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Foundation Center

The Community Development Works (CDW) Learning Lab has been designated as a Funding Information Network Partner. This distinction will allow the Lab to better serve grantseekers in the region by acquiring Foundation Center resources for grantseeking and grant writing. The Foundation Center is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. The Center performs research on charitable giving, presents information on U.S. philanthropies, and helps grantseekers find funding and program information.

The CDW Learning Lab Funding Information Network site is now one of more than 450 Collections across the United States. The Foundation Directory Online database, along with Foundation Center publications, is available in the Lab for public use. Foundation Center publications include books on grant seeking and writing and grants for individuals, arts, health and religious funding.

The CDW reference library contains a variety of holdings spanning from Fundraising to Strategic Planning. Included in the collection are resources on Arts Management and Parish Nursing. With more than 400 titles available and a small computer center for prospect and program research, CDW has created a rich resource of information specifically selected to assist nonprofit organizations and community groups in all stages of development.

The CDW Learning Lab is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless the lab is in use for training sessions or consultations. Call Felicia Walker at 318-443-7880 for lab availability. The lab is closed for all major holidays.

Electronic Resources:

When it comes to online research sources for funding, you won't find a more exhaustive resource than the Foundation Directory. Because it's updated weekly, you know it's accurate. And by providing access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors, 3 million recent grants and more than half a million key decision makers, it's comprehensive, too.


GrantSpace SM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. is a hub to inspire, connect, and inform youth grantmaking.Youth worldwide are raising their voices by granting funds that transform lives and communities. Now, there's a new gathering place for this dynamic movement: connects young people and adults interested in grantmaking to the knowledge and inspiration they need to effect change. This global hub, created by the Foundation Center, provides free access to case studies, expert perspectives, funding data, and a directory of more than 800 youth grantmaking programs.

Is an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, advisors, policymakers, researchers, academics—virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Even grantseekers can use Foundation Maps to gather intelligence to craft compelling grant proposals. Foundation Maps combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Low one-, three-, and six-month and yearly subscription rates are available 

Print Resources in the Learning Lab:

  • After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship (2010)
  • America's Nonprofit Sector (2012)
  • Board Member's Book (2003)
  • The Foundation Directory (2013)
  • The Foundation Directory, Part 2 (2013)
  • The Foundation Directory Supplement (2013)
  • Foundation Fundamentals (2008)
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals (2013)
  • Foundations and Public Policy (2009)
  • The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals (2008)
  • Guía para escribir propuestas (2008)
  • Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2012)
  • Guide to Proposal Writing (2012)
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving (2013)
  • Securing Your Organization's Future (2001)
  • Social Justice Grantmaking II (2009)
  • The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance (2009)

Please note: Titles and publication dates are subject to change without prior notice.

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