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English 101 Kevin Zepper: Assignment Three - Zepper Foundation Proposal

Nonprofit Organizations

Still selecting your nonprofit? Search or browse GuideStar's directory of Charities and Nonprofits.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has a searchable list of Tax Exempt Organizations.

They also have an A to Z listing of Charities and Nonprofits.

Compilation of Fargo, ND Charities.

Compilation of Moorhead, MN Charities.

Search for the accountability rating in sources such as Charity Navigator.

And here is a succinct list of what foundations look for when evaluating a grant proposal.  If you address these elements, it will make your argument more PERSUASIVE.

Finding Articles

Selected Web and Statistical Sources

Finding Books

Search the MnPALS Library Catalog located on the Library Web Site or use this widget:

Find Library Books & Media

Advanced Search | Basic Search

Making Your Case

When you are researching your nonprofit, look for these and other aspects:

Annual Report for Your Nonprofit (usually found on the organization's web site).

How does your nonprofit spend its money?

What do stakeholders (donors, people who benefit) say about the nonprofit?

Can you find articles and ratings on the nonprofit's accountability?

Publications put out by your nonprofit (could be books, web-based, articles).

What do academic sources (peer reviewed journal articles, articles by others in the area the nonprofit addresses) show about the nonprofit?

What are the nonprofit's goals, mission, vision, strategic plan?

Here is the Foundation Center's section on Proposal Writing.


Reference Sources

Evaluating Sources


Currency - Is the information timely?

Relevance - Is the information relevant to your research needs (your thesis statement).

Authority - Is this information from a reliable source?

Accuracy - Is this information reliable, truthful, and correct?

Purpose - For what reason does this information exist?

The CRAAP test is adapted from the Meriam Library at California State University Chico.