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Assistance to local Nonprofit Grantseekers During the Coronavirus Pandemic  


Are you trying to search for grants from home while staying indoors to comply with the governor’s orders and don’t know where to turn?  We have the solution!  Our partner, Candid who has for a combined 88 years as Foundation Center and Guidestar, given people the information they’ve needed to do good.  During this time, Candid has made the Essential version of the Foundation Directory available to our local nonprofit grantseekers from the Grant Center page found at

FDO Essential is a great plan to get you started in fundraising.  If you need further help, I invite you to contact me for assistance at

During less challenging times, nonprofits come to the Main library’s Grant Center, a Funding Information Network Partner of Candid to access the Professional version of FDO.  We also offer programs on using the Foundation Directory Online, an Introductory proposal writing  course and many more.

Perhaps you’d like to sharpen your fundraising skills by taking an on demand course for free offered by Candid at

While you’re doing your part to stop the spread, may I suggest you check out an e-book about fundraising and nonprofits through Overdrive.  Our extensive catalog is available at  If you don’t have a library card, you can get one online  at


Sally Freaney

Sally Freaney is the Grant Center Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. In addition to her many years as the Grant Center librarian, Sally has enjoyed careers at both a nonprofit hospital and for Mahoning County government.

She enjoys showing nonprofits how to expertly use the Foundation Directory Online database, confidently navigate the proposal writing process and successfully use the nonprofit startup assessment tool.

A coffee lover, Sally enjoys reading a good mystery novel.