Nonprofit Services

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library serves as the flagship training Foundation Info Network (FIN) partner for NC and SC with Foundation Center.

Through this partnership, the Library provides access to resources that help you:

  • learn the fundamentals of grant seeking,
  • prospect research effectively,
  • attend workshops on topics relevant to nonprofits and 
  • check out print and full-text e-books on starting a nonprofit, nonprofit board development and management, fundraising and more.

Where will I find access?

Access to premium Foundation Center online resources, including the Foundation Directory Online Professional and Foundation Maps, is available in-house at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library regional locations and Main Library. Library staff can assist users with accessing these resources during regular library hours.

Connect with these tools if you are at a library location with the links provided below.

Foundation Center

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a member of the Foundation Center Funding Information Network, with financial support from The Duke Endowment.

Premium Resources

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Foundation Center Online Professional is the premier resource for locating in-depth information about grant makers and their grants. This resource is available for in-library use only. Please visit your local branch for access.

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start

Free source of basic directory information for foundations and nonprofits; research nonprofit tax forms for specific recipients and amounts of private giving. User registration required.

Foundation Maps

A data visualization platform for global philanthropy, revealing patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas where philanthropy has made an impact. This resource is available for in-library use only. Please visit your local branch for access.

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Comprehensive database of foundations providing support for individuals including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, and more.

Additional Resources


Free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs on some of the world's most pressing social problems.

Philanthropy News Digest

A daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets.


Grantspace offers free, easy to use, self-service tools to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong organizations.

Gale CENGAGE Learning

Provides key information about U.S. nonprofits including foundations, scholarships, research centers, trusts, religious organizations, hospitals and others.

Nonprofit Programs and Events

Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?

Thursday, October 17 10:00 AM
Myers Park

Starting a nonprofit can seem terrifically complicated--is it worth it? This class is deigned to inform and make you think about key characteristics of nonprofits and explore other alternatives.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Nonprofit Services

Main Library
Phone: (704) 416-0101


Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm