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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

CONTACT:
Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415
mor@foundationcenter.org

Foundation Center Sheds New Light on Nonprofit Funding in
U.S. Congressional Districts

One-of-a-Kind Search Tools Illustrate Foundation and
Corporate Support at the District Level

New York, NY — March 23, 2009. The Foundation Center has unveiled unique new search tools that increase transparency of how foundation and corporate support is disbursed in U.S. congressional districts. Grantmakers, policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and researchers will now be able to identify the funding patterns and needs of local communities in such critical areas as education, health care, and housing — more essential than ever in light of the current economic crisis.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the Foundation Center's comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and their grants, now offers users the option to search for grantmakers, companies, and grants by congressional district in addition to searching by state, county, city, metro area, and zip code. Congressional district data is also accessible by using the interactive maps in the top-tier FDO Professional, which provide a geographic display of an individual funder's grants.

FDO is available at five subscription levels and for free use at the Center's five regional locations and network of more than 400 funding information centers throughout the U.S. and beyond.

In addition, the Center's free interactive map of current data on U.S. foundation support in response to the economic crisis — almost $160 million to date — now displays how that funding is distributed at both the state and district levels.

By shedding light on information about funders, grants, and recipients by congressional district, these tools can aid public-private partnerships and increase understanding across all sectors: elected officials gain ready access to valuable information about foundation and corporate support for their constituents; nonprofit organizations can see at a glance where support is concentrated; and funders can identify areas where funding is needed most.

"In these challenging economic times, it is essential that government, foundation, and corporate funders have good data about how public and philanthropic investment can build the kind of social safety net our nation needs. These powerful search tools make it possible to tap this data quickly and efficiently, increasing transparency and facilitating better decision making," said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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