Austin College Joins the Foundation Center’s National Network

Funding Information Network Provides Resources for Local Grant Seekers

Sherman, Texas—Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers in the Texoma region who are searching for funding now have access to a new collection of resources, Austin College’s president Dr. Marjorie Hass announced this week. “The College has become a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center of New York,” Dr. Hass said. “We are very pleased to make this valuable asset available to organizations and individuals in our region. Access to a database of this nature can have a tremendous impact on our communities as organizations find new sources to fund their very important work, as well as instruction and training on the grant-seeking process. Providing this resource is an additional way in which Austin College seeks to be a good partner with our larger community.”     

Two computers in Abell Library Center on the campus are dedicated exclusively to the Funding Information Network. Staff at the Circulation Desk can direct individuals to the computer stations. No logins are necessary to access the information database. General questions may be addressed to Brittany Derebery, Austin College director of foundation relations, at 903.813.2423 or [email protected]. Training will be announced later in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Funding Information Network partners provide under-resourced and underserved populations in need of vital information and training with tools they can use to become successful grant seekers. Located throughout the country and around the world, Funding Information Network partners offer free access to the Foundation Center’s detailed information on grant makers and applying for grants. The Center’s core collection of resources includes Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 110,000 U.S. grant makers; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online; Philanthropy In/Sight; print directories; and proposal writing guides. Funding Information Network locations also hold training sessions on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders.

Normal operating hours for Abell Library are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. until midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. until midnight.

The partnership with the Foundation Center of New York is part of the newly developing Austin College Center for Community and Regional Development.

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is a leading authority on organized philanthropy and serves grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Thousands of people visit the Center’s website each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and through international partnerships with hundreds of Funding Information Network locations. For more information about Foundation Center resources, visit

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Media Contacts:

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