The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a powerful tool in searching for grantors. It's an online resource, updated weekly, providing access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors. The database is searchable, so you are able to narrow your search down to specific geographies, grantors, interest areas, and more. There are many subscription levels, giving you different access levels to the information. This training is located at the Woodmere Branch of the Traverse Area District Library, because they have a subscription to the FDO that is FREE to patrons and accessible on-site. During this session, you will learn the basics in using the FDO to find grantors that fit your mission, best practices such as finding and searching 990's to see past funding, noting reporting requirements, match requests, initial inquiry method, and other considerations. This session is for individuals curious about using this resource to help them in their search for funding.
Pack a lunch and bring your own laptop if you have one - a limited number of laptops will be available to borrow.
Brice Bush is a native of Saginaw, Michigan who holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is the Adult Services coordinator for the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) and has been with TADL since 2011.