The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources, and workshops. The RFC houses Philadelphia's largest publicly accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy, and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online—the most comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and their grants. Through its comprehensive collection and professionally certified staff librarians, the RFC promotes responsible nonprofit management and successful fundraising by nonprofit groups at all levels—from grassroots startups to established institutions.

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The Regional Foundation Center is pleased to offer one-on-one sessions with a librarian. We can provide individual or group training on our databases with regard to foundation funding, prospect research, and demographics.

Upcoming Events

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Virtual Ask a Nonprofit Expert: Grant Writing

Wed, February 8, 2023 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

All time slots or currently full. If you are interested in meeting with an expert to discuss grant writing you can reach out to  RSVP VEC , the organization that provides the experts for these sessions. They offer free consulting sessions outside of our Ask a Nonprofit Expert series. Most…

Lunch & Learn: Networking

Thu, February 9, 2023 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join us for our second 2023 Lunch & Learn, Networking!  Up your networking game during this fun and highly interactive session! Please be prepared to participate and share. Registration is required. Please click  here  to register. Thursday, February 9 | 12:00 p.m.…

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Sample Documents

Just getting started? Find inspiration in this collection of sample nonprofit documents and quick resource guides. If you need additional assistance, contact the BRIC nonprofit department or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Databases & Digital Resources

Explore our extensive collection of premier nonprofit databases. If you need additional assistance utilizing the databases contact the BRIC nonprofit department or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Video Content Library

Explore our video library which includes our most popular classes as well as demonstrations on how to access and use nonprofit databases.


Did you miss a class? Do you need a refresher course? We are excited to provide on-demand access to some of our most popular classes on YouTube.

  • Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?:

    In this session you'll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit. You'll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered. Finally, you'll be introduced to Candid's Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool, a resource that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.

  • Fiscal Sponsorship 101:

    During this session, learn about an efficient alternative to getting your own 501(c)3. Learn about how fiscal sponsorship works, who provides it in Philadelphia, what it costs, and what to expect when using a fiscal sponsor.

  • Introduction to Finding Grants:

    This workshop covers what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. The 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants are provided, including who funds nonprofits and their motivations; what funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach.

  • Introduction to Proposal Writing:

    This class provides participants with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. The class includes the basic elements of a proposal; the "dos" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.

  • Introduction to Foundation Directory Online:

    This class demonstrates how to use FDO, the most comprehensive foundation prospect research tool for fundraisers. Participants learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations with causes and communities similar to those they serve.

Database Demonstrations

Learn how to access and use nonprofit databases available at the Free Library.

Online Resources

Advisory Council

The Regional Foundation Center (RFC) gratefully acknowledges the support of our Advisory Council, which provides financial and human resources in support of the RFC's mission. Advisory Council members are available to advise and guide RFC staff librarians as they plan and coordinate outreach services to nonprofit audiences. The support of the Council is also essential to the growth, maintenance, and stability of the RFC's collection of print and electronic materials. Member organizations include:

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