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Foundation Center Reference Books

Primary Uses

Guide to U.S. Foundations, Their Trustees, Officers, and Donors

To locate: foundations in a particular state, in a certain giving range, or that have recently been established or have recently been terminated; foundation affiliations of trustees, officers, and donors; cross-references to other Foundation Center publications
To obtain: main address and telephone numbers; application address(es) and contact person(s); establishment data; basic financial information; geographic limitations; printed material available from the foundation; application information; donors, officers, trustees, or other governing bodies; type of foundation; grantmaking status (if applicable); Employer Identification Number
Covers U.S. grantmaking private foundations (approx. 38,500), community foundations (approx. 400) and nongrantmaking operating foundations (approx. 1,865); 4158 foundations giving only to specified beneficiaries (listed in Appendix B)
Frequency annual
Arrangement Volume one by state, then in descending order by grants pain; operating foundations, by state, then in descending order by total assets. Volume two: alphabetical by individual's name; alphabetical by foundation name


Foundation Directory

To locate: larger foundations by name, state, subject interest, geographic focus, or type of support
To obtain: detailed information on giving interests and restrictions, application guidelines, names of officers and directors, and selected grants (when available).
Covers foundations with assets of $2 million or more or total grants of at least $200,000 (7,549 foundations).
Frequency annual
Arrangement by state, then alphabetical by name


Foundation Directory Part 2

To locate: mid-sized foundations by name, state, subject interest, geographic focus, or type of support
To obtain: detailed information on giving interests and restrictions, application guidelines, names of officers and directors, and selected grants (when available)
Covers foundations with assets between $1 million and $2 million or whose total giving is between $50,000 and $200,000 (5,075 foundations)
Frequency annual
Arrangement by state, then alphabetical by name


Foundation 1000

To locate: largest foundations by name, subject interest, geographic focus, or type of support
To obtain: most detailed information on giving interests; restrictions; background; application procedures; names of officers, directors, and program staff; and grants analyses by subject area, recipient type, type of support, population group, and geographic distribution
Covers the 1,000 largest U.S. foundations based on total giving
Frequency annual
Arrangement alphabetical by name


Foundation Grants Index

To locate: foundations by specific subject areas, types of recipients, and geographic areas where they have made grants; also, nonprofit organizations receiving grants in a particular subject or geographic area
To obtain: grants lists that reflect current funding interests of particular foundations
Covers grants of $10,000 or more awarded by major U.S. foundations (approx. 1,000)l
Frequency annual, supplemented by separate quarterly updates
Arrangement by broad subject area, then by state, then alphabetical by name


National Directory of Corporate Giving

To locate: company-sponsored foundations and direct corporate giving programs sponsored by name, location, funding interests, types of support, geographic focus, and business activity of sponsoring company, its parent, and subsidiaries
To obtain: detailed information on companies and their giving interests and restrictions, application guidelines, and names of program administrators
Covers corporate charitable activities, including direct corporate giving (non-foundation) programs approx. 669) and company-sponsored foundations (approx. 1,972)
Frequency biennial
Arrangement alphabetical by company name


What's in an Entry?

 
GUS FD FD2 F1000 FGI CORP
Address X X X X   X
Application information X X X X  
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Contact person X X X X  
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Donors X X X X  
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Employer Identification Number X X X X  
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Establishment data X X X X  
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Fiscal information X X X X  
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Former name, if any X X X X  
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Grantmakers' publications X X X X  
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Limitations statement X X X X X X
Officers and trustees X X X X  
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Purpose and activities statement  
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Selected grants list  
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Staff (number only)  
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Telephone number X X X X  
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Types of support  
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INDEXES
Donors, officers and trustees X X X X  
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Geographic  
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Grantmaker name X X X  
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International giving  
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Subject  
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Types of Support  
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Special Features

Guide to U.S. Foundations, Their Trustees, Officers, and Donors is the most comprehensive list of foundations published by the Foundation Center. Volume One assists grantseekers in targeting local funding prospects, identifying newly established foundations, as well as the many large and small foundations in a particular geographic area. Volume Two provides a comprehensive name index enabling grantseekers to determine if an individual has affiliations with one or more foundations. Within each entry in Volume One, and in the index and foundation locator in Volume Two, are codes identifying in which other Center publications an entry appears.

The Foundation 1000 contains sponsoring company information where appropriate, a description of current programs, and a grants analysis section. Also, in most cases, it provides more in-depth information on establishment data and application information that the Center's other directories.

The Foundation Grants Index provides a complete list of all grants of $10,000 and more for each foundation listed; it also contains a recipient name index, subject index, type of support/geographic index, recipient categories index, index to grants by foundation, and an alphabetical list of all foundations included in the volume with their complete addresses and limitations statements.

National Directory of Corporate Giving provides detailed information on the sponsoring company, including a financial profile, as well as extensive information on direct corporate giving programs.