Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to become Candid, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


  • Staff, consultants, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status and social enterprises
  • Entities that are in the process of being formed and have not yet received their tax-exempt status from the IRS


Get Fundraising and Proposal Writing Assistance: On-site courses and online webinars address fundamental questions and build skills of nonprofit staff, consultants, and volunteers skills. In addition to training, the Foundation Center provides knowledge-building tools, such as a grants database and library, at no charge. Click here to learn more about ways to participate in the Foundation Center’s programming. Popular trainings include Introduction to Proposal Writing, Introduction to Project Budgets, Introduction to Corporate Giving, and Introduction for Finding Grants.

Reserve a Conference Room: The Foundation Center’s multi-functional training facility is ideal for nonprofit groups seeking space for meetings, conferences, seminars, events, or other programs. Click here for rates and availability.


Research and Verify Nonprofits: GuideStar Search and GuideStar Pro offer insights on individual nonprofits and our field in the United States. 

Find Funding: Foundation Directory Online is the most extensive, up-to-date database of philanthropic giving. Gain the knowledge you need to win funding from funders. 

Explore Issues: The work from the field is diverse, and insights can come from everywhere. Learn with original research from Candid experts. The IssueLab collects and shares knowledge about critical social issues. 

Improve your Nonprofit: Build skills at your own pace with a training session or local program. 

Improve your Foundation: Join GrantCraft’s engaged community of funders, access our vast collection of curated resources, and become part of our global web of changemakers. GlassPockets provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications, and help shed more light on how private organizations are serving the public good. Through CF Insights, community foundations improve performance and sustainability—individually and collectively. 

Tell Your Story: Millions of potential donors and funders could be looking at your profile. Do you know what they’re seeing? Take advantage of your free profile and share the most up-to-date information about your organization. 

Use Our Data: Candid data experts will work with you to produce customized versions of the data tables and rankings. 

Stay Up to Date: Sign up for daily news with the Philanthropy News Digest (PND), newsletters, and Candid Blog. 

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Candid offers various trainings and programs throughout the year.


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