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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

Meet the Grantmakers
Friday, April 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us to hear area grantmakers discuss how their foundations operate, funder perspectives on the grantmaking process, expectations for grantseekers, what distinguishes a successful grant application, and more! You will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the grantmakers and to briefly learn about free grantseeking resources at the Chester County Library. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Check-in begins at 9:00 AM, with panel starting at 9:30 AM. Scheduled panelists include May Pritchard of the Pew Charitable Trusts and Charles Huston, III of the Huston Foundation.

Planning for Leadership Transitions in your Nonprofit Organizations
Thursday, May 4th, 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Struble Room, Chester County Library
Please join us for a panel discussion on managing and surviving executive leadership transitions at nonprofit organizations. The session will include a discussion of “best practices” as it relates to leadership transitions, as well as information gained from leaders who have been involved in leadership transitions. Space  is limited. Pre-registration is required. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. The program will start at 9:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Pamela Bryer, MPH, CFRE, Consultant
Robert Beggs, Executive Director, Good Works, Inc.
Beth Hare, President, Criterion Search Group
Milena Lanz, Executive Director, Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County
Mary Lou Sterge, Board Chair, Chester County Fund for Women & Girls; Board Member, The Colonial Theatre

This event is sponsored by the following organizations: Brandywine Health Foundation, Chester County Community Foundation, Chester County Fund for Women & Girls, Chester County Library, The Fund for Chester County Libraries, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, United Way

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.

Pennsylvania Foundations Online
Pennsylvania Foundations Online - In-library use at Chester County Library only
Updated, online version of the Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations.

Pennsylvania Foundations Online 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

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