Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation

Data & Funding Tools

Community development works
Understanding community needs and identifying available resources can help improve outcomes for charitable projects. Our staff can help community members to access funding databases, charitable data sources, and resources on evidence-based practices to inform decision making and planning efforts.  
  • Foundation Center

    The CDW Learning Lab, located on the 1st floor of The Rapides Foundation Building, is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. The Learning Lab provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Indidivuals Online and Foundation Maps. The fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as extensive files of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

  • Online Statistics

    Research charitable data for the nonprofit sector, key statistics for community causes, or census data on key demographics in your community.

  • Resources by Topic

    CDW has pulled together information, articles, tools and various resources on specific nonprofit management topics to help save you time in looking for what works. Browse these resources to jump start your learning and planning process. 

  • CDW Learning Lab eLibrary

    Checkout and view online resources related to nonprofit management and other related areas of business and technology with your computer and other mobile devices.

Book Spotlight

    This book will show you how to lead online volunteers successfully.
    A lot of churches and youth ministries have given up on the idea of small groups, writing them off as too tedious, too difficult to manage, too hard to find volunteers for, too expensive to provide materials or curriculum for, or any other number of reasons.
    Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. Access data tables, graphs, and PowerPoint of annual report findings.

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