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ACDL is now a Funding Information Network
partner of the Foundation Center 

Funding Information Network partners are free information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services useful to grantseekers.

About the Foundation Center 

The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Grant-Seeking Center at the Library

ACDL provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDO), a searchable database of more than 90,000 foundation profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.   

To learn more about our Foundation Center resources,
please call (440) 997-9341.

Or check out the FAQ 

Print Resources - current editions
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Board Member's Book: Making a Difference in Voluntary Organizations 

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing 

The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals 

The Foundation Directory
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and Supplement

Foundation Fundamentals: A Guide for Grantseekers

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Foundations Today Series 

Foundation Giving Trends 

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates 

Foundation Yearbook 

Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs 

National Directory of Corporate Giving

Securing Your Organization's Future 

Browse our Foundation Center collection (some materials may be available to borrow).

Most titles will only be available in our Foundation Center Collection.
However, items without an "R" preceding their call number may be borrowed from the library.
Some print-resources may also be available at the Geneva Public Library.

Online Resources 
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(Available in the Ashtabula Library Building ONLY)

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE  is the online database for nonprofits. It contains four files: Search Grantmakers, Search Companies, Search Grants, and Search 990s.

The grantmakers file can be searched by field of interest, geographic focus, types of support and many other categories. The grants file can be searched by subject, recipient type, year authorized, types of support and more.

Please ask at the Reference Desk if you would like to use this database. No need to make an appointment in advance.  

FOUNDATION GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS ONLINE  is the Foundation Center is an online database for individuals. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you would like to use this database. No need to make an appointment in advance.
PHILANTHROPY IN-SIGHT  is an interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics, virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today.  Please ask at the Reference Desk if you would like to use this database.  No need to make an appointment in advance.

Helpful Links

The Foundation Center
Provides links to over 640 foundations that provide information on their guidelines, missions, and staff with links to nonprofit resources such as GuideStar and the National Charities Information Bureau.

GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. It is the place for grantseekers to explore in-depth content, engage with a community of peers and experts and to energize their fundraising efforts with video recordings, podcasts, live help, and more.

Federal government resource that allows agencies to apply for multiple federal grant funds through one site.

An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. They have gathered data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grantseekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.

JustGrants! Ohio
A comprehensive resource for individuals working at various nonprofit, government, and community-based organizations around the state.

Online Journals and Websites

Philanthropy - Front & Center
A blog from the Foundation Center's Cleveland office that spotlights grantmakers, their grants, and the work of the Foundation Center and other nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Chronicle of Philanthropy 
Recent issues of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading journal in the field, include news, recent grants and job listings. An excellent selection of links includes fundraising and nonprofit organization management, private and government grantmakers, fundraising on the internet, legal issues and other topics. A listing of conferences, workshops and seminars is also posted.

Foundation News and Commentary 
This bimonthly periodical was produced by the Council on Foundations as a compliment to the publication Foundation Directory from 1960 through 2006.� The Grants Collection has back issues of this periodical from 1996 through its last issue in October 2006.

Grassroots Fundraising Journal 
Find out what other local level organizations are doing to raise money and manage their nonprofits at the same time by reading Grassroots. The online version only permits viewers to read the feature article, but visitors may sign up for the e-newsletter. To read the complete periodical see the Periodicals Department at EPFL.

Nonprofit Times 
The internet version of a very informative monthly newspaper for nonprofits with articles on trends and developments in the field.� A free subscription to the Nonprofit Times is available for full time U.S. nonprofit executives.�

Responsive Philanthropy 
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)�provides news on the nonprofit sector and information on philanthropic accountability. Those interested can join the email list to receive notice of news in the field. NCRP also publishes a quarterly newsletter available in the Periodicals Department.

The Nonprofit Quarterly 
The Nonprofit Quarterly publishes themed magazines that address information on managing a nonprofit. Sign up for the monthly E-Newsletter to receive updates on hot topics and new happenings in the nonprofit world. Select articles from this quarterly magazine are available online. Print copies can be found in the Periodicals Department.

Board Cafe: The Newsletter Exclusively for Members of Nonprofit Boards of Directors 
"Short enough to read over a chai latte, the Board Cafe offers a menu of ideas, opinion, news, and resources to help board members give and get the most out of board service." - Intro. Actually, it's a free electronic newsletter that will be of interest to nonprofit board members. Many of the links are worth checking into.

On Philanthropy 
On Philanthropy, a nonprofit internet resource center, encompasses five different newsletters you can subscribe to.

Philanthropy News Network 
With a long history of gathering news and current events about philanthropy, the Philanthropy News Network (PNN) covers developments from across the nation to help nonprofits stay informed.

PND Philanthropy News Digest 
This site mounted by the Foundation Center features current news on foundations and philanthropy from a number of the important periodicals in the field.