Foundation Directory Online by Candid

Foundation Directory Online by Candid

Score 9.6 out of 10
Foundation Directory Online by Candid


What is Foundation Directory Online by Candid?

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is an online database of donations, donors, and grantmakers, from
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What is Foundation Directory Online by Candid?

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Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
Foundation Directory Online is used to research prospective funders for our organization. It has great search features and recommendations of similar foundations that you may be interested in. We're able to easily see where a foundation typically gives by location as well as category. Additionally, the ability to search through 990's is very helpful!
  • Summarizing foundation information (contact info, funding priorities, geographic priorities, etc.) in a user-friendly format
  • Recommending similar foundations based on certain criteria, this is helpful when looking for new funding opportunities
  • Being able to search through organization's 990s using crtl + F
  • While FDO has an advanced search feature, I've found that sometimes it tries to be too smart for its own good. For example, if I'm looking for the Virginia Smith Foundation it will pull all foundations located in the state of Virginia with some sort of affiliated Smith and not the Virginia Smith Foundation that I'm actually looking for.
  • I'm uncertain as to how often the information is updated on FDO.
Foundation Directory Online is the best foundation research software I have used. As a grant writing professional, it has come in very handy when I'm trying to get more information or context about a foundation and they do not have a website that I can research. The additional feature of suggesting similar foundations is very nice and can save lots of time when looking for new funding opportunities.
  • Able to easily find new funding sources to apply for
  • Able to easily see the level of gifts foundations have given to similar nonprofit organizations
  • Provides basic contact information and requirements in an easy format
I have also used Grant Station and GuideStar for foundation research and have found Foundation Directory Online to be the most user-friendly, provide the most detailed information about foundations, and to have the best search features in order to find the funders that I am looking for as well as to discover new funders.
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
FDO is used for researching and tracking all institutional fundraising opportunities from prospecting to stewardship. For all prospects, we use it to have a profile of the target organization. It is particularly helpful for those foundations/grantmakers who do not have their own websites or whose websites do not provide much information.
  • Grant research (best online database of grantmakers and grants).
  • Grant management for nonprofits (you can track your progress and documents).
  • Need more staff (they do a ton of input from 990s and such, need more people to help them).
  • No integration with major CRMs (for Christodora, an integration with Salesforce would eliminate several steps in our prospecting).
Beyond any pros or cons, the simple fact is that FDO is the industry standard for grant prospecting databases. Others like GrantStation, GrantSearch, and more can offer some other functionalities or different UX/UI, but ultimately I've never found something that other search platforms had that FDO did not. If you are a non-profit organization, you need a subscription to FDO if you have any serious interest in prospecting (and getting) institutional funding.
  • More prospects (and eventually more grants).
  • Cleaner and leaner institutional fundraising opportunity tracking.
CyberGrants is more of a grant request software so that's pretty different. Grantseeker by Fluxx is a good tracking software for keeping track of your institutional fundraising progress, but ultimately FDO's database of information dwarfs any other.
Any question is answered within 24-48 hours, professionally. If one person can't answer right away, they will seek answers within their support group and find the answer for you.
August 16, 2018

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Abby Landmeier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Searching for grants can be hard, the filters on Foundation Directory Online help take some of the tedious nature out of searching. FDO is especially helpful for looking for areas of niche funding and evaluating if it is worth the time on the application process. This helps build efficiency and takes away a good amount of frustration.
  • Search is easy and allows for looking at key areas.
  • As this platform grows, more data will be available and I'm looking forward to even further narrowed search results.
This is a great and easy tool to use to search for funding at a nonprofit organization, it is all in one place and results are easy to pick from. It is a good go to source for nonprofits to use when looking for different grants and avenues of funding opportunities.
  • We don't apply for many grants, however; we use look for resources to direct nonprofit when looking for additional funding outside of our funding process.
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