DCNP Philanthropy Center

Funding Information Network

The DCNP Philanthropy Center is a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center.

The Funding Information Network includes electronic databases and print resources on starting a nonprofit, careers in nonprofits, fundraising, investigating corporate giving, nonprofit management, grant writing, and grant maker directories.

The collection is open to the public during regular library hours.

DeKalb Public Library reference librarians are available to assist with the print collection and the databases. Orientation and training sessions on how to use the collection will be scheduled throughout the year.

For more information contact:

Teresa Iversen
Local History Reference Librarian and Funding Information Network Supervisor
815-756-9568, x2100

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start

The Foundation Center has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Quick Start, a free online tool that replaces Foundation Finder offering free access to basic information about grant makers.

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start, or FDO Quick Start for short, includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Users can search by name, EIN, and location (state, county, city, metro area, congressional district, and ZIP code).

Profiles include a foundation’s background, purpose and activities statement, program area(s), fields of interest, financial data, and 990-PFs. The programs and interests fields are not searchable, but those fields appear in the profiles. Keyword searching across all 990-PFs is included.

FDO Quick Start is free although users will need to register and create their own account

FDO Quick Start can be found at Foundation Directory Online Quick Start

Electronic Databases

  • Foundation Directory Online
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
  • Foundation Maps
  • WealthEngine
  • Reference USA


  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Grassroots Fundraising Journal

Other Resources

For a nominal fee, The Foundation Center offers a number of online training courses for nonprofits, including self-paced eLearning workshops and live webinars. For more information on these courses and webinars visit Foundation Center Marketplace 

ForeFront, formally Donors Forum, is the only association in Illinois that represents grantmakers, nonprofits, and their advisors, along with their allies. In addition to the rebranding, ForeFront has a new mission statement: “Building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois.” Visit the ForeFront website for a complete calendar of programs for grantmakers and nonprofits.

GrantSpace is a free service of The Foundation Center.  It offers information and resources to meet the needs of nonprofits including tutorials on nonprofit funding, grant writing and nonproft management.

Philanthropy Center Partners of DeKalb Public Library


GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center, is a collection of resources for anyone who works for a foundation including board members, executives, program staff, and grants managers.