Foundation Center Funding Information Network

The Ridgefield Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the prestigious Foundation Center
in New York City. Formerly known as a Cooperating Collection, Funding Information Network partners
provide under-resourced and underserved populations in need of vital information and training with tools
they can use to become successful grantseekers. At locations throughout the country, network partners
offer free public access to the Center’s online databases and publications which provide detailed
information on grantmakers and guidance on applying for grants. Ridgefield Library has been a partner
with the Foundation Center since 2011.

Contact: Christie Mitchell, Reference Librarian 203-438-2282 x1014

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Online Resources

The Foundation Center's databases are the leading resource for funding information and research providing the most comprehensive information on U.S. grants and grantmakers.  Available on library computers only.

Foundation Directory Online
                Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
                Philanthropy In/Sight

New!  Name Change to "Funding Information Network"
Same great resources and services.

The Foundation Center has recently changed the name of its Cooperating Collections program to the Funding Information Network. This new name better illustrates how Funding Information Network partners, such as the Ridgefield Library, help people find funding for their projects.

The Funding Information Network is a network of more than 475 libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide grant and fundraising information in their communities. Network partners agree to provide free public access to the Center's online databases and core collection of publications as well as offer research guidance to patrons and visitors.

New!  Foundation Directory Online FDO Free

Introducing a free version of Foundation Directory Online available on the Internet.  View basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations searchable by name and location. Search Form 990-PF's by keyword. Full search features are available in Foundation Directory Online, on library computers only.

Need help?

Contact the Ridgefield Library Reference Desk at 203-438-2282 x1014

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Ask us your funding quesions - Foundation Center


Foundation Center Websites and Resources

The Foundation Center - Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Thousands of people visit the Center’s web site each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and its Funding Information Network locations nationwide.

Foundations for Education Excellence - Helping foundations leverage public and private funds for improving education.

Glasspockets - Showcases online transparency and accountability practices of the largest foundations.

GrantCraft - Valued resource for learning and sharing the craft of grantmaking.

GrantSpace - Information and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.

IssueLab - An easy-to-use collection of free case studies, white papers, evaluations, and issue briefs from thousands of foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Collaboration Resources - Offers real-life examples of how nonprofits are working together.

Philanthrophy News Digest - Daily news service of philanthropy includes interviews, opinion, reviews of books, websites, and nonprofits, funding opportunities and nonprofit job postings.

Connecticut Grant and Nonprofit Information

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Fairfield County Community Foundation

Volunteer Center serving Western Connecticut

Pro Bono Partnership

General Grant and Nonprofit Information - your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants

GuideStar - information on nonprofits

Philanthropy Journal - nonprofit news and resources


Library Materials

Foundation Center Funding Information Network print resources are housed in a designated area near the Reference Desk. Also found in this area are additional materials on related topics from our circulating collection.

Reference Books from the Foundation Center

After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship

America's Nonprofit Sector

Annual Register of Grant Support (2012)

Board Member's Book

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th ed.

The Foundation Directory, 2013

The Foundation Directory, Part 2. 2013

The Foundation Directory Supplement

Foundation Fundamentals

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates

Foundations and Public Policy

The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals

Guía para escribir propuestas

Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs

International Grantmaking IV

National Directory of Corporate Giving

Securing Your Organization’s Future

Social Justice Grantmaking II

The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance

Additional Titles Available for borrowing with a Connecticut library card

Fundraising for Dummies

Grantwriting for Dummies

How to Say It:  Grantwriting

Effective Fundraising for nonprofits

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising

Raising More with Less

Starting and Building a Nonprofit

Creating a Private Foundation

The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing

Winning Foundation Grants


Chronicle of Philanthropy

See General Periodical Indexes online

Also of Interest

From time to time, Library staff and others hold informational sessions and training workshops on philanthropy, grantseeking, scholarships and related topics.

Check here to see if we have any upcoming programs.

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