About the Foundation Center
The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.
Grant-Seeking at the Center Library
The Des Moines Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Des Moines Public Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDO). This includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.
For an appointment to learn more about the Foundation Center resources, please call (515) 283.4957 or email LAWalth@desmoineslibrary.com. Long distance calls cannot be returned.
- Central Library Resources
Guide to Federal Funding for Governments and Nonprofits
The Iowa Foundation Databook
Core Collection for Cooperating Collections Electronic Resources
The FC Search Database has been replaced with the Foundation Directory Online Professional which can be accessed only at the Central Library via the Internet.
Ask at the Reference Desk to be logged on.
- Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is also available via the Internet.
Please ask at the Reference Desk to be logged on.
- Print Resources
The Foundation Center's Guide to Grantseeking on the Web
The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing
The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals
The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals II
The Foundation Directory
The Foundation Directory Part 2
The Foundation Directory Supplement
Foundation Grants to Individuals
The Foundation 1000
Foundations Today Series
Foundation Giving Trends
Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates
Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs
Guide to U.S. Foundations, Their Trustees, Officers, and Donors
National Directory of Corporate Giving
National Guide to Funding for Libraries and Information Services, 8thed. (2005) *
National Guide to Funding in AIDS, 4th ed. (2005) *
National Guide to Funding in Health, 9th ed. (2005) *
National Guide to Funding in Religion, 8th ed. (2005) *
Securing Your Organization's Future
Board Member's Book
* No future editions of these publications planned
Please note: Titles and publication dates are subject to change without prior notice.
Iowa Grants Guide
The Iowa Grants Guide (IGG) is sponsored by The University of Iowa (UI) Division of Sponsored Programs, the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICOF).
The Foundation Center
Provides links to over 640 foundations that provide information on their guidelines, missions, and staff with links to nonprofit resources such as GuideStar and the National Charities Information Bureau.
Federal government resource that allows agencies to apply for multiple federal grant funds through one site.
An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. They have gathered data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grantseekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.