Advancing Nonprofit Capacity


What We're Reading

How to Become a Grant Reviewer
Karen M. Markin, The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Guidebook for Federal Grant Reviewers
Karen A. Morison, The Heritage Foundation

NSF Grant Reviewer Tells All
Pamela L. Member, Science Careers

Guide to Proposal Writing
The Foundation Center

The “How To” Grants Manual
David G. Bauer

Winning Grants: Step by Step
Mim Carlson and Tori O’Neal-McElrath

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox

Best Practices in Grant Seeking: Beyond the Proposal
Saadia Faruqi

Data & Statistics

The Anne E. Casey Foundation – KIDS COUNT
National and State by State data related to the status of children in the United States (primarily related to education, family, and development issues)

Census Bureau
Data for people and households, business and industry, geography, and other special topics

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Data & Surveys:
Healthcare costs, healthcare use, and insurance information

HCUPnet is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

Area Resource File
National County-Level Health Resource Information Database

HRSA Geospatial Datawarehouse

Women’s Health USA (12th edition)
2013 Data and prior

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

CDC – Data & Statistics

CDC Wonder
The WONDER online databases utilize an ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data. Also includes other query systems, reports and references.

The Community Guide
This guide provides programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities.


U.S. Health

National Center for Health Statistics

National Vital Statistics System

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics and Query Reporting System)

Work-related Injury Statistics Query System (Work-RISQS)

National Cancer Statistics
Cancer statistics, statistical tools, and data.

Data Tables for Oral Health Indicators

European Health for All Database (HFA-DB)
The European Health for All Database (HFA-DB) is a selection of core health statistics covering basic demographics; health status; health determinants and risk factors; and, health care resources, utilization, and expenditures for the 53 Member States in the Region. The HFA-DB allows queries for country, inter-country and regional analyses and displays results in tables, graphs, or maps, which can be exported for further use. – Kaiser Family Foundation
Create customizable data tables. Data on health indicators by topic and country.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
World health indicators and data.

World Health Organization Statistics
Statistics including: data from Global Health Observatory, Mortality Data, and Global Burden of Disease.

America’s Health Rankings
Search and sort more than 20 years of data by state, by health measure, and more. Features include an interactive map, an individual state stats view, and a state-by-state comparison view.

Child Trends
Data and statistics on child poverty, child welfare, child development, education, fatherhood and parenting, health, indicators of child well-being, marriage and family, positive development, teen sex and pregnancy, and youth development.

The Center for Studying Health System Change
Research, briefs, reports, articles and publications, and policy analyses for insurance coverage and costs, access to care, quality and care delivery, and health care markets.

Guttmacher Institute – Reproductive Health Information

PeriStats – March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center
Maternal and infant health data.

National Center for Educational Statistics

National Center for Charitable Statistics
Searchable databases for charitable statistics and a free Form 990 finder (same 990 database used by Foundation Center).

The Community Toolbox
Free resource offering models, strategies, examples, and templates for planning, assessing, developing, evaluating, funding, and marketing programs.

CDC Healthy Communities Program
Search or browse through CDC’s resources to help plan, implement, and evaluate community health interventions and programs to address chronic disease and health disparities issues. Links to hundreds of useful planning guides, evaluation frameworks, communication materials, behavioral and risk factor data, fact sheets, scientific articles, key reports, and state and local program contacts.

Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Healthy Development Measurement Tool
A comprehensive evaluation metric to consider health needs in urban development.
A library of free, downloadable worksheets and forms for developing fundraising campaigns.

Nonprofit Guides
Guides for grant writing and samples of various types of proposals, inquiries, and cover letters.

How to series: Tools and Tips for funding (archived articles)

Southeastern Council of Foundations – Tools and Resources for Grants Management and Evaluation

Program Evaluation

The Urban Institute
Includes outcome frameworks for 14 program areas and basic; generic outcomes and performance indicators that can be used for any program; and links to reports, guides, and resources on outcome management and performance evaluation.

Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI – Foundation Center)
Online database that contains a comprehensive listing of 150 approaches for measuring and analyzing social impact for programs and investments.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide


Become A Federal Reviewer

The National Science Foundation
Learn about the benefits of becoming a grant reviewer for NSF on this webpage. This page also includes information on how to find an NSF program contact.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

National Endowment for the Humanities
The page includes a link (near the center of the page) to sign up for the PRISM peer review system.

Human Resources and Services Administration
Located under the “Apply Now” section, this webpage includes a link to register to become a grant HRSA reviewer.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This webpage lists the qualifications to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer. Also includes a link to download their online application.

Institute for Museum and Library Services
This webpage includes a link to learn about this organization’s programs, a link to review their handbook, and a link to submit your application.

Other Resources

Nonprofit and Philanthropy Good Practice Forum
Forum for discussing issues related to nonprofit management and programs

Free guides and videos on a wide range of specific grant-related topics, as well as selected toolkits

The Grantsmanship Center
Free downloadable guides and articles covering a comprehensive array of grant topics

Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models
Free online course and downloadable materials to develop logic models

Free Management Library – Basic Guide to Program Evaluation (including outcomes evaluation)
Provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs. There are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based and outcomes-based.

Charity Channel
CharityChannel is a source for original articles and book reviews that are practical and relevant to the day-to-day challenges of nonprofit professionals.

Philanthropy Journal
News and resources for nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
News and resources for nonprofits

Peer-rated nonprofit capacity resources

The NonProfit Times

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Guides to APA and MLA formats, proper punctuation, subject specific writing, and other writers’ guides, tools, and exercises

Eight Steps to Take Before Writing a Grant – Kent State

Proposal Enhancement Tools
The exercises and questions in the seven worksheets that make up these Proposal Enhancement Tools from Purdue University are designed to help you effectively identify and describe the target audiences for your proposal, the anticipated impact of your efforts, and the measures you propose to evaluate your success.

Online Readability Tests

How We Work to Serve Your Mission

Grants Goldmine Infographic


Monthly Grants Report Infographic


JWS Publications

JWS Blue Sky Paper

JWS Cultivation Primer

JWS Grant Decision Making Matrix

JWS  Grants Management Primer

JWS Grants Prospecting Primer

JWS Master Proposal Primer Chapter

JWS Proposal Alignment Grid