Community Giving

The Resource Library


Funding Information Network (FIN)

The Funding Information Network is a network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world. Network partners provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.

A key initiative of the Foundation Center is to reach under-resourced and underserved populations throughout the United States and in other locations around the globe, who are in need of useful information and training to become successful grantseekers. One of the ways we accomplish this goal is by designating new Funding Information Network partners in regions that have the ability to serve the nonprofit communities most in need of Foundation Center resources.

Visitors to the Funding Information Network/Resource Library at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) office in St. Cloud or at the Willmar Area Community Foundation office in Willmar, have free access to:

The Foundation Center's Home Page

  • Gain knowledge, find funding, improve your skills
  • Philanthropy News Digest
  • New research/New Landscape

The Foundation Directory Online Professional: (DEMO)

  • An online searchable database which includes detailed profiles of 140,000 active U.S. foundations, corporations and grantmaking charities
  • Extensive information of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.
  • Free access available by appointment at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation or the Willmar Area Community Foundation

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

  • Research more than 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund artists. students, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

These resources are available for free at our Funding Information Network/Resource Libraries, or by subscription through the Foundation Center.

To make an appointment to utilize the Funding Information Network/Resource Library at either our St. Cloud or Willmar offices, please call (877) 253-4380.


QUICK SEARCH WIDGET Free tool to search for a foundation's address, contact information, fields of interest, program areas, and fiscal information.

GRANTSPACE Frequently asked questions about writing grant. Sample grant applications.

MARKETPLACE Register for national and online trainings and to purchase publications and subscriptions.

ISSUELAB Reports on current issues, trends and research.

GRANTCRAFT Works to improve the capacity of the social sector through data-driven tools and access to knowledge.

GLASSPOCKET Defines foundation transparency and accountability

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF NONPROFITS Resource for non profits including trainings, best practices and more.

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF FOUNDATIONS Register for grantmaker classes, public policy information and publications.