Funding Information Network

Funding Information Network

As a member of’s nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Springfield City Library provides visitors with free public access to Candid’s electronic databases, The Foundation Directory Online and GuideStar Pro. The fully searchable databases 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.

Nonprofits, grassroots organizations and individual patrons are welcome to use the databases at any Springfield Library branch during our open hours. Wireless access for devices is available.

No preliminary training is required, but it can be helpful to meet with a librarian – please contact Katherine Stapp at 413-263-6828 ext. 423  or for an appointment.

For more information, or to be added to the electronic mailing list for Foundation Center classes and other news of interest to nonprofits, contact us at 413-263-6828 ext. 423 or by using the form below.

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Related Databases

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
A searchable database of 140,000+ 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. Download the Quick Guide to Foundation Directory Online.

While the Foundation Directory (listed above) helps nonprofit organizations find and connect with grantmakers, GuideStar helps grantmakers and donors connect with nonprofits. Learn more about claiming your nonprofit’s GuideStar profile here, and about Candid’s Seals of Transparency. Read more about Candid’s Go for the Gold program here. The professional version of this database is available for use in-library.

Additional Resources

Foundation Directory Online QuickStart Free
A free search tool that provides public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF. Free registration is required.

Candid Learning (formerly Grantspace)
Candid Learning, a service of the Candid, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers, including videos, podcasts, a Knowledge Base, FAQs, training, and more. Free registration is required.

Nonprofit Startup Resources
Find helpful resources for starting a nonprofit, such as checklists, nonprofit associations, legal support, and government agencies. Includes the Nonprofit Startup Assessment (free Candid Learning registration is required), which helps you assess your readiness to start a nonprofit, and access resources to build your skills and knowledge as a founder.

Philanthropy Classification System
The Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) is Candid’s taxonomy, describing the work of grantmakers, recipient organizations and the philanthropic transactions between those entities. Need to know the exact terms the nonprofit world uses to describe your work? This tool will help.

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a daily news service of Candid, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. It is also a place where you can browse open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and/or set up alerts for when new RFPs are posted in a certain subject area.

U.S. Social Sector Dashboard
Learn more about the social sector in the United States as a whole. Candid provides charts and statistics to provide high-level information about the sector.

Nonprofit Compensation Report
Candid’s report analyzes salaries and benefits from over 140,000 individual observations from nearly 90,000 organizations. For full access, please contact Katherine Stapp at 413-263-6828 ext. 423  or

Issue Lab
Download free research, evaluations, case studies, and more published and funded by social sector organizations from around the world.’s Community One Stop for Growth
The Community One Stop for Growth is a single application portal and collaborative review process of community development grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum. This process streamlines the experience for the applicant and better coordinates economic development programs and staff on engagement and grant making.

Upcoming Classes

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.  Need help immediately? Individual training sessions are available by appointment, call 413-263-6828 ext. 423 or email