Visualizing Funding for Libraries

Libraries are overlooked and underfunded organizations that play a critical role in today's society by providing free programs, resources, and services to millions of adults, children, and youth everyday around the United States. But many libraries lack the resources and support to innovate and build upon the ways they can meet their communities' needs.

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationVisualizing Funding for Libraries' Data Tool is developed by Foundation Center to help libraries and their supporters find funding opportunities, increase understanding of funding sources, and track funding trends.

Get Started:

  • Explore the funding data through the Map, List, Charts, Pathways, or Constellation features.
  • See a guided tour of Map, Pathways, and Constellations by clicking on the "Learn how to use the map" button in the upper right hand corner of this pop-up box or in the "About" link.

Looking for funding? This tool can help you:

  • Identify funders who give to your library type, region, or project issue area.
  • Learn what peers are receiving funding for.
  • See demographic data in your area to help your case for support.
  • Better understand the priorities of specific funders.

Or, are you a funder? This tool can help you:

  • See a big picture of who else is funding what, where, and how much.
  • Be more strategic in your decision making, planning, and evaluation.
  • Reduce duplication of effort and foster successful collaborations among peers with shared goals.
  • Help new and prospective funders understand how they can contribute to building more informed communities through support for library institutions.

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