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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:
Tuesday -Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
Click for Regional Branch Hours

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 Cooperating Collection is 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 Philanthropy In/Sight 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.
  • Philanthropy Insight
    Philanthropy In/Sight® is the Foundation Center's data visualization platform for global philanthropy, developed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics, and others interested in the impact of philanthropy worldwide. It reveals patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas where philanthropy has made an impact, and areas where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. (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 Funders
    Learn how to get started using Foundation Directory Online to find potential private grantmakers for your nonprofit. Please phone 704-416-0128 or email ltowery@cmlibrary.org with questions or to register.
    Location: Main Library - JHC- Computer Lab A
    Date: 8/22/2014 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Contact: Lydia Towery, 704-416-0128

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Your Library & SCORE
    This workshop focuses on testing your business idea & identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Hear about free SCORE support services & library resources for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, & more
    Location: Independence Regional - IB Community Room
    Date: 9/13/2014 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 8/16/2014
    Contact: Reference Staff, 704-416-4800 opt. 4
    SCORE is a nonprofit helping small businesses get started, grow and succeed. Offered the 2nd Saturday each month.

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Main Library & SCORE
    Hear about business plans, lessons learned about developing your business,and free SCORE support services. Be aware of the free library research services for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, market area and more.
    Location: Main Library - Dowd Foundation Learning Studio
    Date: 9/17/2014 at 5:30pm
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 8/20/2014

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Your Library & SCORE
    This workshop focuses on testing your business idea & identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Hear about free SCORE support services & library resources for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, & more
    Location: Independence Regional - IB Community Room
    Date: 10/11/2014 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 9/13/2014
    Contact: Reference Staff, 704-416-4800 opt. 4
    SCORE is a nonprofit helping small businesses get started, grow and succeed. Offered the 2nd Saturday each month.

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Main Library & SCORE
    Hear about business plans, lessons learned about developing your business,and free SCORE support services. Be aware of the free library research services for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, market area and more.
    Location: Main Library - Dowd Foundation Learning Studio
    Date: 10/15/2014 at 5:30pm
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 9/17/2014

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Your Library & SCORE
    This workshop focuses on testing your business idea & identifying key factors that influence start-up success. Hear about free SCORE support services & library resources for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, & more
    Location: Independence Regional - IB Community Room
    Date: 11/8/2014 at 10:30am
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 10/11/2014
    Contact: Reference Staff, 704-416-4800 opt. 4
    SCORE is a nonprofit helping small businesses get started, grow and succeed. Offered the 2nd Saturday each month.

  • Starting & Growing Your Small Business: Main Library & SCORE
    Hear about business plans, lessons learned about developing your business,and free SCORE support services. Be aware of the free library research services for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, market area and more.
    Location: Main Library - Dowd Foundation Learning Studio
    Date: 11/19/2014 at 5:30pm
    Age Range: Adults, Seniors
    Registration Begins: 10/22/2014


  • 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.


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    Nonprofit eBooks




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