St. Tammany Parish Library Becomes a Funding Information Network

The St. Tammany Parish Library is now established as a Funding Information Network partner of Candid — a nonprofit organization that supports nonprofits. As one of only three Funding Information Networks in the Southeastern Louisiana region, and the only Funding Information Network that provides training to the public, this designation will provide much-needed access to resources for local non-profits and fundraisers right here in St. Tammany.

By acquiring access to the following databases hosted by Candid: Foundation Directory Online, a fundraising tool gives grant-seekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of philanthropic data that currently exists; Foundation Maps, a data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world; and Grants to Individuals, offering detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants, fellowships, or scholarships to individuals — trained Reference Librarians at the Covington and Slidell branches exclusively, are now equipped to provide database access, training, and support to our local nonprofits and individual fundraisers.  Training classes are expected to begin in early spring.

“As a Funding Information Network, we now have the ability to offer a deeper pool of resources — right here at the local level — to our non-profits and individual fundraisers who invest their time and talent to give back to our community,” said Kelly LaRocca, Director, St. Tammany Parish Library. “We look forward to expanding our many treasured partnerships through continued training and education on how to best utilize these databases for any organization or individual who wishes to learn.”

"Assisting our local nonprofit sector in their critical mission-based work is among the most important goals of the Northshore Community Foundation. A tremendous asset in that effort is our partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Library system. Their databases, resources, and access to information are incredibly powerful tools for our Northshore nonprofits and the people they serve," said Susan Bourgeois, CEO of the Northshore Community Foundation.

In addition to the Candid databases, patrons can also utilize iWave — a donor research tool that provides access to a comprehensive suite of reliable wealth, philanthropic, and biographic information on prospective donors. This database also requires that patrons work with a Reference Librarian. iWave is available at our Covington, Causeway, Mandeville, Madisonville, and Slidell branches.

In order to access any or all of these databases, patrons must speak with a Reference Librarian. To learn about future scheduled training opportunities, subscribe to our emails at this link: Patrons can also request assistance from a Reference Librarian using this form: , and will be directed to someone who can help.

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