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.


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 at 413-263-6828 ext 423 or by using the form below.

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. Download the Quick Guide to Foundation Directory Online.

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.

GrantSpace

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.

Upcoming Classes

Funding Information Network – Grant Writing 101 series

All four of these workshops will be held at the Central Library. Registration begins January 1, 2018

Intro to Finding Grants
Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

Learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Hands-On Workshop – Tips & Tricks: Searching Foundation Directory Online
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

Learn how to identify grantmakers most likely to fund your project. Use the database tools to search for funders and recipients.

Intro to Proposal Writing
Tuesday, March 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Community Room

A quick overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: the basic elements of a proposal; the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.

Hands-On Workshop – Tips & Tricks: Searching Foundation Directory Online
Thursday, March 29, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Central Library Computer Lab

Learn how to identify grantmakers most likely to fund your project. Use the database tools to search for funders and recipients.


Funding Information Network

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