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Candid community


The Chester County Library is part of the Candid community (formerly known as the Funding Information 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 Candid’s electronic databases (available for in-library use only).

You can find on-demand training courses (many for free) from the Foundation Center here

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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In-library use at Chester County Library only

Quantity – Easily search 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations, and thousands of faith-based nonprofits. Gather insights on financials, people/leadership, mission, and more.

Quality – Authoritative data derived from validated sources, including 990s and direct reporting—verified and updated daily. Best-in-sector proprietary data processing enabling comprehensive analysis.

Productivity (instead of speed) – Expand your research and analysis efficiency.

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Foundation Directory Online Professional

In-library use at Chester County Library only

Candid’s premier grantseeking research tool. Search over 110,000 grantmaker profiles, 5 million awarded-grant records, 4,000 company profiles and more. Updated weekly.

Nonprofits and individuals seeking funding, scholarships, or fellowships can access Foundation Directory to find and connect with funders.

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Foundation Directory Online Quick Start

Includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Click here to access.

For more advanced search options, such as program and interest field searches, visit the Chester County Library to use Foundation Directory Online Professional. 

Questions and Related Resources

For more information on using our Candid community resources or Pennsylvania Foundations Online, please visit the Reference Desk at the Chester County Library, call us at 610-344-5957 or email [email protected].

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