Library's nonprofit assistance center noted for exemplary service

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library received recognition for providing the highest quality of service on an international level as a part of Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network.  

“We are so proud of our network’s commitment to the social sector. The Network Achievement Report highlighted that commitment, and helped us identify our truly outstanding partners,” said Katherine Farnan, Director of Network Engagement at Foundation Center.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library earned the highest score on the Center’s Network Achievement Report, a quality assessment tool used to evaluate each partner’s commitment to providing free access to and training on Foundation Center grantseeking tools and resources. Over 80 percent of 450 Funding Information Network partners completed the Network Achievement Report.

“Over the last decade, our success in providing nonprofit services to the community is due to the support of the Duke Endowment,” said Lydia Leovic Towery, Librarian at Foundation Center Funding Information Network, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

The leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, The Foundation Center presented the awards at a conference of Funding Information Network partners on October 7 to demonstrate appreciation for partners that exceed expectations of service.  

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provides social sector organizations serving under-resourced and underserved populations with vital information, training, and tools useful for finding grants needed to support their missions as part of Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network.

The Network, comprised of more than 450 partners located in every U.S. state and 12 countries is located in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers.

Funding Information Network partners offer free access to Foundation Center databases, publications, and a variety of supplementary materials and services useful to the nonprofit sector. Network locations also hold training sessions on how to effectively use these resources to identify potential funders and apply for grants. Find the network location nearest you here at

Learn more about the resources available to grantseekers at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at

Learn more about Foundation Center at and its resources for grantseekers at


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