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CFA Grants Administrator Emily Wood is a Candid Certified FDO Expert and Trainer.

Beyond Grantmaking: Supporting Area Nonprofits

The Community Foundation’s new Nonprofit Resource Library, sponsored by Wessel & Company, opened last fall and offers tools, resources, and trainings to help nonprofits grow, find funding, and thrive.

This resource is provided at no cost and is available not only to Community Foundation grantees and partnership funds, but also to any nonprofit organization. This is because the foundation and our donors are invested in the success of a full network of thriving nonprofit organizations hard at work making our region a better place to live today and tomorrow.

It also provides access to a wealth of resources and tools for new and established nonprofits. That includes Candid’s Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers. Now nonprofits can search the database of more than 17 million funding sources with help from a Candid Certified FDO Expert and Trainer: CFA Grants Administrator Emily Wood.

The Foundation Directory offers access to grant opportunities from millions of foundations across the U.S.., as well as federal funding opportunities.

In addition to access to the database, the library also houses Candid’s e-book collection through OverDrive. Physical reference resource topics include grant-seeking, philanthropy, volunteerism, proposal writing, nonprofit management, fundraising, and community and economic development.

The library also hosts regular training sessions for those interested in learning about topics like writing proposals or creating project budgets, and you can find additional guidance and answers to frequently asked questions about the library (like what to bring with you when you visit) by CLICKING HERE.

To find out more or to book an appointment to use the library, visit or send a note to

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