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Council on Foundations - The Council is a membership organization that serves the public good by promoting and enhancing responsible and effective philanthropy. The site contains links to member sites and resources for foundations.

The Foundation Center - The Center serves the information needs of grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public. Its Web site bills itself as a "gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web." - Launched in 2009, facilitates donors contributing to nonprofits or raising funds for their favorite causes; the site also offers nonprofits another platform from which to raise funds. On Give to the Max Day in 2009-2012 combined, contributors gave more than $53 million to Minnesota nonprofits! The fifth annual Give to the Max Day will be in November 2013.

Guidestar - Produced by Philanthropic Research, Inc., GuideStar seeks to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through the collection and presentation of comprehensive information about nonprofits. The site contains the largest ever on-line posting of nonprofits’ informational tax returns in a searchable database.

Independent Sector - The Bush Foundation is a member of Independent Sector, a national membership organization that encourages giving, volunteering, not-for-profit initiatives and citizen action. The site contains information about public policy, research, charity lobbying in the public interest and public education.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations - The Council is a regional membership association of grantmakers dedicated to strengthening organized philanthropy. The site contains many helpful resources, including weekly online grantmaking news, grantmaking trends and analysis, and links to other organizations providing information about philanthropy and nonprofits. The Minnesota Common Report Form may be found at

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - The Council is a statewide membership association of nonprofit organizations sharing information, services and research to educate its members and the community. The site contains a searchable database of nonprofit organizations and a collection of documents on nonprofit management issues.

Minnesota Compass - Compass promotes the well-being of the Minnesota communities by measuring progress, reporting findings and providing strategies for action. It is led by Wilder Research in partnership with community-serving organizations, funders and volunteers (including representatives of the Bush Foundation). A version of Compass for South Dakota is in the works.

North Dakota Compass - Announced in early 2012, North Dakota Compass is being built using the same technology as Minnesota Compass and in partnership with Wilder Research. It will provide a common data-driven foundation from which communities across the state can make informed decisions.

Black Hills Knowledge Network - A Compass-like website that serves South Dakota.








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