The following resources are available to help you learn more about the field of philanthropy.

Helpful links

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.

Giving Hearts Day 

Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation jointly host this 24-hour online give-a-thon that has dramatically increased fundraising success by charities of North Dakota and western Minnesota.


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. 

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).

North Dakota Compass

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect quality of life, ND Compass gives everyone in North Dakota—policymakers, concerned individuals and non-profit, business and community leaders—a common foundation to identify, understand and act on issues to improve their communities. It operates within the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, leveraging the format and technology of MN Compass in partnership with Wilder Research. 

South Dakota Dashboard

Building on the Compass foundation, South Dakota Dashboard is an online community information service providing people with reliable, up-to-date trend data. A project of the Black Hills Knowledge Network, the Dashboard operates with support from the Data Center at South Dakota State University, the Bush Foundation and Wilder Research.