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

Funding Information Network programs have concluded for 2021. Events will resume in spring of 2022.

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


Foundation Directory Online Essential - Remote Access Only
Candid, the parent company of the Foundation Center, has provided us with temporary, free remote access to Foundation Directory Online Essential through the end of 2020. This valuable resource includes: 

  • 103,000+ expanded grantmaker profiles

  • 300,000+ key decision makers and leaders

  • Searchable 990s and 990-PDFs

  • FDO Workspace

To access Foundation Directory Online Essential remotely, you'll need to:

  1. Log into your Library Account using "My Account Login"

  2. Once logged in, you'll see a link in the middle of the landing page that says "Click here to access Foundation Directory Online Essential remotely."

  3. Contact Us if your library card number and/or PIN does not work.

If you need more in-depth information on a foundation than FDO Essential can provide, please email us at and one of our librarians can send you the full Funder Profile from Foundation Directory Online Professional.

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. 

All Foundation Center Funding Information Network Databases may be used in-library at the Chester County Library only. Please see the Reference Desk for 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 610-344-5957 or email

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