Nonprofit Services

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

The Library provides access to resources to help you

  • Learn the fundamentals of grant seeking
  • Prospect research effectively
  • Attend workshops on topics relevant to nonprofits
  • Check out print and full-text e-books on starting a nonprofit, nonprofit board development and management, fundraising and more

Where will I find the Access?

Access to premium Foundation Center online resources, including the Foundation Directory Online Professional and Foundation Maps, is available in-house at Main Library and all six Regional Library locations. Foundation Grants to Individuals is available in-house at all library locations. Library staff can help users accessing these resources during regular library hours.

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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.


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

Grant-Ready Program Development and Operation Series

Wednesday, October 24 9:15 AM
Main Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library & Foundation Center, South present:Part 1- Social Sector Program Development and Ecosystem Building for Greater ImpactConveying a strong program design and process are keys to delivering maximum donor impact in your grant proposal.

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Grant-Ready Program Development and Operation Series

Thursday, October 25 1:00 PM
Main Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library & Foundation Center, South present:Part 2 - Part 2- Ecosystem Identification and Connecting for Greater ImpactRegardless of their organizational or personal missions, the need for social sector professionals and organizations to continually nurture the developmen

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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