We cater to all levels of experience—whether you're an emerging entrepreneur, interested in learning more about the social sector, a newbie just starting out in your nonprofit career, or on the leadership team looking for resources to strengthen your organization for long-term sustainability. You benefit from our wealth of knowledge on the field and our staff of onsite resource specialists who can help guide your efforts.

Our Programs

We offer trainings and classes to strengthen your skills, and we also help to broaden your network and build connections to others in the field through our convenings, meetups and other special events.

Please check out our our program calendar to help plan your next visit.

Our Resources

In addition to our events and classes, we also offer a great deal of resources to guide your efforts to build your organization's capacity.

Foundation Center has a wealth of knowledge-building tools which are all available to you at no charge when you visit Foundation Center Midwest during our hours of operation—Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

These include:

  • Professional access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO): FDO makes it easy to turn foundations into funders. It's the only resource you need to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants and manage your prospects through to funding.
  • Other proprietary databases to help with your research such as: EBSCO Nonprofit Organization Resource Center for scholarly research, DonorSearch for individual prospecting, and LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations for researching corporate support.
  • Reference library and lending collection. Check out our collection here, or stop by our Center to browse first-hand.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Foundation Center Midwest!

P.S. If you are unable to get to our Cleveland Center, please be sure to visit one of our Funding Information Network partners in the midwestern region.

Lending Program

Become a registered borrower anytime the library is open and become eligible to borrow up to two items from our lending collection. There are two ways in which you can borrow books from the Foundation Center-Cleveland library:

  1. You can select from a small collection of regularly-circulated books. 
  2. You can check out High Demand books from the collection by putting collateral down in the form of a credit card, check or cash in the amount of the price of each book. HD books are identified by the orange star on their spine and can be found throughout the collection.

Requirements and procedures for registered borrowers:

  • Complete and sign a Borrower Registration Form and show a valid photo identification card. 

  • Agree to comply with all library rules and regulations and to be accountable for any loss or damage to materials, assuming full responsibility for items borrowed under her or his name and committing to return them on time.
  • Up to two items may be borrowed for two weeks and checked out anytime during regular library hours.
  • Items must be returned to the library by closing time on the due date. If a holiday occurs, items must be returned by closing time on the following day.
  • An item will be considered overdue if it is not returned by 4:30 p.m. on the day it is due. Foundation Center staff will notify borrowers by phone or e-mail when items are overdue.
  • If an item is lost or damaged, the library will submit a bill to the borrower for full replacement cost, plus a $5 replacement fee. Until all fees are paid, borrowers will have their borrowing privileges denied.