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 Proposal Budgeting:
Tuesday, March 10, 2 – 4 pm
Central Library Community Room
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Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will address budgeting questions such as:
  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Selecting the Best Funders for Your Project (with Deborah Koch)
Tuesday, March 17, 2 – 4 pm
Central Library Community Room
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Many grant proposals are rejected because they are not a good match with the grantmaker. This workshop will help grantseekers understand how to investigate funders to see if they are a good match for their projects. Participants will learn to identify the good match indicators and how to determine a funder’s problem-solving approach, underlying beliefs, and political ideology. Because this information affects what is presented and emphasized in a proposal, grantseekers will discover how to read between the lines and find the “hook” – the connection between one’s project and a prospective funder – and how to write their proposals in a way that the funder can hear.

Presented 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.


Introduction to Finding Funders (offered twice)
Thursday, March 12, 2 – 3:30 pm
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OR
Thursday, March 19, 2 – 3:30 pm
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Central Library Computer Lab

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool.

This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’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.



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.

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.

Funding Information Network