The State Library is the oldest Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner in New Jersey. The Foundation Center, located in New York City, publishes many of the directories the State Library collects. These books, as well as those by a variety of other publishers, describe the grantmaking activities of private and corporate foundations. There are also circulating books on fundraising, proposal writing, special events, nonprofit management and working with volunteers. In addition, there are materials on other funding sources: government agencies, professional groups and individuals.
The State Library provides onsite public access to a variety of electronic resources of particular interest to grantseekers, including Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Foundation Maps. There is also a small collection of philanthropy-related periodicals: Advancing Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Grassroots Fundraising Journal, and The NonProfit Times. The State Library has a historical collection of New Jersey private foundation IRS 990PF forms on aperture cards for the following years: 1978 – 1998. (Current private foundation 990 PF forms may be retrieved from the Foundation Center’s 990 Finder: https://fdo.foundationcenter.org/search?collection=990s).
The Reference Services staff provides reference services for the Funding Information Center, assisting state government, libraries and the general public. We welcome visits, mail, email and telephone requests; however, users must do their own research to find prospective grant sources. Author, title and subject access to materials is available in the Library’s online catalog.
Microfiche reader/printers are available, as are coin operated photocopy machines and public access computers.
Funding Information Center annual reports, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, statistical compendia, periodicals and IRS 990 Form aperture cards do not circulate. Remaining Funding Information Center materials circulate. Borrowing materials in person is possible for New Jersey residents. You can also get items on interlibrary loan through your local library.
New Jersey State Library – Level 4
185 West State St.
(mailing address: PO Box 520)
Trenton, NJ 08625
Leigh Clark, Business & Funding Information Librarian
Telephone: (609) 278-2640 X 103
Fax: (609) 278-2647