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 Nonprofit Leadership & Effectiveness program hosts the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection (FCDO) for use by nonprofits and volunteers from across the region.
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.
Nonprofit professionals and volunteers can reserve an appointment for the database for two hour blocks at a time, Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy 919 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. Please note, the database is not accessible when the building is closed (weekends and most major holidays). The database is only accessible on site and you are strongly encouraged to make a reservation here.
If you do not have a reservation, you may have to stop using the database should someone with an appointment arrive. Additional information:
- Metered street parking is available around the Foundation.
- FCDO is not connected to a printer. Users can either bring a jump drive to save resources onto or plan to email themselves.
- FCDO is a prospecting tool, not an application system for grants.
FCDO is very user-friendly (think of it as Grants Google) and no previous experience is necessary. The Greater New Orleans Foundation offers quarterly workshops that provide an overview of grant prospecting and use of FCDO. To view upcoming workshops, click here.