Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. Its mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's website foundationcenter.org receives more than 54,000 visits each day. The Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, the library's searchable database of works in the field, is accessible on the Foundation Center's website. Thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, and through its network of more than 350 Cooperating Collections -- funding information centers located in libraries and nonprofit resource centers in every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
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|Welcome to the Foundation Center-Washington, DC.||The Washington, DC library/learning center is open to visitors seeking information related to philanthropy and nonprofit management. Our hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Tuesday 10:00 am-8:00 pm.||No appointment is necessary to visit the Washington, DC library/learning center. Foundation Center staff is always available to provide reference assistance.|
|The library has 11 computer workstations available for philanthropic research, including one with assistive technology for people with disabilities, which provide access to Foundation Center electronic databases.||The library provides access to the Internet as well as many other electronic resources that can assist visitors with their research.||With its "wall of windows," the library is a quiet, serene place where visitors can concentrate on research or read about current trends in the field.|
|The area of the library for individual grantseekers includes books for students, artists, and writers. It also has information for job seekers interested in careers in the nonprofit sector.||The grantmaker files contain annual reports, grant guidelines, and other information about specific funders. The library also has an area to view recent videos and DVDs on various topics such as fundraising, board development, and proposal writing.||The Foundation Center in Washington, DC has more than 2,800 books on philanthropy, the foundation world, and the nonprofit sector.|
|The library subscribes to more than 40 periodicals and journals published in the nonprofit field, such as the "Chronicle of Philanthropy," "Nonprofit Quarterly," and "Association Management."||The learning center offers many free training classes on fundraising and proposal writing, full-day training courses, workshops, and other special events.||The computer lab has 16 computers for hands-on training.|
|Free training classes taught in the computer lab include "Introduction to Foundation Directory Online" and "Prospect Research Basics: Researching Individual Donors."||Thank you for visiting the Washington, DC library/learning center.||The Foundation Center staff looks forward to meeting you in person!|