Search for Funders - Accessing Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a searchable database of over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities. Northwestern has purchased an institutional license for FDO that can be used by all NU faculty, staff, and students with a valid NetID.

FDO is hosted at Northwestern's Library and can be accessed either directly through this disclaimer page or by entering “Foundation Directory Online” into the search for bar on the Library’s main page:
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Northwestern’s interactions with the foundations listed in FDO are officially managed and monitored by the Office of Foundation Relations. If you identify potential funders that you wish to approach, please contact OFR for assistance and clearance prior to making contact.

If you need assistance using FDO, feel free to contact the Office of Foundation Relations: foundationrelations@northwestern.edu. FDO also offers a number of helpful resources: the “Help” button in the upper right of any FDO page provides links to searching tutorials and audio-narrated guided tours.