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Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. As of late 2017, nonprofits, school districts, and other grant seekers in the United States of America can find state and local foundation directories for 32 of the 50 states. The states that do not have current or recently published state-specific, statewide directories of grant makers are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Nevada (NV), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Rhode Island (RI), South Dakota (SD), Utah (UT), Texas (TX), and West Virginia (WV). Washington, DC (DC) also has none.


State Grant Directories 2017


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 25%. In late 2017, out of 55 identified directories, five are PDF files, 10 are compact disks (CDs), 17 are print compilations, and 22 are online databases.


This post covers the Midwestern States of Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Michigan (MI), and Ohio (OH). Later posts in the series for 2017 will cover other regions in the United States of America.


State Directory Format
IL Yes Print, Online
IN Yes Print, Online
KY Yes Print, CD
MI Yes Online
OH Yes Print


The Midwestern States:


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. The 2012 edition is the most current available.

Member Directory. Chicago, IL: Forefront, 2017. This searchable online directory profiles more than 175 foundations, corporations, and other funders that make grants in Illinois.



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.



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. The 2013 edition is the most current available.



Michigan Foundation Directory. 18th Ed. Grand Haven, MI: Council of Michigan Foundations, 2017. This online directory profiles more than 1,500 foundations that make grants in Michigan.



2016-2017 Cincinnati Area Foundation Directory. 13th ed. Cincinnati, OH: MR & Company, 2016. 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 for 2017 will cover the Great Plains States.




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