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Foundation Center Funding Information Network
Nonprofit Resources

Main Library - Foundation Center Cooperative Collection for Non-Profit Resources Location: Main Library - 2nd Floor

Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm (excluding June-August)
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Phone: (704) 416-0128

This special collection is provided with generous support from The Duke Endowment. .

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner. This special resource collection allows nonprofits, grantmakers, and individual researchers to identify potential funding partners and collaborators.

As a member of the Foundation Center's international network of libraries, community foundations, and related agencies, the Main Library offers free access to print and electronic resources that support philanthropy.

How Can the Non-Profit Collection Help Me?

• Learn the fundamentals of grant seeking and grant making

• Use resources for effective prospect research

• Check out materials on grant proposal writing

• Access print and full-text ebooks on starting a nonprofit, nonprofit board development and management, fundraising and more

• Attend regular workshops on topics relevant to nonprofits

Where will I find the collection?

The Founding Information Network reference resources are housed on the second floor of the Main Library.  Expanded access to Foundation Center online resources, including the Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Grants to Individuals, and Foundation Maps is available at Main Library and all six Regional Library locations.  Staff can assist users with these resources during regular library hours. Appointments are not required.

Grant Information

Since 1956, the Foundation Center has been the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. They connect nonprofits and individuals with grant and grantmakers via the most comprehensive database on U.S. foundation and corporate grants available. Use the Foundation Center website to find free basic information about funders based on name, state, and zip code. Search results include organization address, telephone, contact names, assets, total giving, website, and IRS filings (form 990), when available. Website also includes free online tutorials on Foundations and Fundraising, Proposal Writing, and Nonprofit Management.

The following resources are available from public computers at select library locations:

  • Foundation Directory Online
    The Foundation Center Online is the premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantsmakers and their grants. Includes almost one million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grantmakers. Either keyword text search all fields in this database or limit results geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, donor name, and more. Results may be sorted by total giving or total assets. Records include Profile, Grants, News/Jobs/RFPs, Publications, People and 990s, where available. Updated weekly.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, is one of the most comprehensive databases of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals for purposes, including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare. Either keyword text search or limit results by foundation name, geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, or school name. Updated weekly.
  • Foundation Maps
    Foundation Maps is Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact. (Access limited to library Internet PCs, personal WiFi laptops and browser enabled devices. Please see staff for assistance.)

View Additional Selected Online Nonprofit Resources

Non-Profit Programs and Events

  • Introduction to Finding Grants
    Learn the basics of successful grant seeking and how to get started using Foundation Directory Online to find potential private foundation funders for your nonprofit. Please contact Jeff at 704-416-7200 or to register.
    Location: University City Regional - Computer Lab
    Date: 9/1/2015 at 10:15am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 8/18/2015
    Contact: Jeff Gavin, 704-416-7200

  • Introduction to Finding Grants
    Learn the basics of successful grant seeking and how to get started using Foundation Directory Online to find potential private foundation funders for your nonprofit. Please phone 704-416-0128 or email to register.
    Location: Main Library - JHC- Computer Lab A
    Date: 9/2/2015 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults
    Contact: Lydia Towery, 704-416-0128

  • Nonprofit Legal Clinic provided by the Charlotte School of Law
    Bring up to five (5) representatives from your nonprofit to meet individually with a student attorney about nonprofit legal issues. Services are limited to the advice that the student gives, but the possibility of further assistance available.
    Location: Main Library
    Date: 9/26/2015 at 10am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Contact: Lydia Towery, 704416-0128

  • Introduction to Finding Grants
    Learn the basics of successful grant seeking and how to get started using Foundation Directory Online to find potential private foundation funders for your nonprofit. Please contact Jeremy at 704-416-3035 or to register.
    Location: Beatties Ford Road - Computer Lab
    Date: 10/9/2015 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Contact: Jeremy D. Lytal, 704-416-3000

  • Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: SCORE & The Library
    Learn about business plans, how to develop your business, & SCORE support services. If you are not using the free library research services for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, market data and more...find out how.
    Location: Main Library - Dowd Foundation Learning Studio
    Date: 10/21/2015 at 5:30pm
    Age Range: Adults
    Registration Begins: 1/15/2015
    Contact: Mimi Curlee

  • Get more Information

    Need more detailed information directly from the source?
    The Foundation Center's Online Librarian can answer your questions about foundations, philanthropy, and fundraising research.

    Get answers to your funding research quesions - Ask Us - Foundation Center

    National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations
    Click here & select Advanced Search.

    Browse & Download
    Nonprofit eBooks

    Contact the Library's Cooperating Collection

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