Search Companies Guided Tour

  1. After logging in to Foundation Directory Online, the Home Screen appears. Let's explore our search options. Click the Search Companies button.

  2. The Search Companies database offers the ability to access corporate grantmaker records by searching across the corporate information of sponsoring companies. Information on over 3,600 companies is included. You can search the database by entering criteria in one or more of the fields on the search screen. Let's begin our search by identifying companies that are located in the state of California. Click the View Index link located beneath the State search field title.

  3. Clicking the View Index link opens an index on the left side of the screen. Click California. The index entry is automatically inserted into the State search field.

  4. Now let's limit our search to companies in California that manufacture pharmaceuticals or medical supplies. Click the View Index link located beneath the Business Type (SIC) search field title.

  5. At the top of the index, letters of the alphabet provide access to their corresponding groups of entries. Click D.

  6. Click Drugs.

  7. Click M.

  8. Click Medical instruments and supplies.

  9. Notice that the Boolean operator or is automatically added to the search field between Medical instruments and supplies and Drugs. This enables you to retrieve company records containing either term or both. Finally, let's limit our search to companies with a minimum total sales amount of $50,000,000. Type 50,000,000 in the "From:" field and then click Search.

  10. Our results list includes multiple company records, listed by total sales. At the top of the screen, you'll notice tools enabling you to print and save the records, print and save the list, export the list, and save your search. You can also modify your search. Let's save this search. Click Save Search.

  11. In the pop-up window, type Pharmaceuticals and click Save Search.

  12. Now let's view a profile. Click Amgen Inc. to open it.

  13. The content of a profile varies based on the nature of the company and the availability of information. Data elements that might be found include business activities, financial data, corporate officers, board of directors, subsidiaries and/or divisions, plants and/or offices, and international operations. Click the Financial Data "Jump To" link to move to that section of the profile.

  14. Note that search criteria are highlighted in red. Click the Top of Page link to go back to the top.

  15. On the right side of the screen, you'll notice tools enabling you to e-mail the record, print and save the record, and tag the record. Let's tag this record. Tagging is a method by which records are categorized under any number of keywords or key phrases created by the user. Type CA companies into the box under "Tag this record" and click Submit.

  16. For reference, the name of the new tag appears on the screen. To close this record and return to the search results screen, click Close Window.

  17. You can access and manage your tagged records and manage and load your saved searches from My FDO. Click My FDO at the top of the screen.

  18. Tags are categorized by record type and saved searches are categorized by database type. You'll notice the tag we just created under Company Tags and the search we saved earlier under Company Searches. Click CA companies to access your tagged record.

  19. Click Amgen Inc. to view the profile.

  20. In addition to the Company Profile tab, a company record includes up to three additional tabs providing access to information on the company. Click the People tab.

  21. The People tab provides access to expanded information on people associated with a particular company, including key affiliations. Click the 10-K tab.

  22. Clicking on the 10-K tab launches the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) web site in a new browser window providing links to the latest available SEC Form 10-K filings by a particular company. A Form 10-K is a detailed annual report about a company's business. All publicly traded companies are required by the SEC to file a Form 10-K each year. Close the SEC web site's browser window to return to the company record.

  23. Click the Grantmaker tab.

  24. The Grantmaker(s) tab provides access to the record(s) of the corporate grantmaker(s) through which a company gives. Notice that corporate grantmaker records have a Company tab providing access to the record of the grantmaker's sponsoring company. For more information on grantmaker records, please take our Search Grantmakers guided tour. Thank you for taking this tour of FDO's Search Companies database.