DCNP Philanthropy Center
Foundation Center Fundraising Tip
David Bowman, owner of Precise Edit and an experienced proposal writer, shares the characteristics of proposals that get noticed and funded.
- Clear and significant needs
- Clear connection to grantor intentions
- Clear connection to strategic plan and mission
- Firm leadership support
- Strong plan to address needs
- Evidence of organization capacity
- Justifiable evaluation plan
- Sufficient and necessary budget
- Reasonable sustainability plan
Foundation Directory Online Free
The Foundation Center has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, an online tool that replaces Foundation Finder offering free access to basic information about grant makers.
Foundation Directory Online Free, or FDO Free for short, includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Users can search by name, EIN, and location (state, county, city, metro area, congressional district, and ZIP code).
Profiles include a foundation's background, purpose and activities statement, program area(s), fields of interest, financial data, and 990-PFs. The programs and interests fields are not searchable, but those fields appear in the profiles. Keyword searching across all 990-PFs is included.
While users of FDO Free can use this tool from any computer or mobile device, they will need to either subscribe to the database or visit the DCNP Philanthropy Center in order to do prospect research and compile funder lists.
FDO Free can be found at Foundation Directory Online Free
Funding Information Network
The DCNP Philanthropy Center is a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center.
The Funding Information Network includes electronic databases and print resources on starting a nonprofit, careers in nonprofits, fundraising, investigating corporate giving, nonprofit management, grant writing, and grant maker directories.
The collection is open to the public during regular library hours.
DeKalb Public Library reference librarians are available to assist with the print collection and the databases. Orientation and training sessions on how to use the collection will be scheduled throughout the year.
For more information contact:
Reference Department Manager and
Cooperating Collection Supervisor
Electronic Databases Magazines
Foundation Directory Online The Nonprofit Times
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Philanthropy In/Sight Crain's Chicago Business
For a nominal fee, The Foundation Center offers a number of online training courses for nonprofits, including self-paced eLearning workshops and live webinars. For more information on these courses and webinars visit Foundation Center Marketplace
Donors Forum is a membership association located in downtown Chicago that strengthens Illinois philanthropy and nonprofits through education, networking, research, library services, and advocacy. Visit the Donors Forum website for a schedule of workshops and events for grantmakers and nonprofits.
GrantSpace is a free service of The Foundation Center. It offers information and resources to meet the needs of nonprofits including tutorials on nonprofit funding, grant writing and nonproft management.
Philanthropy Center Partners of DeKalb Public Library