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Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, 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. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants-a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people gain access to Foundation Center's free and affordable resources at its website, in its five regional library/learning centers, and through its Funding Information Network.

Visitors to Foundation Center's Funding Information Network locations gain access to a wealth of information on grants and grant makers in the U.S. and around the world, plus individual assistance and training on how to use this information-all at no charge. This rapidly growing network of partners located in libraries, community foundations, and nonprofit resource centers throughout the nation and in other places around the globe---gives grant seekers the dedicated support they want to find the grants they need. Funding Information Network partners offer core Foundation center electronic and print resources-databases, directories, and other publications-as well as fundraising research guidance, funding-related technical assistance, workshops, and programs for local nonprofits.

Foundation Center Databases – FREE Access
(In-Library Use Only at Downtown location)

Foundation Directory Online Professional, the nation's most comprehensive grant seeking resource for nonprofits and consultants. With over 3 million records in our grants database, it's easy to see who is receiving funding and why. You can search our fully-digitized 990 and 990-PF files by keyword, fiscal year, grant maker name, EIN, and location. To learn how to search the Foundation Directory Online, Search Tutorials and Guided Tours are available on the main page of the website.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, providing over 10,000 records on grant makers that support individual grant seekers. Updated weekly, it's an ideal resource for students, artists, and researchers. Detailed help section with search tips, tutorials, and glossary is available on the main page of the website.

Foundation Maps, an interactive mapping tool that can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships.

GrantSpace is the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. It offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.

Core list of print publications from the Foundation Center available at Hartford Public Library
(In-Library Use Only at Downtown location)

Electronic resources:

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
  • Foundation Maps

Up-to-date print publications:

  • After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship
  • America's Nonprofit Sector
  • Board Members' Book
  • The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing
  • The Foundation Directory
  • The Foundation Directory, Part 2
  • Foundation Fundamentals
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals
  • Foundations and Public Policy
  • The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals
  • Guia para escribir propuestas
  • Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving
  • Securing Your Organization's Future
  • Social Justice Grantmaking II
  • The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governanc

GrantStation – FREE Access (In-Library Use Only at Downtown location)

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers.  The majority of funders that make up the U.S. Charitable Giving and International Charitable Giving databases are private foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations, and corporate contribution programs. A number of faith-based funders, association grant programs, and other grant programs are also included in the database.
Funder profiles include:

  • Primary contact information
  • Current funding priorities, geographic scope, grant guidelines, and application deadlines
  • Hyperlinks to funders' emails and websites
  • Notes that provide "insider" information on selected funders

All funder profiles are updated on an annual basis and include a corresponding date-stamp. In addition, profiles are revised periodically throughout the year to reflect changes in application procedures and/or funding priorities.