Whether or not you entered the Big-Dream Contest, we've got just the ticket for taking your dreams to the next level. Having the right connections often makes all the difference. The following resources from O, The Oprah Magazine could be just the foot-in-the-door you're looking for!
This site allows nonprofit organizations, with official tax-exempt status, to join an extensive network connecting them with volunteers and donations. And anyone interested in giving can donate items (books, clothing, furniture, vehicles, computers, even tickets to events) and volunteer their time.
Contact Charity America at www.charityamerica.com.
An agent to connect nonprofit organizations seeking vehicles with those wishing to donate vehicles. Trucks, motorcycles, Jet Skis, snowmobiles, motor homes, buses and boats are also accepted.
Contact Donation Line at 1-877-CARS-4-US or www.donationline.com.
Women's Prison Book Project
The Women's Prison Book Project provides incarcerated women with new or used paperback books, donated by publishers, bookstores and individuals.
Contact WPBP at www.prisonactivist.org.
The Foundation Center
A great resource for grant-seekers and grant-makers, it provides information and training through its website, publications, five libraries and a national network of free funding-information centers in local libraries and community centers. You can learn about fund-raising and proposal writing, among other subjects.
Contact The Foundation Center at 1-212-620-4230 or www.fdncenter.org.
U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA provides information on starting and financing your business, writing a business plan, laws and regulations, licenses, franchising and marketing, and more.
Contact the United States Small Business Administration at 1-800-UASK-SBA or www.sba.gov.
SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership
This online women's business center provides training and technical assistance programs and access to credit and capital, federal contracts and trade opportunities. It also organizes mentoring roundtables for businesswomen at various career levels.
Contact the Office of Women's Business Ownership at 1-202-205-6673 or www.onlinewbc.gov.
From the January 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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