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Welcome Legislators and Policymakers #61710 - Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area

Constituent Services: Nonprofit Grantseekers

When your constituents contact you about funding for nonprofit organizations, you can refer them to:

Ask Us

Ask Us! A Foundation Center Online Librarian can answer questions at no charge about grantmakers, philanthropy, and fundraising research. The librarian, however, will not provide lists of grantmakers that will fund specific activities. Questions can be submitted in different ways: e-mail or chat.

Funding Information Network

Funding Information Network partners provide your constituents with free access to Foundation Center's premier subscription database, Foundation Directory Online, to Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and to a core set of Foundation Center's print resources. Staff at these sites may also provide reference service and grantseeking training opportunities. There are more than 470 of these locations nationwide and around the world. Call (800) 424-9836 or search online for Funding Information Network locations (formerly known as Cooperating Collections) in your area.

Training Opportunities and Online Programs

Your constituents may ask where they can learn about fundraising. Refer them to GrantSpace — a free service of Foundation Center. At GrantSpace, grantseekers can receive online training and/or find out about live training sessions (free and fee-based) offered by Foundation Center. GrantSpace provides information on fundraising and nonprofit management through FAQs, sample documents, podcasts, and more.


Staff from Foundation Center or from your local cooperating collection may be available to present training that you organize for your local nonprofit community or Congressional staff.

Fact Finder

Fact Finder includes:
  • Foundation Finder
    Includes basic contact information on U.S. grantmakers.
    No grantmaker application information is available on this tool.
  • 990 Finder
    IRS returns for nonprofit organizations and private foundations.
  • Trend Tracker
    Review individual grantmaker data or compare up to five grantmakers.

Constituent Services: Individual Grantseekers

Inquiries About Funding for Individuals

When your constituents contact you about funding for individual needs, scholarships, travel, creative activity, etc., you can refer them to:

Policy Development

You may find these free resources helpful as a policymaker:

Philanthropy News Digest (PND)

Keep current with the grantmaking world with PND, Foundation Center's daily news service, providing summaries from nationwide media outlets. It also offers a variety of electronic notification services.

Free Newsletters

Sign up for free e-newsletters and news, jobs, and RFP alerts.


Find publications produced or sponsored by grantmakers on a wide variety of policy issues as well as foundation annual reports.

Foundation Stats

Lists of largest funders in your state and metropolitan areas.


Identify first-rate examples of grantmaking organizations that communicate openly about their work at Glasspockets.

Other Helpful Nonprofit Resources

There are many other local resources that you may find useful when serving your constituents. See our listing in our Nonprofit Resources section and our Nonprofit Startup Map.

National clearinghouse organizations can also help you locate local resources. See chart below.

National Organizations/


Statewide and Local Associations of Nonprofits Find associations that provide training and support services.
Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers Find associations of funders in your area.
Association of Fundraising Professionals Provides training and networking for fundraisers at local chapters and nationally.
Nonprofit Programs at Colleges and Universities Find degree and certificate programs in fundraising and nonprofit management. May also provide technical assistance, interns. etc.
National Association of Attorney Generals List of all attorney generals.
Legal Help Legal resources by state.

Other important local contacts:
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