Foundation Center / Funding Information Network & Grants

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

The Funding Information Network is a network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world.  Network partners, like the Culpeper County Library, provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.  These print resources can be found in our reference collection, located near our Information Desk.  

The Culpeper County Library membership is funded in part by Laura and Floyd Grigsby.

Find Funders

Foundation Directory Online Professional is packed with features to help grantseekers find the right match for their organization's mission.  To get a feel for some of those key features, take a guided tour highlighting five specific search parameters.  For non-profit organizations.  In-library access on Library computers, only.

Wondering how to get started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, or just want to learn more about what you'll find in this resource?  Take a guided tour to discover what you can learn about how to find foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.  In-library access on Library computers, only.

Foundation Maps is the Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  Read this printable guide for step-by-step instructions on how to use Foundation Maps.  This interactive mapping tool brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where.  In-library access on Library computers, only.

Find Start-up Resources for Virginia Non-Profits

Virginia Non-profit Start-up Resources.  Includes links to start-up guides, state agencies, non-profit associations, legal resources, management/technical assistance providers and more!





Gain Knowledge

What is GrantSpace?  GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, 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.  Take a one-minute tour of GrantSpace.  Check out their training calendar, too.

IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, works to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. They provide free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems. They are also committed to increasing access to this knowledge by making it broadly available through the IssueLab website, other Foundation Center websites, distributed Knowledge Centers, and content-sharing partnerships with libraries, archives, and online communities. 

The Collaboration Hub serves as a home to vast resources related to collaboration in the social sector. This Hub includes valuable publications, questions and answers, links to videos and podcasts, blog posts, and a comprehensive, searchable collection of 650+ profiles of vetted collaborations.

We encourage you to start by searching the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, where each profile provides information about the collaboration’s participants, methods, successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world.  

Register for a FREE GrantCraft account.  GrantCraft offers free resources that come in more than 10 languages and multiple formats, including guides, infographics, cases, blogs, podcasts, and interactive tools, making GrantCraft your go-to place for thinking critically about philanthropy and building skills for effective grantmaking. 


Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.  Check out their conference calendar, which provides listings of philanthropy-related events, symposia, and (on occasion) training held around the country. 

Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI) is a searchable, expert-reviewed database of over 150 approaches to measuring the impact of social programs and investments. It also features a community portal for nonprofits, grantmakers, and social enterprises to connect with peers and evaluation experts.