Electronic Grant Resources in the Oregon Tech Libraries
The Oregon Tech Libraries are a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Oregon Tech Libraries provide visitors to the Learning Resources Center on the Klamath Falls campus with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Philanthropy In/Sight. These fully searchable databases include information on over 120,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; 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. These electronic resources are accessible through computers located in the Learning Resources Center on the Klamath Falls campus.
Electronic Grants Resources Outside the Library
To start identifying potential funders from outside the library, check out FDO Free (Foundation Directory Online, Free) from any computer or mobile device. You can find short profiles of almost 90,000 foundations here and then come to the Oregon Tech Libraries on the Klamath Falls campus to use Foundation Directory Online Professional for more in-depth research.
For information on how to find and apply for government grants, go to www.grants.gov.
The Foundation Center's print collection is located on shelves at the east (far) end of the main Reference area. It includes grantmaker directories, and books on fundraising and nonprofit management. Grants collection books are cataloged in the library's online catalog. These books can be used in the library but not checked out.
The library also has other books on philanthropy, nonprofit organization management, and funding sources in the main circulating collection. These books may be checked out by Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty, or by registered community borrowers. Electronic books on these topics are also available to Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty through the catalog.
Most of the funders listed in the Grants collection directories provide grants only to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. As a rule, neither private nor government grants are available for small business development. The Small Business Development Center at Klamath Community College may be able to provide information on loans or sources of expertise for small business entrepreneurs.
Additional reference help is available at the Information Services / Research Assistance desk during reference hours (see the Contact a Librarian page for hours and contact options). Users of the Foundation Directory Online resources, as well as the printed book collection are encouraged to make an appointment with a reference librarian for an individual consultation.