Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

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Foundation Center Partnership

Funding Information Network Partner

The Parkersburg and Wood County Library – Emerson Branch is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center by Candid. As a partner of this nationwide network, the Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and online research tools to locate grants and funding opportunities.

These databases are available for community researchers on all public computers in the Emerson branch, including devices connected to campus Wi-Fi within the building. 

All first-time users will need to schedule a consultation with our trainers to ensure you can navigate through the online resources.

For assistance, please visit the main floor Front Desk.


Foundation Directory Online (LIMITED TIME ONLY – Limited Home Access)
Foundation Center by Candid. has graciously granted us permission to share limited open access to the FDO database with the public during the COVID19 crisis.

Foundation Directory Online (Full Access – In Library)
A database of over 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities. Also includes over 12 million recently awarded grants; and over 1 million recently filed 990 and 990-PF IRS Forms.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (In Library)
A funding research tool for finding foundations that provide financial support for individual grantseekers, for a variety of purposes, including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare.


These resources are available free on any computer or device.
Candid Learning. (Free Account Required)
Candid Learning. offers information and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in securing funding and operating effective organizations.
Guidestar by Candid. (Free Account Required)
Claim and update your FREE GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to amplify your voice and demonstrate your commitment to results. Improve your understanding of the nonprofit sector and the organizations that serve the causes you care about.
IssueLab by Candid. (Free Account Required)
Search across 1000’s of organizations for the evidence you need. Read or publish free research from social sector organizations around the world.
Foundation Center Catalog of Nonprofit Literature (Free Account Required)
This database of the literature of philanthropy incorporates the unique contents of Foundation Center’s five libraries and contains more than 33,000 records, the majority of which include descriptive abstracts. Borrow Foundation Center eBooks through Overdrive to read on your device. A Foundation Center access code is required to borrow an eBook.
Training and Informational Videos
Access over 500 videos covering grant writing, fundraising, proposal writing, nonprofit startup, donor engagement and more from Guidestar and Foundation Center.
Philanthropy Classification System
Use this tool to identify the standard terms that are used to describe foundations and grants, along with the hierarchy of categories and definitions. Included are: subjects, populations, organization type, field of interest, support strategy, transaction type.