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Influential philanthropic institutions founded Foundation Center more than 50 years ago to advance knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. Today, providing convenient access to detailed, reliable, and timely information about individual grantmakers, as well as training, how-to resources, and skill-building tools is more important than ever. Increasing numbers of individual donors, and some 550 foundations and corporations, support our work in recognition of its value to them and to the organizations they care about. We hope that you will join them. Support from donors is critical to our ability to offer free services to the nonprofit community.

Foundation Center is unique in its ability to ensure broad, free access to authoritative, trustworthy information on grantmakers and their giving. Social sector workers rely on our funding research tools and training to help them secure funds for their organizations and develop their careers. Grantmakers look to Foundation Center to help convey their funding interests with clarity, accuracy, and depth; to raise awareness about the work of foundations; to identify colleagues who share similar funding interests or a geographic focus; and to help grantees and applicants seek and leverage funding effectively and responsibly. Journalists, policymakers, and the general public look to us for facts and analysis on key sector issues.

Among our most relied-upon resources and services are our online directories of grantmakers and their grants; classroom and online training in fundraising; Foundation Maps, an interactive data visualization tool; and Philanthropy News Digest, which provides news stories, commentary, and interviews with leaders in the field, as well as RFPs and one of the sector's most popular jobs listings. We are increasingly serving the sector through custom websites focusing on key issues, such as education and Black male achievement; and research studies and online data tables that track giving trends. Our work with an extensive and diverse array of partners and our unparalleled philanthropic sector databases have enabled us to respond quickly to provide information, knowledge, and understanding about emerging challenges, trends, issues, and needs.

Free access to Foundation Center's growing array of information resources, tools, and training is available at our regional offices in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., well as at more than 450 Funding Information Network sites throughout the U.S. and internationally. Our web sites receive over 30,000 visits daily, providing people around the world with 24/7 access to our information, research, news coverage, and e-learning programs.

To learn more, download flyers (PDF) about our services for the social sector — grantmakers and grantseekers.

For information on Foundation Center's work or to become a donor, contact R. Nancy Albilal, vice president for development, at (212) 807-3624.

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