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September 2009 (5 posts)

Introducing Professional Power Search!
September 30, 2009

The future is here. It's Professional Power Search and it's one of the most significant new Foundation Directory Online enhancements to date. With Power Search, Professional subscribers can search across nine Foundation Center databases at once to identify more opportunities than ever before!

Power Search is an essential tool for anyone researching a potential donor, looking for new prospects in a particular subject area, or seeking more information on any issue of importance. Why? Because it puts the full power of the Foundation Center in your hands. You'll see a summary of all matches from anywhere within our vast knowledge base on the field of philanthropy. That includes FDO's grantmakers, companies, grants, and 990s databases, as well as our unique databases of philanthropy news, RFPs, nonprofit jobs, foundation publications, and nonprofit literature. One search, multiplied by nine databases, equals powerful results!

But that's not all. The new FDO also enables all subscribers to fine-tune their prospect lists with instant recaps of matches—by key data fields—for every search. With this intuitive new feature, you can quickly and easily refine your search by the exact subset of results you're most interested in.

For a limited time, all of these great new features are available to all subscribers as a "beta." Just click the "preview the new FDO" link on the FDO Home Screen to test-drive the grantseeker's ultimate power tool. And be sure to tell us what you think by completing our quick, seven-question survey.

Coming Soon...
September 25, 2009

...a whole new way to search FDO and find what you're looking for. Read my next blog post, next week, for details!

Online Communications
September 16, 2009

Do you use Twitter? YouTube? Facebook? Well, a lot of foundations do, and we've recognized this by adding a new Online Communications section to FDO's grantmaker profiles. We've been collecting this information for some time now, and it's previously appeared in the Additional Contact Information section, but now it has a home of its own. Look for the new Online Communications section, listing and linking to a foundation's presence on everything from MySpace to Flickr to Second Life, near the top of selected grantmaker profiles.

Philanthropy In/Sight
September 11, 2009

By now, you might have heard about the Foundation Center's exciting new Philanthropy In/Sight subscription service. If not, or if you're not sure what to make of it, allow me to share some insight on In/Sight (silly pun intended).

Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, and others interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. It combines our rich data on grantmakers and their grants—the same data that feeds Foundation Directory Online—with a Google maps interface to tell the story of global giving. With Philanthropy In/Sight, you can:

  • Plot the locations of grantmakers and grant recipients and view detailed information about their activities and grants awarded or received;

  • View aggregated grantmaker and grant data; and

  • Assess impact, funding needs, and effectiveness with layered demographic and other thematic data

But don't take my word for it; take a guided tour.

Before going any further, I want to stress that Philanthropy In/Sight does not in any way replace Foundation Directory Online. If you're a grantseeker, prospect researcher, or fundraiser, FDO is still your best bet to identify funding prospects for your organization. But although Philanthropy In/Sight was specifically designed for the "givers," as opposed to the "getters," In/Sight and FDO do complement each other in many ways and each can be useful to practically anyone interested in any aspect of philanthropy. In recognition of this, we're offering a special 50 percent discount on Philanthropy In/Sight to current Foundation Directory Online Professional annual or bi-annual subscribers, or Institution-Wide Access licensees. For more information, or to request a free 24-hour trial, please call our Customer Service Department at (800) 424-9836.

With Philanthropy In/Sight, every picture tells a story. Visit philanthropyinsight.org to learn more.

FDO Update Alerts
September 01, 2009

Today's the first of the month, which means that FDO Update Alerts are e-mailed to Professional subscribers who have opted-in for this monthly service. FDO Update Alerts contain summaries of additions and updates to our grantmaker database during the previous month in five categories: new grantmakers; high growth grantmakers; contact information changes; fields of interest/types of support changes; and leadership changes. To receive FDO Update Alerts, click the Visit Update Central link on the left side of the FDO Home Screen and then enter and submit your e-mail address.

These monthly alerts are useful because they remind Professional subscribers to visit FDO's Update Central to build customized reports for more detail on each month's additions and updates. Update Reports can be customized by state or states in any one of three categories: new grantmakers; high growth grantmakers; and grantmakers with recent changes. Many of our Professional subscribers use these reports to identify new funders and stay current on developments in their state.

FDO Update Alerts shouldn't be confused with FDO Alerts, another exclusive benefit at the Professional subscription level. While FDO Update Alerts are delivered monthly and contain simple summaries of additions and updates to our grantmaker database, FDO Alerts are funder-specific, delivered when updates occur, and contain detailed information on profile and status changes; details on newly posted grants; links to new 990 filings; and links to newly posted news articles, job openings, RFP announcements, and publications. There's no better way for a grantseeker to keep tabs on current prospects and past donors. To sign up to receive alerts for a grantmaker, click the Add to My Alerts check box located in the Tools section of any grantmaker profile.