Below you'll find a link to Foundation Directory online with brief video tours including FDO Tour, Search Functionality, Power Search, Visualization Tools, and Search Grants, and a PDF guide created by the Foundation Center for using the Foundation Directory Online. (All pages are copyrighted by the Foundation Center and are not to be altered.)
990 Tax Forms
EIN (Employer Identification Number)
EIN is the number assigned to each foundation and public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. If you know the Employer Identification Number of the grantmaker you want to look up, enter it in the EIN box. The EIN should be entered in the search field without a hyphen.
Foundation Center service providing access to case studies, evaluations, white papers and issue briefs.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
There are three Boolean operators that can be incorporated into a search:AND, OR, and NOT. Each of these can be used in the Name, City, Zip, and EIN fields (although not all three of them will be useful in every field).
Wildcards can be used to search for variations on words. An asterisk (*)allows you to find words with variations on several letters at the beginning or end of a word. For example, Am* in the Name field will bring up American Equine Foundation, the Al-Ameen Foundation, the God Bless America fund, etc. A question mark (?) allows you to find variations on a single letter and is most useful if you are uncertain of the spelling of a word. For example, minn?apolis allows you to find Minneapolis, even if you are uncertain if the second vowel is an e or an i.