Whether you're trying to identify an effective nonprofit or choose a focus for your family fund, these resources will help you to learn more about philanthropy.

Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance: An organization that advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A newspaper and website for charity leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and other people involved in philanthropy.

Council on Foundations: A membership association of more than 2,100 grantmaking foundations and corporations.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers: A network of 33 regional associations of grantmakers.

The Foundation Center: An organization that seeks to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO): A coalition of grantmakers committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations.

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington: The regional association of grantmakers that serves the funding community in Oregon and SW Washington.

GuideStar: Gathers and publicizes information about nonprofit organizations.

Independent Sector: A forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.

National Center for Family Philanthopy: An organization that seeks to promote philanthropic values, vision and excellence across generations of donors and donor families.

Nonprofit Association of Oregon: NAO supports Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for people at home and abroad.

Oregon Foundation Databook: An annual directory/database of Oregon grantmaking foundations published by C&D Publishing.

Oregon Involved: A resource for finding and connecting with nonprofits.

Women's Philanthropy Institute: A program of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University that seeks to help women understand their full potential and capabilities as financial donors.