Regional Foundation Center (RFC)

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The Regional Foundation Center (RFC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia gives the following descriptive information:

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.

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.