Forefront Library

Connecting people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed

Forefront Library is open to the public, and provides access to prospect research databases, including Research Point for individual prospects, and Foundation Directory Online for foundation and corporate grants and sponsorships.

It also holds more than 3,000 volumes on grantmaking, fundraising, nonprofit management, and governance.

It is a special, self-help library with a public face, staffed by a small group of librarians dedicated to helping and teaching patrons how to do research and access information. Use the catalog search at left to search our holdings. Note that Forefront library is a non-circulating library. Our hours are listed on the left side of this page. 

Free Introduction to Prospect Research Workshops

To learn more about our resources, attend a free Introduction to Prospect Research workshop, which includes an orientation to the Library. Orientations are usually held every other Tuesday. You can register online for upcoming orientations, which are listed in the box below.

Want to host our Introduction to Prospect Research Workshop at your nonprofit's office? Contact Lisa May Simpson, Director, Education, at

Research Services for Members
Our librarians also assist Members with a variety of research. Sample requests include prospect research on foundations and individuals; samples and templates of requests for proposals, grant applications, budgets, and other aspects of the grantseeking/grantmaking process; salary surveys and job descriptions; and general research on philanthropic nonprofit topics.
To take advantage of this Member benefit, email

LibGuides and EBSCO

The Library offers online LibGuides on a variety of topics, including nonprofit careers and prospect research. You can also access a variety of databases as well as search books in the catalogue through LibGuides.

Public access to our EBSCO databases is available in the Library.

Remote access to EBSCO is available only to our Members. Click the blue box below, click "For Members Only," then click "Remote Access to EBSCO." If you need an EBSCO password reminder, email