Foundation Center Directory Online

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’s Nonprofit Leadership & Effectiveness Program is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid. This allows us to provide free access to the most comprehensive information available on foundation and corporate giving.

About Foundation Directory 

The Foundation Directory is a prospecting and research tool for grantseekers. This searchable database allows users to select keywords to identify the grantmakers that are the best match with their nonprofit and project. 

How to Access the Foundation Directory

Throughout 2021, access to the Foundation Directory Essential is available via a 24-hour day pass. Click here to access the directory. 

Once on the site, you will be asked to create an account and sign up for a day pass. The day pass allows you to use Foundation Directory Essential remotely in a 24-hour window. A clock at the top of the screen that will tell you how much time remains in the pass. After the 24 hours, the clock will show the next date on which you can activate a new pass (every 30 days).

Since you will be able to create an individual account in Foundation Directory Essential, you will have access to the MyFDO features that were not previously available. You will be able to create dashboards, tag favorite grantmakers, and save searches, and return to these each time you activate a new pass. The day pass allows Candid to continue providing remote access in a secure and automated way. Click here for the Foundation Directory’s Guide to making the most of your day pass. 

Foundation Directory Tips

The Foundation Directory is very user-friendly (think of it as a grants Google search) and no previous experience is necessary. 

  • Like most search engines, users can enter a description of the type of grants they are looking for in everyday language.
  • The Foundation Directory is a prospecting tool, not an application system for grants.
  • Users are able to download searches into a spreadsheet (.CSV), PDF, or they can email themselves a list of results.

Click here for an introductory webinar on how to use the database. If you have any questions regarding the Foundation Directory, please contact Kristen Craig, Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness Associate, at