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Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. As of mid-2016, nonprofits, school districts, and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 38 of the 50 states. The states that do not have current or recently published state-specific directories of grant makers are: California (CA), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Rhode Island (RI), South Dakota (SD), and West Virginia (WV). Washington, DC (DC) also has none.


Available directories vary greatly in their quality, coverage, and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Since 2012, the number of state-specific directories has fallen by about 35%. In mid-2016, out of 47 identified directories, five are PDF files, 11 are compact disks (CDs), 22 are print compilations, and 20 are online databases.


This post covers the New England States of Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), Rhode Island (RI,) and Vermont (VT). It is the first post in the series. Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.


New England


The New England States:


Directory of Community Foundations Serving Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, 2016. This free online directory provides extensive contact information for 21 community foundations giving in Connecticut.


The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy no longer publishes a subscription-based, online database, which had been called Connecticut Grantmakers Online.



Directory of Maine Grantmakers. 10th Ed. Portland, ME: Maine Philanthropy Center, 2015. This print and subscription-based online directory profiles more than 400 foundations and corporations either located in Maine or giving in Maine



Grant Makers Directory. Boston, MA: Associated Grant Makers, 2016. This online database describes more than 1,900 grant makers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.



Directory of Charitable Funds in New Hampshire. Concord, NH: New Hampshire Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 2016. This free PDF file, available online, lists more than 400 grant-making organizations registered with the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General and having assets of more than $25,000. A notice at CPG Fundraising indicates that it no longer publishes The Directory of New Hampshire Foundations.



Rhode Island has no state directory of grant makers.



Vermont Directory of Foundations Online. Middlebury VT and New York, NY: The Vermont Community Foundation and the Foundation Center, 2016.  This free print and online directory profiles 334 grant-making foundations located in Vermont and 287 other foundations located elsewhere but giving in Vermont.


The next post in this series will cover the Mid-Atlantic.



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