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Foundation Center launches free online tool

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The Foundation Center has launched a free online tool designed to provide better access to information about organizations in the nonprofit sector.

The new Trend Tracker, a free search tool available on the Foundation Center’s website, is part of Fact Finder, a suite of tools that includes Foundation Finder and 990 Finder, both of which provide access to information on foundations and other nonprofit groups.

Trend Tracker allows users to create charts and line graphs with detailed information on the nation’s top 20,000 foundations, as well as tables that display historical assets, gifts received, expenditures or giving information.

Users also can analyze an individual grantmaker’s fiscal data or compare up to five foundations.

Trend Tracker covers the years 2000 to 2005, but additional years will be added as data becomes available. Other interactive tools for analyzing data about foundations will be added over time.

The Foundation Center, established in 1956, operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy.

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