Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

New York, NY -- April 4, 2008. The new eighth edition of Foundation Fundamentals emphasizes the latest online resources that today's grantseekers can use to identify, research, and approach foundations. A favorite of professors in academic programs in nonprofit management and fundraising, the text includes concise historical background and current trends in the world of foundations. This highly user-friendly guide is an essential resource for anyone new to the field of philanthropy, especially new staff at foundations and other nonprofits, because it provides the definitive answer to the question: What is a foundation?

Edited by Sarah Collins, who has many years of experience helping the Center's various audiences learn about foundations, the book emphasizes resources available online for the 21st-century fundraiser and demonstrates how to use pertinent databases and directories to create prospect lists, formulate effective research strategies, and design competitive grant proposals. Included are more than 60 figures, charts, screen shots, and worksheets to supplement the text.

New to the eighth edition are chapters focused on the unique funding research needs of individual grantseekers and on resources for corporate funding research. Other features include an expanded bibliography and brief descriptions of web sites of interest to grantseekers, grantmakers, and members of the nonprofit and academic communities.

To quote Sara Engelhardt, president of the Foundation Center in her Foreword to Foundation Fundamentals: "As with prior editions, this one provides an in-depth, systematic orientation to the field and the funding research process.... We have revised this new edition to focus primarily on web resources to help those of you new to the field take advantage of cutting-edge technologies in your research."

Foundation Fundamentals is available for purchase at the Center's online Marketplace. The cost is $34.95, with free shipping on online orders in April.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 54,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 370 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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