Foundation Center 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.

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.

Upcoming Classes in March

Introduction to Corporate Giving
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

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Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? Corporate grant makers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:

  • The different types of corporate giving
  • What motivates corporations to give
  • How to find potential corporate partners

Introduction to Finding Funders
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

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This workshop is an overview of the Foundation Center Database (FDO), 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 grant makers—will also be covered. Reserved seating is limited to representatives of area nonprofit and grassroots organizations.

Related Databases

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

A searchable database of 100,000+ U.S. foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate givers, including sponsoring company information. Additional program information and expanded application guidelines for larger funders, with links to grantmaker and corporate websites and IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use only at Central Library.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO)

A searchable online database of more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use only at Central Library.

Foundation Maps

This interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics — virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Display grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data using maps, charts, and lists. In-library use only at Central Library.

Additional Resources

Foundation Directory Online Free

A free search tool that has replaced Foundation Finder, providing public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF. Free registration is required.


The Foundation Center’s new learning community for the social sector! GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers, including videos, podcasts, a Knowledge Base, FAQs, an AskaLibrarian service, and more.

Funding Information Network