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Foundation Directory Online Professional Tutorial: Introduction

Access to Foundation Directory Online Professional is limited to in person visits. The Forefront Library is not currently available for those interactions. Forefront member organizations can request research from FDO Professional by emailing Finally, everyone is able to access Foundation Directory Online Professional Essential on a limited day pass system. For instructions on how to do so, please contact  

How to Navigate this Tutorial

  • Each Tab has video demonstrations of searches and information specific to different aspects of Foundation Directory Online (FDO).  Captioning is available if you click the YouTube icon on the video to open it in a new window and choose closed captioning there.
  • The Getting Started tab explains how to navigate your results page and how to use the advanced search fields.
  • The Grantmakers and Grants tab shows you how to search for a specific grantmaker and provides examples of useful information from grants results.
  • The Extra Features tab expands the possible uses of FDO by explaining how to integrate your networking with your search results as well as demonstrating how to use Pathways to find funders who support organizations similar to yours.

Complete Foundation Directory Online Demonstration Video

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