Electronic Databases

Foundation Directory Online    
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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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

What is Form 990 or 990-PF?
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.

Online Training Courses
Candid, formerly 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.