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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Government Contracting and Grants resource
This section of the National Council of Non Profits web site provides extensive resources for organizations seeking government contracts and grants. This is just one of many resource sections on the site.

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Grants Information Center, University of Wisconsin
Visit this site and take advantage of the many fund raising resources that it offers.

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From the web site: "GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations."

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From the web site: "The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. We believe that how groups are funded is as important to achieving their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community support is central to long-term social change. We provide training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color."

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Great Non - Collects Community Stories about NonProfits
This site enables supporters or critics of non profits to write reviews. Take a look and make sure there are enough people supporting your non profit who post stories so the balance of reviews accurately reflects your work and accomplishments.

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GuideStar - World's Largest Source of Information About NonProfits
From the web site: "GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and presents information about nonprofits throughout America in an easy-to-understand format while remaining neutral. Providing nonprofit information to a broad audience at no cost to those users is an important part of our public service, one that we pledge to continue."

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How America Gives - A map of philanthropy and giving in America
The Chronicle conducted to examine giving data by ZIP code and by income level in every city and town in the United States. The study is based on exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service showing the value of charitable deductions claimed by American taxpayers. It is not based on extrapolations from spot surveys or statistical models." Create your own maps and use them in advocacy to improve the flow of dollars to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in under-served areas.

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As you or your friends do on-line shopping, sites like iGive make it possible for your favorite charity to receive contributions based on a percent of purchase.

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Impact 100 Chicago - Women Empowering Change
This organization recruits women who each donate $1,000 which is pooled to create larger donations to non profits in Chicago. Other chapters in other cities do the same.

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Independent Sector
From the web site: "Independent Sector is a nonprofit coalition of more than 700 national organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to promote, strengthen, advance the non profit and philanthropic community to foster private initiative for the public good.

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IndieGoGo - Collaborative Way to Raise Funds
IndeGoGo enables anyone with an idea - creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial - the tools to effectively build a campaign and ultimately raise money.

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Knight Foundation - invests in journalism
The Knight Foundation invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. View the map on this home page to see states where they provide funding. Illinois not included.

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LA 2050 Challenge - Supports 2050 Vision of Los Angeles
From the web site: "Over the last few years, a community of civic-minded Angelenos has shared a vision for the future of Los Angeles. The goals for LA in the year 2050 – on which the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is built – are drawn from citizen visions, the LA2050 report that codifies those goals and metrics to track progress, and input from advisors and partners. Tens of thousands of you helped us finalize those goals via #LA2050Listens. Now, we want you to tell us how we can turn these goals into action." Browse the site to see the planning process, view the goals, and see how the web site helps draw volunteers and donors to all organizations who submitted proposals, not just to the winners. This is a model other cities could learn from.

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Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth
From the web site: "Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth also awards grants to support the general operations of local one-to-one tutoring and mentoring programs. This year, we will award grants to thirteen programs serving youth all across Chicagoland. Since its founding in 1995 by former Chicago Bar Association President Thomas A. Demetrio, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth has awarded $1.7 million in grants and positively affected the lives of thousands of youth. We also recognize outstanding tutoring and mentoring programs through the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence and other named grants at its Spring Awards Dinner."

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Learning by Giving Foundation - Grant Map
From the web site: "The Learning by Giving Foundation only funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer high quality experiential for-credit courses in philanthropy i.e., those that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy." The Grant Map shows where they fund. It's a tool that would be great to see on every donor web site.

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Listening Post Project learns challenges to NPOs
From the web site: "The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today"

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MacArthur Foundation Digital Media Competition
From the web site: "The Digital Media and Learning Competition is a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning. Over the past eight years, the Competition has awarded over $12 million to more than 100 projects — including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, and digital badge platforms — that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. The Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine. The interdisciplinary alliance HASTAC helps to administer the competition on behalf of UCHRI." 2016 was the final year of this project.

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MCCormick Foundation Initiatives
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation focuses on many related issues. Visit this page to learn about each issue. Make this a resource even if the Foundation is not a donor to your cause.

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Men Who Give a Damm - Philanthropic group
From the web site: "We’re a bunch of guys who care enough about our Chicagoland to want to make a BIG impact. We meet quarterly, hear about the great work of three local charities, and then we choose the one who needs our help the most. The charity with the most votes walks out with a $100 check from every member." Looks like there are chapters in many cities.

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Minnesota Council on Foundations -Collaborative Philanthropy
From the web site: "The Minnesota Council on Foundations expands and strengthens a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $1 billion annually." Many of the resources on the site, such as this page on collaborative philanthropy, can be useful in other states.

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Mott Foundation
From the web site: "The Mott Foundation supports efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.
In each of our program areas — Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area — we aim to inspire and empower individuals to work with their communities in ways that will help them achieve more than they could ever accomplish alone."

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National Center for Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center
From the web site: "The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. We provide the resources, expertise and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Together, we make great things happen."

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National Center for Responsive Philanthropy
From the web site: "NCRP promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness." Browse the site, read the blog.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
From the web site: "NCRP promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness."

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NEO Philanthropy - Supports Innovative Organizations
From the web site: "Launched in 1983 as Public Interest Projects, NEO Philanthropy’s mission is to increase funding for cutting-edge strategies that advance social change. We provide innovative support to funders by mobilizing resources, building partnerships and promoting leadership to achieve a vision of justice and dignity for all.

We believe this is the most powerful impact philanthropy can have. To make it happen, NEO offers a unique and comprehensive combination of services that increases donors’ impact and gets the results they—and their grantees—want to see. In the past five years, NEO has provided more than $120 million to more than 300 innovative organizations on the front lines of social change."

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