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External Research Resources

The following internet resources can be used to conduct research on private foundations and to match a possible funder to a project’s needs. These resources provide information on a foundation's fields of interest, application guidelines, and contact information. Information can also be found regarding a foundation's assets, grants made, history, restrictions, and listings of trustees and officers. Many foundations also post their 990-PF forms online.

Foundation Finder (The Foundation Center)
This page allows you to search for basic information about a foundation, including contact information, assets, and total giving, and provides links to foundation websites and a foundation's most recent 990-PF form.

Local Funding Sources (State / Federal / International) (The Grantsmanship Center)
This page allows you to search local funding sources by state, i.e. Top Grantmaking Foundations; Community Foundations; Corporation Giving Programs; and State Govenment Homepages / Virginia State Home Page.

Community Foundations of Virginia
A listing of all 27 Community Foundations in Virginia with addresses and contact information

Southeastern Council on Foundations
A non-profit association of grantmakers in the southeastern United States

GuideStar
This website provides several years' worth of 990-PF forms for foundations and basic information on non-profit organizations in general.

Foundations.Org
A directory of select charitable grantmakers by name (not by program interest)

GrantsNet
This website specializes in resources for science.

Grants.Gov
Grants.Gov is the single location to find more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies and provides an accurate and reliable location to search for grant information.

Fast Web!
A searchable database on scholarship resources

Chronicle of Philanthropy
The newspaper of the non-profit world that includes tools, training, and instructions in writing grant proposals

For information on the economic situation of foundations, see chart from the Foundation Center:
In Their Own Words: Foundation Giving Forecast
Many foundations have publicly announced their plans for how they will respond to the economic crisis. The Foundation Center has compiled an overview of these announcements and related news from the Center's Philanthropy News Digest and other sources. The Foundation Center will be updating this chart continuously, so check back for the latest information. Foundations Respond to the Economic Crisis - Foundation Center