The Library is proud to announce the addition of Foundation Directory Online (FDO) by Candid to our list of online resources, accessible exclusively in the Library. Not a patron of Natrona County Library? FDO, the premier database for grant searching, will soon be coming to a library near you. All 23 county library systems across the State of Wyoming will be providing access to FDO at the beginning of 2023.
The FDO database is a boon to nonprofits looking for quality funding prospects. Nonprofits can search over 240,000 grantmakers including private & independent foundations, corporate foundations, U.S. federal funders, public charities, and international foundations. The majority of these grantmakers do not have websites and would be almost impossible to find otherwise. With Foundation Directory Online by Candid, users can search for grantmakers by name, location, type of funding, and other criteria. The database includes information on funding priorities, application guidelines, and contact information for grantmakers. This makes it easier for nonprofit organizations to find potential funding sources that align with their mission and goals.
The data in Foundation Directory Online is compiled from IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF, grantmaker websites, annual reports, printed application guidelines, the philanthropic press, and various other sources. Candid, the company that created this database, continually monitors sources to verify that the database is up-to-date. This means that users can be confident that the data they access is current and accurate. The database is also user-friendly, making it easy to search and find the information you need.
Foundation Directory Online also includes built-in LinkedIn integration, allowing nonprofits to see who can help make a connection. You can learn the names of people and companies that serve as board members, trustees, and donors, so you can plan and build the relationships that will be most useful for your organization.
Once you find promising prospects from the FDO database, you can learn the best way to approach a grantmaker and write a proposal using the Candid Learning Center. Candid Learning offers free courses on a variety of topics to help nonprofits build the skills they need to find and secure funding.
For Natrona County Library patrons, we also offer access to Grants to Individuals & Foundation Maps, both by Candid. Grants to Individuals includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals such as students. Foundation Maps is a data visualization tool, providing valuable insights on global funding for funders and philanthropy networks, and is the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.
We will also be offering one-on-one and group training on the Foundation Directory Online throughout 2023. Watch our events page for upcoming sessions.
For additional information please contact Adult Services Manager, Betsy O’Neil or give us a call at 577.7323.