Foundation Center Directory Online Workshop – February 3, 2016

January 7, 2016

Prospect research is a critical step in fund development planning and grant writing. So where do nonprofits go to find new funding prospects?

The Greater New Orleans Foundation Organizational Effective initiative is proud to partner with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations(LANO) and Arts Council of Greater New Orleans to provide the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection for use by nonprofits and volunteers from across the region.

Foundation Directory Online provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on over 98,000 U.S. grantmakers and their grants, drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves. The searchable database allows users to select key words to identify the grantmakers that are the best match with their organization and project.

The workshop session is not focused on grantwriting, but is an exploration of effective use of the database, with an aim to assist organizations in understanding how the Foundation Center Directory Online can be used to:

  • Properly use various search functions within the Directory
  • Identify potential relationships between their organization and funders
  • Explore appropriateness of grant opportunities.

The Foundation Center Directory Online workshop is on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 9:00 am-11:00 am at the LANO Office located in the Arts Council of New Orleans offices at 935 Gravier St. Suite 850, New Orleans, LA 70130. Greater New Orleans Foundation grantees will have priority for registration. Click here to register.


Nonprofit professionals and volunteers can access the database Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-3:30 pm at the LANO office located at 935 Gravier St. in New Orleans.  The database is only accessible on site. If you are a first time user or have not attended a workshop on using the database, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with Cory Sparks at or 504-309-2081.  An appointment is not required to access the database.