Community Giving

The Resource Library

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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, 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.
Minnesota Grantmakers Online (DEMO)


  • An online searchable database which includes detailed profiles of all active Minnesota foundations.
  • Free access available by appointment at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

  • Research more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund artists. students, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

These resources are available for free at CMCF's Funding Information Network/Resource Library, or by subscription through the Foundation Center.

24/7/365 ONline Resources


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.



To ensure access to the database or materials, schedule and reserve time by calling 877-253-4380.

Winter hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on holidays.

Summer hours Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM to Noon. Closed on holidays.

Appointments are highly recommended as many individuals and organization use this Library. (877-253-4380)

This is a non-lending library. You can, however, make a limited number of photocopies of selected materials.

Where Are You Located?

Central Minnesota Community Foundation
101 7th Avenue South STE 100
Saint Cloud, MN 56301