January 22, 2014 | Vol.54 N.4

Marysville Library offers streamlined funding research for nonprofits

Marysville Library offers streamlined funding research for nonprofits

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Nonprofit organizations and individual grant seekers in Snohomish and Island counties now have access to a valuable collection of resources to help them find funding sources.

Sno-Isle Libraries recently became a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center and selected the Marysville Library to offer this free service.

This collection provides details on grant providers, application information and strategies for securing grants. Resources such as Foundation Directory Online Professional, profiling more than 110,000 U.S. grant makers,Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight are accessible online only at the Marysville Library location of Sno-Isle Libraries. Print directories, proposal writing guides, and books on nonprofit management and philanthropy are also available.

The Marysville Library will hold training sessions on how to use these resources and identify potential funders. The next session will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the library, 6120 Grove St. For more information, call 360-658-5000 or visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/funding-info.

“This is a wonderful new resource,” said Dennis G. Smith, Ph.D., president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “It will help the nonprofit community access additional grant revenues that will provide needed social services to the children, families and seniors of our community.”

The Funding Information Network services offered at the Marysville Library are funded by the Greater Everett Community Foundation and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Anyone with an interest in investigating opportunities to receive funds from private foundations, corporate foundations and corporate giving programs can benefit.

“Grant funds are an incredibly important revenue source for nonprofits,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “The resources provided by this project will allow nonprofits to increase grant revenue, and spend less time and money doing so.”

“I can't think of any nonprofit in our area that can't benefit from this new service,” said Karri Matau, vice president of Grantmaking & Partnerships for Greater Everett Community Foundation.

The Marysville Library, open seven days a week, also provides: desktop computers, laptops, and Chromebooks in the library; white boards and SMART boards for collaboration; Book-a-Librarian sessions for personalized help; as well as free Internet and Wi-Fi.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

About the Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grant seekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Thousands of people visit the Center’s website each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and its international partnerships with hundreds of Funding Information Network locations.

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