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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 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.

 

Midwest

 

The Midwestern States:

ILLINOIS

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.

 

Member Directory. Chicago, IL: Forefront, 2016. This searchable online directory profiles more than 175 foundations, corporations, and other funders that make grants in Illinois.

 

INDIANA

Directory of Indiana Grantmakers. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, 2016. This subscription-based, online directory, which is also available in print format, profiles more than 1,000 foundations, trusts, and scholarship programs that make grants in Indiana.

 

KENTUCKY

The Kentucky Foundation DataBook and CD. 5th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2013. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 400 foundations in Kentucky and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

MIGHIGAN

Michigan Foundation Directory. 18th Ed. Grand Haven, MI: Council of Michigan Foundations, 2016. This print directory profiles more than 1,500 foundations that make grants in Michigan.

 

OHIO

2014-2015 Cincinnati Area Foundation Directory. 12th ed. Cincinnati, OH: MR & Company, 2014. 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.

 

The next post in this series will cover the Great Plains.

 

 

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