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Funding Information Network


The Library is a proud partner with The Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network.  Click the link to access the full array of resources.

Access to the Funding Information Network print collection is available all hours the library is open. This print collection is located in the Reference Area and consists of resources  to assist when starting a nonprofit organization, information about the basics of grant seeking, grant making and proposal writing, as well as detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers.

The Funding Information Network includes:

  • Foundation Directory Online (available only from the Library’s computers or wifi)
    The Foundation Center Online is the premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantsmakers and their grants. Includes almost one million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grantmakers. Either keyword text search all fields in this database or limit results geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, donor name, and more. Results may be sorted by total giving or total assets. Records include Profile, Grants, News/Jobs/RFPs, Publications, People and 990s, where available. Updated weekly.
  • Foundation Maps (available only from the Library’s computers or wifi). This is the Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  Access to comprehensive funding data — and ways to make sense of that information — is essential to understanding the field of philanthropy, an organization’s own place within it, and new opportunities to make a difference.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (available only from the Library’s computers or wifi).
    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, is one of the most comprehensive databases of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals for purposes, including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare. Either keyword text search or limit results by foundation name, geographically, by fields of interest, types of support, or school name. Updated weekly.
  • Philanthropy In/Sight — is the Foundation Center’s data visualization platform for global philanthropy.  It reveals patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas where philanthropy has made an impact, and areas where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.
  • — a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are free.  Visit the site and start discovering the many free tools and resources available for grantseekers!

Please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member for help 
or contact Lisa Sheffield, Funding Information Network Librarian via email or by phone, 828-884-3151, ext. 226.  One on one appointments can be scheduled.

The Foundation Center Funding Information Network at the Transylvania County Library is a body of resources that individual researchers and nonprofit organizations can use to research funding opportunities from grantmaking foundations and corporations. The collection includes grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and resources to assist in the grant seeking process.  The collection is available for use at no charge and no appointment is necessary to use the collection.  Normal printing charges apply ($.10 per page for printouts).
What kind of information is in the network?
•    Resources for starting a nonprofit organization
•    The basics of grant seeking and grant making
•    Information about grant proposals and proposal writing
•    Detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers
•    Additional information on topics such as philanthropy, volunteerism and fundraising
•    And much, much more

Since 1956, the Foundation Center has been the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy. They connect nonprofits and individuals with grant and grantmakers via the most comprehensive database on U.S. foundation and corporate grants available. Use the Foundation Center website to find free basic information about funders based on name, state, and zip code. Website also includes free online tutorials on Foundations and Fundraising, Proposal Writing, and Nonprofit Management. Visit GrantSpace, the Foundation Center website for for basic free access.  Access to the Foundation Directory Online is limited to the library’s public computers.