Applications Are Now Being Accepted
The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. The Funding Information Network is key to achieving our mission — making our data, analysis, and training available to nonprofit organizations, foundations, and others interested in grants, fundraising and philanthropy.
The Foundation Center is looking for host organizations that are ready to join with us to connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.
What is the Funding Information Network?
The Funding Information Network network is a group of more than 475 host agencies that provide a core collection of Foundation Center materials to the public free of charge. Host agencies include public, academic, and special libraries, community foundations, nonprofit resource centers, and other agency types.
A key initiative of the Foundation Center is to expand the network to ensure that grantseekers across the nation, and selectively in other locations around the globe, have access to high-quality resources and expertise, enabling them to attract and sustain support for their organizations. The Foundation Center supports under-resourced agencies that, in turn, deliver services to underserved populations in need of information and training. One of the ways the Foundation Center accomplishes this goal is to designate new Cooperating Collections where they can do the most good and where staff has the ability to serve nonprofit communities in need of Foundation Center resources.
- Foundation Directory Online, the premier grantseeking research tool
- Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a database of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals
- Philanthropy In/Sight®, an interactive mapping tool to illustrate philanthropy's impact around the world
- A core collection of Foundation Center publications
- Free training drawn from a core selection of Foundation Center classes
Qualified institutions include (but are not limited to):
- Public, academic, or special libraries
- Nonprofit resource centers
- Philanthropy support organizations
- Community or other foundations
Host institutions must:
- Be open to the public, without restriction, at least 25 hours per week
- Be located in an area serving at least 100 nonprofit organizations
- Provide access to a computer(s) connected to the Internet for public use
- Have staff available to develop expertise in foundation funding sources and to assist the public in their use
- Offer public training on the basics of grantseeking
- Send representatives to the Foundation Center's meetings of network members
- Pay an annual membership fee of $995 (billed on a calendar year basis — January 1 through December 31). Please note that the network partnership fee is subject to change.