Grant Research Center

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is committed to empowering non-profit organizations in becoming effective and sustainable. We look to provide educational and other resources that allow organizations to accomplish just that.

Grant Research

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation provides grant research and educational opportunities to individuals and non-profit organizations through the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, located in Parasol's Grant Research Center. In addition to an extensive electronic grant research database, printed materials from the Foundation Center's core collection as well as other print and media resources are available.

Foundation Center Funding Information Network

FINThe Foundation Center is the leading source of information regarding philanthropy worldwide.  Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.  It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy.

  • The Funding Information Network is housed in the Donald. W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center at 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV  89451.
  • Collection resources are free and available to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Appointments are not required, however if you are not familiar with the Foundation Center resources, we strongly recommend calling ahead to make an appointment and to verify both computer and staff availability.  Please contact the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation for more information at 775-298-0100.
  • Available electronic database resources include the following:


    Foundation Center Directory Online – Professional

    Updated weekly to keep you current, Foundation Directory Online provides the most comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. Our Professional subscription provides nine comprehensive databases: Over 140,000 expanded profiles of foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities.

    • Over 3.8 million recent grants
    • More than half a million trustee, officer, and donor names — fully indexed
    • Over 1 million IRS 990s — fully keyword-searchable
    • 54 search fields including keyword search

    Professional allows you to:

    • Power Search nine Foundation Center databases and use guided search to refine your search instantly without leaving your results list.
    • Use Interactive Maps with roll-over giving summaries. See a foundation's grants by county, city, ZIP code, even congressional district; international grants by country.
    • Access Interactive Charts on giving. See a foundation's total grant dollars, number of recipients, and number of grants. Drill down for details by recipient type or primary subject.
    • Use the Search Companies database to search the corporate profiles of sponsoring companies — another path to grants and in-kind donations.
    • Use the Search 990s database with ability to keyword-search across our entire universe of IRS 990s.
    • Access the Map of Cross-Border Giving to see grants from U.S. grantmakers to non-U.S. recipients on interactive maps.
    • Access fact-filled funder portfolios. Entries are continually updated with abstracts from Philanthropy News Digest, the grantmaker's latest RFPs, job postings, social media content, publications, and key staff affiliations.


    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

    Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. This database provides online access to accurate, up‐to‐date information on foundations that fund:

    • Educational support – scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships
    • Students and graduates of specific schools
    • Arts and cultural support
    • Awards, prizes, and grants by nomination
    • International applicants
    • Employees/families of employees at specific companies
    • Research and professional support
    • General welfare and special needs

    About Foundation Maps

    Foundation Maps has replaced the Philanthropy In/Sight mapping application.

    Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s new data visualization platform that brings to life data about U.S. and global philanthropy through extensive mapping, charting, and analytic capabilities. Foundation Maps is a major step forward in Foundation Center’s commitment to providing resources that lead to more transparent, effective, and collaborative philanthropy.

    Foundation Maps was developed by a cross-functional team at the Foundation Center and based upon dozens of user experience interviews to create functionality that addresses the needs of funders, nonprofits, philanthropy networks, consultants, and researchers.

    Foundation Maps visualizes grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data through a variety of filters and views.

    The Foundation Maps data set includes foundation funding from 2006 to present in support of all subject areas. When such information is available, grants are organized by population served and type of support. At launch, this included information on more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion. The data set is updated weekly as new data becomes available.

Need Help?

For more information on our Grant Research Center or to schedule a training, please contact:
Laura Roche
Program Director