Electronic Databases

Foundation Directory Online Professional In-house use only
A comprehensive database of over 100,000 grantmakers and 2.4 million grants.  Allows you to search across the text of the entire database of IRS 990s.  Updated weekly.
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Foundation Grants to Individuals Online In-house use only
More than 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers.
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Foundation Maps Professional
Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.

Foundations in Wisconsin In-house use only
The foundation profiles include contact information, total assets, grants paid and areas of interest.
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Research Tools and Tutorials

Before You Seek a Grant
This webinar employs a step-by-step checklist approach to assist community groups or new nonprofits increase their readiness to approach foundations for funding.

Demystifying the 990-FF
An overview of Form 990-PF, the IRS return filed by private foundations.

Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship
A detailed look at how individual grantseekers can affiliate with an organization to increase their chances for receiving funding.

Guide to Funding Research
A basic primer on the grantseeking process and an introduction to the available resources.

Introduction to Finding Funders
This session provides an introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Introduction to Finding Grants
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Online Training Courses
The Foundation Center offers interactive online training courses. These detailed guided courses reinforce lessons with interactivity, assignments and self-tests. When you select an e-learning course, you will be asked to log in or register at the Foundation Center’s website.