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Introduction to Finding Funders

Is your nonprofit organization looking for funds?

Come to the Grundy Library and learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the premier grantseeking database. FDO provides the most comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs.

For dates and registration information, please see Events & Classes

Special Events

The Grundy Library hosts special events for nonprofits and grantseekers throughout the year. For a list of upcoming events, please see Events & Classes




The Nonprofit Resource Center contains print resources covering a variety of topics, including:

  • Proposal Writing 
  • Nonprofit Law and Governance
  • Starting a Nonprofit
  • Fundraising and Prospect Research
  • Funding for Education

To browse a current list of the Library's print materials, go to Nonprofit Resource Center materials.

Online Databases (in-library use only)

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Provides the most comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their activities. Includes:

  • Detailed records of over 130,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities
  • Over 3 million recent grant records
  • Over half a million trustee, officer, and donor names - fully indexed
  • Over 1 million IRS 990s - fully keyword-searchable
  • 54 search fields, including keyword search

Download a copy of Tips for Searching Foundation Directory Online Professional

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

An online database containing detailed records of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Foundation Maps Professional

An interactive mapping tool that brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where.

Download a copy of Guide to Foundation Maps


Web Links

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center's official website offers a wealth of information & training opportunities.


GrantSpace, published by the Foundation Center, provides an extensive collection of online classes. 


Please see our collection of bookmarks at Delicious to view a list of recommended websites.


A Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.