OLEAN, NY — With funding from a grant from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s Community Fund, the Olean Public Library is offering local nonprofit organizations help to research their own grant opportunities.
The CRCF grant funded a subscription to the Foundation Directory Online database, which is now available free to nonprofit staff, board members and other library patrons.
“This database provides users with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants,” said Lance Chaffee, library director. “More than 120,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. are included in the database.”
“The foundation partnered with the library in offering this on-site database and we’re proud to help area nonprofits seek new grant opportunities so they can continue making positive impacts in our community,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director.
Users of the database can research local and national organizations, their IRS Forms 990, board members and grantmaking histories, and can access it either through the library’s computers or on their own devices over the library’s wireless network.
One organization taking advantage of the directory is Family Partners Group, which has established a mentoring program for small businesses and nonprofits.
The database is an invaluable tool for finding funding sources, including grants and scholarships, both locally and nationally, according to Nick Goodell, Family Partners Group executive director.
To further assist nonprofits, the foundation will host a session on how to use the database during its Nonprofit Networking Day on Nov. 1.
Carol Ellen Kowalik, technology and training librarian at the Olean Public Library, will give an overview of the database and provide instruction on how to search the database efficiently and effectively.
More information about the session and Nonprofit Networking Day can be found at www.cattfoundation.org/nonprofitnetworkingday.
Established in 1994, the Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.
For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (716) 372-4433, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cattfoundation.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cattfoundation.