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2012 Print Edition


Cover illustration from Foundations of Wisconsin

September 2012Marquette University Libraries' Funding Information Center announces publication of its 2012 Foundations in Wisconsin: A Directory. This is the 31th production of the print directory and the 12th year of the online format.

The directory is designed to assist grantseekers in locating private, corporate, and community foundations registered in Wisconsin. Each entry in this new edition has been updated or reviewed to provide the most current information available. Both spiral-bound and online subscription formats of Foundations in Wisconsin may be purchased through the Funding Information Center, located in Marquette University's John P. Raynor, S.J., Library.

Financial data revealed in the new edition show that Wisconsin foundations are beginning to recover from the recent economic downturn. Fifty-seven new foundations were documented, with the total number of grantmaking foundations now at 1,301; and the total assets increased by 12% to more than $7 billion. Total grants by state foundations also grew by 7% to $490 million. A table in the directory's introduction illustrates the 10-year history of grants and assets.

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Foundations headquartered in ten counties account for 84% of the total giving by Wisconsin foundations, with Milwaukee County topping the list at 25% (331) of the total number of foundations and 45% of the total grants. Waukesha (121 active foundations), Dane, Outagamie, Brown, Racine, Rock, Winnebago, Ozaukee, and Marathon round out the top ten counties in foundation grants. The directory also contains a ranking of the 50 largest foundations, which account for more than $304 million or 62% of the total grants.

Foundations in Wisconsin profiles include street and Web address, telephone and fax numbers, contact person, officers and directors, donors, financial information, purpose statement, application information, geographic focus, sample grants, and grantmaking interests. The printed directory is enhanced by three indexes: area of interest, county, and officers. The online directory, with its custom-designed search interface, allows searching by keyword, foundation name, officers, donors, city and county, areas of interest, and sample grants. Search results may also be sorted by various criteria. A free demonstration is available at the directory's Web site.

To obtain the latest foundation directory, see the complete price structure, order form (PDF), and license agreement online or call the Funding Information Center at (414) 288-1515. Separate pricing is available for the printed Foundations in Wisconsin, subscription to the online database, and a book/online package.

The mission of Marquette University Libraries’ Funding Information Center is to serve the research needs of Wisconsin grantseekers. In the past year, the FIC welcomed nearly 300 visitors and responded to 600 telephone, e-mail, and IM inquiries. In addition to publishing and maintaining the database of Foundations in Wisconsin, the Center holds the state’s largest collection of information on private foundations, fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, grantmaking, and proposal writing. The Center, located in Marquette's John P. Raynor, S.J., Library at 1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue, is free and open to the public. Group and individual orientations to the collection and to the grantmaking process are held regularly. Appointments are recommended for in-depth research assistance.

See the Libraries' Web site for full information on services and resources, or call (414) 288-1515, or e-mail Mary Frenn, Funding Information Center librarian.