Nonprofit Services

As a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers free access to print and electronic resources that support philanthropy. This special collection is provided with generous support from The Duke Endowment.

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How We Can Help You

  • Learn the fundamentals of grant seeking and grant making
  • Use resources for effective prospect research
  • Attend regular workshops on topics relevant to nonprofits
  • Check out materials on proposal writing
  • Access print and full-text ebooks on starting a nonprofit, nonprofit board development and management, fundraising and more

Where will I find the collection?

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

Foundation Center

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.


Premium Resources

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Foundation Center Online Professional is the premier resource for locating in-depth information about grant makers and their grants. Only available inside a regional branch.

Foundation Directory Online Free

Source of basic directory information for foundations and nonprofits; research nonprofit tax forms for specific recipients and amounts of private giving.

Foundation Maps

A data visualization platform for global philanthropy, revealing patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas where philanthropy has made an impact. Only available inside a regional branch.

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Comprehensive database of foundations providing support for individuals including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, and more. Only available inside a regional branch.

Additional Resources


Free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs on some of the world's most pressing social problems.

Philanthropy News Digest

A daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets.


Grantspace offers free, easy to use, self-service tools to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong organizations.

Gale CENGAGE Learning

Provides key information about U.S. nonprofits including foundations, scholarships, research centers, trusts, religious organizations, hospitals and others.

Nonprofit Programs and Events

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Center Funding Information Network

2nd Floor of Main Library
Phone: (704) 416-0128

Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm