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Innovation Hub Research Guide

Resource guide created by Innovation Fellow 2022 Judy Opdahl.

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Nonprofit, Fund raising, etc. Books (selected from Library)

eBooks from Candid Learning (courtesy listing for outside source)

This is an outside resource listed as a courtesy. "Candid offers a growing digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks on social sector- and philanthropy-related topics, curated by Candid’s Online Librarian team. This free, public collection is available to anyone through OverDrive and the Libby app*, and can be accessed remotely from any computer, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader."

Sign-up for your own card to access Candid's ebooks, view this .pdf for how to sign up 

The Nonprofit Industry (CSUSM log-in required)

Working with a nonprofit or community organization requires an understanding of how nonprofit organizations work. 

Find a report or 990 by a nonprofit

Looking for some type of financial information on a non-profit organization?

  1. Look to see if they publish a report (some non-profits publish an annual report of sorts)
  2. If they don't provide any financial information look to see if they filed a 990. (What is a 990, from

Having trouble finding your nonprofit:

  • Just like regular companies they may be doing business under one name, but have officially filed the non-profit with a different name.
    • Visit the official non-profit's website and do some investigation. Look for pages labeled "about us," "mission," "purpose," "vision," and/or  "news." This may reveal the name they are "registered as."

Locate a Nonprofit with GuideStar Search by Candid

Source used by individuals in the nonprofit industry.

Sign up for an account at This allows you to access a "free" version of Guidestar a directory of nonprofit organizations.

Search Guidestar (the free version has some limitations)

Image of Guidestar's search functions. Enter a state and a city for a list of results

Click on an entry of your choosing. Learn more about the organization using the menu provided. Not all entries will be as "complete" as others.

Example of a Guidestar Charity Profile. Highlighting the availability to obtain the 990 form for the organization

Try these headings for more titles

Subject headings are assigned to books/ebooks in the library's catalog.

"Subject heading" search finds titles on that subject. You can use the filters to sort the results by date, full text online, etc. Here are a few headings of potential interest to get you started

Nonprofit organizations
Fund raising
Fund raisers 
proposal writing for grants
Charity organization


Subject Subheadings - you can add to your subject search after the names of states, regions, and main subjects. For instance: Nonprofit Organizations -- management; another example is Charities -- finance; and philanthropists -- United States 

  • finance
  • moral and ethical aspects 
  • management
  •  computer network resources
  • marketing
  • internet marketing
  • public relations
  • united states -- case studies

(Adapted from Duke University's Economics Research Guide)

Selected Research Databases

Selected Research Databases