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The most-often-heard needs from nonprofits are more time, more money and more space. The Bartholomew County Public Library can make it much easier to search for these things with a number of resources available for local nonprofits through the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection.

When you go to the Library’s website — www.barth.lib.in.us — and look under Online Databases, you will see the heading Grants/Foundations. Click on that and it will take you to a page titled Grants. Here you’ll see four topic headings:

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

The first three are available only through the Library. GrantSpace can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection.

The Foundation Directory Online Professional is an online database — listing nearly 80,000 funders in all — that offers extensive program details for more than 1,500 leading foundations, detailed application guidelines for 7,200 foundations and sponsoring company information for corporate givers. This service also includes a searchable file of more than a half-million grants.

The library also provides Foundation Grants to Individuals. Quickly search through detailed descriptions of more than 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grant seekers. This online database, the only one devoted exclusively to the needs of individuals, is convenient and easy to use.

Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers and academics — virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy. It combines the Foundation Center’s data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy.

GrantSpace is the Foundation Center’s newest offering and is available anywhere there is Internet access. GrantSpace is an online learning community for nonprofits, providing free access to a comprehensive set of information and resources available to anyone seeking grants on behalf of nonprofit organizations or individuals. You will find information about boards, corporate giving, developing proposals, foundations, fundraising, volunteerism and more.

The Library’s Cooperating Collection offers an extensive collection of books in the reference area.

A number of other resources are offered on the Foundation Center’s website. Issue Lab posts current and recent reports from nonprofit research. Find the latest nonprofit news, subscribe to monthly newsletters and funding watches, check on the regional libraries and find out what’s going on in the nonprofit sector. If you have questions that you would like immediate answers to, use Chat Now to send a question and get a live response.

New books on grant writing, nonprofit management and fundraising are coming in every week. One-hour classes on Introduction to Finding Funders will be offered at noon Feb. 20 (bring your own lunch if you like) and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the library’s conference room. Call 379-1266 to register. The classes will be repeated in March.

The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection is in the Bartholomew County Public Library reference area. It can be used by any member of the public seeking information on foundations and grants. The databases for funding research are accessible only through computers in the library.

Most of the Foundation Center’s print material cannot be checked out, but patrons can photocopy and print materials for a per-page fee. The library also has a selection of grant resource books that can be checked out. Patrons conduct their own research, but library staff can assist them in getting started.

Grant seekers who want a comprehensive introduction to available resources can call Michele Bottorff at 812-379-1265 to make an appointment.

Michele Bottorff is a reference librarian at Bartholomew County Public Library.

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