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Tools for Finding Grants for Your Nonprofit Organization : Subscription Databases

Nonprofit organizations and sponsored individuals should find the following tools - both print and online - helpful for locating grants for programs and projects in all areas of endeavor. Databases for academic institutions are included.

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Subscription Databases

Below are the databases to which UW-Madsion subscribes. All visitors to Grants Information Collection have access to these databases.

Which database should I use?

Foundations: Use the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) or Foundations in Wisconsin: a Directory. FDO provides a wealth of information on thousands of foundations, including direct links to their tax records (990PFs or 990s).

The Foundations in Wisconsin: a Directory provides a brief overview of foundations based in WI, including their median grant amount for the prior fiscal year.  If you would like more information on a foundation that you located in the WI Directory, try searching for it in FDO.

Private and Public (government) funders: Use COS Pivot. This is a very nice "catch-all" database that includes grants from government sources, as well as private grants from sources such as foundations.

Past grants and visual data: Use Foundation Maps. This database uses information from FDO and the Foundation Center to map data regarding the distribution of grants, grants recipients, and areas served. View the relationships between various funders and recipients by using the Pathways feature.

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