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Grant & Funding Resource Guide

Taylor University's offices of University Advancement, the Zondervan Library, and the Office of Sponsored Programs desire to equip our community with the resources and tools necessary to conduct research on grants and other funding sources.

Combining both print and online resources from the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, co-sponsored by TU's University Advancement and the Zondervan Library, and the electronic database SPINPlus, provided through University's Office of Sponsored Programs, this page offers a great range of opportunities for discovering funding for your project.


Online Databases from the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network

  • The Foundation Directory Online, Professional edition

    "Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 108,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 1 million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF" (excerpted from the FAQs on the FDO Pro web site).


  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

    "The information in Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is compiled from IRS information returns (Forms 990 and 990-PF), foundation web sites, annual reports, printed application guidelines, the philanthropic press, and various other sources...New and updated foundation data appear weekly" (excerpted from the FAQs on the FGIO web site).


  • Philanthropy In/Sight®

    "In response to broad audience demand, this interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, advisors, policymakers, researchers, academics—virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Even grantseekers can use Philanthropy In/Sight to gather intelligence to craft compelling grant proposals.

    In/Sight combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs" (excerpted from the About Us page on the In/Sight web site).


  • GrantSpace

    You can utilize the plethora of resources available to funding seekers at this site, a service of The Foundation Center. Here you can "EXPLORE in-depth content, ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts, and ENERGIZE your fundraising efforts" (About page). You will find videos, podcasts, a Knowledge Base, a synchronous chat service, expert advice on fundraising and management, training videos and on-sight, in-person training events, and much more. View the Infographic about what GrantSpace has to offer. 

The Taylor University subscription to the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network resources requires that a Librarian log you on to the online tools. In addition, we can provide only 4 simultaneous users for each database. Access is limited to the Zondervan Library building. See a Librarian for help.


Funding Opportunities from the Office of Sponsored Programs

  • SPINPlus

    SPINPlus is a database providing faculty access to funding opportunities from local, national and international agencies, public and private. In addition, students have access to scholarships and internship / fellowship opportunities. The system can be used anonymously while connected to the Taylor network or by faculty creating an account (see Sue Gavin to create a personal account and search engine).


This tool is only available from within the Taylor University network, thus on campus or via VPN access only. If you experience problems with this database or would like training, please contact Sue Gavin in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Get Started Wherever You Are with FDO Free

Although the Professional version of the Foundation Directory Online is only accessible from specific machines in the Library, the Foundation Center provides very limited search capabilities for free to anyone who wishes to get started.

Visit the Free version of FDO

With FDO Free, you can search the Funding Information Network's Grantmakers database for:

  • Grantmaker name (e.g., Lilly Endowment Inc.)
  • EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • Grantmaker location (i.e., country, state, city, county, metro area, congressional district, zip code)
  • Type of Grantmaker (i.e., company-sponsored foundation, independent foundation)
  • Total Giving
  • Total Assets
  • Establishment Year


The benefit of FDO Free is that you can get the hang of how searching works in the database before coming to the Library to utilize the more robust and all-inclusive FDO Professional version.


The Professional version expands to include other areas in the Grantmakers search, such as:

  • Type of Support
  • Fields of Interest
  • Geographic Focus
  • Trustees, Officers, & Donors
  • 7 Additional Types of Grantmakers (e.g., community foundation, corporate giving program)
  • most importantly, a keyword search

It additionally allows you to search Grants and Companies databases.


FDO Free also allows you to search 990s, which are the tax forms filed annually by tax-exempt organizations that allow for the IRS to obtain an overview of the organization's activities, governance and detailed financial information. Click on "Search 990s" to enter that database on the FDO Free web site. It is searchable by keyword. among other fields.


Print Resources from the Funding Information Network

These materials are located in a designated space in the Reference Collection of the Zondervan Library and are to remain in the Zondervan Library building at all times.

You will find them together atop the waist-high shelving unit in the Reference Collection, accompanied by a sign indicating the Funding Information Network materials.


  • After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship (2010).

  • America's Nonprofit Sector (2012).

  • Board Member's Book (2003).

  • The Foundation Directory (2013). (Parts I & II & Supplement)

  • Foundation Fundamentals (2008).

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals (2013).

  • Foundations and Public Policy (2009).

  • The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals (2008).

  • Guía para escribir propuestas (2008).

  • Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2012).

  • Guide to Proposal Writing (2012).

  • National Directory of Corporate Giving (2013).

  • Securing Your Organization's Future (2001).

  • Social Justice Grantmaking II (2009).

  • The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance (2009).




Library Contact for the Funding Information Network Use/Information:
Lana Wilson, Research Librarian
Zondervan Library, Room 124

University Advancement Contact for the Network's Community Outreach and Training:
Tanya Monroe-Ford, Prospect Research Coordinator
Freimuth Administrative Building

SPINPlus Administrator:
Sue Gavin, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs
Euler Science Complex, Room 133


Who Is Welcome to Use the Grant Resources?


The Funding Information Network online databases and print materials in the Zondervan Library are open for public use. These databases require assistance from a Librarian, however, to gain access to them. Please ask at the Check Out desk or Research Help desk for access.


Created by Lana Wilson, Research Librarian

Last revised March 18, 2014 - 02:02 PM