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February 2009 (4 posts)

Statistical Update
February 27, 2009

Here's the latest FDO Professional statistical update:

  • 96,032 grantmakers
  • 481,499 trustees, officers, and donors 
  • 1,563,182 grants
  • 3,597 companies
  • 561,850 keyword-searchable 990s

Selected Grants, and More...
February 20, 2009

You've probably noticed the lists of up to ten selected grants that appear at the bottom of FDO's grantmaker profiles for those foundations with total giving of at least $100,000. But did you know that these samples represent just the tip of the iceberg? Plus, Premium, Platinum, and Professional subscribers can search FDO's grants database by grantmaker name to view thousands of additional awards. In all, our grants database contains detailed descriptions of over 1.5 million recent grants.

To provide easy access to the Search Grants Screen for Plus, Premium, Platinum, and Professional subscribers, we've added a link at the bottom of every selected grants list. Professional subscribers can also access the Grantmaker-Specific Search Grants Screen by clicking the Search Grants tab at the top of a grantmaker record. Still a Basic subscriber? To gain immediate access to our grants database, log in to FDO and click the Upgrade Subscription link in the menu on the left side of the screen.

Institution-Wide Access
February 12, 2009

Are you an FDO subscriber working at a university, public library, or other large organization?

I'm asking because Foundation Directory Online is available on an institution-wide basis, providing username- and password-free access to everyone on a campus or to patrons across all branches of a public library system. By far, this is the most economical way to provide access to FDO on such a large scale.

For more information on Institution-Wide Access, please call our Customer Service Department at (800) 424-9836 or send an e-mail to customerservice@foundationcenter.org.

Contact Our Editorial Staff
February 03, 2009

Did you know that there's a link at the bottom of every grantmaker profile in FDO that enables you to contact our editorial staff with updated information? Maybe you've heard about a change in leadership at a foundation in your area. Or perhaps you're aware that a grantmaker has shifted its area of focus. Whatever it is, we'd like to know about it.

In all, the Foundation Center's editorial staff continually monitors more than 35 information sources to verify the details in our comprehensive database. But it's perfectly reasonable to assume that you might hear about a change in your local philanthropic community before the news spreads. So, keep those updates coming. Your help is appreciated not only by us; your fellow FDO users thank you as well.