About the Regional Foundation Center (RFC)

The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources and referrals. 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. grant makers 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.

Our Background

Headquartered in New York City since 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation's most authoritative source of information on philanthropy and private foundations. The Free Library�s Regional Foundation Center (RFC) joined the Foundation Center network in 1974. The RFC continues to serve the public as both a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner of the Foundation Center and as a special collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central.

Location: Parkway Central, 1901 Vine Street, 2nd Floor, Business Resource and Innovation Center

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Programs: Please call 215-686-5423 or email erefrfc@freelibrary.org to schedule an appointment for one-on-one orientations. . You can also get answers to your funding questions from the Foundation Center website.

Our Supporters

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.

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