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.
Foundation Center Classes in March 2016
Get Started: A Checklist for New Nonprofits
Tuesday, March 15, 2 – 4 pm, Central Library Community Room
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This class will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help increase your organization’s readiness for foundation fundraising, addressing such questions as:
• What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding?
• What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so?
• What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits?
This course is geared towards representatives of community groups without nonprofit status or new nonprofits with very little experience in grantseeking in general.
Introduction to Finding Funders
Thursday, March 17, 2-3:30 pm, Central Library Computer Lab
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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.