Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network
The Johnson City Public Library is a part of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. The network is a resource for locating information about foundations, grant proposal writing, nonprofit management, fund-raising, and related subjects. You must visit the library to take advantage of FREE access to the Foundation Center’s many grant-searching on-line directories. These include the Foundation Directory Online, professional version. The directories are available on any library computer, on laptops available for check-out (for grant research only) or on your own laptop via the library’s wireless network. If you are in the library, click HERE to begin using these grant searching resources. You will not be able to access these directories outside the library.
The network operates in partnership with the Foundation Center, a national clearinghouse for information on foundations, charitable giving, and nonprofits. Much information is available on the Foundation Center’s website about searching for grants, approaching funders, writing proposals, and a wealth of other topics. A variety of free learning options are available, such as webinars and e-courses. Click here for the most direct route to training features. The Foundation Center Website also offers a free, limited edition of the Foundation Directory Online (FDO Free) for grantmaker research, which you may use outside of the library.
A librarian is available by appointment to demonstrate in-depth use of the collection to representatives of nonprofit organizations. To make an appointment, call the Reference Desk at 434-4355. There is no fee, but the usual charges for photocopies and printouts apply.
The resources of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network mainly provide information on foundation funding for nonprofit organizations. However, Foundation Grants to Individuals is now available online. If you are looking for government grants, or for funding to start a business, there are other resources that will be more appropriate; please ask a librarian for help.
The library is also offers access to the Foundation Center’s new interactive mapping tool, Philanthropy In/Sight. In/Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.
In addition to the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, the Library has a selection of books you can check out on such subjects as fundraising, special events, nonprofit management, and proposal writing. The Library was able to purchase books like these to check out through funding by the Harris Fund of Washington County. The Harris Fund is affiliated with the East Tennessee Foundation.
Helpful Web sites for researching funding opportunities include these:
- GuideStar , a database of IRS forms recording income, staff, salaries and expenditures for thousands of nonprofit organizations
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance , for information on programs, projects and services providing financial and non-financial assistance to the public.
- Grants.gov, the grants site of the U.S. government, has a number of tools to help you apply for grants and keep up to date with the latest programs.