Subjects: Foundation Collection

About the Foundation Information Network

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.  Visit our Washington, D.C. office

Funding Information Network

The Funding Information Network provides free resources and information to the public through partnerships with libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers. Partners provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.

Foundation Center Resources

Where to begin? The Foundation Center databases listed below are accessible only in the Scarborough Library:

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional - provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 3.8 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 1 million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - We know of roughly 10,000 grantmakers -- less than 1/10 of the entire database -- that give to individuals, mainly to help with paying for education, or artistic or research projects.

For help, consult the following:

  • Watch the video Intro to finding grants (runtime 29:55)
  • Print resources such as Guide to Proposal Writing and The National Directory of Corporate Giving are located next to library room 243 on the bottom shelf These items contain further information on Foundations partners in the Foundation Information Network.
  • PDF handouts that can be saved to a thumb/flash drive or printed:

More Information from the Foundation Center

The Foundation Information Network is strengthening the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy. Shepherd University is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center of New York. The library's Foundation Collection is one of over 340 collections affiliated with the Foundation Center in New York .