Fostering Best Practices & Nurturing Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County

The Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County (NPA) is a collective of partner organizations that aims to strengthen the nonprofit sector through networking, collaboration, professional development, and outreach. Gradually developed from an initial effort by the United Way around 2010 to focus attention on issues that nonprofits face in the Indiana Legislature, the NPA evolved just a few years later into the Training, Outreach, and Networking Committee (TON).

Open Data and Statistics Sources for Nonprofits

Open Data and Statistics Sources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations use data in many ways, including targeting programs and services to the needs of a community, conveying those needs (and gaps in local services) to grantmakers, and remaining transparent and accountable to the public.

This article details sources for statistical information and open datasets. For questions about these sources and how to use them, please contact the Nonprofit Central Librarian using this form


Candid's Foundation Directory: Advanced Search & Filters


Candid’s Foundation Directory grantseeking database is available at the Downtown Library, as well as the Ellettsville and Southwest Branches. Connect your device to the Library's wifi network or use one of the public computers to begin searching.

Refer back to this previous blog post for an introduction to using Candid databases, including Foundation Directory and Grants to Individuals.

Reference Solutions Databases for Nonprofits

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions offers detailed information on more than 24 million U.S. businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and churches. In addition, the residential database includes 89 million U.S. households. The information is compiled from public sources such as organization annual reports, Yellow Page and Business White pages, SEC filings, and more. 

Welcome To Nonprofit Central: Getting Started Using Candid Databases


This is a new article series by Jack Kovaleski, the Nonprofit Central Librarian at the Monroe County Public Library. Nonprofit Central provides information on best practices in management and governance for Monroe County nonprofits. This series will respond to the local beat of information needs for nonprofits, and each article will focus on a particular Library service, electronic database, or other resource. 

Indiana 2-1-1: 24/7 Confidential and Free Support for Hoosiers

Indiana 2-1-1: Get Connected, Get Help

Adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge. Almost every aspect of daily life, from shopping at a grocery store to visiting the public library, has changed. Many have lost their jobs or are working reduced hours. Some are experiencing food or housing insecurity for the first time. Others have lost loved ones. Uncertain times can feel overwhelming and isolating, especially when you are unable to congregate in the community, and may not know who to turn to in order to ask for support.