprofits. Here nonprofits can receive donated & discounted technology products for a small administrative fee. TechSoup also provides a wealth of free technology information: Articles & News, Tools & Resources, Interactive Community, and a weekly e-newsletter.

United Way of Central New Mexico Center for Nonprofit Excellence»
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a nonprofit resource center; a collaboration of the United Way of Central New Mexico’s Corporate Cornerstone companies and the Albuquerque Community Foundation, that offers training and networking opportunities to build the capacity of nonprofits in central New Mexico [Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties]. Select trainings are available online and in Albuquerque to all nonprofits in New Mexico. The New Mexico Nonprofit Directory is a guide to identify, locate, and find information about New Mexico nonprofits. The Directory is a vehicle to connect nonprofits with each other for networking and collaboration.  It also is a valuable tool for volunteers and donors seeking to connect to their passions through nonprofits.

VolunteerMatch helps people find volunteer opportunities all over the country by ZIP code or area of interest. Nonprofits can sign up for free to let potential volunteers know about their organization and its needs.