Getting Funded

GETTING FUNDED: Deciding Whom to Ask for What

PART TWO – Know Your Funders

CHAPTER SIX: Finding a Suitable Funding Match

Resource Links

Big Online America
An online searchable database from the same source as FoundationSearch, though Big Online America has fewer search capabilities. This database includes U.S. and Canadian foundations, corporations, and government programs.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The industry periodical for professionals in fundraising.

Economic Research Institute
A website that provides IRS Form 990s.

Public Funders

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A searchable database of information about all types of federal assistance programs.

Community of Science (COS)
The Funding Opportunities Database at the COS website allows you to search in a variety of ways for grants associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
A single electronic entry point for accessing grants from all twenty-six federal grantmaking agencies. It provides a unified process for finding and applying for all federal grant opportunities.

Provides easy one-stop access to all online U.S. federal government resources, including government grants information.

U.S. Census Bureau: Consolidated Federal Funds Report
This annual report details government expenditures, including grants and contracts.

Private Funders

Foundation Directory Online
An online searchable database of foundations and corporate giving programs in the United States, compiled by the Foundation Center and updated weekly. It includes IRS Form 990s. Available by subscription at the Foundation Center website or free at Foundation Center Cooperating Collections. Your local library system may also provide free access to this resource.

A searchable online database of foundations and corporate giving programs, updated daily. Especially useful features include listing funders’ board members and their relationships with other boards and the option to set up automatic updates on funders you’ve identified as good prospects.

An online funding resource that provides access to information on U.S., Canadian, and international grantmakers as well as state and federal grants and loans. Members receive a weekly electronic newsletter with national and regional grant opportunities and a monthly electronic newsletter with grant information for nonprofit organizations working internationally. Available by subscription or in some public libraries.

Council on Foundations
While the primary audience of the Council on Foundations is funders, their website has many resources for grantseekers as well, including information about the different types of private foundations. The “Community Foundation Locator” can help you discover community foundations in your area. Find it under “Resources” in the Community Foundations section of the website.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
The Forum serves grantmakers, but many of the regional associations who belong maintain online, searchable databases describing their members, available to subscribers or through local libraries. Search the forum’s website or try ‘regional association of grantmakers’ + your state to find out whether there is a useful directory for your area.

Foundation Center 
The Foundation Center conducts research, and provides analysis, training, and resources on philanthropy in the United States and around the world. Located in New York, it maintains field office libraries in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, and supports Cooperating Collections in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and several countries.
The Foundation Center website includes IRS Form 990s, statistics, and an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section on all aspects of nonprofit organizations and fundraising, including where to find sample proposals.
A Nonprofit Collaboration Resources section includes a database of real-life examples and resources on how nonprofits can collaborate. The website provides subscription access to the Foundation Directory Online and FDO Professional database, but the latter is also available for free at all Cooperating Collections.

A subjacent website called Glasspockets supports and promotes transparency and accountability in foundations and includes a directory of some large foundations with very detailed information about them.

GuideStar has a database of Forms 990 from grantseeking organizations as well as the Form 990-PFs that private foundations are required to file. In addition to grant research information, the website also has a wide range of information about philanthropy.