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 x12004

Online Resources   |   Websites   |   Library Materials   |   Also of Interest

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
Foundation Maps (
replaces Philanthropy In/Sight)

Programs and Events

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 any upcoming programs.

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. Note: Full search features are available from Foundation Directory Online *available on library computers only.

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.

Need help?

Contact the Ridgefield Library Adult Service Desk at 203-438-2282 x12004

Read the Foundation Center's Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Foundation Center's Online Librarian - Click on the red button

Ask us your funding quesions - Foundation Center


Foundation Center Websites and Resources

New!  FoundationStats -
The Foundation Center's Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resource available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community. Stats include subject areas (such as education), population groups (such as senior citizens), and geographic location (by state or nationwide.)

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.

Links to Nonprofit Resources - Foundations Center's selected list of the most useful websites for the nonprofit sector including philanthropy, fundraising, nonprofit news, management, technology, and more.

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

Pro Bono Partnership


Connecticut Volunteer Information

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits - Volunteers

United Way of Western Connecticut - The Volunteer Center

General Information on Grants, Nonprofits, and Philanthropy

Chronicle of Philanthropy - Online version (current issues are kept in Adult Services) - 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 located in a designated area near the Adult Services Desk. Additional resources on philanthropy, grants, grantwriting, nonprofits, and more are also available.

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 - published 20 times per year.

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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