Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Research links for Nonprofit Connect presentation - March 30, 2021



Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
APRA International
APRA Missouri/Kansas chapter

Below are the links I recommend for Prospect Research:

Address & Phone Resources
US Phonebook – search by name, by phone number, by address

Aircraft Lookup
FAA Aircraft Inquiry - easiest to search by name or state/county

Biographical Information
LinkedIn – provides current employer and title as well as employment history; also lists degrees and educational institutions attended; sometimes lists professional and community affiliations

Business Information
Manta – provides free business snapshots based on Dun & Bradstreet reports

Foundation & NonProfit Information
Foundation Directory Online (a service of Foundation Center; fee-based)
Foundation Search (fee-based)
GuideStar (free to view basic information with sign-up)
ProPublica NonProfit Explorer - search nonprofits by organization or employee/director names

Government Resources (local)
Jackson County, MO marriage records – useful for confirming exact birthdates and spouse names
Johnson County, KS District Court records – useful for searching marriage and divorce records
Missouri Case.net – searchable database of Circuit Court records in Missouri; limited detail only provides basic information on everything from traffic tickets to estates to divorces

Library Resources (local)
Johnson County Public Library – free library card entitles access to several online databases including local and national newspaper archives, obituaries, genealogy resources, and other databases
Kansas City Public Library - free library card entitles access to several online databases including Kansas City History (Missouri Valley collection), vital records, genealogy & history resources, business & nonprofit resources, and magazines & newspapers.
Mid-Continent Public Library - free library card entitles access to several online databases including local and national newspaper archives, obituaries, genealogy resources, and other databases

Political Contributions
Political MoneyLine – search by donor name, state, zip code, occupation or recipient; links to actual copy of FEC contribution filing with home address, employer and occupation of donor

Public Company Salaries & Holdings
Securities & Exchange Commission – search by public company name; the Proxy Statement (DEF14A) contains salary and inside shareholder information
Rank and Filed - searchable SEC filings presented in a modern, graphic format

Publications (local)
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Business Journal
The Independent - Kansas City's society and special event magazine
Kansas City Magazine - formerly 435 Magazine

Real Estate Resources
Google Maps – provides aerial and sometimes “street views” of residences
Jackson County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Johnson County, KS – searchable by property address only; includes photo of residence
Clay County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Platte County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Pulawski.net – tax assessor database by state. Named for Christina Pulawski, a former prospect researcher at Northwestern University, now a fundraising consultant
Trulia – nationwide real estate database searchable by city, zip code, or property address
Zillow – nationwide real estate database searchable by city, zip code, or property address

Watercraft Lookup
US Coast Guard Vessel Information Service - database of large watercraft in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security

Paid Resources
LexisNexis for Development Professionals ($300-$500 per month for one user) – multi-function toolkit for fundraisers includes address & phone history, birthdates (month & year only), e-mail addresses, family relationships, real estate assets, newspaper archives, and employment links.
Nozasearch ($900 per year for multiple users) – the world’s largest searchable database of charitable contributions; also provides limited foundation searches for free.
DonorSearch
iWave PRO
WealthEngine 
These are multi-function websites for fundraisers and researchers which aggregate data from several public sources.  These include capacity ratings, charitable giving, Dun & Bradstreet, Federal Election Contributions, Foundation Search, Guidestar Directors and Foundations, Hoover’s business information, Marquis Who’s Who, aircraft and large watercraft ownership, and more!  Subscription price often includes monthly webinars and best practices white papers.  Great for small research shops who need a lot of information quickly!

p.s. And don't forget to Google!!!


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2 comments:

  1. Great information!! Thank you for sharing.

    A. Monteith-Kies
    The Pennsylvania Ballet

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, but glad this information was helpful to you!

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