Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

FDO logoAs part of our training partnership with, The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) is now one of over 400 partners in Candid’s Funding Information Network. This includes access to Foundation Directory Online, a searchable application that provides unsurpassed levels of comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. Grantmakers and their grants. You can search based on subject, geography, Grantmaker type, type of support, trustee names, and many other search fields.

In response to the ongoing COVID crisis, Candid and HBI are pleased to offer access to the Foundation Directory Online (FDO Essential) to the broader Wisconsin nonprofit community at no cost for the full calendar year of 2021. To register for access, please complete the FDO Access Application Form by following the link below.

FDO Access Application Form

Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

Additionally, HBI offers a monthly online course, Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online, to guide nonprofit leaders in the search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve. Learn more and register for the session of your choice through HBI’s Nonprofit Skills Academy.


Since 1956, Candid has been the primary source of factual information on private foundations and philanthropy in the United States. Candid, along with its partners, is designed to provide current information for the fund-seeking public and those researching private foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, volunteerism, fundraising, grantmaking, letter and proposal writing. There are seven other network partners throughout Wisconsin: