Collection Spotlight: The Foundation Directory Online

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March 20, 2023, 9 a.m.
The Foundation Directory Online is a searchable database of foundations, funding sources, grants and corporate funders in the social sector.
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by Anita Kuiken, Librarian for Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Finding funding requires a great deal of research and strategic thinking. There are a handful of information tools available to the Syracuse University community that can help identify grants and grantmakers. One in particular, The Foundation Directory Online, stands out as one of the most useful in helping grantseekers find grantmakers in the social sector.

The Foundation Directory Online is part of a larger body of resources available from Candid. Led by CEO Ann Mei Chang, author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, Candid’s platform helps grantseekers create more visibility for the work that they do, develop grantseeking skills, locate information about nonprofits, foundations and grants, and keep abreast of news in the nonprofit world. Two well-known resources anchor this collection: Guidestar Pro, a directory of nonprofit organizations in the United States, and the Foundation Directory Online, a searchable database of foundations, funding sources, grants and corporate funders.

The Foundation Directory Online helps grantseekers connect with grantmakers who are most closely aligned with their organization’s mission and values. Users can search across a variety of Public and Private foundations, Corporate Foundations, US Federal Funders, Public Charities, and a growing body of International Foundations, understand their giving history, and review next level details about grant recipients and the kinds of projects these organizations have funded over time. This essential information informs a user’s grant seeking process, helps them build relationships prior to the grant proposal process, and could potentially identify partners in the work that they do. For more information, visit Candid Learning for a helpful introduction and video.

While the Foundation Directory Online is a powerful discovery tool, it is just one of a handful of resources available through Syracuse University’s Office of Research and the Libraries. To learn more about the resources available to you, visit Finding Grant Funding, a research guide from SU Libraries.

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