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Subjects: Foundation Collection

About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and grantmakers. Resources include current and comprehensive information about foundations, corporate and federal funding agencies, fundraising techniques, and proposal writing.

Foundation Information Network - Where to Begin

Where to begin? The specialized internet databases from the Foundation Center are accessible only in the Scarborough Library. To begin, please click the first link, the Foundation Directory Online Professional, and good luck with your search.

If you would like more help, either contact Rhonda for an appointment or please watch the video Intro to finding grants located below. 

Introduction to Finding Grants - the Video

This 30 minute video will give you the basics to finding grants on the Foundation Information Network (FIN)

Topics include:

You Can’t Survive on Grants Alone, Types of Funders, Funder Motivations, Grant Writing is Never About the Need of Your Organization, What Qualifies as a Credible Nonprofit?, How to Start a Nonprofit, Do Your Homework First, The One Size Fits All Approach Doesn’t Work, To Get the Grant, You Have to How to Find the Right Match, How to Use the Foundation Directory Online, Ask for the Right Amount, Cultivating a Relationship with Funders, Sample Letters and Proposals on GrantSpace, Tips for the Initial Approach, Key Takeaways.

Foundation Center Resources

  • Print resources are located next to library room 243 on the bottom shelf.  These items contain further information on Foundations partners in the Foundation Information Network.
  • "Getting Started" and other Help Resources in PDF are located below. You may save the items to a thumb/flash drive or print them here.

Shepherd University and the Foundation Center

A Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center of New York. The University Library's Foundation Collection is one of over 340 collections affiliated with the Foundation Center in New York .

Foundation Center participation is made possible in cooperation with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, and Shepherd University .

Coordinator of Electronic Resources/Collection Development

Rhonda Donaldson
Scarborough Library

Office #252

Shepherdstown, WV 25443