The Donors Forum Library, open to the public, is the largest collection of philanthropic and nonprofit materials in the Midwest and the second largest collection in the U.S. Our collection includes books, periodicals, and digital resources on grantwriting, grantmaking, fundraising, nonprofit management, leadership, governance, and other topics.
The Library also provides access to prospect research databases, including WealthEngine for individual prospects, and Foundation Directory Online for foundation and corporate grants and sponsorships.
To learn more about our resources, attend a free Introduction to Prospect Research workshop, which includes an orientation to the Library. Orientations are usually held every other Tuesday. You can register online for upcoming orientations, which are listed in the box below.
Our librarians also assist Donors Forum Members with a variety of research. Sample requests include prospect research on foundations and individuals; samples and templates of requests for proposals, grant applications, budgets, and other aspects of the grantseeking/grantmaking process; salary surveys and job descriptions; and general research on philanthropic nonprofit topics.
To take advantage of this Member benefit, email Member411@donorsforum.org, or ask a question via @DFLibrarian.
Donors Forum publishes LibGuides on a variety of topics, including nonprofit careers and prospect research. You can also access a variety of databases as well as search books in the catalogue through LibGuides.