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Northwest Research is in the Southwest

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Northwest Research has moved to Tucson, AZ, but we are still available for your prospect research needs. Contact us today!

Some Strategies for Finding Corporate Giving

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

I’ve found corporate giving not as easy to find as other forms of giving.  Corporations exist to make money, not give money away and they are not required by law to disclose their giving, unless they give through a company foundation.

There are two types of corporate giving:

1) Sponsorships or other giving to organizations who would like to be associated with your non-profit, such as a children’s clothing company giving to a children’s hospital. This is an example where a gift to your organization can help the corporation’s image and ultimately its profits.

2) Giving that reflects the interests of the owners or majority stock holdings (such as an alum who is a CEO having the company give to his Alma mater).

Here are some strategies I use when hunting for corporate giving information.

When looking for corporations with an interest in a particular segment of the nonprofit world, I’ll often use Foundation Directory Online . I use this at my local library, which is a cooperating collection. If you are a smaller nonprofit without funds for research resources,  the Funding information Network are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a  of Foundation Center publications useful to grant seekers.

I’ll also look at organizations whose endeavors are similar, to see if there are any companies, particularly local companies, that may have a general interest in my nonprofit.

I’m a subscriber to  Nozasearch, which provides personal and company giving for a fee, as well as Donorsearch, which has a terrific gift database as part of my subscription. I’ll also check a company’s website, particularly its corporate responsibility and its news sections.

Million Dollar Donor List Now Free!

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

I found this terrific free Million Dollar Donor List from The Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Center converted the subscription-only list to a free online resource in May 2011.

According to the website, the current list is a record of publicly announced charitable gifts of $1 million or more from 2000 to 2010 given by U.S. residents to domestic or international entities across a range of charitable subsectors. The list is updated on a quarterly basis. It contains only publicly announced gifts.

The website allows a person to download the entire dataset, which could be very useful when looking for particular types of principal gift donors.


Some inexpensive resources for researchers in the greater Seattle Area

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Here are some easy to use resources for people doing prospect research in the Greater Seattle Area:

Library Resources

The King County Library has many resources you can use from home. I would recommend using the Biography Resource Center, ABI Inform Trade and Industry, General One File. Factiva, Proquest for Washington State Newspapers, Dun and Bradstreet Million Dollar Database and Reference USA. If you use these you will find basic biographic, business and financial information. If you use the Washington State Newspaper Database, you won’t need to  use Seattle PI or Seattle Times sites.

Seattle Public Library, has Foundation Directory Online available only in the library

KCLS has a number of nonprofit resources at their nonprofit resource center

For property information

King County IMAP can provide you with property values.

KNOWX will provide “pay per view” property record information

For Large Corporations

Insider trading information can be found here

Marketwatch or Google Finance, Yahoo Finance can also provide you with biographies and salary information for publicly traded companies.

For Philanthropic Information

Free Foundation Giving Information can be found at Nozasearch

But you must have an annual subscription for individual donors. If you can afford it, try is a free prospect research tool, allowing researchers to locate previous gifts that your prospective donor has given. This tool only searches .org and .edu domains – where most charitable gifts can be found.

Guidestar provides 990s for foundations and other nonprofit organizations

Open Secrets provides political giving information

For Donor Connections

Zoominfo has biographies that often include current and past civic and philanthropic involvement

and of course our planetary database

What are your favorite sources for searching in Seattle?

Northwest Research at NDOA Conference

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I’ll be an exhibitor at the Northwest Development Officers Association conference on January 28th. If you are an established client or have an interest in learning more about donor research, please stop by.

Noza’s 990 database

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Noza’s 990 database is available, for free at:

I’m finding it more useful than Guidestar for historical foundation information. Guidestar only provides the last 3 years of 990 for a foundation, but I’ve found information since 1999 on Noza’s 990 database.

"How Harvard Lost All that Money"

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

There is a very interesting post about Harvard’s endowment by the Boston Globe. Although the article has a focus on the personalities involved, it provides some insight on how some investors (and possible donors) were thinking during the boom years.

Thanks to Planet Money for pointing out the article.

Major Gift News from Donor Search

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Hi all–

I found this great new blog, supported by DonorSearch. It is called “New Major Gift Research” and it can be found at

This blog provides a summary of known new major gifts over the previous week, and it even has an RSS Feed. It looks like a great place to look when someone asks about recent gifts.

Peer Screening for Beginners Presentation

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

This is the Peer Screening presentation from the APRA-Mo/Kan Annual Conference.

Presenting on Prospect Research Basics and Peer Screening

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m Presenting on Prospect Research Basics and Peer Screening at the APRA-MO/KAN Chapter Conference on March 26th and March 27th. If you are in the area, there is still time to sign up and join us.

I Hope to see you there.