Foundation Directory Online (FDO) makes you more efficient than ever by combining the social
sector’s most powerful search capabilities with FDO’s new Workspace and its cloud-based suite of
prospect assessment and management tools.
Subscribe to the plan that gives you the data and insights you need at the right price for you.
Assess funders and simplify the prospecting process.
Go from search results to funding with FDO’s Workspace, a cloud-based prospect manager. After you
perform your searches with FDO, use the new assessment tool in Workspace to decide which grantmakers
to pursue and to manage the prospecting process. In one convenient dashboard, set up project folders
to stay organized, track grants, manage contacts and tasks, and build your institutional memory.
With the time you save, build relationships with funders!
- 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 and
prospecting work with information on upcoming tasks, recent notes, and communications
- Grant Overview: See all details related to a grant request including a
description of the grant, the associated project, financial information, and any additional
- Prospect Overview: See your comprehensive history with a funder, including
current and historical grant requests, amounts awarded, associated projects, communication and
contacts, and notes
- Tasks: Manage any items needed to secure a grant; assign tasks, manage
deadlines, track progress, and write comments
- Prospect List: See your overall funding history including total grants awarded
and open grant requests for each prospect
- Address Book: Manage your relationships with funders by accessing their contact
information and tracking your communication history
- Projects: Manage funding by viewing all grant requests, prospects, contacts,
and notes associated with a project
- Notes: Manage notes related to a grant request and link all communications by
Information about foundations and other grantmakers.
Easily access accurate, comprehensive grantmaker profiles that have been verified, coded, and sorted
by funding areas so you can quickly determine the relevant ones for you. The majority of these
grantmakers do not have websites and would otherwise be almost impossible to find.
With information on more than 140,000 grantmakers, FDO can help you find the funders you
don’t know yet.
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, Foundation Center's editorial staff continually monitors more than 35
diverse sources to verify that our databases are up-to-date.
Our team is also in frequent communication with grantmakers nationwide through telephone calls,
surveys, and electronic reporting so we can quickly add new data to FDO without having to wait for
the IRS to release the latest Forms 990.
Grantmaker Profiles include:
- Independent foundations
- Company-sponsored foundations
- Independent foundations
- Operating foundations
- Corporate giving programs
- Public charities
- Non-U.S. foundations
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 like yours?
- How can you stand out? Which areas of your organization should you highlight and what
weaknesses can you pre-emptively address?
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.
- The Map Grants tool, 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.
- The Chart Grants tool gives you a quick visual reference of a grantmaker’s
giving activity by year and subject area so you can see their actual giving, rather than areas
in which they only show interest. If a funder gives grants in 10 different program areas,
chances are that funding is not distributed evenly.
Key Decision Makers and Leaders
A who’s who of people you need to know.
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.
Keyword Search Forms 990-PF
A deeper dive into source material.
Quickly scan tedious Forms 990 to identify even more prospective funders and understand grantmakers
in granular detail. You can search our fully-digitized 990 and 990-PF files by keyword, fiscal year,
grantmaker name, EIN, and location.
- This is particularly useful for locating grantmakers that identify themselves with very specific
terminology not found in our indexes or in the text of our grantmaker profiles. You can also
search for recently awarded grants that don’t meet the criteria for inclusion in our grants
database, usually small grants or grants made by small foundations. Digitization means that it’s
also possible to search within the documents themselves using CTRL+F.