Foundation Center Core Collection


After the Grant: the nonprofit’s guide to good stewardship

Board Member's Book: Making A Difference in Voluntary Organizations
Practical advice on a variety of topics, including the different responsibilities of board members, volunteers, and staff; how to find, develop, and reward good board members; ways to recruit, encourage, and evaluate the executive director; and effective strategies for fundraising and financial planning and more.

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing
Detailed instructions on preparing successful proposals including pre-proposal planning tips, components of the proposal, and guidance from grant makers. Incorporating the results of 40 interviews with grant makers across the nation, the Guide reveals their priorities in reviewing submissions and provides insight into what makes a winning proposal.

Guía para escribir propuestas
Spanish edition of Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing

The Foundation Directory and The Foundation Directory, Part 2

The Foundation Directory covers the 10,000 largest U.S. foundations with assets of $2 million or more or total grants of at least $200,000. Key facts on major funders include their fields of interest, contact information, financials, names of decision-makers, and nearly 60,000 sample grants. Convenient indexes help you quickly locate your best leads.

Part 2 covers the next 10,000 largest foundations with assets between $1-$2 million. Broaden your prospects with key facts on America's most generous mid-size funders. The latest edition includes over 40,000 sample grants.

Use for Finding: 
Detailed information on giving interests and restrictions, application guidelines, names of officers and directors and selected grants (when available). 

Foundation Fundamentals: A Guide For Grant seekers 
A guide to the foundation field and the funding research process. Describes the tools, resources, and services available from the Foundation Center and from other sources to help grant seekers develop prospect lists. Newest edition focuses mainly on web resources to help users new to the field take advantage of cutting-edge technologies in their research.

Foundation Grants to Individuals 

Information on foundations that award grants directly to individual students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers. 

Use for Finding: 
Educational support – scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships 
Students and graduates of specific schools, arts and cultural support  
Awards, prizes, and grants by nomination, research and professional support 

The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals 
Samples of actual proposals submitted by nonprofit organizations to receive grants. Arranged by the nature of the proposal; for programming, special projects, evaluation, renovating facilities, staffing, start ups and program development.

Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs
Includes more than 1,900 descriptions of grantmakers that support international relief, conferences, disaster assistance, human rights, civil liberties, community development, education, and more. Also includes more than 9,300 sample grants.

International Grantmaking IV

National Directory of Corporate Giving 
Features the most comprehensive information available on thousands of corporate charitable activities, including direct corporate giving (non-foundation) programs and company-sponsored foundations. Includes samples of more than 9,000 grants.  

Use for Finding: 
Detailed information on companies and their giving interests and restrictions, application guidelines, and names of program administrators 

Social Justice Grantmaking II

The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. It was established in 1956 as an independent, nonprofit service organization to foster public understanding of institutional philanthropy. The Foundation Center collects, organizes, analyzes and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving and related subjects.

See the Grants Collection for information on grants, scholarships or other individual funding for education, and start-up, for-profit business funding.