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Helpful Links

The associations and services listed below are great resources for nonprofit and development professionals to have at their fingertips.

Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents nearly 25,000 members in 157 chapters in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. All of our firm’s consultants are active members of AFP.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) is the only association dedicated exclusively to advancing and promoting the health care development profession. Resource development professionals turn to AHP for the very latest in fundraising education and in formation.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fundraisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. The ultimate goal of advancement professionals is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support – be it in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem, or new students. In turn, CASE’s purpose is to help these people advance the cause of education. It does this by offering information resources and training opportunities to aid members. Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt is an Educational Partner member of CASE.

Chicago Community Trust

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) is Chicago’s community foundation. The Trust is a union of numerous gifts, bequests and other contributions that form individual and collective charitable funds. These funds, many endowed in perpetuity, generate income to make grants to qualified agencies serving greater Chicago. CCT is one of the largest of the more than 550 community foundations in the country. Income from assets totaling approximately $1 billion enables grants to be awarded annually in excess of $35 million. In addition to grant making and working with many donors, the Trust regularly disseminates information and convenes numerous forums that address the region’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Charity Channel

Charity Channel is best known for its non-profit arena discussion forums. More than 45,000 of our colleagues regularly discuss such topics as grants and foundations, the law of tax-exempt organizations, college and university advancement, health care philanthropy, arts and social organization fundraising, international fundraising, mentoring, and more. Many products and services are also offered on these forums.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the academic world’s No. 1 source of news and information. The Chronicle is published weekly and read by more than 400,000 college and university administrators and faculty members. Subscribers who register can receive free access to their web site and receive regular e-mail news updates.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. Published every other week, it is the No. 1 news source for charity leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise (a total of 24 issues a year). A subscription includes full access to their web site with news updates by e-mail. The sister publication is The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Development Leadership Consortium

The Development Leadership Consortium (DLC), now in its second decade of existence, is a mentoring organization serving professionals in development and related fields as their careers advance from the earliest stages of service through achievement of ever-higher levels of responsibility.

  1. Annual Fellows
    A one-year program for individuals relatively new to the field, featuring informative monthlyvisits to Chicago foundations with
    in-depth conversations about professional growth, life in the
    not-for-profit world, and the benefits of networking.
    (6:00 – 9:00 P.M. monthly; September—June)
  2. Management Fellows
    A one-year curriculum led by a seasoned professional, designed
    to help experienced fund raisers build sophistication about management roles at the second-tier level in larger not-for-profit organizations.
    (6:00 – 9:00 P.M. monthly; September – June)

Donors Forum of Chicago

The Donors Forum of Chicago is an association of Chicago-area grantmakers. Its mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy. Through education programs, workshops, publications, research projects, and a comprehensive library, the Donors Forum provides resources for grantmakers, nonprofit organizations, the media, researchers – anyone seeking information on the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. With more than 160 grantmaking Members and 900 nonprofit Forum Partners, the Donors Forum of Chicago is committed to promoting and encouraging active relationships between grantmakers, nonprofits, and the community at large.

Donors Forum of Wisconsin

For more than 20 years, the Donors Forum of Wisconsin has been a statewide resource for philanthropy. It offers opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information, disseminates current nonprofit sector trends and research, fosters relationships between service providers and funders, builds partnerships within and out the sector, and advances the growth and enhancement of stewardship of philanthropic resources for the betterment of all Wisconsin residents. The Donors Forum of Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) organization serving grantmakers. It does not make grants, but provides limited service in the area of information and referral and proposal writing workshops for nonprofit organizations seeking grants.

The Foundation Center

Founded in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center’s mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. The Center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy, conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field, and provides education and training on the grantseeking process. The Center also ensures public access to information and services through its website, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.


Developed by Philanthropic Research, a nonprofit organization based in Williamsburg, Virginia, this website contains descriptions of and financial data on more than 650,000 nonprofit groups, drawn primarily from the organizations’ informational tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The information includes a breakdown of each charity’s assets, liabilities, revenue, and expenditures, including administrative and fundraising costs. The site also advises donors on effective giving and provides profiles of nonprofit groups.

Independent Sector

Independent Sector is a national forum that brings together foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Members include many of the nation’s leading foundations, prominent and far-reaching nonprofits of all sizes, and Fortune 500 corporations with strong commitments to community involvement. This network represents thousands of organizations and millions of volunteers, donors, and people served. Since its founding in 1980, Independent Sector has had an enormous impact on strengthening public policy related to nonprofit organizations, improving accountability and disclosure, building a body of research about the sector, and educating policymakers and the public about the important role of the nonprofit sector.


LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a community-based program to help people learn about charitable giving through a will or from an estate. LEAVE A LEGACY™ does not solicit gifts for any particular organization. Instead, the program is a cooperative effort of all types of nonprofit groups, including social service and arts organizations, churches, hospitals, educational institutions and other philanthropic groups. The LEAVE A LEGACY™ program in your area can direct you to resources that will help you to fulfill your charitable goals.

The National Association of Independent Schools

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents more than 1,100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. It offers a broad variety of services to member schools and associations. Its mission is to serve and strengthen member schools and associations by “articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior; to work to preserve their independence to serve the free society from which that independence derives; to advocate broad access for students by affirming the principles of diversity, choice, and opportunity.” Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt is a member and Corporate Subscriber.

The National Committee on Planned Giving

The National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) is the professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts. These people include fundraisers for nonprofit institutions, consultants, and donor advisors working in a variety of for-profit settings. NCPG was formed in 1988 as a federation of planned giving councils to facilitate, coordinate and encourage the education and training of the planned giving community, and to facilitate effective communication among the many different professionals in the community.

The NonProfit Times

The NonProfit Times, the leading business publication for nonprofit management, is published 24 times a year. The Times provides hard hitting, useful information on the business of managing nonprofit organizations. Read by more than 34,000 nonprofit executives, free subscriptions are offered to full time U.S. nonprofit executives.

Planned Giving Design Center

The Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC) helps charitable organizations create strategic alliances with legal, tax, and financial services professionals in their communities who have the capacity to influence philanthropy. The PGDC does this by offering the largest body of technical content and planning resources on the topic of charitable gift planning and taxation found anywhere on the Internet to professional advisors and charitable gift planners.

The Weekend Briefing

Written by Rob Cummings, The Weekend Briefing brings practical information and best practice in fundraising to development professionals who work without the resources and support enjoyed by larger institutions. Yet the Briefing finds an audience among fundraisers at every level of experience and among organizations of every size.