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Columbus Foundation

Grants for nonprofits, students and others in our community.

Foundation Directory Online – Professional

Foundation Directory Online – Professional

Information on over 92,000 foundations and 1.3 million grants. IN MAIN LIBRARY USE ONLY.

Foundation Directory Online helps grant-seekers find funding for their projects and ideas. Data is compiled from IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF, grantmaker websites, annual reports, printed application guidelines, the philanthropic press, and various other sources to give users a comprehensive look at potential sources of funding.



Research nonprofit organizations, including finances, programs, and more. IN MAIN LIBRARY USE ...

This resource supports nonprofits in your community by identifying local organizations or agencies where you can donate, work, or volunteer. As well as help those in need find resources they rely on, such as food banks or shelters.



Create a business plan with resources and guidance to assist the process.

LivePlan is a subscription business planning resource available to library customers, for a six-week time period. During this time, you will have access to all of the resources needed to create your business plan. At the end of the 6-week period, you can download your business plan for future reference.

At times, there may be a waiting list for access to LivePlan. In this case, the librarian will let you know when it will be available.

Before starting a business plan, it is recommended that customers develop a solid business concept, be able to describe their target customer(s) and do some basic industry research. If you need support to complete this research, please contact our business librarian at

To get started with LivePlan, please click Access Now button to provide the information in the Contact the Business Librarian form.

Proposal Writing Short Course

A free online course covering the basic components of writing a grant proposal.

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