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.

Nonprofit Mingle and Social Networking Event

Thursday, October 9, 5-7 pm
Central Library Community Room (lower level)

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We are trying something new this year!

Come to the Library and meet fellow representatives of local nonprofits and grassroots organizations in a social atmosphere. Join in a short, fast-moving speed-networking event and learn more about your colleagues’ organizations. Hear about the Library’s Foundation Center Funding Information Network and how it can help you in your work.

Bring your business card for a special raffle! Finger foods and wine will be served.

This event will be held on Thursday evening, October 9, from 5 – 7 pm in the Central Library Community Room (on the lower level), 220 State Street, Springfield MA 01103.

Please note that the library will be closed to the public at that time, so you should enter by the street level door on the right of the building on the State Street side. Free parking is available in the parking lot across the street (between the Classical High Condos and the old School Department building).

Upcoming Classes

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NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to reschedule the Grant Proposal and Introduction to Finding Funders classes. The Grant Proposal: an Explanation of Its Components class with Deborah Koch will now be held on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 from 2 – 4 pm in the Central Library Community Room. The Introduction to Finding Funders class will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, from 2 – 3:30 pm in the Central Library Computer Lab. All those signed up for either class are still registered. Please email Donna Goldthwaite at or call 413-263-6828 ext 437 if you wish to change your registration or have any questions. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

To register, sign up online or call the Reference Desk at 413-263-6828 ext 213

Grant Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits:
Central Library Community Room
220 State Street, Springfield MA
Tuesday, September 23, 2 – 4 pm

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If you are new to proposal writing, you may be wondering: What are the key components of a proposal to a foundation or corporation? Who should sign a grant request? How should the proposal be packaged? Should you contact a funder if your proposal is turned down? Where can you find more information on proposal writing, including sample proposals? Proposal Writing Basics, an introductory overview of the process for new proposal writers, will give you some answers! Led by librarian Donna Goldthwaite.

Introduction to Finding Funders:
Central Library Computer Lab
220 State Street, Springfield MA
Thursday, September 25, 2 – 3:30 pm

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CHANGE IN DATE! Thursday, October2, 2 – 3:30 pm
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This workshop is an overview of the Foundation Center 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.

The Grant Proposal: an Explanation of Its Components:
Central Library Community Room
220 State Street, Springfield MA
CHANGE IN DATE! Tuesday, September 30, 2-4 pm

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Review the elemental components of a grant proposal to understand their distinctions, purposes, and organization. The group will be guided through an overview of the components and in-depth look at one or two of the components to offer examples and specific suggestions for how best to craft them. The targeted components include the Abstract/Summary, Introduction, Organization Description, Statement of Need, Goals and Objectives, Project Activities and Outcomes, Evaluation, Dissemination, and Budget and Continuation Funding.

Bring your proposal drafts to the class for possible discussion as it relates to the proposal components. Led by Deborah Koch, Director of Grants at Springfield Technical Community College, and author of How to Say It: Grantwriting, Write Proposals that Grantwriters Want to Fund.

Free parking is available in the State Street parking lot located across the street from the library. Enter the library building through the ground floor door on the right.

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.

Philanthropy In/Sight

This interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics — virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. In/Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. 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. Funder profiles include:
Address and contact information
Fields of interest
Program areas
Fiscal information.


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