The Donors Forum Library is the Midwest's largest collection of resources on philanthropy, and the second largest in the nation. A Cooperating Collection of The Foundation Center, the Library holds more than 3,000 volumes on grantmaking, fundraising, nonprofit management, and governance.
The Library is available to the public during its business hours. It is a self-help library with a small staff dedicated to teaching patrons how to do research and access information. The staff offers free research and reference help -- including prospect research -- to Members, Associate Members, and Forum Partners as a benefit of membership. To use this service, grantmaking Members and Associate Members can call 312-578-0175 (toll-free 888-578-0090) or email Member411@donorsforum.org. Forum Partners can call 312-578-0175 (toll-free 888-578-0090) or email Partner411@donorsforum.org.
Free access to the prospect databases is provided in the Library.
208 South Lasalle Street, Suite 1535
Chicago, IL 60604
Monday to Friday, Noon - 5 pm. The Library is closed on Fridays in August.
Holiday Hours: The Library will close at 3 pm on Fri., May 24 and be closed on Mon., May 27 and Tues., May 28.
The First Step in Fundraising: Tools and Tips (free orientations)
Nonprofit representatives and the public can attend these workshops at the Donors Forum Library to learn how to use the tools and resources to identify potential private donors, research the philanthropic sector, and learn about nonprofit management. Learn how to use the Library's extensive collection to get the information you need at these free orientations.
The free workshops are usually held every other Tuesday from noon to 1:15pm, and fill up quickly. Upcoming dates with spaces available are listed at the bottom of this page. Advance registration is required. For details and to register, click on the orientation you are interested in attending.
For the convenience of those outside of Chicago, five Philanthropy Centers offer a collection of books and other resources on philanthropy and fundraising, as well as access to prospect databases. Click on the link below for more information.
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