Stacey Cox
Marketing Specialist
Foundation Center
(212) 807-2450

New York, NY - June 19, 2018. Foundation Center, the world’s leading source of philanthropic data and capacity building in the social sector, announces enhancements to its global affiliate program, the Funding Information Network (FIN).  The FIN program was launched more than fifty years ago and today, the Network is comprised 400+ affiliates in 8 countries across the globe, represented by libraries, community foundations, and nonprofit resource centers. FIN affiliation enables partners to better serve their stakeholders by freely providing funding data and knowledge tools that help nonprofits fundraise effectively.

With the introduction of the two new program tiers, Access and Training, FIN partners can opt-in at the level that best addresses the needs of their communities. Access tier partners provide support to nonprofits looking for funding data through access to our recently enhanced database, Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Training tier partners provide access to funding databases and offer additional capacity building programs to local nonprofits by leveraging Foundation Center’s signature training curriculum.

Lead staff at FIN partner locations will also complete database- and training- related certification courses, which will prepare them to effectively and confidently support nonprofit users in need of assistance. More information on Access and Training program benefits and eligibility available here.

“We are thrilled to announce the new tiers and reaffirm our commitment to strengthening our partners’ capacity to serve local nonprofits,” says Kate Tkacik, Director of Network Engagement. “Our new program packages also include numerous professional development and marketing opportunities, along with reliable technical assistance to make sure FIN partners’ trainings and databases are running smoothly.”

While Foundation Center is now accepting applications for FIN affiliates under this new model, we are proud to showcase the inaugural cohort of the Training tier partners:

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library (North Carolina)
  • Dallas Public Library (Texas)
  • Free Library of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
  • Forefront (Illinois)
  • Middle Georgia Regional Library (Georgia)
  • University of Texas at Austin (Texas)

This cohort will work closely with Foundation Center’s training and outreach teams to share and co-develop best practices for supporting nonprofit capacity building needs.

“Foundation Center strives to reach under-resourced and underserved populations, and there is no better way to do this than through a robust network for community partners located around the corner and around the world,” says Bradford K. Smith, President of Foundation Center.        

Know of a library, community foundation, co-working space, or nonprofit resource center that would benefit from partnering with Foundation Center by joining the network? Connect with us online, or register for our free online FINinfo session to learn more about becoming a part of the new Funding Information Network.


About Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five regional hubs and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit, call (212) 620-4230, or tweet us at @fdncenter. Find your local FIN: