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Non-Profit Resource Center

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The Akron-Summit County Public Library is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center. Through the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, the Main Library is able to provide free access to valuable Foundation Center databases and essential reference directories and resources that can help you:

  • Research potential funders
  • Prepare grant proposals
  • Start a nonprofit
  • Organize fundraisers
  • Obtain IRS 990's
  • Explore topics related to philanthropy


The Nonprofit Resources Center makes available reference and circulating books on topics including:

  • Fundraising
  • Proposal writing
  • Board building
  • Nonprofit management
  • Nonprofit finance

Print Directories

The following annual directories provide a listing of grants for nonprofits and individuals. Highlights of the entries include application essentials, summary and purpose of the foundation and their giving limitations.

  • The Foundation Directory
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving

Workshops & Webinars

The library periodically offers classes on grantseeking for individuals and nonprofits. The Foundation Center's website, www.grantspace.org, offers webinars designed for helping nonprofits succeed in a challenging environment.

Foundation Center Databases

Foundation Directory (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
This comprehensive database provides access to information on grants and grantmakers, allowing a grantseeker to do customized searches for their specific need. The database is continuously updated, offering the most accurate information on funders and their grants.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
This is a comprehensive database of foundations providing funding for students, artists, researchers and other individual grant seekers.

Online Non-Profit Resources

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Foundation Center
Grant Space: A service of the Foundation Center