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I started coming to the Regional Foundation Library in 2012 while still in college, searching for grants to fund a year of research after graduation. My latest funding needs involved seeking resources for graduate school. The staff at RFL never cease to amaze me with their care and skill at listening to my goals, encouraging me and ultimately helping me find funding. I have spent hours pouring over databases and working with the staff to perfect my applications. Because of them, 75% of my graduate school is likely to be funded. I think every community in this country would benefit greatly from having a foundation library and am so grateful to have one in ours.
Candidate, Master in Professional Accounting (MPA),
McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
For the past five years, I have brought my classes to visit the Regional Foundation Library to learn how to research and apply for grants from private foundations…I continue to include our field trip on my syllabus because I firmly believe that knowing how to apply for grants is something that will make them much stronger job candidates after graduation.
The two most common reactions I receive from students after they hear about the resources available at the Regional Foundation Library are “Gee, I wish I had known about this before I came to grad school!” and “This is amazing! I see myself doing a lot of research here in the future.” Almost uniformly, they think our trip is one of the most useful classes of their time at the [University of Texas] School of Information.”
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
The Regional Foundation Library is truly a fantastic resource for grant seekers of all kinds. It is clear that Ellen, RFL’s director, is passionate about her job; she has an incredible amount of experience and insight about all aspects of researching and writing grant proposals. Ellen and the rest of the library’s staff really go above and beyond to help visitors identify potential grant opportunities, and they provide individualized consultations that are invaluable. Every time a friend or colleague has questions about finding grant funding, I refer to RFL and they’ve all has similarly great experiences.
Mary Katherine Matalon
Government and Corporate Relations, Upbring
Because of their support of area nonprofits, the Regional Foundation Library is one of the jewels of Austin. The staff is helpful; the resources are valuable. Going to Austin’s RFL helps to demystify the nonprofit funding process. Visitors are empowered to say “I can make this happen.”
Susannah Erler, CFRE
Austin Community College District
I cannot praise this best kept secret highly enough. The existence of this little office is why a one-room clinic in the back corner of a warehouse in Shelby County, Texas is now a 12-room primary care clinic with a three million dollar budget.
Chief Executive Officer
The HOPE Project
The Regional Foundation Library has helped our small nonprofit organization, the Texas Jail Project, over several years by providing detailed information about various foundations, and more importantly, by providing advice and strategies. The staff has been available to explain how to use the search engines in their collection and to help us focus our searches, and they are also very responsive to follow-up questions by email.
The central location of the Foundation Library is easy to access from I-35 and it has adequate parking which is a real asset nowadays. We hope that this incredible resource continues to get the support it needs in order to help many valuable organizations in Central Texas.
Texas Jail Project