Funding Information Network
The Cooperating Collections program of the Foundation Center is now known as the Funding Information Network to more accurately capture the work that network partners do in strengthening their communities.
Formerly known as the Western Mass. Funding Resource Center, hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, the Funding Information Network is housed at the Central Library.
Upcoming March classes
Grant Proposal Budgeting Basics
Tuesday, March 18, 1 – 3 pm
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This course is designed to help with the basics of developing a grant project budget, and it is geared for those who have general knowledge of grant proposal development. When you complete this course, you will know: the basic components of a project budget; different types of financial documents often required for proposals; how overhead costs and fringe benefits may be incorporated within the budget and more. Led by librarian Donna Goldthwaite.
Introduction to Finding Funders Computer Class
This workshop is an overview of the Foundation Directory Online database, a powerful tool for the nonprofit community, providing access to 90,000+ U.S. foundations, grant making public charities, and corporate givers, with links to over 7,000 grant maker and corporate websites and IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. The workshop will review tips and tricks for searching and how to best use the database’s interface. An introduction to the Grantspace website—another powerful resource for grantmakers—will also be covered. Reserved seating is limited to representatives of area nonprofit and grassroots organizations. Led by librarian Donna Goldthwaite.
Selecting the Best Funders for Your ProjectFriday, March 28, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
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Most grant proposals are rejected because they are not a good match with the grantmaker. This workshop helps grantseekers understand how to determine which funders are a good match for their projects. Participants will learn to identify good match indicators and how to determine a funder’s problem-solving approach, underlying beliefs, and political ideology. Because this information affects what is presented and emphasized in a proposal, grantseekers will discover how to read between the lines to write their proposals in a way that the funder can hear. Led by Deborah Koch, Director of Grants at Springfield Technical Community College, and author of How to Say It: Grantwriting, Write Proposals that Grantmakers Want to Fund.
Note: The Central Library is closed to the public on Fridays. Please enter through the right-hand street level door on State Street.
As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Springfield City Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.
Representatives of nonprofit and grassroots organizations and other patrons are welcome to use the print collection and databases in the main reference area (Wellman Hall) at the Central Library at any time during our open hours. Librarians are available for assistance. Wireless access for laptop computers is available. No preliminary training is required.
Free classes and workshops for the local nonprofit community are offered two to three times per year, and are listed in the online calendar. Email notification of upcoming classes is sent to members of the library’s Foundation Center mailing list.
For more information, or to be added to the electronic mailing list for Foundation Center classes and other news of interest to nonprofits, contact the FIN Supervisor, Donna Goldthwaite, at 413-263-6828 ext 437 or by using the form below.