NJSL’s Funding Information Center

Bulletin board in the Funding Information Center collection at the New Jersey State Library.
The Funding Information Center collection at the New Jersey State Library.

What is the Funding Information Center?

The New Jersey State Library’s Funding Information Center provides free training and resources for individuals and nonprofits looking for grant funding.   We have been a Funding Information Network partner with Candid (formerly The Foundation Center) since 1974.  Through this partnership, we provide onsite access to Candid’s grant research databases.





What resources and training are available through the Funding Information Center?

Electronic Resources

Computer showing the Foundation Directory Online Professional database
Research computer showing the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

NJSL’s Funding Information Center provides free, onsite access to two of Candid’s grant research databases:

Foundation Directory Online Professional:  Provides detailed information on over 165,000 U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, with links to current foundation 990-PF tax returns. Users can search using multiple criteria, such as area of interest and geographic focus, to find grantmakers likely to fund their nonprofit organization.  Onsite access only.

Grants to Individuals:  Provides detailed descriptions of over 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Onsite access only.

In addition to these databases, we also have several research guides to help users find information about grants, scholarships, and nonprofit management.  The research guides can be access online from any computer.


Print Resources and Periodicals

Books and periodicals in the Funding Information Center collection at the New Jersey State Library.
Books and periodicals available in the Funding Information Center collection.

The Funding Information Center has over 1,200 print resources related to various funding and nonprofit topics.  Most of these print resources can be borrowed using your NJSL library card.  Materials can also be requested through interlibrary loan at your local public library.  Browse the collection using NJSL’s online catalog.

Additionally, we subscribe to a selection of nonprofit and philanthropy related periodicals, including:

  • Advancing Philanthropy
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • The NonProfit Times



Librarian teaching an Introduction to Finding Grants class in the New Jersey State Library's Training Lab.
Training on how to use the Foundation Directory Online database to find grants.

We offer regular group classes on how to use NJSL’s Funding Information Center resources to research grant funding.  We also have outside speakers present on topics related to nonprofit management, including grant writing, fundraising, social media marketing, event planning and more.  For more information about our latest programs, visit www.njstatelib.org/events.



In addition to our group classes, we offer one-on-one tutorials on how to use the Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals databases.  Tutorial sessions are scheduled in advance and generally run 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your research needs.  If you are interested in scheduling a tutorial, please contact Leigh Clark, Business & Funding Information Librarian, at lclark@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 158.


What is Candid?

For those familiar with NJSL’s Funding Information Center or the Funding Information Network, the name Candid may be new.  Last year, The Foundation Center and GuideStar merged to form the nonprofit organization, Candid.  For more information on the merger and Candid, visit https://candid.org/about.

How will this merger affect NJSL’s Funding Information Center?

On the whole, the services provided by NJSL’s Funding Information Center and other Funding Information Network partners will remain relatively the same.  Any future changes or updates will be reflected on the Funding Information Center’s collection website at https://www.njstatelib.org/fundinginfo.