Ask any leader of a local charitable organization and you’ll probably hear that fundraising is one of the most challenging tasks they face. Spreading awareness, seeking donors, and applying for grant funding is time-consuming, but Forsyth County Public Library is bringing free access to Foundation Directory Online to the Cumming Library in hopes of making it easier for local charities to find and apply for funding opportunities.

Library patrons can access Foundation Directory Online by logging on to any public computer in the Cumming Library with their library card account. Visitors can stop by the Ask Us desk to request a free guest pass.

“Foundation Directory Online is the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, so local organizations can search for grants, see trends in giving, and determine which grantmakers are most likely to fund projects in this area,” says Outreach Manager Sarah Reynolds.

In addition to having profiles on more than 140,000 grantmakers, the Foundation Directory Online database includes information on over 12 million grant and funding opportunities.

“This level of detailed and up-to-date information on grant opportunities was previously only available at the Foundation Center’s regional office in Atlanta, or a handful of other institutions scattered across the state,” explains Reynolds.

“Now, local organizations can save themselves a long drive and simply stop by the Cumming Library to search the Foundation Directory Online database and quickly get to work on submitting their applications,” Reynolds adds.

To begin using the database, visit the Cumming Library at 585 Dahlonega Street, Cumming.