Funding Information Network

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The Chester County Library is part of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network (formerly known as the Cooperating Collections Network).

As part of this international network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Chester County Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases (available for in-library use only).

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Introduction to Foundation Maps
Friday, September 8, 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m., Burke Room, Chester County Library
Foundations Maps brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where. It is a comprehensive resource for generating maps on the size, scope, and giving priorities of foundations in the U.S and, increasingly, around the world. Please note: Foundation Maps has replaced Philanthropy In/Sight. This program will be presented in person by Susan Shiroma, Senior Librarian of the Foundation Center in partnership with the Chester County Library & District Center in Exton, PA. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Introduction to Finding Grants with FDOP
Friday, September 22, 9:30.m.-11:30a.m., Struble Room, Chester County Library
Attendees will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach. In this hands-on workshop, grantseekers will learn how to research and connect with potential funders through the Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDOP) database, available at the Chester County Library in Exton. This course is designed for members of the 501c3 community who are new to fundraising or who would like more experience using FDOP. Time will be available for you to search grants in a guided environment. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Introduction to Finding Grants with FDOP
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m., Struble Room, Chester County Library
Attendees will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach. In this hands-on workshop, grantseekers will learn how to research and connect with potential funders through the Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDOP) database, available at the Chester County Library in Exton. This course is designed for members of the 501c3 community who are new to fundraising or who would like more experience using FDOP. Time will be available for you to search grants in a guided environment. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Databases
Foundation Directory Online Quick Start
Includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. For more advanced search options, such as program and interest field searches, visit the Chester County Library to use Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Foundation Directory Online Professional - In-library use at Chester County Library only.
A premier grantseeking research tool. Search over 110,000 grantmaker profiles, 5 million awarded-grant records, 4,000 company profiles and more. Updated weekly.
 
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online -In-library use at Chester County Library only.
Find funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. 

Foundation Maps  -In-library use at Chester County Library only. 
The Foundation Center's interactive mapping tool. Display grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data using maps, charts, and lists.

All Foundation Center Funding Information Network Databases may be used in-library at the Chester County Library only. Please see the Reference Desk for log-in assistance.

Questions and Related Resources
For more information on using our Funding Information Network resources or Pennsylvania Foundations Online, please visit the Reference Desk at the Chester County Library, call us at 610-280-2620 or email ref@ccls.org.

For more free resources on funding opportunities, grant writing information, and related topics, visit our Grants Resource Guide.