As a member of the Foundation Center’s 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 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.
Representatives of nonprofit and grassroots organizations and other patrons are welcome to use the databases in the main reference area (Wellman Hall) at the Central Library at any time during our open hours. Wireless access for laptop computers is available.
No preliminary training is required but it can be helpful to meet with a librarian – please contact Elizabeth at 413-263-6828 ext. 437 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 437 or by using the form below.
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 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 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.
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, 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 Grantspace 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.
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. 437 or contact us by using the form below.