Library to host Foundation Center program to help grant seekers learn about database

The James V. Brown Library will offer an introduction to the powerful Foundation Directory Online Professional database from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing.

This is an introduction to the information available in the library from the Foundation Center for representatives of nonprofit organizations, said Robin Glossner, development director at the library, who will lead the program.

The library will work through a number of examples of searches of the Foundation Center database to help grant seekers familiarize themselves with the searching power and flexibility of this database, along with discussing other resources available online and in the library for nonprofits.

“The James V. Brown Library is one of 470 members of the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center,” said Glossner, who also is the Foundation Center cooperating collection coordinator at the library. “The library’s access also includes ‘The Foundation Directory Online,’ which profiles more than 96,000 U.S. grant makers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, print directories and proposal-writing guides. Offering this service for free is just one way that the library opens new doors to lifelong learning.”

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public. Thousands of people visit the center’s website each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and its national network of Cooperating Collections.

The class is free of charge, but space is limited and registration is requested. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch.

The class will be followed by proposal writing basics, which will be held at noon Feb. 26.

To register, call 570-326-0536, or go online to For more information about the Foundation Center, visit