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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 Great Plains States of Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), North Dakota (ND), South Dakota (SD), and Wisconsin (WI). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

Great Plains

 

The Great Plains States:

IOWA

The Iowa Foundation DataBook and CD. http://foundationdatabook.com/iowa-foundations Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2010. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 1,270 foundations in Iowa and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

KANSAS

The Kansas Foundation Databook and CD. 1st Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2008. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 500 foundations in Kansas and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

MINNESOTA

2016 Minnesota Grants Directory. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, 2015. This print directory profiles more than 100 community foundations, corporate giving programs, and private foundations giving in Minnesota.

 

Minnesota Grantmakers Online Deluxe. Minneapolis, MN: Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2016. This restricted-access online database profiles more than 1,400 foundations and corporations making grants in Minnesota.

 

MISSOURI

Directory of Missouri Grantmakers on CD-ROM. 7th Ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2007. This CD-based directory profiles more than 2,100 grant makers located in Missouri and nearly 450 other grant makers giving in Missouri.

 

NEBRASKA

Foundation Resource Directory: A Guide to Grants for Nebraska Children, Youth, Families, and Communities. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska Department of Economic Development, 2014. This free PDF file, which is available online, profiles more than 140 foundations and corporations either located in Nebraska or giving in Nebraska.

 

The Nebraska Foundation Databook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 930 foundations either located in Nebraska or giving in Nebraska, and includes profiles of the 230 largest foundations.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota has no state directory of grant makers.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota has no state directory of grant makers.

 

WISCONSIN

Foundations in Wisconsin. 34th Ed. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Funding Information Center, 2015. This print and subscription-based, online directory profiles more than 1,275 foundations in Wisconsin.

 

The next post in this series will cover the Northwest.

 

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