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KCC Library Joins Foundation Center’s National Network

Cooperating Collection Provides Resources for Local Grantseekers

Nonprofit organizations and other grantseekers looking for funding sources now have access to a valuable new collection of resources at Kirtland Community College Library, which has become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center of New York.

Kirtland Business Instructor Judith Grenkowicz and Library Director Deb Shumaker successfully partnered to bring the Cooperating Collection to north central Michigan, joining Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Lake Superior State University as the only educational institutes in the state to provide vital grantseeking information and training to under-resourced and underserved populations in need.

Throughout the country, Cooperating Collections offer access free of charge to the Center’s detailed information on grantmakers and how to apply for grants. The Foundation Center’s core collection includes The Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 100,000 U.S. grantmakers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Philanthropy In/Sight, print directories, and proposal writing guides. Cooperating Collections also hold training sessions on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders.  All resources and materials can be accessed free of charge via the Kirtland Library.

An Open House is tentatively scheduled for January 19th and will provide information and training for grantseekers wishing to access Kirtland’s Cooperating Collections resources.  This event is open to the public and will be held at Kirtland’s main campus library in Roscommon.  Additional information on this free workshop will be distributed in January.

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Thousands of people visit the Center’s web site each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and national network of Cooperating Collections.

Kirtland’s ability to provide Cooperating Collection resources supports the college’s vision to provide open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in Northern Michigan, and supplements our mission to provide open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in Northern Michigan.

For more information about Foundation Center resources, visit  For more information about Kirtland Community College’s Cooperating Collection resources and workshops, call 989.275.5000 ext. 246, or visit the website at