Foundation Center


The Adriance Memorial Library is a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center’s mission is to gather, analyze and disseminate information about foundations to organizations and individuals looking for grants. Adriance’s funding resources are available for use whenever the Library is open. Computers to access the Foundation Center’s databases are located in Adriance’s Reference Room on the Main Floor. Ask at the Reference Desk to be directed to the online resources and circulating print collection of books.

Find Funders

Come to Adriance, and use Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDO) for free in order to find funders for your nonprofit organization. This database is the Foundation Center’s premier searchable database containing many thousands of U. S. grant makers.

Printing FDO records at Adriance costs $.15/page. It is also possible to save FDO records to a flash drive or to e-mail them.

If you are currently in the Adriance Memorial Library building, click HERE for immediate access to FDO.

Search the Catalog

Search the Mid-Hudson Library System online catalog for books and videos on issues and information pertaining to nonprofit corporations.

For fundraising, planned giving, grant proposal writing, use the following subject heading:
Nonprofit organizations-Finance

For nonprofit boards, planning, executive director, communications, use the following subject heading:
Nonprofit organizations-Management

For directories of foundations and grant givers, use the following subject heading:
Endowments-United States-Directories

Use the Library Catalog’s Request-a-title option to request books and videos to be sent to the most convenient library for you to pick them up.

Web Sites for Nonprofits

Association of Fundraising Professionals
“Advancing philanthropy through education, training and advocacy”

Board Café
“The monthly internet newsletter for nonprofit boards”

Chronicle of Philanthropy
News for nonprofit organizations, grant seeking, foundations, fundraising, managing nonprofit groups, technology and nonprofit jobs

Foundation Center
Provides public access to information about U. S. grant makers and philanthropy and on the grant seeking process
“A unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the U. S. Federal agencies”

“The leading source of information on U. S. nonprofits.”

How to Start a Non-Profit Organization in New York
Provides a detailed outline of the processes involved in establishing your organization, with links to agencies and forms.

IRS Tax Information for Charities & other Nonprofits
“Important Federal Tax information for non-profits”

NYS Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Page
Supervises charitable organizations in New York State

New York Council of Nonprofits offering high-quality affordable technical assistance and more

Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management-From the Wallace Foundation
Detailed help is given, and policy and procedure recommendations offered.

Getting a Grant

To find out what is involved in getting a grant, go to the Proposal Writing Short Course   and the Proposal Budgeting Basics course on the Foundation Center’s web site.

Foundations rarely give grants directly to individuals. Private foundations usually give to nonprofit organizations that help individuals with services and programs.

Use the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (FGTIOL) database for free in the Reference Room at the Adriance Memorial Library to search for the few grants that foundations do give to individuals. Most of the grants to individuals in this database are for education, or for artists and writers.

The book entitled Foundation Grants to Individuals is available at Adriance and other Mid- Hudson Library System libraries.

Financial Information

This guide may be used at Adriance Memorial Library to find out how you can pay for graduate school or postgraduate studies:

Money for Graduate Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

You may also find useful information in the online Foundation Center resource for individual grant seekers and the Foundation Center’s Page for Individual Grantseekers

When an individual works under the “fiscal umbrella” of a nonprofit organization, it is called “fiscal sponsorship.” Search the Mid-Hudson Library System online catalog for books on fiscal sponsorship, or look at the Foundation Center web site’s FAQs on Fiscal Sponsorship and Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship.