The Funding Center : An Overview
The Funding Center contains information about all kinds of funders, the grants, scholarships and fellowships they offer, and related topics such as proposal writing and nonprofit administration.
What is the Funding Center?
Over 90,000 funders give out over $50 billion in grants every year to non-profit institutions.
The Funding Center contains all the tools you need to identify these funders, including private foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations, corporations, government agencies, associations, and individuals.
Many of the available tools are now electronic, making research easier than ever. Be sure to check out the available databases listed on the Library Home Page or more specifically on the Grants and Related Resources Home Page. Take a look at what is available over the world wide web. But don't forget to use the traditional print and video materials as well.
In short, the Funding Center is a basic starting place for anyone interested in grants or funding.
Additional points to remember about the MSU Funding Center.
- The Funding Center is a focal point for finding out information about foundations, grants, and related information. It is not a foundation. We do not give money away; rather we provide information about organizations that do.
- The librarians on duty cannot do your research for you. They can assist you in locating appropriate resources, but they are not permitted to serve as consultants on funding your project, or to make referrals to specific grantmakers. They cannot write or review your proposals for you. They can direct you to resources that will help with these endeavors.
- If you feel like you need more assistance on how to conduct research, sign up for a free training session. The library usually offers anywhere from eight to ten training sessions a year on how to locate information in the collection and how to find information over the world wide web and various other sources.
- Can't attend a regularly scheduled training session? Although everyone is encouraged to attend regularly scheduled training sessions, it is possible to schedule a session for a group or class. Contact Jon Harrison for more information.
Who Can Use It?
Anyone can use the Funding Center.
People from non-profit organizations around Lansing and the rest of the state often drop by to do research.
And of course, there are always numerous faculty, staff, and students using the collection looking for funding sources.
Where Is It Located?
The Funding Center is now located in the east wing of the first floor. If you have any problems locating it, ask for assistance at the Main Library Reference desk.
When Is It Available for Use?
The Funding Center is available for use anytime the first floor is open. Check Main Library hours for specifics. During the fall and winter terms that means the Funding Center is available for your use 143 hours a week! Summer hours however are more limited.
Reference assistance is available whenever the Main Library Reference desk is open for business. Check Main Library Reference hours for specifics. However, please note that hours of operation may vary over semester breaks or holidays. For further information, call the MSU Library at (517) 432-6123 or the Funding Center Supervisor at (517) 884-0855.
What are some of the Special Services Available?
- Full-time library staff during hours that the Main Library Reference desk is open
- Orientations (by appointment) about the resources available
- Approximately 500 computers in building hooked up to printers
- Photocopying facilities
- Microfiche reader/printers
- Internet access
- Fax Delivery of Information (inquire about costs)
- Workshop Information
- FDOP usage statistics
Additional Services Provided to Cooperating Collections by the Foundation Center
Reference Librarian/Cordinator of Cooperating Collections
79 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10003-3076
Monday through Friday|
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)
New York, N.Y. 10003-3076
|Voice Mail:||Dial 1-800-752-3514, 24 hours a day to connect to the direct line of the coordinator of Cooperating Collections, or to his or her voicemail box.|
|Reference Assistance:||Call, fax, or voicemail us -- we'll try to give you an immediate answer, or we'll call you back. We encourage you to call us at any time with questions, problems, issues, or concerns -- we want to hear from you!|
|Core Collection Publications:||Single copies of each book are shipped automatically as published. Membership fee invoiced yearly in January. Payable within 30 days.|
|Other Publication Orders:||
Single copies of FC publications : 40% discount|
2-24 copies : 20% discount
25-49 copies : 25% discount
50-99 copies : 30% discount
To order call, fax, voicemail or write.
Prepayment and/or purchase orders not required for Cooperating Collections.
|Brochures:||Bulk quantities of Foundation Center publication catalogs, Associates Program, and other brochures, Cooperating Collections network lists, etc., can be shipped to you at no charge. If you would like to receive bulk quantities of publications catalogs on a quarterly basis, that can also be arranged. Request this service by phone, fax, voicemail, or write to us.|
Are there other Foundation Collections?
The Funding Center is part of a nationwide network of libraries sponsored by the Foundation Center.
For a complete list of all Foundation Center Cooperating Collections located in Michigan, click here.
There are also Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in other states. If you need to know where they are located, click here.
Resources and services vary from one cooperating collection to the next. Be sure to contact your closest collection to find out what resources and services are available there. Then you can decide whether you want to travel further afield.
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