Nonprofit Resource Center

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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 the Foundation Center. Funding Information Networks are free information centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center materials and a variety of supplemental resources in areas useful to grant seekers.


Colorado Grants Guide Online

Search the most comprehensive database of funders that support Colorado-based organizations.  Video Tutorial

Available in any Denver Public Library

Foundation Directory Online

Keep you nonprofit operating at peak effectiveness with the Foundation Center's searchable database of expanded, in-depth profiles of 140,000 grantmakers, plus inside looks at the grants they've actually made.  Please make an appointment with us, call (720-865-1363) or visit Reference at the Central Library for more information.

Available only in the Central Denver Public Library

Foundation Maps

Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  Explore millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research.  Please make an appointment with us, call (720-865-1363) or visit Reference at the Central Library for more information.

Available only in the Central Denver Public Library

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Find information about 10,000 foundation profiles at your fingertips, including foundation and public charity programs that have funded individual grantseekers for everything from scholarship opportunities to research needs.  Please make an appointment with us,call (720-865-1363) or visit Reference at the Central Library for more information. Video tutorial

Available only in the Central Denver Public Library

Local Resources

Colorado Nonprofit Association Formerly CANPO
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.

Community Resource Center
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.

Starting and Managing Nonprofits

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado
This guidebook was developed by Colorado nonprofits for Colorado nonprofits. It provides resources to help you keep up-to-date on legal compliance, prepare to complete the Form 990, build capacity, and demonstrate transparency and accountability.

How to Start a Non-Profit Organization in Colorado
The Harbor Business Compliance Corporation offers this thorough guide that will help you file formation documents, appoint a registered agent, choose a legal structure, check name availability and obtain authority to solicit donations in our state.

GrantSpace℠, 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.

How to Start a Nonprofit – Guidelines and Resources for Entrepreneurs
Comprehensive advice and materials for anyone who is considering starting a nonprofit organization. Offers alternatives to starting a nonprofit, how to shut one down, and thorough help with each step of the process of starting a nonprofit.

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.

Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship
Since most foundation funding is awarded to nonprofits rather than to individuals, affiliating yourself with an organization or obtaining a fiscal sponsor can increase your likelihood of receiving funding. This guide from the Foundation Center is a detailed look at the affiliation possibilities for individual grant seekers.

Grant Proposal Writing Sites


Offers free videos, webinars and self-paced learning on proposal writing and budgets (user name and password required). 

Colorado Common Grant Application

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.

Fundraising Resources

Funding Opportunities from JVA Consulting
Each week, JVA Consulting releases a list of foundation, state and federal funding opportunities in their weekly e-newsletter, JVA 411.

Grants for Nonprofits
Alphabetized by subject, this compilation focuses primarily on grants or funding sources for nonprofit organizations. A few categories are also of interest to individuals.

Requests for Proposals
The Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest, a service of the Foundation Center, 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.

Tech Soup
Technology resource aimed at nonprofit organizations featuring NPO discounts, discussions, articles, and recommendations.

Evaluation of Outcomes and Self-Assessment

IssueLab Results
Find tools to assess your organization's impact, measure the effectiveness of your programs, and connect with peers to learn what works.

Government Resources 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.

Print Resources

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: