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Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).


The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.


This post covers the Midwestern States of Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Michigan (MI), and Ohio (OH). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.


The Midwest:


Directory of Funding in Illinois. 11th Ed. Chicago, IL: Donors Forum of Chicago, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 5,500 foundations and corporations giving in Illinois.



Directory of Indiana Grantmakers. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, 2008. This print directory profiles more than 1,400 foundations, trusts, and scholarship programs that make grants in Indiana.



The Kentucky Foundation DataBook and CD. 5th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 400 foundations in Kentucky and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.



Michigan Foundation Directory. 17th Ed. Grand Haven, MI: Council of Michigan Foundations, 2011. This print directory profiles more than 1,500 foundations that make grants in Michigan.



2012-13 Cincinnati Area Foundation Directory. Cincinnati, OH: MR & Company, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 115 foundations and charitable trusts located in the four Ohio counties and three Kentucky counties that comprise the Metropolitan Cincinnati area.


Funding Directory of Ohio. Hamilton, OH: Community Development Professionals, LLC, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 800 funders that are either located in Ohio or giving in Ohio.


Guide to Ohio Grantmakers on CD-ROM. 5th Ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2008. This CD-based directory profiles nearly 4,000 grant makers located in Ohio, and more than 400 more grant makers giving in Ohio.


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