Funding Information Network
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The Sycamore Library (ECL) is a nonprofit information resource center for the University of North Texas community and the broader Denton community. Sycamore Library is a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner of the Foundation Center. The Foundation Center is the premier source for information on the nonprofit sector. The ECL provides access to nonprofit-related resources, including the three Foundation Center databases.
ECL staff coordinate periodic training events and workshops that are free and open to the public. Staff members are available for one-on one or group consultations, during which time we can demonstrate how to use the resources and answer your questions. All of our services and trainings are provided free of charge. To schedule a consultation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sycamore Library at (940) 565-2194.
The Sycamore Library is open to all users. Databases can be accessed on any computer workstation in the ECL and all ECL workstations are available to anyone. Before you make the trip, please be sure to check our hours; they change seasonally. More information on parking on the UNT campus and navigating to Sycamore Hall is available at https://guides.library.unt.edu/grants.
- Foundation Directory Online Professional provides grantmaker profiles for over 100,000 foundations, public charities, and corporate giving programs. Profiles for grant recipients are also included in the database. Unlike the publicly available 990 forms, this database can be searched by geographic location of grantmaker or nonprofit program/activities, field of interest, recipient type and location, type of grant award, type of grantmaker, and more. Grantmaker profiles can easily be downloaded or exported by e-mail. This database is extremely useful to nonprofit organizations seeking grants. It can also be utilized by grantmakers to gather information about the state of philanthropy in a given area. (Access to the this database is limited to the Sycamore Library premises)
- Foundation Grants to Individuals contains grant opportunities that are only available to individuals, primarily for educational support–scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, and the like. The database also contains grant opportunities for artistic and research projects, professional development, general welfare, and assistance with special needs. (Access to this database is limited to the Sycamore Library premises)
- Foundation Maps is a data visualization platform for philanthropy. Foundation Maps can be used to reveal trends, visualize networks, and monitor changes in the nonprofit sector. Foundation Maps overlays nonprofit sector information on maps and creates charts and graphical representations of philanthropic giving. (Access to this database is limited to the Sycamore Library premises)
- Leadership Library is an index of profile and contact information for decision-makers and organizations in the United States. The database features in-depth individual and organization profiles of the U.S. Congress, federal government, state and local governments, public and private companies, law firms and courts, media outlets, healthcare organizations, and nonprofit organizations. (Remote access to this database is available for UNT community members)
ECL has a collection of print books that cover nonprofit topics such as board development, financial management of nonprofits, fundraising, grant writing, volunteer management, program development, program assessment, and more. Circulating books can be checked out to UNT students, staff and faculty, and to community members with a Denton County driver license or identification card.