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October 2009 (5 posts)

Haven't Tried Power Search Yet?
October 30, 2009

Learn more about FDO Power Search Well, what are you waiting for?

We've been testing FDO Professional Power Search in "beta" for a month now, and we've gotten some fantastic feedback from the survey. There have been plenty of compliments, but also plenty of useful suggestions for making it even better. We welcome all these comments, and I want to take this opportunity to encourage those of you who haven't yet checked it out to do so today.

For a limited time, Power Search is available to FDO users at all subscription levels. After you log in, just click the "Preview the new FDO" link, then try out a search. Enter a keyword or phrase in the search field and you'll see results from nine Foundation Center databases:

  • Grantmakers
  • Companies
  • Grants
  • 990s
  • RFPs
  • News from PND
  • Jobs
  • PubHub reports
  • Nonprofit literature

From your results list, you can begin narrowing your search using the guided search tools on the left-hand menu. Drill down to a specific database, then further refine your results with FDO index terms (everything from grantmaker or recipient geographic location to fields of interest to grant amount ranges and much more). You can also take step back by removing a search term without having to go back and start your search over.

Once you've tried it out, be sure to tell us what you think in the Power Search survey, accessible via a link at the top of the search and results screens.

New Guided Tours
October 16, 2009

New this week for Foundation Directory Online: Guided tours with audio narration!

These new tours help recent subscribers get acquainted with FDO's search terms and features, but veteran users should also check them out to see about recent enhancements and pick up some tips for their funding searches.

I encourage everyone to try one out. There are tours for each of the four Professional-level databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. Even if you've been using FDO for years, you might find a new wrinkle to help you make your searches more effective. And if you're new to FDO, they're the perfect place to start.


October 12, 2009

Hello everyone! My name is George Ford and I'm the new product manager for online subscription services at the Foundation Center. That means I'll be talking to you here on the blog about exciting new enhancements and helping you get the most out of Foundation Directory Online.

While I'm new to the position, I've been with the Foundation Center for over five and a half years managing our online training program. I’m thrilled for this new opportunity and I'm looking forward to hearing all the questions, comments, and suggestions from FDO subscribers that help keep the product evolving and improving.

I also want to take this chance to thank Dave Clark for helping make this a smooth transition for me. Dave has ably guided Foundation Directory Online through some major changes and enhancements over the last several years, and he now brings his considerable talents to Philanthropy In/Sight.

As Dave mentioned in his last post, this is a particularly exciting time for FDO as we roll out the new Power Search tool. I encourage you all to try it out and let us know what you think. Just click the "Preview the new FDO" link on the FDO home screen and when you're done, be sure to fill out the brief survey.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Power Search and all things FDO. You can reach me anytime here on the blog or at gef@foundationcenter.org.

A Fond Farewell
October 07, 2009

This blog entry (my eighty-third, but who's counting?) marks my last as the host of Eye on FDO. But Eye on FDO goes on, and I'll be turning over the reigns to our new product manager of online subscription services, George Ford. With the very recent release of our new Power Search tool, George takes over the blog and FDO itself at an exciting time for FDO subscribers and will manage the development of many more important new enhancements in the months to come. He'll also continue the tradition of superior customer support that you've come to expect from Foundation Directory Online.

As for me, I've been tapped to exclusively manage our new Philanthropy In/Sight subscription service. I told you about In/Sight a few weeks ago and I hope many of you have had a chance to take the guided tour at philanthropyinsight.org and see what it's all about. (In fact, that's George narrating the tour!)

To those of you who have followed this blog, either since its establishment or beginning more recently,  thanks! I hope I've been able to help you keep current on everything FDO. And I trust George will do so as well.

—Dave Clark

Funding for Arts Month
October 01, 2009

Funding for Arts Month

October is Funding for Arts Month at the Foundation Center!

As always during our special focus months, there's plenty happening that's sure to be of interest to FDO subscribers, including special events and free training for artists and arts organizations. Be sure to check the events schedule for the location nearest you at our Focus on Funding for the Arts page. Then, explore some of the other arts-related goodies we're making available, including interactive maps and charts, news, RFPs, foundation-sponsored publications, and commentary.

We're also conducting a free online webinar on funding trends in arts and culture on October 30. A panel of experts in the field will present the latest data on both foundation and public support and explore the arts and culture funding outlook. For more information, or to register, please visit our web site.