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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 Mid-Atlantic States of Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), and West Virginia (WV), plus Washington, DC. Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.


The Mid-Atlantic States:


Directory of Grantmakers Funding Programs in Delaware. Wilmington, DE: Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, 2006. This free PDF file is available online and profiles 93 independent, corporate, and community foundations making grants in Delaware. On its website, the publisher reports that it plans no updates; it directs researchers to the Foundation Center.



Guide to Greater Washington DC Grantmakers on CD-ROM. Version 6.0. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2008. This CD-based directory profiles more than 3,400 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities giving in the Washington, D.C. area. Researchers should note that many of these funders make grants internationally rather than locally.



Local Funders List. Baltimore, MD: Maryland State Department of Education, 2012. This free Word file, available online, provides extensive contact information for 75 corporations and foundations making grants in Maryland.


Maryland’s Leading 500 Foundations. 7th Ed. Frederick, MD: Jankowski Associates, Inc., 2012. This print directory profiles each of Maryland’s 500 largest foundations, and gives contact information for smaller foundations.



New Jersey has no state directory of grant makers.



New York has no state directory of grant makers.



Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations. 7th Ed. Springfield, PA: Triadvocates Press, 2008. This PDF file, available online, profiles more than 1,600 foundations that make grants in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Foundations Online. West Chester, PA: Pennsylvania Foundations Online, 2012. This subscription-based and searchable online database profiles more than 2,200 foundations that make grants in Pennsylvania.



West Virginia has no state directory of grant makers.


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