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 hosts the Foundation Center Directory Online (FCDO) for use by nonprofits and volunteers from across the region at no cost.
FCDO 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 websites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves. The searchable database allows users to select keywords to identify the grantmakers that are the best match with their organization and project.
Normally, the FCDO is only accessible in person and on-site at our office. However, as the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy remains closed to the public for the remainder of 2020, remote access to the FCDO is now available. Please click here to access the FCDO. The link will be accessible until December 31, 2020.
FCDO is very user-friendly (think of it as a grants Google search) and no previous experience is necessary. Please note the following:
- Like most search engines, users can enter a description of the type of grants they are looking for in everyday language.
- FCDO 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.
Candid, the parent company of the Foundation Center Directory Online, has an introductory webinar on how to use the database. Click here for the webinar recording,
If you have any questions regarding the Foundation Center Directory Online, please contact Kristen Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.