Research: Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Resources from the Foundation Center

The High Point Public Library is a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection.

What is the Foundation Center?  The Foundation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.  The Foundation Center was established in 1956, and is based in New York City.

The Foundation Center gathers information about philanthropic private foundations and other grant-making organizations (such grant-making public charities, community foundations, and corporate giving programs) from many different sources, including IRS documents, grant-maker websites and annual reports, and articles published philanthropy-oriented periodicals.  This information is then made available to the through the Foundation Directory Online and its sister-products, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Philanthropy In/Sight.

  • Foundation Directory Online is the nation’s premier online funding research tool.  Nonprofit organizations seeking funding can use this powerful database to search through about 108,000 grant-making organizations and 3 million recent grants.

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of about 10,000 grantmaking organizations that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

  • Foundation Maps is a new interactive mapping tool for anyone interested in visualizing the impact of philanthropic activity.   Use Foundation Maps to create maps that reveal patterns of giving and the funding relationships between grantmakers and grant recipients.

Note that the Foundation Center products do not cover the grant-making activities of government agencies.  Information about grants from the federal government is available online through the website.

What is a Cooperating Collection?  The Foundation Center makes its database products, together with a “core collection” of books of interest to nonprofit grant-seekers, freely available to the public through a nationwide network of about 470 Cooperating Collections.  Most Cooperating Collections are located at public libraries, branches of the United Way, and community foundations.  The High Point Public Library is one of twelve Cooperating Collections in North Carolina.

Foundation Directory Online and the other Foundation Center databases are available exclusively in the High Point Public Library building at 901 North Main Street (both in the Public Computing Center on the second floor, and through the library’s Wi-Fi Internet).  These products are not available remotely.

You do not need to have a library card to use the Foundation Center’s databases.

The information in Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is also available in printed form, in the Business Reference area at the east end of the second floor. 

Links to the Nonprofit Organizations

The United Way of Greater High Point develops community resources and partnerships to support a broad array of critical health and human service needs in our community, focusing on promoting and improving education, health and income.

The High Point Community Foundation is a tax-exempt organization dedicated to strengthening the High Point community both for present and future generations by collecting, managing, and distributing funds for the betterment of the greater High Point area.

The High Point Area Arts Council raises funds which are allocated to its affiliated arts organizations, offers free concerts and arts activities to the general population, and channels grassroots funds from the N.C. Arts Council and grants from local governments and other foundations/organizations to community arts projects, arts education, and regional artists.

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium is a collaborative of nonprofit organizations throughout Guilford County that fosters mutual assistance and support within the nonprofit community to create a more efficient and effective nonprofit sector.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is a statewide organization that offers information on effective practices for nonprofit organizations, provides a network for nonprofit board and staff members, advocates on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector, and educates the general public about the impact and value of the nonprofit sector.

GuideStar is a searchable online database of about 1.8 million nonprofit organizations nationwide.  In addition to contact information, registered users get basic financial profiles of listed organizations, including links to their IRS Form 990s.

Additional information about nonprofit organizations serving the greater High Point area is available from the library’s Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations.

Additional Information for Grant-Seekers

GrantSpace is a website maintained by the Foundation Center which offers information and resources for nonprofit organizations that need know-how to obtain funding and operate effectively.  GrantSpace resources include webinars (many of which are free), and a “Knowledge Base” of articles about finding grant-makers, submitting proposals, and managing nonprofit organizations. is a free online clearinghouse for information about grants from the federal government.  The website is maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services, but it covers the grant-making activities of a wide variety of federal agencies (ranging from the US Department of Defense to the National Endowment for the Arts).  Note that does not cover the grant-making activities of charitable and philanthropic foundations.  Information about these grants is available online through the Foundation Center’s products.

The Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations

The library’s Business Research Services section maintains a Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations serving the greater High Point community.  The Directory is intended both for High Point residents seeking services, and as a tool for nonprofit-to-nonprofit networking.  It is updated every year.

A sample entry from the Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations

The Directory
includes some nonprofit organizations which are based beyond the High Point city limits, but which serve High Point’s residents.

Churches, other places of worship, and faith-based organizations whose missions are primarily religious are not included in the Directory.  Some charitable ministries serving social roles (e. g. homeless shelters and soup kitchens) are, however, included.

A limited number of copies of comb-bound printed copies of the Directory are available, free of charge, at the Research Services desk on the second floor of the library.  The most current version of the Directory is also available online, as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat document.

If you know of a nonprofit organization serving the High Point community that should be added to the Directory, or if you notice any mistakes or omissions, please contact John Raynor at the library’s Research Services desk, at (336) 883-3216 or

Information about nonprofit organizations outside the greater High Point area is available from the GuideStar online database.