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The Hartford Public Library is a Funding Information Network Partner of the New York based Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy. The Foundation Center offers the Hartford Public Library access to a core collection of Center materials listed below. The Library supplements this core collection through carefully selected materials that address specific needs of local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. (Please search the Library’s catalog)

Foundation Center Databases

Foundation Directory Online Professional - Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 108,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S., plus a growing number of non-U.S. grantmakers from around the world; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 1 million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  To learn who to search the Foundation Directory Online Search Tutorials and Guided Tours are available on the main page of the website. (In-Library Use Only)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – This database offers profiles of nearly 10,000 grantmakers; details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals; and application information, giving programs and limitations, financial data, and much more. Detailed help section with search tips, tutorials, and glossary is available on the main page of the website. (In-Library Use Only)

Philanthropy In/Sight – Map philanthropy impact around the word.

GrantSpace – GrantSpace is the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. It offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. GrantSpaceSM is the place to:

  • EXPLORE in-depth content: View video recordings of live discussions with funders; listen to podcasts featuring experts in the field; find answers to your questions in our Knowledge Base; Ask us! Connect right now with information professional; get information about opportunities in your field of interest; increase your expertise in fundraising and management; attend training and events, in-person and online; and see what's happening at our calendar; register to rate content, leave comments, and join our forum.
  • ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts
  • ENERGIZE your fundraising efforts

Core list of print publications from the Foundation Center available at Hartford Public Library
(In-Library Use Only at Downtown location)

The 2013 core collection for new Cooperating Collections consists of:


  • The Foundation Directory Online Professional
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
  • Philanthropy In/Sight


  • After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship (2010)
  • America's Nonprofit Sector (2012)
  • Board Member's Book (2003)
  • The Foundation Directory (2013)
  • The Foundation Directory, Part 2 (2013)
  • The Foundation Directory Supplement (2013)
  • Foundation Fundamentals (2008)
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals (2013)
  • Foundations and Public Policy (2009)
  • The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals (2008)
  • Guía para escribir propuestas (2008)
  • Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2012)
  • Guide to Proposal Writing (2012)
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving (2013)
  • Securing Your Organization's Future (2001)
  • Social Justice Grantmaking II (2009)
  • The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance (2009)

(In-Library Use Only at Downtown location)

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers.  The majority of funders that make up the U.S. Charitable Giving and International Charitable Giving databases are private foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations, and corporate contribution programs. A number of faith-based funders, association grant programs, and other grant programs are also included in the database.
Funder profiles include:

  • Primary contact information
  • Current funding priorities, geographic scope, grant guidelines, and application deadlines
  • Hyperlinks to funders' emails and websites
  • Notes that provide "insider" information on selected funders

All funder profiles are updated on an annual basis and include a corresponding date-stamp. In addition, profiles are revised periodically throughout the year to reflect changes in application procedures and/or funding priorities.