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The philanthropic sector in the United States is strong and diverse, and the philanthropic movement is spreading to many countries throughout the world. The Mott Foundation continues to fund a wide variety of efforts to broaden and strengthen philanthropy in the U.S. and selected regions internationally. Many organizations provide a wide array of information about philanthropy. Following are links to a number of Web-based resources that present more detail about philanthropy in the U.S. and abroad.

General Resources

The following resources provide general information about foundations and philanthropy. These include the Web sites of a number of philanthropic media outlets that may require a subscription to access some content on their sites.

Alliance Magazine provides news and analysis of the latest developments in philanthropy and social investment worldwide.

The American Association of Fundraising Council (AAFRC) Trust for Philanthropy publishes GIVING USA, the annual yearbook on American philanthropy.

GuideStar, produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc., provides information, including tax returns, about the operations and finances of private foundations and nonprofit organizations.

National Associations and Organizations

A number of national organizations provide resources to philanthropic institutions. These organizational Web sites include information about how to start a foundation, regulatory and legal guidelines for foundations, and a variety of other valuable data.

The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. The Council's mission is to promote responsible and effective philanthropy. Its Web site offers information about services for members as well as general information about grantmaking. The Council's Web site also features information about Affinity Groups, which are informal or formal associations of grantmakers that share similar interests.

The mission of the Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is to provide information about all aspects of philanthropy to foundations having five or fewer staff. The Association's Web site features information about its services for members and a variety of resources about foundation management.

INDEPENDENT SECTOR is a national association of foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations that focuses on tracking and promoting volunteering and giving in the U.S. Its Web site provides information about trends in the nonprofit sector and updates on public policy issues that impact individual donors, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy encourages families and individuals to create and sustain their philanthropic missions. The Center's Web site offers research reports on family philanthropy issues and information about the programs and services of the organization.

The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association founded on the principle that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society's needs. The Roundtable's Web site provides information about the organization's services for members, who include individual donors and trust officers along with foundation and corporate donors.

Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAGs)

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is the national association of RAGs. RAGs represent foundation and corporate givers at the regional and state wide levels, focusing on issues unique to the geographies they serve. The Forum of RAG's Web site provides information about the activities of its individual members, details about collaborative efforts among RAGs, and links to the Web sites of its members.

The Council of Michigan Foundations is the Regional Association of Grantmakers serving the Mott Foundation's home state of Michigan.

International Grantmaking

The European Foundation Centre (EFC) promotes and underpins the work of foundations and corporate funders active in and with Europe. Its Web site features information about upcoming conferences and programs, details on grants made by its members.

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), affiliated with the Council on Foundations, is a global network of membership associations and support organizations that serve philanthropy. The WINGS Web site features information about the organization's services and a handy glossary of philanthropic terms and lingo.

Academic Resources

Colleges and universities across the country offer programs on nonprofit management and philanthropy. The Web site of the Chronicle of Philanthropy includes a comprehensive set of links to many of these programs.

Media Resources

The field of philanthropy is covered by a variety of media outlets, including those listed below:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers the world of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

The Nonprofit Times covers issues that are of specific interest to nonprofit organizations and their leaders.