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We offer various tools to help you find the information you need about philanthropy, grantseeking, and the nonprofit sector. These online guides and in-classroom training courses will help you get acquainted with with our tools and provide you with tips to make the most of them.

Full-Day Classroom Training Courses



Proposal Writing Workshop
This updated course combines group exercises, case studies, a mock-proposal review panel, and an opportunity to test out an "ask." You'll learn best practices for writing effective proposals, what grantmakers consider "red flags", and how to cultivate potential institutional funders. $295.00

Foundation Fundraising Essentials
This updated course provides you with the building blocks for successful foundation fundraising. You'll learn effective strategies for foundation support into your organization's fundraising plan and get tips for approaching grantmakers. $295.00

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
This three-day intensive series provides essential training on the skills that grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers: crafting a compelling proposal package, developing a well-organized budget, and researching a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. $595.00

Securing Corporate Partnerships
This course will help you understand what your organization has to offer corporate partnerships and how to prepare your approach. $295.00

Coming Soon! Foundation Research Master Class
Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online's tools and databases to find funders with a proven commitment to programs and projects like yours and to create a comprehensive list of potential funders. $295.00

Basic Classroom Training Courses

Free

Guide to Resources on the Foundation Center's Web Site
Introduces the wide range of resources available on the Foundation Center's Web site and teaches how to navigate the site efficiently.


Introduction to The Foundation Directory Online
A hands-on introduction to the basics of searching the databases of The Foundation Directory Online.

Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
A hands-on introduction to effective use of the Center's online funding research tool for individual grantseekers.

Online Guides and Tutorials

Free

Guide to the Foundation Center's Web Site
A guide to what you'll find at the Center's comprehensive web site.

Guided Tour of the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature
A guided tour of the searchable database of the Center's collection of literature on philanthropy, the foundation world, the nonprofit sector, voluntarism, and charitable giving.

The Foundation Directory Online Guided Tour
Learn how searching our databases online will give you instant access to information on thousands of grantmakers and their giving interests.

Corporate Giving Online Guided Tour
Learn how to gain instant access to information on thousands of corporate grantmakers and their giving interests.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Guided Tour
A tour of our online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Webinars

Free

Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources
This session is a guided tour of all the free resources available on the Foundation Centerís web site. During the webinar you will explore many tools and resources to help you become a better grantseeker.

Databases on the Web and CD-ROM

Foundation Directory Online

An online database of detailed information on grantmakers, grants, and grant recipients, as well as grantmaker web sites and searchable 990s. Subscriptions begin at $19.95 a month.
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Corporate Giving Online

An online database of corporate donors that support nonprofit organizations and programs through grants as well as in-kind donations of equipment, products, professional services, and volunteers. Subscriptions begin at $59.95 a month.
- Guided Tour Free
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Grants to Individuals Online

An online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Subscriptions begin at $19.95 a month.
- Guided Tour Free
- Log In or Subscribe


Catalog of Nonprofit Literature

A searchable database of the literature of philanthropy that incorporates the unique contents of the Foundation Center's five libraries.
- Guided Tour Free
- Begin Searching Free
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