EventsIntro to Foundation Directory Online - 1-on-1 Support Session

Intro to Foundation Directory Online - 1-on-1 Support Session

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Independence Regional Library


Introduction to Foundation Directory Online - 1-on-1 Support Session

Looking for grants for your nonprofit?

Get 1-on-1 assistance with the Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 239,000+ grantmaker profiles.

You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve.

NOTE: This is for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals or small businesses seeking grants. We recommend you take our free one-hour course, Introduction to Finding Grants, before attending.

Upon completion of this 1-on-1 session, you should be able to:

  • Explain what FDO is
  • Identify your needs in preparation for searching for potential grantmakers in FDO
  • Research potential grantmakers using a project-based search in FDO
  • Evaluate prospects for strong or weak fit using FDO
  • Identify the options for accessing FDO
  • Access resources for getting help with FDO

Before attending the session, please review the taxonomy for using FDO and earmark the terms that best describe what you are looking for. You can download or print a copy of the taxonomy here. For more information about the Philanthropy Classification System go to:

Please bring a USB Flash drive to save your work. It is recommended to bring your laptop to bookmark resources for future use. 

**Nonprofit Services does not write grants nor conduct detailed prospect research.

**This is a guided research appointment where a Librarian will show how to get the most out of FDO.

**You may register 2 - 14 days prior to the appointment.

Please note: One appointment is allowed per person per week. Thank you for your understanding!

This is an in-person program which will take place indoors at the Independence Regional LibraryFace coverings are required for both participants and staff for this 1-on-1 program. Indoor programs will be operating at a reduced attendance capacity and will include social distancing based on the library space.

NOTE: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is committed to public safety and continues to intentionally and deliberately expand in-person services that align with the COVID-19 safety guidelines set by Mecklenburg County, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the state of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For the safety of staff and other program participants, please stay home if you feel sick, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a confirmed case of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

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Suitable for:
Older Adults
Nonprofit Development

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