Starting & Managing Nonprofits
Grant Proposal Writing
The Nonprofit Resource Center is located on Floor 3 of the Central Library. Whether you’re just starting your nonprofit or would like to enhance an existing one, we offer a wealth of resources including books, periodicals and databases. In addition, the Denver Public Library is a Funding Information Network of Candid. Funding Information Networks are free information centers that provide a core collection of Candid materials and a variety of supplemental resources in areas useful to grant seekers.
Search the most comprehensive database of funders that support Colorado-based organizations. Video Tutorial
Available with a Denver Public Library Card.
Keep your nonprofit operating at peak effectiveness with Candid's searchable database of expanded, in-depth profiles of 140,000 grantmakers, plus inside looks at the grants they've actually made. Please call (720-865-1363) or visit Reference at the Central Library for more information.
The Foundation Directory Online (Professional Version) database is available for full use at the Central Library only.
You may also schedule a Nonprofit appointment to meet remotely with a librarian.
Start-up guides, legal resources, associations and state agencies.
A statewide nonprofit membership coalition connecting nonprofits of all sizes, missions and geographic locations. CNA strengthens the nonprofit community through training, issue discussions and public advocacy about the importance of the nonprofit sector.
The Community Resource Center (CRC) creates opportunities, tools and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado. Sign up for the Colorado Nonprofit Training Guide Quarterly or find articles written by CRC staff, board, and friends; featuring best practices and emerging trends.
This tax-based cultural funding model serves a region of seven front range counties. They fund nearly 300 organizations, distributing more than $60 million annually.
Starting and Managing Nonprofits
Check your readiness with the Nonprofit Startup Assessment from Candid Learning. When you finish this free 75-point checkup, you can download a report of your results, which will include resources to build your skills.
A basic guide with all of the steps, from the Colorado Nonprofit Association.
A comprehensive best practices guide developed by Colorado nonprofits for Colorado nonprofits.
Offers detailed steps to starting a nonprofit, including laws and procedures for Colorado. Also has free webinars, tutorials, and articles.
Articles of Incorporation
Before applying to the IRS for a federal nonprofit designation, you must first establish the organizational entity. This is done by filing as a nonprofit corporation with the Secretary of State.
Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit
There are options available for new projects that won't require the time, financial support and risks of a nonprofit. The Colorado Nonprofit Development Center is a local option to explore.
A succinct guide to all sections of a proposal, with examples.
A collection of grant proposals, letters of inquiry, business plans, and other documents you need to make your case to funders.
Allows Colorado grant makers and grant seekers to work from a common set of questions that reinforce solid nonprofit practices. Required by some grant makers.
Requests for Proposals
Philanthropy News Digest, a service of Candid, publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant making organizations and nonprofits. Find and apply for grant opportunities and then track your application.
Technology resource aimed at nonprofit organizations featuring NPO discounts, discussions, articles, and recommendations.
Evaluation of Outcomes and Self-Assessment
Explore and access free research about critical social issues from social sector organizations around the world.
Find tools to assess your organization's impact, measure the effectiveness of your programs, and connect with peers to learn what works.
Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 government grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Find and apply for grant opportunities and then track your application.
Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Council on the Arts’ Colorado Creative Industries offers several grant programs for artists, arts groups, community organizations, schools and other government agencies to support arts and cultural activities that benefit Coloradans. Search for recent grants, apply for grants and find help managing your award.
Colorado Department of Education
This page is designed to be a central resource for all State and Federal Grant opportunities for preK-12 Education, either administered or recognized by the Colorado Department of Education.
Colorado Secretary of State
Helpful information about charities and fundraisers, including a start up guide for creating a nonprofit organization, a nonprofit Board Member course, and additional tutorials on nonprofit management.
As a Funding Information Network, the Denver Public Library owns a core collection of reference materials for the fundraising community. These materials are located in the Reference Room at the Central Library.
In addition, search the catalog for circulating materials using keywords such as: