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Grantmakers created the Foundation Center more than 50 years ago to advance knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.†Access to detailed, reliable, and timely information about individual grantmakers, as well as training, how-to resources, and skills in identifying and successfully approaching appropriate funding sources, is more important to our communities now than ever. Some 550 foundations and corporations support our work in recognition of its value to them and to the organizations they care about.† We hope that you will join them. Support from donors is critical to our ability to offer free services to the nonprofit community.

The Foundation Center is unique in its ability to ensure broad, free access to authoritative, trustworthy information on grantmakers and their giving. Nonprofit organizations rely on the Foundation Centerís funding research tools and training to help them find support for their work.†Grantmakers look to the Center to help convey their funding interests with clarity, accuracy, and depth. They look to the Center to raise awareness about the work of foundations, to identify colleagues who share similar funding interests or a geographic focus, and to help their grantees and applicants seek and leverage funding effectively and responsibly. Journalists, policymakers, and others who are interested in philanthropy also look to us for facts and analysis to shed light on topics of interest.

Some of our most important resources and services include our online and print directories of grantmakers and their grants; classroom and online training in fundraising; Philanthropy In/Sight, an interactive tool that overlays maps of foundations and their grants with demographic and socio-economic data; Philanthropy News Digest, which provides news stories, commentary, and interviews with leaders in the field; subject-specific Web portals focusing on relevant issues; and research studies and online data tables that track giving trends.†Our work with an extensive and diverse array of partners and our unparalleled philanthropic sector databases have enabled us to respond quickly to provide information, knowledge, and understanding about emerging challenges, trends, issues and needs.

People get free access to the Foundation Centerís growing array of information resources, tools, and training when they visit our library/learning centers in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well as hundreds of Cooperating Collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.† Our web site receives over 55,000 visits daily and provides people around the world with 24/7 access to our information, research, news coverage, and e-learning programs, most of it for free.

To learn more, download flyers (PDF) about our services for grantmakers and grantseekers.

For information on becoming a Foundation Center donor, contact R. Nancy Albilal, vice president for development, at (212) 807-3624.

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