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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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

Diane Vogt-O'Connor
Chief of Conservation
Preservation Directorate
Library of Congress
(202) 707-6597
dvoc@loc.gov

Foundation Center and Library of Congress Release New Funding Guide
for Preserving Historical, Cultural Collections

New York, NY — June 8, 2009. Building on a partnership established two years ago, the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center have issued the second edition of Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, a web-based fundraising guide designed to help the preservation community ensure that the nation's millions of at-risk historical and cultural artifacts in libraries, archives, and museums are saved for future generations. The new edition of the guide includes the most recent grants awarded in the field to help fundraisers identify critical sources of funding.

The two organizations teamed up to create the publication and consulted with Heritage Preservation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By means of the Heritage Health Index, the first comprehensive survey of the condition of all U.S. collections held in public trust, Heritage Preservation identified numerous critical needs, including emergency preparedness, improved environmental and storage conditions, and increased training and funding.

"We're very pleased to continue this partnership with the Library of Congress by providing updated information on grants in this specialized area," said Joyce Infante, the Center's senior vice president for institutional advancement. "In light of the impact of the economic crisis on nonprofits and a very challenging fundraising environment, information and guidance such as this is needed now more than ever."

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2nd edition, features information on 1,944 grants awarded by 488 foundations between 2004 through 2009 for projects related to preservation and conservation. Presented in PDF file format for easy on-screen scanning or downloading, grants are arranged alphabetically by their state location, then by foundation name and recipient name within each foundation listing. The information is drawn from the Foundation Center's extensive database of grants awarded by U.S. foundations. In addition to grant listings, the publication also includes useful hyperlinks from foundations listed in the volume to additional information featured in Foundation Finder, a free foundation look-up tool at the Center's web site. Additional links lead users to free tutorials on proposal writing and an introduction to foundations and their role in society.

Deanna Marcum, associate librarian of Library Services at the Library of Congress said, "The Library of Congress has a long history of leadership in the care of cultural collections. We are currently developing new initiatives to help libraries, archives, and museums care for our country's vulnerable cultural patrimony, including modern media during challenging times. We are delighted to partner on this Guide, which will lead people to funding sources that can support their preservation efforts."

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums is available for free download at the Library of Congress web site at: http://www.loc.gov/preserv/.

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.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRESERVATION DIRECTORY,
CONSERVATION DIVISION

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent repository of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated learning and research resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding by providing access to its magnificent collections of world knowledge including America’s intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning web site, www.loc.gov, and via interactive exhibitions on myLOC.gov.

The Conservation Division ensures that the Library’s universal collection of knowledge and creativity will still exist for future generations by providing appropriate treatment and preventive care for rare and valuable special research collections that are high priority, high risk, and needed for special uses (such as exhibitions, research, or digitization). The Conservation Division staff conduct and publish research; create new solutions to storage and care of collections; train staff, students, the public, and professionals; prevent and respond to disasters; prepare materials for moves, digitization, exhibitions, and loans; assess and evaluate new acquisitions and old accessions; monitor and plan collections storage; and stabilize and treat threatened rare materials. A description of Conservation Division activities and ready-to-use guidance may be found at: www.loc.gov/preserv/.

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