Database Spotlight

Foundation Directory Online


This is part of a series highlighting databases available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library website.

Libraries are not just "books" anymore. Though there are wonderful collections in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, we also subscribe to many online databases. Databases are an online resource containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in addition to biographical and medical information, genealogical sources, encyclopedia articles, and general reference materials that cover a wide variety of subjects and provide reliable information. The library subscribes to databases in 12 different subject categories. There are even specific databases for children and teens to help them with their homework. Most of the information retrieved is in full text articles. And the good news is that the databases are available 24/7 from home, school or work. All you need is a library card to gain remote access. However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE is one of the few databases that is available only in the library. But once you are sitting at one of the Library's computer terminals you will see how this wonderful database allows you to search over 20,000 of the largest U.S. foundations and over 100,000 grants.

Founded in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center's online database provides the standard information that is in the book form of the Foundation Directory by offering extensive program details and detailed application guidelines for the leading foundations. This service also includes a searchable file of approximately 150,000 grants awarded by the top 1,200 funders and sponsors company information for corporate givers. AND - it is updated weekly!

The online version has a message board for an electronic listserv to exchange research strategies, searching tips, funding resources, and other information of common interest. The "Links" section includes annotated links to hundreds of nonprofit resources and you can search for these nonprofit's by sector type.

    Free Foundation Center Resources:
  • Foundation Finder: A free look-up tool for the latest contact information on over 70,000 foundations.
  • Free Newsletters: Sign up to receive one (or all!) of their FREE electronic newsletters!
    • Philanthropy News Digest: long-running, award-winning news digest. Weekly.
    • RFP Bulletin: A roundup of recently announced Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from private, corporate, and government funding sources. Weekly.
    • Job Bulletin: A summary of recent job postings in Philanthropy News Digest. Weekly.
    • Connections: Rounds up the best philanthropy-related content the Web has to offer! Biweekly.

So when you think of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, think bigger than "books and information" -- think electronic resources and use your library card to access all of this information 24/7. If you need help using the databases, please contact the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 ext 4) or Ask a J-MRL Librarian.

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