Grant Information Resources
The New York State Library, as part of a nationwide network of Foundation Center Cooperating Collections, is a resource center for Foundation Center publications, including grant maker directories, regional and international directories, guides for fundraising and prospect research, and proposal writing guides. The Library also purchases additional resources for fund raising research, such as, handbooks about proposal writing, grants to individuals, nonprofit management and trustee boards, and fundraising and development. Federal and state fundraising resources are available, as are magazines and newspapers written for the grants professional.
BIG Online America is an online database that includes detailed information and profiles on 25,000 foundations, corporate donors, matching gift programs, in kind donations and government grant makers. BIG Online also includes a step-by-step guide and award-winning templates for writing professional funding proposals and letters of inquiry. In addition, IRS Form 990s are available and keyword searchable. This resource is available to NYS Government employees 24/7 from work or home with their NYSL Borrower Card and PIN.
For more information on fundraising resources available at the New York State Library, call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355.
Online Bibliographic Tools
Are you still keeping track of your research sources on 5 X 3 index cards or in a word processing document? There are new tools that make this task easier and more productive. The Internet has available several useful reference management software packages that can be used to track citations, generate bibliographies and share information with other reseachers. Many of these tools are available for free and have online tutorials and demos making it easy to get started. If your work does not involve formal research these tools are still useful for organizing articles on work-related topics that help you stay current in your field.
A few of the tools to try are Bibdesk, CitULike, 2collab [note: no longer available, Mar. 3, 2014] and Zotero. Each tool has its own unique characteristics. For a more extensive listing of reference management software packages and a comparison of their individual features see the following article.