American Association for State and Local History

A national professional organization that serves and supports professionals and volunteers working in libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, historic sites, parks, and historic preservation and academic institutions. Programs and services include technical resources, books and periodicals, and professional development seminars and workshops.

American Association of Museums

A national professional organization that represents all types of museums and the professionals and nonpaid staff who work in them. Programs and services include museum accreditation, the Museum Assessment Program, an online information center, professional development seminars and workshops, books, the bimonthly magazine Museum News, the electronic newsletter Aviso, and an annual meeting.

  • Address: 1575 Eye Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
  • Phone: 202-289-1818
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American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

A national professional organization that serves and supports professionals and volunteers working in libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, historic sites, parks, and historic preservation and academic institutions. Programs and services include technical resources, books and periodicals, and
professional development seminars and workshops.

American Library Association

A national professional organization of public and private libraries. Two divisions—Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (Preservation and Reformatting Section) and Library Administration and Management Association—provide information about preservation and fund raising.

  • Address: 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: 800-545-2433
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Association for Preservation Technology International

A cross-disciplinary professional organization that promotes the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Regular publications include a technical journal, Bulletin, and an electronic newsletter, Communiqué. APTI also offers training and educational activities on technical topics.

  • Address: 3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Phone: 217-529-9039
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Association of Fundraising Professionals

A national organization for professionals who are responsible for generating support for nonprofit organizations. It has 185 chapters throughout the world. AFP publishes a bimonthly magazine and a book series, provides educational programs about fund raising, encourages research, and maintains a resource center (800-688-FIND). The Ready Reference Series features basic information on a variety of fund-raising topics.

  • Address: 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203
  • Phone: 703-684-0410
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Association of Research Libraries

A nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the United States and Canada. ARL publishes occasional papers on topical issues as well as ARL: A Bimonthly Report of Research Library Issues and Actions.

  • Address: 21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: 202-296-2296
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Business Committee for the Arts

A national nonprofit organization that encourages support of the arts by providing businesses with resources to make effective alliances with arts organizations. BCA offers a consultation service for businesses, publications, and conferences and workshops.

  • Address: 29-27 Queens Plaza North 4th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Phone: 718-482-9900
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Chronicle of Philanthropy

A biweekly newspaper (print and online) for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and others involved in nonprofits.

Council on Library and Information Resources

A national nonprofit organization that helps libraries, archives, and universities develop collaborative strategies for collection management, preservation, and access. CLIR provides technical information and education and advocates new approaches to digital and nondigital information management.

  • Address: 1755 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: 202-939-4750
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Foundation Center

A national clearinghouse of tools and information for nonprofits and grant makers, including The Foundation Directory Online and Corporate Giving Online. The Foundation Center has extensive online resources (free and subscription), such as a database on U.S. grant makers and their grants; research studies; the weekly Philanthropy News Digest; PubHub, a searchable repository of annotated links to reports and issue briefs; and Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, a searchable database of the literature of philanthropy. The center also offers research, education, and training programs, including online tutorials. Library services are provided at five regional centers (New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC), and through a national network of more than 300 cooperating collections.

Grantsmanship Center

Training programs and information on fund raising and current issues of interest to the nonprofit field. The center maintains GrantDomain, subscription only databases on government, foundation, and corporate funding sources.

  • Address: 1125 West Sixth Street, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 17220, Los Angeles,CA 90017
  • Phone: 213-482-9860
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Illinois Association of Museums

The Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) is an agent for positive change in the museum community – providing advocacy, promoting best practices, and fostering the exchange of ideas.
IAM offers a variety of programs that recognize the work of museums and staff across the state, provide financial support through its grants and scholarships, and help artifacts find new homes.
Programs: Awards, Grants, Museum Clearinghouse, Mary Helen Turner Scholarships.

  • Address: 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701
  • Phone: (217) 524-6977
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Illinois Heritage Association

Aid to museums, libraries, and preservation organizations is at the core of the Illinois Heritage Association’s purpose. The IHA helps to preserve the cultural heritage of Illinois. Its mission is to stimulate an interest in this heritage and to provide technical assistance to organizations and individuals who work to preserve it. In the IHA’s view, cultural heritage encompasses historical records, decorative and fine arts, folk arts, material culture, and the built and natural environments. The IHA was established as a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status in 1981, when state support for cultural institutions was at a low ebb. The association’s founders believed there should be a history-related service organization independent of state government.
Services, Workshops, Consultations, Professional Development, Membership Services, Printed newsletter.
Technical insert. Electronic newsletter. Circulating Library, available to users as a membership privilege.

  • Address: 602½ East Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: (217) 359-5600

Illinois Humanities Council

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and by the NEH.
The IHC creates and funds numerous humanities activities throughout the state, including library discussions, seminars, lectures, performances, exhibitions, films, and written materials. Through these activities, the IHC serves as a catalyst in imaginative ventures which bring scholarship into the public forum. All our programs utilize a broad definition of the humanities -- their topics can range from history and literature to philosophy, folklore, historic preservation, archaeology, jurisprudence or comparative religion -- but all are committed to providing lifelong learning. The IHC has been at the crossroads of ideas, energizing cultural and civic life in Illinois for more than 35 years.
Our programs and community grants offer Illinoisans the opportunity to experience the humanities through a rich variety of formats. From small discussion groups in neighborhood coffee shops, to lectures and performances at cultural venues, to reading and reflection seminars in hospitals across the state, IHC programs broaden public involvement in civic dialogue, deepen the quality of community conversation and reflection, increase public access to the humanities by lowering barriers to participation, and bring humanities activities to unexpected places.

Community Grants Program
The Illinois Humanities Council gives Community Grant support to Illinois nonprofit organizations to develop public humanities programs for Illinois audiences and to provide technical assistance or general support to help accomplish their core humanities missions.
The Public Square
The Public Square fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice.
Museum on Main Street (MoMS)
MoMS serves rural communities by circulating first-rate traveling Smithsonian exhibitions that focus on broad and engaging topics of American culture. The IHC assists local organizations in developing exhibitions, public programs, partnerships with other local and regional agencies, and providing technical support and assistance to the organization.

  • AddressSuite 1400, 17 North State St., Chicago, IL 60602-3296
  • Phone: (312) 422-5580
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National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Resources from “Capitalize on Collections Care,” a publication of Heritage Preservation in Partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services Generate New Contributions, Increase Support, Foster New Audiences located at

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