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April 2010 (3 posts)

Power Search Guided Tour
April 21, 2010

Today we posted a new guided tour all about how to use Power Search. It walks you through a couple of sample searches and shows you how to use the results list and some guided search tools. 

Take the guided tour today. And while you're there, check out the tours for using the Grantmaker, Company, Grant, and 990 databases. These tours are a narrated look at the ins and outs of using Foundation Directory Online. Find some tips and tricks for making your searches more effective, and maybe even discover some features you didn't know were there. 

Statistical Update
April 07, 2010

Here's the latest FDO Professional statistical update:

  • 98,062 grantmakers
  • 501,683 trustees, officers, and donors
  • 2,102,440 grants
  • 3,994 companies
  • 683,108 keyword-searchable 990s

I update you on these statistics frequently, but I thought I'd add a little about what these numbers mean:

98,062: The current universe of foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. By far the largest percentage of these (74%) are independent foundations. 

501,683: The names selectable in the Trustees, Officers, and Donors index on the Search Grantmakers screen. These are all the trustees, officers, and donors associated with the grantmakers in the database. Using the People tab in the grantmaker profile, you can also see any other companies and organizations with which they're affiliated.

2,102,440: All the grants of $1,000 or more awarded by the grantmakers in the database dating back to 2003.

3,994: Companies that sponsor a foundation and/or one or more corporate giving programs. Each company profiles contains information on the company itself as well as links to grantmaker or grantmakers that it sponsors in the grantmakers database.

683,108: All the 990s and 990-PFs in our database. You can search these by keyword, year authorized, or one or more grantmaker-specific fields.

These numbers are always changing, and of course we're always updating Foundation Directory Online with the latest data.

FDO News
April 02, 2010

The April 2010 FDO Newsletter is out now! If it hasn't hit your inbox, you can read it here now. 

The current issue covers search tips and other info on Professional Power Search and the guided search tools available to subscribers at all plan levels. There's also an introduction to the new Map of Cross-Border Giving, information on the upcoming training class Foundation Funding Research, and an introduction the Foundation Center's new website about foundation openness and transparency, glasspockets.org.

Read FDO News to learn all about these exciting topics.