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Types of Foundations that make External Grants*
*[percentages drawn from the Foundation Directory, 2003]
While the Foundation Center is the most comprehensive publisher of resources about foundations, most of their information is not free. The Foundation Directory Online is available for in-person access; ask at the Reference Desk for a librarian to log you in. Basic foundation information, including grantmaker 990s and RFPs, is freely available on the Center's Web site:
Regional Foundation Center - Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch
Foundation search: if you know name of a foundation you'd like to research.
IRS 990-PF filings: for detailed information about Board, mission and previous year's grants.
Current awareness: FC offers various free electronic updates, including a weekly RFP Bulletin featuring Requests for Proposals from private, corporate and government funding sources. Opportunities can also be reviewed by topic.
Funded research: Philanthropy News Digest News by Category includes announcements of funding initiatives by category (Aging, Disabled, Education, Medical Research, etc.).
Other features: The Foundation Center site is loaded with useful information about foundations and grantsmanship. Tutorials on funding searches, proposal preparation, etc.
Information about corporate giving programs that are not part of a corporate foundation can be located.