Become a Network Partner
Active, engaged partners are what drives the Funding Information Network.
Our partners enable Foundation Center to reach thousands more people in communities across the country and around the world. They consist of hundreds of organizations that house and provide—free of charge to the public—a suite of our trainings and databases to their local communities.
- Find out if your organization is eligible
- Learn about program fees and subsidies
- Prepare for the application process
Find Information You Need:
Are You Eligible?
Ideal network partners have and seek connections with nonprofits, public agencies, individual community advocates, and funders in their local community. Through these connections, network partners disseminate the knowledge tools provided by Foundation Center to increase the skills and support the work of their local nonprofit sector.
Partners are plugged in to their community needs in a fundamental way. Qualified organizations include (but are not limited to):
- Centers for innovation
- Nonprofit resource centers
Partners are assessed yearly on such standards as:
- Be open to the public, without restriction or fee
- Have staff available to assist the public in their use of foundation funding sources
- Offer public training (using Foundation Center materials) on the basics of grantseeking
- Send representatives to the Foundation Center's meetings of network partners
- Pay the annual membership fee
Network partnership with Foundation Center's Funding Information Network requires an annual fee of $1,995*. For this fee, network partners gain access to Foundation Center's suite of products, including three database subscriptions and exclusive Foundation Center training materials (an overall retail value of over $10,000).
The fee is billed on an annual basis (12 months). In addition to Foundation Center's premiere products and training materials, network partners benefit from free in-person and online training and conferences as well as a wider network of like-minded partners who are working in the field of nonprofit and fundraising information services.
Annual partnership fees are subject to change.
Saving Money Through Multi-Year Commitment
We are proud to say that over a third of the partners in our network have been with us for 10 years or longer. In fact, many have been in this network for 20, 30, even 40 years. To honor and encourage these long-standing relationships, we are offering partners a financial savings in exchange for longer commitment to the program.
By locking in your partnership for 2, 3, or 5 years, you can direct focus toward establishing a stable and well-rooted presence in your community as the go-to place for fundraising and grantseeking knowledge. Also, you can save as much as $1000.
We strive to ensure that organizations of all sizes have the ability to access our resources for sharing with their communities. In an effort to assist those who may need support with the annual partnership fee, we offer limited subsidies to prospective and existing under-resourced network partners, based on their operating budget size.
Preparing For Your Online Application
To help you prepare your online application, you can download the application toolkit and review a list of the main questions we ask in our application:
- How did you first find out about the Funding Information Network (formerly known as the Cooperating Collections program)?
- Why does your organization wish to join the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network?
- Who will support the cost of the yearly access fee and future enhancements to your partnership?
- Will you be exploring the option of a Foundation Center subsidy to support the cost of your network partnership?
- Is your organizational leadership (director, CEO, and/or board members) aware of and in support of your pursuit of this partnership with the Foundation Center?
- What region do you serve? (please indicate the parameters of your service area - county, city, region, etc.)
- What are the basic population characteristics of the community you serve? (income levels, ethnic makeup, etc.)
- Who in your community do you envision will utilize the materials and trainings you'll provide as a network partner?
- How many nonprofit organizations are located in your service area? Note: U.S. organizations can use GuideStar to find this number>
- Does your community have a unique, established and/or growing nonprofit sector (e.g. an arts district, an environmental movement, a large healthcare sector)?
- Are you interested in working with the Foundation Center to gather giving data on your country's philanthropic landscape?Primarily for international applicants
Public trainings and assistance
- Do you have access to a computer lab and/or training facilities?
- Do you have access to the Internet and equipment for training the public on Foundation Center resources?
- How often will you offer learning events for community organizations in your area?
Outreach and promotion:
- How will you promote events to nonprofits and relevant collaborating organizations in your community?
- If you have one, will your marketing/communications department be able to provide support in your efforts to promote your network partnership to your community?
- What relevant collaborative partnerships do you have or will you establish that will support your work with the nonprofit community?
Providing free access:
- Do you agree to provide reference assistance and access to Foundation Center databases and books to the public free of charge?
- How many hours per week will you be open and available to the public?
Staffing the program:
- Who will perform the duties of supervisor for your location?
- How many staff members will work with the supervisor to deliver and maintain Foundation Center resources?
- Please indicate your preparedness to provide funding for travel to a Network Days conference, or to attend virtually.
- Please indicate your preparedness to provide internal training to members of your staff/team to ensure that more than one person at your site knows how to administer Foundation Center resources.
Foundation Center staff visits:
- Would you like to explore adding a Foundation Center staff visit or training to your network partnership application?
- Please indicate your intent to post prominent brand affiliation with the Foundation Center as a partner in the Funding Information Network.
- Please indicate your willingness to publish a welcome page (URL provided by the Foundation Center) on your web site that serves as the gateway to all Center resources in one place.
- Please indicate the designated network supervisor's ability to submit regular (annual and on request) reports to the Foundation Center on how the program is faring at their location.
To complete the application, applicants will be asked to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy of an annual report with financial statements for the organization.
- At least two letters of support from organizations in the community, including nonprofits that will use the resources and funders that will support it, if applicable.