Features of FDO
Built with the highest quality data and best-in-class prospecting tools.
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO delivers the information you need to reach your fundraising goals quickly and efficiently.
Find better matched funders faster.
FDO features a global search bar and comprehensive results page to address all your prospecting needs. Simply enter a phrase describing your work. When you enter a phrase that describes what you're looking for, the results provide Use Advanced Search & Filters fields to edit/refine your search or when phrases don't deliver optimal results. Either type of search will deliver a results page that includes Grantmakers, Grants and Recipients. The total amount of a Grantmaker's funding isn't always relevant, so Grantmaker lists include "Amount Funded" data which allows you to see how much the grantmaker funded based on your specific search criteria.
Comprehensive information about foundations and other grantmakers.
Grantmaker profiles provide a powerful summary overview of the funder's work along with all the pertinent details fundraisers need to find and approach great prospects.
With information on more than 230,000+ grantmakers, FDO can help you find the funders you don't know yet. The majority of these grantmakers do not have websites and would otherwise be almost impossible to find.
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. In all, Candid's data and editorial staff continually monitor countless sources to verify that our databases are up-to-date.
Our team is also in frequent communication with grantmakers nationwide. Our eGrant reporters supply their grant data to us directly so we can quickly update FDO without having to wait for the IRS to release the latest Forms 990.
Grantmaker Profiles include:
- Private & independent foundations
- Corporate foundations
- U.S. Federal funders
- Public charities
- International foundations
A who's who of people you need to know
The built-in LinkedIn integration allows you to see who can help you make that connection. 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.
Maps and Charts
A better perspective on foundation activity.
Quickly identify giving trends to see if a grantmaker is likely to give in your geographic area or in your field in the upcoming year.
- What is Being Funded? Gives you a quick visual reference of a grantmaker's giving activity by subject area so you can see their actual giving.
- Where is the Money Going? Especially useful for finding national and regional funders, shows the geographic distribution of a grantmaker's funding at different levels, such as state, county, or city, so you can decide how likely they are to fund you.
- How Big are the Grants? Useful for giving you a quick guide on the number of grants broken out by amount. This graph provides guidance on how much to request from a funder.
Insights into previously awarded grants.
Detailed grant information, including recipients, descriptions, and types of support, helps you determine which funders are most likely to fund your work, how much to request, and what to highlight in a grant proposal.
This data helps you better understand a foundation and its giving priorities and helps answer questions such as:
- What kinds of organizations does the foundation give to?
- How much funding goes to organizations similar to yours?
- How can you stand out? Which areas of your organization should you highlight and what weaknesses can you pre-emptively address?
A smarter way to prospect for grantmakers.
Recipient profiles provide insights and data to understand the fundraising opportunities based on the successes of similar organizations. Tap into these insights to help shape your prospecting strategy. You may discover a grantmaker not on your radar!
Organize your prospect research.
My FDO enables you to keep track of your prospect research. This is where you will access saved searches, favorites, tags and alerts. You can also use the Assessment Tool to evaluate funders and keep track of the tasks associated with prospecting and applying for grants.
- Assessment Tool: Guides you through step-by-step evaluation to see if a funder is a good match for your project.
- Dashboard: View a snapshot of your current foundation fundraising efforts that you add to My FDO.
- My FDO: Access your saved searches, Tags, Alerts and Favorite Grantmakers.
- Projects: Organize your fundraising efforts into projects and track your progress.
- Prospects: See your comprehensive history with a funder, including current and historical grant proposals, amounts awarded, associated projects, communication and contacts, and notes.
- Grant Proposals: Track details related to a grant proposal including a description of the grant, the associated project, financial information, and any additional information.
- Contacts: Manage your relationships with funders by accessing their contact information and tracking your communication history.
- Tasks: Manage any items needed to secure a grant; assign tasks, manage deadlines, track progress, and write comments.
A deeper dive into source material.
Fully searchable, digitized copies of grantmaker's 990PF tax forms are posted on the grantmaker profiles.