The Nonprofit Resource Center
The La Crosse Public Library is a designated Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As such the Library has numerous resources to help local nonprofit groups and individuals find funding and grants. The Nonprofit Resource Center is located on the 2nd floor of the main library.
The library also offers quarterly resource events for nonprofits. These workshops offer assistance with the Foundation Center’s online resources, provide information on how to start a nonprofit, provide help in locating funding resources, and offer an opportunity to network. Different topics are featured each quarter.
For more information about the collection or programs, contact Elaine Stanley at email@example.com or 608-789-8196.
The Nonprofit Resource Center is sponsored, in part, by the La Crosse Community Foundation.
Foundation Center Online Resources
Contact Reference Librarian Noreen Fish for one-on-one or group training on the Foundation Center's online resources. 608-789-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional, self-guided online training for grantseekers is available online through the Foundation Center. Check out their Grantspace classroom page for a schedule of free and fee-based courses that are accessible from anywhere.
Foundation Directory Online Professional (FDO) Updated weekly, this online resource provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive online resources: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. Includes over 100,000 US foundations and corportate donors and 1.6 recent grants. (accessible only at La Crosse Public Library's Main street location)
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (FGI) This resource provides access to detailed, up-to-date information on over 8,500 foundations and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. (accessible only at La Crosse Public Library's Main street location)
Foundationcenter.org Foundationcenter.org provides a wealth of free information for the grantseeker, grantmaker and researcher including indepth FAQs, resource guides and online tutorials. (accessible from anywhere)
Materials for use in the library
The Nonprofit Resource Center has a core collection of useful books that will always be in the library to help you with the grantseeking process. Titles include:
- The Foundation Center Directory
- The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing
- The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals
- Foundations in Wisconsin
Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers
Materials that can be checked out
In addition, we will be adding books on the subjects listed below. Much of this collection has been made possible, in part, by The Gordon Fund.
- Scholarships and financial aid
- Fundraising ideas and how-to
- Nonprofit set-up and management
- Help with proposal writing
Local Foundation resources
- Foundations in Wisconsin
- Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers
Professional Journals (all but current issue can be checked out)
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Grassroots Fundraising Journal
- Nonprofit Times
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance A comprehensive listing of federal projects, services and programs from which assistance is available to Americans.
Grants.gov Your source to find and apply for federal government grants. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants research.
GuideStar The most complete source of information about U.S. charities and other nonprofits. More than 1.8 million IRS-recognized organizations are publicized.
Updated 3/13 by E. Stanley