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Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc. welcomes you to our Philanthropy Resource Center. Learn more about Foundations, Grants, Capital Campaigns, Planning & Feasibility Studies and Fundraising through these philanthropy tools, links and other valuable resources for nonprofits!

Foundation Center

Foundation CenterEstablished in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.  Learn More >


St. Louis Public Library

St. Louis Public LibraryThe mission of the St. Louis Public Library is to provide learning resources and information services that support and improve individual, family, and community life through a variety of services, programs, and initiatives. The services include tools and collections for business, individual, or organizational research and information needs.   Learn More >


Gateway Center for Giving

Gateway Center for GivingFounded in 1970 as the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy (MAP), the Gateway Center for Giving (the Center) is an association of grantmakers that serves the St. Louis region. Our Mission is Mission
To provide services that strengthen and expand philanthropy to improve the St. Louis region.  Learn More >


Grant Professionals Association - St. Louis Regional Chapter

Grant Professionals AssociationThe St. Louis Regional Chapter serves the St. Louis metropolitan region and welcomes grant professionals from Missouri and Illinois beyond the metro area. It is a part of a national professional membership organization with a mission to build and support an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards.  Learn More >


St. Louis Public Radio

Our Goal is To engage the St. Louis community, strengthen alliances with local organizations, and expand news coverage in our region through the construction of new St. Louis Public Radio facilities at Grand Center.  Learn More >

  • Founded in 1972
  • 271,800 St. Louis area listeners
  • Funded by individual members, corporate sponsors, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and local, regional and national grants
  • St. Louis Public Radio is part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • 33 full-time and 11 part-time professionals
  • Over 500 volunteers help the station in fundraising and special event activity
  • 100,000 watt signal reaching 2.4 million people in the bi-state area


Association of Donor Relations Professionals

Association of Donor Relations ProfessionalsThe ADRP is the internationally recognized professional development organization for donor relations and stewardship practitioners.  ADRP also welcomes among its members fundraisers interested in building stronger relationships with donors and companies who provide goods and services to further the work of organizations seeking philanthropic support.  As the bar of donor expectations continues to rise, organizations can look to ADRP to provide timely, fresh, actionable, and effective best practices for those whose job is to interact with and respond to donors in cost-effective ways.

DreamHost: Free Web Hosting For Nonprofits

DreamHost offers a free hosting plan to non-profit, charitable organizations registered in the United States.  This discount applies to a single hosting plan per non-profit, hosted within only one account, for US-based 501(c)(3) organizations.  Domain registrations (other than any included with the plan) are not eligible for any discounts. Learn More

WordPress: Free Blog and Content Management System

WordPress is web-based software you can use to easily create a modern website or blog. The themes and main components of WordPress have been created by hundreds of community volunteers who also use the program.  You don’t need to be a programmer to get started and, when you’re ready for more, there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine.

Nota bene:  To use WordPress for free, you will have to put up with a cumbersome web address such as holmesradford.wordpress.com.  Start out with the trial version to see if you like it, then spring for the pay version ($17 per year) at www.wordpress.com (as opposed to wordpress.org). Learn More

Vertical Response: Free Email Marketing for Nonprofits

Email marketing is one of the easiest, most effective ways to quickly get the word out on your organization.  Vertical Response offers a way for nonprofits to create, send and track email for free.  As a 501(c)(3), you are eligible to send up to 10,000 emails per month. Vertical Response also offers great discounts on Social Media Marketing, Event Marketing, Surveys and Printed Postcards.  They also offer a lot of Free Marketing Resources. Learn More

Google Apps for Nonprofits: Free Web-Based Email and Collaboration Suite 

Google Apps for Nonprofits consists of not only Gmail (Google’s free email), but also Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Vault and more all rolled into one.  Through this free program, Google offers a fast, easy way to collaborate on projects.  And better yet, you can keep your organization’s existing domain name (holmesradford.com for instance).

With Google Apps for Education, everything is automatically saved in the cloud - 100% powered by the web. This means that emails, documents, calendar and sites can be accessed - and edited - on almost any mobile device or tablet as long as you have internet access. Learn More

Google Analytics: Free Website Statistics and Analysis

Nothing speaks to your Board, Executive Director or potential donors like hard numbers and data.  Google Analytics will give you just that in easy to read, customizable graphs, charts and reports that can be downloaded in PDF format.

