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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 Southwestern states of Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Hawaii (HI), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM), Oklahoma (OK), Texas (TX), and Utah (UT). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.




The Southwestern States:


Arizona Guide to Grants Online. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits, 2016. This subscription-based, online, searchable database profiles more than 2,300 corporations and foundations making grants in Arizona.


Guide to Arizona Grantmakers. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits, 2013. This print directory profiles almost 800 corporations and foundations either located in Arizona or giving in Arizona.



California has no current or recently published state directory of grant makers. Northern California Grantmakers has ceased publication of its Guide to California Foundations; it refers researchers to the Foundation Center.



Colorado Grants Guide. Denver, CO: Community Resource Center, 2016. This subscription-based, online database profiles more than 750 local foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other entities that make grants to nonprofit organizations in Colorado.



Hawaii has no state directory of grant makers.



The Nevada Foundation Databook and CD. 1st Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2006. This print and CD-based directory lists 695 foundations either located in Nevada or giving in Nevada, and includes profiles of the largest foundations.



New Mexico Grantmakers Directory. Albuquerque, NM: Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 2016.  This free and searchable database, which is available online, profiles 418 foundations and corporations that are either located in New Mexico or giving in New Mexico.



The Oklahoma Foundation Databook and CD. 5th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2013. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 1,125 foundations either located in Oklahoma or giving in Oklahoma, and includes profiles of the 300 largest foundations.



Texas has no state directory of grant makers. The Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas no longer publishes its Directory of Texas Foundations.


Texas Directory of Grantmakers Online. Fort Worth, TX: Funding Information Center, 2016.  This subscription-based, online directory profiles the philanthropic activity of more than 230 grant makers in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties in Texas.



Philanthropic Foundations of Utah Directory 2012. American Fork, UT: Henry Dean Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 500 foundations located in Utah and making grants in Utah.


The next post in this series will cover US Territories and Possessions.



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