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 September

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Tuesday, September 15, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library Community Room
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Introduction to Proposal Writing
For those who are new to proposal writing, and wondering about 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? Introduction to Proposal Writing, an overview of the process for new proposal writers, will give you some answers! Led by Donna Goldthwaite, librarian and Funding Information Network Supervisor.

Tuesday, September 22, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library Community Room
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The Grant Proposal: An Explanation of its Components
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. Led by Deborah Koch, author of How to Say It: Grantwriting, Write Proposals that Grantwriters Want to Fund.

Thursday, September 17, 2-3:30 pm,
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Thursday, September 24, 2-3:30 pm
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Central Library Computer Lab
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Introduction to Finding Funders
Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Funding Information Network’s comprehensive funding research tool. This session provides an introduction to FIN’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization’s funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and IssueLab reports. We will also present an introduction to the GrantSpace website as time permits. Led by Donna Goldthwaite

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. 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