Google Analytics not only lets you measure sales and conversions, but also gives you fresh insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back.  Although this tool is free, it is still an invaluable asset to have in your bag of tricks. Learn More

CiviCRM: Free CRM Software for Nonprofits

CiviCRM is a web-based, open source, Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software geared toward meeting the needs of non-profit and other civic-sector organizations.  This is a web-based, open source, highly customizable CRM to meet organizations’ highest expectations right out-of-the box. Unlike proprietary software, each new release of this open source software reflects the very real needs of its users as enhancements are continually given back to the community.

With CiviCRM's features, organizations can further their mission through contact management, fundraising, event management, member management, mass email marketing, peer-to-peer campaigns, case management, and much more. Learn More

Salesforce: CRM Software for Nonprofits

Salesforce is another web-based CRM software (like CiviCRM) that offers nonprofits product discounts and donations through their “Power of Us" program.  Currently being utilized by more than 18,000 nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, Salesforce is a leader in CRM software and for good reason; it is easy to use and they offer great customer support. 

Salesforce offers fundraising and membership management, space for team collaboration, tools for volunteer recruitment and management, as well as full integration with social media platforms so you can keep your supporters in the loop on all the good you are doing in the world. Learn More

Google Grants: Free AdWords for Nonprofits

Google Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool.  Through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising, Google Grants allows nonprofit organizations to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. Google Grantees receive free AdWords advertising on Google.com. Grantees build and manage their own AdWords accounts similar to paying advertisers, but participate with some restrictions (see website for details). Learn More

Donor Tools:  Nonprofit Donor Database

Donor Tools is a web-based donor database created specifically for nonprofits that can be utilized to keep track of donors, send letters and emails (offers MailChimp integration), and even accept donations online.  Additionally, Donor Tools offers analytics to make sure everything is operating smoothly.  One aspect on this program I found particularly useful is a tool with which to quickly and easily set up online PayPal-incorporated fundraising pages for your organization’s projects.

Donor Tools is available for free for 1 Active project and 1 fundraising campaign, but must be licensed thereafter. Learn More

Fundraise.com: Social Fundraising Platform

Fundraise.com is a social fundraising platform that allows anyone to create and manage online fundraisers.  Not only does fundraise.com give you the tools and support to create a clean and crisp modern looking webpage in a matter of minutes, they also offer social media integration, analytics and even the software to create and execute an event-based fundraiser.  As an added bonus, there are materials to create custom branding for your organization.

Fundraise.com has all the earmarks of a great product for nonprofits.  It is free to set up and all of the features are free.  Once you have a campaign going, there is a 4.5% fee plus credit card processing costs that are charged to each donation that is processed through your fundraiser page. Learn More

TechSoup:  Technology Products and Solutions

TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with technology products and solutions, plus the learning resources you need to make informed decisions about technology. Their free learning resources are available to all users.

Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. Learn More

Free Guides and Inspiration for Nonprofits (and even for profits!)

As a nonprofit, you’re often left working with a budget that, well…stimulates creativity when it comes to finding solutions to problems that may arise.  Have no fear!  There are a lot of free guides out there that can help you out along the way.  Here’s a compilation of some that we’ve come across.  You may want to bookmark this page, as it will be regularly updated!


Free Guidebooks

Email Marketing for Nonprofits:
Email Marketing can be a full-time job, so why not make it easy on yourself?  Here’s a guidebook from AWeber Communications that will help you out.  Learn More

Google for Nonprofits
Did you follow our advice to take advantage of all that Google has to offer the nonprofit world?  Now learn how to best utilize these wonderful tools.  Learn More



Blogging for Nonprofits:
You’ve finally created a blog for your nonprofit.  Now what?!  Here is a great blog post about posting on blogs.  Learn More

Blackbaud Internet Resources
Blackbaud is a leader in nonprofit solutions and software programs.  This page has more than enough resources to keep you busy.  Learn More