The Chester County Library in Exton is part of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network (formerly known as the Cooperating Collections Network).
As part of this international network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Chester County Library, Exton, provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases:
Includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. For more advanced search options, such as program and interest field searches, visit the Chester County Library, Exton, to use Foundation Directory Online Professional
Create maps to visualize the scope and reach of philanthropy—from local communities to countries around the globe.
For more information on using Pennsylvania Foundations Online, please visit the Chester County Library Reference Desk, call us at 610-280-2620, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
"…database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the programand find out how to apply.”
Faith-Based Funding Resources
A compendium compiled by the Regional Foundation Center. Visit the above link and select "Faith-Based Funding Resources” to view the 21-page PDF document dated December 2007.
Allows you to search and apply for federal grants. According to the web site, "Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.” Also provides a wealth of information related to federal funding.
Grants for Individuals
This compilation of resources focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students, rather than funding for nonprofit organizations. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
Grants for Nonprofits
This compilation of resources focuses primarily on grants or funding sources for nonprofit organizations. A few categories (marked with an asterisk) are also of interest to individuals. From the Michigan State University Libraries.
Grantsmanship Center – Funding Opportunities by State
Provides basic information on top grantmaking foundations in each state, and other state-specific information.
The new audio version of this popular title is available free of charge via this url.
GrantSpace is the the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. Access a wide of variety of resources to gain the knowledge and skills needed to find funding, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community.
Grantmaking Glossary of Terms
Includes types of grantmakers and grants, general grantmaking terms, and financial terms.
Guide to Funding Research
Free online tutorial from the Foundation Center.
Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations
"Information for starting & registering charitable organizations in PA. Links to regulations/forms needed for all states.”
Proposal Writing Short Course
Online short course from the Foundation Center. Available in five different languages.
Through IssueLab, the Foundation Center of New York is working to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.
Regional Foundation Center at the Philadelphia Free Library
Last Modified: 9/11/14