he James V. Brown Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. The Foundation Center helps grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy.

The resources at the Brown Library Foundation Center include the core collection of Foundation Center publications that include electronic databases and print materials.

The electronic databases include Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight.

•    Foundation Directory Online is available at the library. This database, created and maintained by the Foundation Center, provides information on more than 96,000 grant makers who fund 501c3 organizations. Information on how to access and search this online resource is available at the library’s Information Services Desk.

•    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.  This database includes online training and tutorials such as Grant- seeking Basics for Individuals, and Guide to Funding Research.

You can search these databases by fields of interest, geographic focus and types of support available, so that grant seekers’ needs can be closely matched to grant makers’ funding interests.  Both of these databases may be accessed in the Library. Information about how to log in and use them is available at the Information Services desk.

Workshops and Training Online – The Foundation Center’s interactive online training courses are detailed guided courses that reinforce lessons with interactivity, assignments, and self-test. There are also free tutorials available to introduce you to the world of foundations, proposal writing, and more. All of this and more is available for free to anyone with internet access by going to Grant Space.

Foundation Center webinars or programs are held at the library or available online. Check the programs listing for upcoming programs.  You may contact the library at 326-0536.  The library is open M-F from 9am to 8pm, weekends from 12pm to 5pm.