The Levittown Public Library is a designated Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center. The Library maintains databases for researchers to ascertain possible foundation funding for non-profit organizations and individuals. The Foundation Directory can only be accessed on-site and is not available remotely.
Offers the most comprehensive, in-depth information available concerning U.S. grant makers. Updates occur weekly, thus providing most accurate and timely information possible. Foundation Directory Online is developed and maintained by Foundation Center. Contact the Reference desk for assistance. (516) 731-5728.
Offer the most comprehensive and in-depth information available concerning U.S. grant makers specifically designated for individuals. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is developed and maintained by Foundation Center. Contact the Reference desk for assistance. (516) 731-5728.
Candid Learning is the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector. GrantSpace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations. Contact the Reference desk for assistance. (516) 731-5728.
GuideStar is a comprehensive research tool that allows users to access data on more than 1.8 million nonprofits and research where users can donate, work, volunteer, or find resources. GuideStar is developed and maintained by Foundation Center. Contact the Reference desk for assistance. (516) 731-5728
Initial orientations by appointment are strongly recommended. Please call (516) 731-5728 for an an appointment.
Candid Websites and Resources:
Philanthropy Classification System: Review the Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) used in Candid’s databases. Use the PCS terms to plan search strategies and improve search results. PCS terms are selected in the drop-down menu when searching FDO using Advanced Search & Filters.
FDO Quick Start is a free version of Foundation Directory Online providing public access to essential information on over 100,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF. Search for foundations by name, EIN, location, and assets or giving range. Then search the funder’s IRS Forms 990 or 990-PF by keyword. Register and create a login to use FDO Quick Start. Note: Full search features are available from Foundation Directory Online Professional which is available on library computers only.
990 Finder provides access to the most recent Forms 900 and 990-PF filed by nonprofit organizations with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Search the database of individual 990 forms of private foundations, public charities, and other nonprofits.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I start a nonprofit organization?
There are many online resources available to guide you through the process of planning, researching, and starting a nonprofit. Here are a few places to start:
Can I get a grant to fund my education?
Some foundations provide support for students, and you can find those foundations in the Grants to Individuals Online database, available in the library only. However, before searching for foundation grants, students should follow the usual avenues for finding financial aid: filling out a FAFSA, consulting scholarship directories, contacting the financial aid department of the institution(s) they plan to attend, etc.
Can I get a grant to help pay for my personal expenses?
Very few foundations give emergency funds to individuals. Government programs and local charities are a much better source for assistance with personal expenses such as housing, medical bills or debt. Below you will find some resources that may be useful to you in finding assistance.
United Way 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 from any land line to be connected with an Information Specialist who can help you find the resources you need.
Benefits.gov: A U.S. Government website that provides citizens with easy, online access to benefit and assistance programs. Click here for a more information about government assistance and links to the most popular government benefits by topic.
Modest Needs: Short-term financial assistance to working individuals and families in temporary crisis.