A Cooperating Collection of The Foundation Center
The Library's Foundation Center is designed to serve the needs of a broad range of nonprofit organizations: from the grassroots, neighborhood-focused organization to the large institutions; from the volunteer grant seeker to the experienced fundraiser.
The grant seeker will find here current information regarding private and corporate foundations, individual donors, grants awarded in specific fields, U.S. Government funding and grants for individuals.
The Foundation Center, established in 1975, is an affiliate of the Foundation Center in New York City and receives resources and technical assistance from this national clearinghouse.
All materials are available for use at the Main Library, North Building, second floor. Specially trained librarians maintain the collection and are available to help you.
Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations workshops are given once a month. Check our calendar of events for the next scheduled workshop, or call (502) 574-1617 for more information. You may also make arrangements for group orientations or individualized assistance by calling (502) 574-1838.
Photocopiers, microform reader/printers and computer work stations are available for making copies. The Library will bill patrons who request copies by telephone, FAX, mail or interlibrary loan. A handling fee will be added to these requests.
- Circulating Materials - Books which may be checked out for home use include the subjects of research strategies, proposal planning and writing, fundraising techniques and nonprofit management.
- Electronic Databases
- The Foundation Center's World Wide Web site on the Internet with links to other nonprofit and grant maker sites.
- Foundation Directory Online: Available only at the Main Library, this online database is updated continually and provides detailed information on over 96,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, 1.5 million recent grants, and more than 400,000 key decision makers. Take a virtual tour of the Foundation Directory Online. Just select the tour of your choice!
- Indiana Resources
- Directory of Indiana Foundations
- IRS tax returns for Indiana Foundations (IRS Form 990-PF)
- Kentucky Resources
- A Guide to Funders in Central Appalachia and the Tennessee Valley
- IRS tax returns for Kentucky Foundations (IRS Form 990-PF)
- Kentucky Foundation Directory
- National Directories
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- Foundation Grants to Individuals
- Guide to U.S. Foundations
- National Directory of Corporate Giving
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Corporate Philanthropy Report
- Foundation News and Commentary
- Fund Raising Management
- Grassroots Fundraising Journal
- Nonprofit Times
Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in the Region
These institutions provide a core collection of information on foundations, grants and supplementary materials. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have the IRS tax returns for the private foundations incorporated in their state or region as shown in parentheses.
- Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Western Kentucky University - 502/745-6125
- Charleston, West Virginia
- * Kanawha County Public Library - 304/343-4646 (WV)
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- * Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - 513/369-6940 (OH, KY and IN)
- Evansville, Indiana
- *County Public Library - 812/428-8200 (IN, KY anf Ill)
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- * Indianapolis/Marion County Public Library - 317/269-1733 (IN)
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- * Knoxville-Knox County Public Library - 615/544-5700 (TN)
- Louisville, Kentucky
- * Louisville Free Public Library - 502/574-1617 (KY and IN)
- Bellarmine University - (502) 452-8317
- Lexington, Kentucky
- * Lexington Public Library - 606/231-5520 (KY, OH and TN)
- Memphis, Tennessee
- * Memphis and Shelby County Public Library - 910/725-8877 (TN)
- Nashville, Tennessee
- * Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County - 615/862-5843 (TN)
- St. Louis, Missouri
- * Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy - 314/361-3900