The Oregon Tech Library is 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 Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. The fully searchable database includes the entire universe of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 2.2 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 700,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF. A companion maps based database, Philanthropy In/Sight is also available. These databases are for in-library use only.
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.
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 Oregon Tech Small Business Development Center may be able to provide information on loans or sources of expertise for small business entrepreneurs.
For information on how to find and apply for government grants, go to http://www.grants.gov.
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 database, as well as the printed book collection are encouraged to make an appointment with a reference librarian for an individual consultation.